The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged healthcare providers and designers to adapt patient care facilities to allow continued treatment while simultaneously preventing the spread of disease. Over the past few months, ZGF has helped many of our clients adapt facilities at various stages of completion, from planning and construction to post-occupancy, to address safety concerns. While many of our recommendations have been tailored to the unique needs of each client and facility, we have extrapolated an overarching list of strategies that offer a strong starting point for any healthcare provider looking to make basic adjustments. Our recommendations reflect the input of multidisciplinary perspectives—healthcare designers, workplace strategists, building engineers, and facilities personnel—and underscore the need for design and operational strategies that work in tandem for maximum impact. From reevaluating procedures for patient check-in to adjusting exam rooms to support telemedicine, we offer a set of basic, tactical strategies that can be rapidly applied to patient care facilities.
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