Healthcare Spaces is an invitation to visit impressive new work by some of the leading architects and interior designers serving the nation’s health care institutions. Its vivid, four-color pages offer a personal guided tour of America’s latest healthcare facilities, de-picting over 100 projects with 400+ color images from more than 30 design firms. Healthcare administrators, physicians, medical planners and their architects and interior designers will find this an excellent way to assess how public and private institutions are coping with the opportunities and challenges of managed care, advances in medical science and technology, aging populations and the drive towards patient-focused care.
What these installations strikingly reveal is a profound change in the delivery of healthcare. The determination to contain health- care costs, for example, is hastening the shift from inpatient care to ambulatory services, specialization to target specific needs of service area populations, and consolidation by independent institutions into regional networks. Healthcare professionals as well as architects and interior designers will find exciting new ways to approach their work, from dignified private patient rooms to a vibrant, life-affirming children’s hospital.