Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo - The Leaflet

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Industry News

  • Foodservice + Dining Exploring the intersection of holistic awareness and revenue generation
    BY PATRICK SCHULTZ
    In its recently published 2020 Hospital Statistics, the American Hospital Association reported that in 2018, the number of U.S. hospitals totaled 6,146 with inpatient admissions of nearly 36.4 million. Invariably, patients and families who will experience an average length of stay in the hospital will require time spent and with the likely purchase of a meal in the hospital cafeteria. As a result, healthcare is one of the fastest growing areas in the foodservice industry, with sales in 2018 reaching $14.3 billion in hospitals (according to the Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals).
  • GROUNDBREAKING DEVELOPMENTS Exploring the ins and outs of today's healthcare flooring
    BY JENNIFER KENSON
    Flooring products, as well as what designers and architects want to specify, have changed and developed over the past few decades mainly impacted by the evolving approach to healthcare design. Informed by the desire to "do no harm" building healthier hospitals has encouraged manufacturers to leverage new technologies to create better products that embrace a more homelike and less clinical aesthetic.
  • TALE OF AN AMERICAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: Navigating the conversation with stakeholders on regulatory ambiguity
    BY LUKE CHRISTEN & MELISSA EDWARDS
    What is a hospital? As today's healthcare model moves further away from the major metropolitan acute care hospital, the definition of what a hospital is has become a greater conversation among healthcare providers, designers and politicians, alike. How does the United States define a hospital? The short answer is: in many ways. The healthcare design industry has been asking the question for years, "What is a micro-hospital/community hospital?" It is a hospital, only a smaller version built for maximum efficiency. The better question is, "What defines a hospital?" And how do federal and state regulations alter that definition from one state to another?
  • GETTING DOWN TO DETAILS: How materials, finishes, furnishings & fixtures support healthcare interior trends
    BY CAROL COLE
    Many interior design trends have evolved due to evidence-based results that demonstrate the impact on patients and healthcare staff. Comforting, soothing, sanitary and welcoming spaces in healthcare environments benefit patients and their companions, aid in outcomes of discharged patients and support staff retention. These trends allow patients and staff more comfort and less stress in the healthcare environment, improving perceptions and outcomes. And, behind the scenes, materials, finishes and fixtures are playing a major role in promoting positive outcomes

From the Symposium Desk

  • 2020
    Jenabeth Ferguson
    What if 2020 isn't canceled? What if 2020 is the year we've been waiting for? A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw that it finally forces us to grow. A year that screams so loud, finally awakening us from our ignorant slumber. A year we finally accept the need for change. Declare change. Work for change. Become the change. A year we finally band together, instead of pushing each other further apart. 2020 isn't canceled, but rather the most important year of them all. -leslie dwight
  • Unimaginable
    Jenabeth Ferguson
    A month ago, when we decided to have a special May issue of The Leaflet I could not have imagined we would also be announcing our 2020 event will not take place. Certainly, I knew it was a possibility but at that time September seemed so far off and holding an event would be possible. Since then, we've talked to our amazing advisory board and understand what they are facing in healthcare systems, AEC firms and their own homes all across the country. We've talked to officials at the Long Beach Convention Center and our industry partners such at NOAH. And we've met internally and talked about what it would mean to try and hold the Symposium this fall. At the end of the day, the hard reality is we cannot see how an event whose core mission is about health could in good conscience expect folks to travel and come together this September.
  • Welcome to the land of #WFH
    Jenabeth Ferguson
    I have been working from home for 15 years now. My whole life operates based on that way of working and is very natural to me. When the shelter in place advisories came down, I thought this will be pretty easy for me and at first it felt quite normal. I had been on the go all winter following my niece's college basketball team so a chance to just be at home was welcome. About two weeks in I started to go a little stir crazy; the reality of everything penetrated my psyche and I had some rough days.

Research & Whitepapers

  • Parking lots adding value to your business plan
    Customer Service . . . Sustainability . . . Compliance . . . are all key parts todays business plans. Have you considered how your parking lot adds value to each? The right partner can create a customized maintenance program that will have your lot contributing to all of these objectives and to the lasting impression you have with your clients.
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