11 Strategies to Achieve Flexibility in Health Care Design

November 9, 2016

With a blink of an eye, its 2040 – will your health facility withstand the test of time? Designing for flexibility means “future-proofing” hospitals and clinics. During a session at the 2016 PDC Summit, a C-suite panel cited flexibility as a top priority for health care design. With an unknown future for health care, designers must adjust their plans toward a community-centric model – one where designs can be adjusted down the road as needed.

“Considering that more health clinics are moving into the community to serve common patient care needs, designers should consider that hospitals of the future may be treating patients with more serious health conditions,” said Chad Beebe, ASHE’s Deputy Executive Director of Advocacy.

“This means designers should continue to place a high value on comforting, inviting, and adjustable layouts.”

The infographic below summarizes a Health Environments Research & Design Journal study that identified 11 design strategies for flexibility.

The concept of flexibility in health care design is so important and timely that it is the chosen theme of the 2017 PDC Summit & Exhibition.

To learn more strategies for designing a flexible health care space, browse sessions offered at the PDC Summit and register to attend.