Planning guide | Hospital Design

Planning guide

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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: Aug 01, 2000
If you come to work every day, park in back, and hurry in the staff entrance, you may be missing out on the little things that detract from clients' impressions of your facility. To identify areas where your practice falls short, look at your hospital the way pet owners do. Here's a guide:
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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: Aug 01, 2000
You're finally ready to build your dream hospital or expand your existing facility. For years, you've read design articles in Veterinary Economics and carefully studied every floor plan. You've also planned to hire an award-winning veterinary architect. But one of your clients is an architect, and you like her work.
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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: Aug 01, 2000
Do veterinarians and staff members constantly trip over each other's feet at your practice? Or maybe you round corners with caution to avoid taking out unsuspecting clients. Even remodeling or expanding your facility may not fix the problem if you don't develop an efficient floor plan.
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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: Aug 01, 2000
Q. I lease space for my hospital but want to purchase some land and build a facility when my lease expires in three years. My Individual Retirement Account (IRA) contains enough money to cover the down payment on the land. Is this a wise use of my IRA funds?
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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: Jun 01, 2000
Q. I want to move my veterinary practice from a strip-mall leasehold to an adjacent property that the mall owner recently bought to expand the shopping center. I can either rent a larger leasehold in the new shopping center or lease part of the land. Is it wise for me to lease the land while owning the freestanding building on it?
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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: Mar 01, 2000
When one McDonald's restaurant faced a space dilemma, the owner tore down a wall--and made the building smaller. This may seem like the wrong approach, but the squeeze forced employees to examine traffic flow and suggest improvements. With less space to work, the owner knew everyone would become more efficient.
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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: Mar 01, 2000
Q. When designing my practice, should I create separate entrances for grooming, boarding, and retail areas or have all clients enter through the main door?
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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: Jun 01, 1999
Designing an animal hospital means compromising between the practical and prophetic. It's easy to criticize early floor plans or older hospitals. But how could these architects have foreseen future treatment and service options? Veterinary hospitals are built to serve medical technology, and technology constantly evolves.
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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: Jun 01, 1999
Q. I plan to build a new hospital, but I worry about devoting adequate time to the project without neglecting my practice. Does a building project affect revenue, and how can I best handle this time commitment?
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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: Jun 01, 1999
Q. I plan to build a new hospital, but I worry about devoting adequate time to the project without neglecting my practice. Does a building project affect revenue, and how can I best handle this time commitment?
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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: Jun 01, 1999
At age 10, my friends and I thought we'd be driving flying cars by 2000. We never envisioned laptop computers, the Internet, or virtual reality. Now the flying car seems absurd, and computers are commonplace. There's a lesson here: When predicting the future, practicality always wins.
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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: Jan 01, 1999
Q. I'm preparing to sign my first building lease but worry I might miss important details. What should I know before committing?
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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: Oct 01, 1998
When selecting your veterinary hospital's site, a high-traffic road may not be your best option, says Larry Gates, a senior principal with Gates Hafen Cochrane Architects P.C. in Boulder, Colo. During the 1998 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference in Kansas City, Mo., he showed attendees how to target a market niche and noted that while conventional wisdom suggests busy streets provide the best visibility, clients who can't easily reach your hospital will probably go elsewhere.
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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: Jun 01, 1998
Blame fate for Dr. Robert C. Brown, director of Cherrydale Veterinary Clinic in Arlington, Va., bumping into architect and analyst E. John Knapp, AIA, from Oregon, Wis., at a national conference. Dr. Brown wanted to renovate his hospital to improve traffic flow.
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HOSPITAL DESIGN SUPPLEMENT: May 01, 1998
Have you ever based an important decision on one person's opinion? Imagine not selling pet food because one client prefers buying it from a superstore. You won't benefit from retail sales--or any service--until you ask many clients. Consider a client survey before expanding or building a new facility. If you own a practice, give the survey to clients on arrival. If you're starting a practice from scratch, consider a mail or phone survey. Include these topics: