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Hospital Acoustics: Critical Condition

by Greg Coudriet, CTS, INCE, LEED AP BD+C, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

The keynote at the most recent Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo in Chicago was singularly thought-provoking. Massachusetts General’s Chief Experience Officer Rick Evans, a CXO in charge of the entire patient experience across an entire healthcare system, focused virtually his entire presentation on the importance of controlling […]

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HEALTHCARE ACOUSTICS: A PRIMER FOR ARCHITECTS
Thursday, November 12th – 12PM-1PM
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The acoustic environment in a healthcare facility can profoundly impact patient outcomes. Noise is a source of stress for patients and visitors that inhibits rest and recovery. Likewise, noise is a source of stress for healthcare providers that compromises patient safety […]

TRUE NORTH | Healthcare Acoustics

by Alexis Kurtz LEEP AP, Project Consultant / Acoustical Consultant, The Sextant Group

Numerous studies confirm that high noise levels in a healthcare setting can have negative implications on patients, staff and visitors. Noise causes sleep disturbances, which in turn have been shown to cause increases in blood pressure and heart rate for patients, as well as have adverse impact […]

TRUE NORTH | Hear and Now: Avoid the Number One Complaint about LEED-certified Buildings

by Alexis Kurtz LEEP AP, Project Consultant / Acoustical Consultant, The Sextant Group

If you design a LEED® Gold building — one that’s built on a restored brownfield site, finished with reclaimed wood, recycled materials, and low VOC paint, one that recycles gray water, offers sufficient daylight and views, and of course, has plenty of bike racks, but is too […]

TRUE NORTH | Healthcare Acoustics: Shhh!

by Greg Coudriet CTS, INCE, LEED AP BD+C, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

Acoustical conditions can profoundly impact the quality of patient care in healthcare facilities. A well-designed hospital will improve patient recovery rates by providing quiet and restful patient rooms that are free from disruptions by rolling carts, paging systems, and other activities in the bustling, 24/7 facility that […]

TRUE NORTH | Designing for Collaboration: Technology, Zen and Now

by Craig Park FSMPS, Assoc. AIA, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

“No matter where you go, there you are.”

These prescient words, attributed to Confucius over twenty-five hundred years ago, are truer in 2011 than ever before. Over a decade ago, we were adapting buildings for the “Information Age.” Since then, we have seen the “Age of Collaboration” take over. If […]