Creating Lean, Clean Health Care Environments through Integrated Project Delivery

DIRTTbags … and proud of it

DIRTT may sound like a weird name for a building products company, but employees of DIRTT are proud of their moniker as DIRTTbags and their dedication to a company whose acronym stands for Doing It Right This Time.

By Leah Wheeler

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A Hospital in a Garden

More than 70 years ago, Alfred I. duPont established the Nemours Foundation based on a firm belief that “it is the duty of everyone in the world to do what is within his power to alleviate human suffering.” Today, Nemours is one of the nation’s largest integrated, pediatric health systems. In addition to clinical – and hospital-based primary and specialty care, the nonprofit is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through research, education and advocacy. 

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Building an Environment for Healing

It is somewhat tongue in cheek when Landon Lawson, Project Director for Vanguard Health Systems quips that "Vanguard is the Vanguard of outcome-based quality healthcare," but the company is certainly part of what is driving the big philosophical changes in healthcare design.

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Healthcare Design Trends

Historically, hospitals in the United States were not cheery places. According to the National Association of Public Hospitals, most Americans in the early nineteenth century gave birth, endured illness and even underwent surgery at home.

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Designed for Quality Care

Healthcare design requires a special blend of aesthetics, performance and empathy. The architects and designers at IKM Incorporated, located in Pittsburgh, PA use these concepts to develop customized healthcare spaces. Pittsburgh has the oldest demographic in the United States outside of Dade County Florida, and with it a correspondingly robust healthcare/ senior care system.

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