One of the most interesting and arguably, important, areas of research to flourish in the 21st-century has been our understanding of how the physical environment around us impacts our overall wellbeing. Perhaps nowhere else is the implementation of this newfound knowledge more critical than in hospitals and other healthcare clinics.
There are hundreds of studies that now attest to how the surrounding environment has tangible effects on a patient’s stress level and mood, as well as staff effectiveness and overall quality of care. Whether it be soothing soft surfaces, clean floors, patterns inspired by nature, optimized acoustics, or even the interaction of shadows—they all play an important role when it comes to designing today’s medical spaces.
Take flooring for example. Making the right decision must take into account the type of surface, its use, durability, pattern, and color. The goal is to provide a functional yet calming environment that can contribute to reduced patient anxiety. The keys are evidence-based design and the incorporation of natural elements creating a biophilic design—both things that CIC is particularly adept at doing, as evidenced by our extensive relationship with local healthcare partners like Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Several certification programs have recognized our instinctual affinity for nature, and focus on the many benefits biophilic design can have on productivity and overall mood. Furthermore, WELL, LEED HC, and FGI Guidelines have accepted the positive impacts these design motifs have on the ways we heal.
These recommendations, along with our experience and deference to evidence-based design are the hallmarks of CIC’s approach to healthcare construction and renovation. As an ever-evolving area, we expect the health and wellness field to maintain a continued focus on achieving true harmony between the outside world and state-of-the-art facilities. Our goal is to stay at the forefront of this evolution. If you have questions about how best to bring your clinic up to current standards, reach out to us today!
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