Environmental upgrades contribute to staff efficiency and noise control

CBRE | Heery’s Russ Sedmak and Dawn Thornton respond to two of health care’s most vexing challenges: staff efficiency and noise reduction. In the latest issue of Health Facilities Management magazine, the health care design community discusses how specific factors within a hospital’s built environment impact clinical performance and patient satisfaction. The two part series explores design strategies that improve staff efficiency and offer noise reduction.

In “Designing for staff efficiency,” Russ Sedmak, managing director, CBRE | Heery, Denver, offers insight on specific interior design strategies that help hospital staff provide timely and high-quality care. Sedmak comments on how touchdown workstations rather than private offices improve collaboration and patient contact. Click to view the full article.

In “Design strategies for noise reduction,” the magazine explores interior designs that absorb hospital noise and improve the environment of care. Dawn Thornton, registered architect and senior associate at CBRE | Heery, Philadelphia, explains that while designers can’t eliminate activity or noise, they do have the ability to “design a physical environment that disperses noise, limits its duration and contains it.”  She advises on providing easily accessible enclosed spaces near nurses’ stations to encourage “offstaging” communication among staff. Read the full article here.