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What Corporate Campuses and Healthcare Campuses Can Learn from Each Other 

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This post is part of a series related to Uniting Healthcare + Community.

Several months ago, my son fractured his wrist, precipitating a late-night trip to the emergency room. As we pulled up to our local hospital, which had recently undergone a major renovation, my husband and I were unable to find the entrance to the ER. After circling the campus several times, we decided to park the car and walk to the nearest building entry, trusting that whatever signage we found inside would direct us to where we needed to be inside the ten-headed monster of the main hospital building.

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ZIP Code Health and Design: Why Community Provided Health Care Matters

Your zip code is a big prediction of your overall health. Community provided health care like Chicago’s Cook County Central Campus Health Center brings resources to areas in need. Image © Gensler

Your biggest health predictor isn’t your cholesterol level, your blood pressure or your age; it’s your ZIP code. That’s what David B. Nash, M.D., dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, asserted during his presentation at the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress on Healthcare Leadership. He noted, “The most important five-digit number I need to predict your health status and well-being is your ZIP code.” As Nash suggests, geography is a big factor impacting an individual’s overall health—from access to healthcare and information to quality of life, and even life expectancy.

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