Healthcare designers are increasingly focused on
the environment’s impact on patient wellness, as well as
employee well-being, and are finding that there are numerous
ways to promote this “spirit of wellness.”
By designing healthy, organic environments and
high-performance buildings, designers can promote environmental
responsibility while also helping caregivers provide the highest
level of employee care possible. This is according to a new
article from HCI board member Toni Gatz, account manager for
Rieke Office Interiors Inc.
Gatz offers the following suggestions on how
facility design can improve productivity and safety for
healthcare workers and, as a result, improve patient health and
1. Maintain consistent comfort and air
2. Integrate nature and daylight into buildings.
3. Use nonporous surfaces and materials to prevent microbial
4. Focus on human ergonomics.
5. Provide user-friendly technology.
6. Create safe, open pathways and spaces.
7. Consider noise solutions.
8. Invest in eco-friendly solutions.
9. Improve employee engagement with by providing spaces with
visibility and team neighborhoods.
For additional suggestions,
read the full article here.