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Friday, April 14, 2017
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Medical Design + Construction: “Navigate Growth and Change with Effective Space Programming”

An article by Ghafari Senior Healthcare Planner Tom Gunn appeared in Medical Construction + Design. Titled “Navigate Growth and Change with Effective Space Programming”, Tom’s article offers insights into how one can optimize the space programming process for medical facilities, which must continue to evolve as new technologies and legislation are introduced.

“Space programming for growth requires a keen eye for facility assessment, accurate facility information and the population it serves, and the acumen that only years of experience can bring,” Tom writes. “Careful assessments help programmers and planners understand the space and its complexities to determine probable adaptive reuse or to build new facilities once they know what services are being contemplated. And, understanding adjacencies and flow are key to overcoming the inefficiencies that often exist in older buildings, or determining when it makes more sense to build new.”

Careful assessments help programmers and planners understand the space and its complexities to determine probable adaptive reuse or to build new facilities once they know what services are being contemplated.

Tom Gunn
Senior Healthcare Planner, Ghafari

Tom emphasizes the importance of considering a realistic five-year forecast based on quantifiable data to help determine the fundamental priority areas for improvement before the programming process can begin. He also discusses how healthcare leaders must evaluate all aspects of their current processes when contemplating capital investments and look at how they can be improved, whether it be through the introduction of Lean techniques or the adoption of technology that lowers the cost of delivery while improving the quality of care. Only through this critical analysis can healthcare planners and programmers reconcile an effective plan with what is needed to get there.

“Measuring the data in the context of today’s strategies and what is possible is important to plan how goals can be achieved given the existing facilities,” he says.

Read the full article here.