In early December of 2019, Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre (HSC) Women’s Hospital began welcoming its first patients. The new 388,500 square foot state-of-the-art facility was designed using best practices for enhanced patient care and efficient workflows. The design features a two-story entrance forecourt, a soaring five-story atrium, and the facility is wrapped with abundant glazing invite natural light, keeping patients, staff, and visitors connected to the outside world.
In our previous blog post, we explored the history of mental health facility design and the role nature plays in healing. The evidence is clear that a connection with nature helps people recover more quickly and improves long-term health outcomes. Natural environments also enhance employee well-being and may contribute to lower staff turnover. Spending time in or just viewing green spaces can lower our heart rates, reduce muscle tension, and decrease the production of stress hormones.
Elements of nature have always been used for healing purposes, to help people restore their health both physically and mentally. We’ve all experienced the rejuvenating benefits of nature, and often look to find ways of incorporating it into our everyday life, including within healthcare facilities and hospital design.
The current global pandemic has changed the way companies have been communicating and marketing with their audiences and customers. It’s evident that client-focused efforts are more important than ever, as many are realizing that operating ‘normally’, or returning ‘back to normal’ may not be achievable. Reaching back to our grassroots of client-focused marketing may be the way to maximize client relationships from a physical distance.
As many countries around the world are slowly lifting restrictions, many workplaces and businesses are excited to be returning to some semblance of normality. However, there are many guidelines that need to be in place to ensure re-opening and returning to regular working arrangements can be done in a safe manner. Here are some back to work considerations for returning to the workplace during the pandemic’s downturn.
There’s no arguing that the current coronavirus pandemic has changed many facets of life. One such aspect is how architects are now approaching hospital design, and how these projects will be able to impact healthcare workers’ ability to safely treat patients amidst the epidemic. With healthcare workers making up 10% of Canadian COVID-19 cases and 20% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., Italy and Spain, it is essential that healthcare facilities are safe for patients and staff. COVID-19 is also changing how hospitals can alter their current spaces to handle COVID-19 patients as the virus continues to spread, presenting with a number of complicated considerations.