Whitehall Manufacturing Blog
Some stigma and misunderstanding still surrounds behavioral healthcare facilities within the architecture field. Stephen Parker advocates for humanizing psychiatric spaces through intentional design choices that promote dignity, starting with patient autonomy and agency.
We remain committed to learning from and collaborating with our customers and hope they’ll continue relying on our expertise, as well. Together we can achieve something remarkable in behavioral healthcare.
When it comes to designing facilities for the care of persons with dementia in the U.S., there are no codes, standards, or even robust guidelines to follow. AJ Thomas and his peers at Corgan have set out to create guidelines for inpatient and outpatient dementia-friendly healthcare design.
Bob Biggio, Boston Medical Center’s Senior Vice President of Facilities & Support Services, discusses BMC’s $300 million campus redesign, as well as its new net-zero inpatient behavioral health facility and its commitment to the community and the environment.
Mark Spies, a principal at Stengel Hill Architecture, talks about the role architecture and design play in mental health and its positive impact on patients, staff, and designers.
Ligature points are a big concern for hospital emergency departments, behavioral health facilities, and even drug and alcohol treatment centers. Bathrooms in particular contain numerous potential ligature risks, which is why Whitehall developed the BestCare® line of plumbing fixtures and accessories.
Two distinct healthcare design trends have appeared over the last year and a half. First is a need for flexible spaces and modular design to better meet communities’ changing requirements, and second is a systems approach to infection prevention. Read on for details and real-life examples!
HKS Architects associate and project manager Nathan Howell and his colleagues have developed a different spin on the resilient design trend, considering not just the built space but the individual human perspective, as well.
USP <800> details various safety procedures and requirements related to the handling of hazardous drugs. A hand washing sink and eyewash station must now be available in any environment where HDs are being compounded, a potential challenge when space is limited.
When confined by a limited budget, behavioral healthcare facilities often make compromises on design. BWBR’s Human-Centered Safety® approach is not only designed to speed recovery while keeping all parties safe, but also to ensure that small budgets don’t result in less than satisfactory outcomes.
Whitehall is partnering with W.D. Manor to bring the industry’s only prefabricated modular dialysis box to market. This all-inclusive unit is designed with patient safety and the needs of healthcare facilities, designers, and construction teams top of mind.
Read our interview with Michele Cohen, principal at NORR, and get her take on addressing the design challenges brought on by the rise of patients presenting with mental health issues at hospital Emergency Departments.
We have always advocated for the importance of washing hands regularly with soap and water, but it has become an even more urgent matter in the wake of the pandemic. We’d like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the discrepancies in the availability of basic hand washing facilities and materials worldwide.
In this interview, Kimberly McMurray, principal at BHFC examines the ways evidence-based design can drive the changes behavioral healthcare needs during these troubling times and beyond.
Healthcare providers are apt to interact with a relatively higher percentage of obese patients due to related conditions. Prepare your healthcare facility to meet their needs through universal design.
The word “institution” can evoke negative feelings and discourage people from seeking treatment, or even talking about mental health issues. Healthcare designers and architects can help ease their fears.
As a member of the Morris Group International family of companies, Whitehall Manufacturing is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of any healthcare construction or building project.
Healthcare providers can avoid costly mistakes during new construction or retrofit projects by familiarizing themselves with the requirements of the Joint Commission and other regulatory agencies.
It’s not just behavioral healthcare providers who need ligature-resistant products. If your facility interacts with potentially at-risk people, consider what steps you can take to make your patients or students safer.
The use of ligature-resistant products in behavioral healthcare is evident. Should hospitals, emergency care facilities, and rehabilitation/nursing homes also consider them? Absolutely, and here’s why.
When it comes to reducing hospital acquired infections, the decisions you make when choosing fixtures for your facility can have an impact.
HAIs are a devastating and costly problem for hospitals. Learn how design can play a role in reducing their spread and how Whitehall products are manufactured with infection prevention in mind.
These healthcare design trends have been around for some time, but they’re now receiving more support from manufacturers. What once was only an ideal is becoming reality.
Many architects and designers are shifting toward the universal design trend. When all rooms meet ADA standards, it benefits both the patients and the healthcare facility.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is working to prevent veteran suicides through pre-emptive care. Learn more about their awareness program and how you can help.
An alarming problem is spreading in many communities across the United States. Hospital emergency rooms are seeing a rise in the number of persons under mental distress being admitted, and they are not equipped to deal with them properly.
Many architects and designers see ADA codes as just a starting point, and they are setting the bar higher. Following certain best practices will help you design a building that is far more inclusive to employees of all abilities.
Frequent hand washing is a seemingly simple way to prevent the spread of infection. But how accessible are the sinks in your facility for employees in wheelchairs?
Architects face a unique challenge when designing a behavioral healthcare facility, creating a welcoming—but safe—environment.