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Entries in Health & Wellness (33)


Straighten Up and Fly Right: What Hospitals Can Learn from Airports

SFO T3 Boarding Area E. Image © Joe Fletcher

I've been traveling a lot lately, every week it seems, which is unusual for me. But through this I've had time (lots of it) on airplanes and in airports, and I've been pleasantly surprised to see how much airports have improved in spite of gasoline prices, competition and airline mergers. And considering I'm typically engaged with a healthcare client designing a new facility at the end of each trip, I've been surprised to learn that hospitals could learn a few things from airports. Here are my top six observations.

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Retail Health: What Amazon and Nordstrom Can Teach the "Saints" about Customer Service

Image © Gensler

Whether you're St. John’s, St. Catherine's, St. David's or everyman's medical center, your "patient centric" focus has just flipped to a more robust “consumer care” delivery model—the same consumer care iconic retailers like Amazon and Nordstrom strive to perfect.

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Aging in Place, Redefined

The Center on Halsted Senior Housing, as conceived by Gensler. Image © Gensler

We’ve all heard the term “aging in place.” It typically refers to the ability to remain in your own home as long as possible rather than being forced into an assisted living facility because home can no longer support your evolving physical or mental well-being. Aging in place isn’t a new concept, but it’s certainly gaining traction under the broader heading of senior living, partly because a “silver tsunami” of Baby Boomers keeps flowing deeper into this demographic.

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Resilience Isn't Just About Engineering; Social Connections Matter, Too

Gensler's design for the Willowbrook Martin Luther King Wellness Center has been nominated for an A+ Architizer Award. Photo credit: Gensler

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Incremental Urbanism at the Willowbrook MLK Wellness Community

Photo credit: Gensler

Claudia Carol co-authored this post.

Incremental urbanism is the idea that revitalization efforts in urban environments will only take hold if communities approach such efforts one step at a time.

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