At Boys Town Hospital, experience aids design

November 1, 2013     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

Before Omaha-based facility expanded space for young clients, the organization asked staff how to eliminate problems of the past.

Lighting - more attractive tamper resistant fixtures

September 28, 2013     James M. Hunt, AIA

The current trends toward providing less institutional looking behavioral health care units while maintaining a high level of safety for patients has created some challenges in identifying light fixtures that meet both requirements.

Major renovations abound for 50-year old facility

September 13, 2013     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

Ohio psychiatric hospital begins $68.5 million renovation, but some question the location.

Pine Rest opens new geriatric behavioral health facility

June 28, 2013     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

The new facility offers services to seniors that include an older adult inpatient unit along with outpatient services such as neuropsychological evaluation, memory disorder assessment and treatment recommendations, as well as diagnosis and treatment for the...

Nurse station design - current thinking

June 27, 2013     James M. Hunt, AIA

The basic thought process behind the design of Nurse Stations for Behavioral Healthcare facilities has evolved over the last 30 years.  This is still a matter of much discussion and there is no clear consensus on what is the “right” way to...

Room to roam, room to recover

June 27, 2013     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

Minnesota treatment program expands prairie facility to meet rising client demand.


2013 Design Showcase: Raising the bar on design

June 10, 2013     Dennis Grantham, Editor-In-Chief

2013 Showcase entrants faced new requirements — a tougher test than ever before.

Door barricading solutions

May 26, 2013     James M. Hunt, AIA

The ability of patients to barricade doors to prevent or delay staff from entering a room presents very serious hazards in behavioral health facilities.  This threat exists any place where a door swings into a patient accessible room and no other...

Area for improvement: Psychiatric patient beds

May 10, 2013     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

Although the field has made improvements to the features of "psychiatric-safe" beds over the years, architect and consultant Jim Hunt says there is much room to improve.

Considerations for chairs in psychiatric-geriatric units

May 9, 2013     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

As the design team was choosing patient chairs for the new geriatric med-psych unit at Saint Mary's Health Care, not only did they have to incorporate the safety requirements of adult psychiatric patients but they also had to address the medical and comfort...

How psychiatric spaces are changing

May 8, 2013     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

When it comes to psychiatric facility design, many practices and assumptions that were traditionally followed may no longer apply.

Adapting facilities to address needs of multiple populations

May 7, 2013     Shannon Brys, Associate Editor

Michigan hospital renovates unit to meet psychiatric-medical-geriatric needs.

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