Repurposing space for medical use is becoming a
significant trend. More and more healthcare facilities are
moving physical therapy and other out-patient services away from
the main hospital; frequently, this involves repurposing
In this six-and-a-half-minute streaming video
excerpt of an HCI panel discussion, real estate and architecture
experts discuss the role of repurposing retail spaces for
healthcare roles. A basic retail box can work as a healthcare
space, say the panelists, about 50% of the time, depending on
the new purpose. A pediatrician's office, for instance, has
fewer unique needs than, say, a cervical care facility. Speakers
also pointed out the importance, and challenge, of repurposing
retail parking for healthcare facilities.
Another important issue discussed is the need to simplify the
situation for patients. It is often helpful, speakers note, to
co-locate specialties into a "one-stop shopping" experience.
The guest panelists in the video are Jessica Bellman, Director
of Development at Optimal Outcomes and Adrian Hagerty, Regional
Vice President at ARRAY Architects.
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