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Unity Center combines resources

April 24, 2018  |  Jill Sederstrom

The Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Portland, Oregon, takes an innovative approach by combining the psychiatric units and resources of four different health systems into one initiative to meet the city’s needs.

How to avoid, manage bed bugs at your facility

February 2, 2018  |  Alicia Hoisington

Experts say remaining vigilant and proactive about bed bugs can make a world of difference for a problem that can easily get out of hand and become costly for residential providers.

Design practices contribute to stabilization unit safety

June 30, 2017  |  Peter J. Pinkerton and Judy L. Johnson

Providing safety and dignity in facility design can be beneficial to the healing process.

Why you should consider geography in your architecture and design

August 4, 2016  |  Jill Sederstrom

Geography is often a key factor in shaping the design of a behavioral healthcare facility and can influence design choices such as color, materials, lighting or structural elements of a building.

Psychiatric hospital design caters to patient populations

April 21, 2016  |  Julia Brown

North Tampa Behavioral Health, a 53,000 square foot, 75 bed acute psychiatric hospital located in Wesley Chapel, Fla., opened in October 2013 under Acadia Healthcare. 

Autism center rebuilds following Joplin tornado

February 23, 2016  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor

 A couple donated $3 million to replace the former center. In November, the 19,100 square-foot, completely customized Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism reopened.

Cultural differences cause conflict in integrated care

December 18, 2015  |  Terry Stawar

Training might help in resolving cultural issues among primary care and behavioral health clinicians who work in integrated environments, although it is not clear that educational alone is sufficient.

Big-picture design trends reflect changing industry needs

November 5, 2015  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor

Comprehensive, connected care calls for flexible open designs in your facility.

Apply coffeehouse rules to group spaces

October 30, 2015  |  Kevin Turner

For those who aren't especially comfortable being in a crowd, consider arranging furniture in way that gives them some choices.

New center provides preventive services, calming space for families

October 20, 2015  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor

The Home for Little Wanderer’s Family Resource Center is part of an almost 10-year journey to make a statewide network of family-oriented community resource centers a reality.

Tune up your lighting choices

October 16, 2015  |  Kevin Turner

Before you install another compact fluorescent light bulb, consider that LED lights can be manufactured at any wavelength to produce more pleasing environments.

Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital receives international design award

July 23, 2015  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor

Designed after Tropical Storm Irene damaged the existing hospital, the new facility was honored with awards for Mental Health Project and Design Project at the 11th Design & Health World Congress.


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