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PHOTO TOUR: Blossom Court, St Ann’s Hospital

In July, St Ann’s Hospital, a healthcare campus and the headquarters for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust in London, opened the first phase of a new campus. The 46,285-square-foot, $26 million Blossom Court mental health inpatient building houses four mental health wards.

The four wards are arranged around two private courtyards, allowing abundant daylight to penetrate interior spaces and providing patients with a positive focal point as they traverse the building.

To support physical health, exercise equipment is provided in both the courtyards and the building’s terraces. As the outdoor spaces can be independently accessed, patients are able to engage in activity at the time they feel most comfortable, without staff assistance.

The building exterior is designed to integrate with future phases, including a neighboring residential community. By internalizing the outdoor spaces, the building itself provides its own secure enclosure without the need for perimeter fences.

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Sarasota Memorial Health Care System Radiation Oncology Center

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s new Radiation Oncology Center completes the first phase of the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute. In support of the Cancer Institute’s vision to provide a comprehensive care continuum, the new oncology center in Sarasota, Fla. offers patients access to premier radiation treatment, including external beam radiation services, in a comfortable, spa-like environment devoted solely to cancer care.

The 18,000-square-foot facility is equipped with two Varian TrueBeam linear accelerators that accurately pinpoint tumors, sparing healthy cells from unnecessary radiation. This cutting-edge technology ultimately facilitates faster treatments, shorter recovery periods, and improved outcomes. The center also includes a CT simulator for radiation therapy, six exam rooms, physician offices, and an integrative care suite.

Informed by critical feedback from hospital user groups and community members, the facility was planned to focus on the whole patient by integrating advanced technology with wellness elements such as a serenity garden and … Read the rest

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PHOTO TOUR: Hartford HealthCare’s Health Center at Perkins Farm

Hartford HealthCare (Hartford, Conn.) wanted to build a new ambulatory care facility to support outpatient services for heart and vascular, neurosciences, and primary care, as well as offer full external imaging services.

The three-story, 45,000-square-foot project, Hartford HealthCare’s Health Center at Perkins Farm, was brought to life in January 2020 in the seaport town of Mystic, Conn.

Designed by Perkins&Will (New York), the center is adjacent to in I-95 interstate. The form features a curved volume with white, raked horizontal panels suggestive of a ship’s hull as a homage to the historic seaside village.

At the southwest corner, a stainless-steel mesh clad stair tower delivers an interpretation of a local lighthouse to create a distinctive and meaningful presence along the highway. Concealed lighting internal to the form creates a soft glow, serving as a visual beacon on the exterior.

Each floor is approximately 15,000 square feet with imaging, rehabilitation services, … Read the rest

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CPD Opportunity for Healthcare Scientists in Scotland

The University of Glasgow is delighted to be launching a new portfolio of Upskilling Microcredential courses (fully online, with flexible access), commencing on 26th April. Thanks to Scottish Funding Council Funding, over 1,000 fully-funded places are available on these courses for learners currently domiciled in Scotland 

 

Registration is now open, to secure your fully-funded place. Funded places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, with priority given to learners who are: unemployed, furloughed, at risk of redundancy or concerned about their job security. 

 

These 10-week, fully-online courses are worth 10 credits at masters level and a unique opportunity to upskill, re-skill or prove your continuous professional development. Register your interest now in: 

Project Management  

Introduction to Climate Change and Carbon Literacy  

Intercultural Understanding and Emotional Resilience  

Introduction to Management and Leadership in Healthcare 

 

Further information on each course, including course syllabus detail, project background and how to contact

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What’s in a word? It’s all Biopsychosocial, and a part of the complex human “ecosystem”

by David Poulter

There is still a lot of confusion regarding the word “biopsychosocial”. Yes it’s a compound word made up of three other words Biological (physical), Psychological (of the mind) and Social (of the environment). The trouble is that just like the word biopsychosocial is all one, so are humans.

Clinicians constantly talk about the three elements as separate drivers of pain and health, whilst forgetting that they all apply and are often intimately connected in a causal relationship that can not be found by separating them.

It may be more appropriate to think of the human organism as an ecosystem which requires the interactions of multiple parts to maintain homeostasis and health. I have proposed that looking at humans under a microscope to try and find the cause of a health issue or a pain episode, is doomed to failure. We need to think about putting people under … Read the rest

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