Hospital Design Case Study – LifeScape Medical Associates

Hospital Design Project: LifeScape Medical Associates
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Medical clinic design, holistic healthcare and creative interior architecture are a trifecta in creating a patient experience that closely aligns with founder Dr. Susan Wilder’s expectations. The level of comfort and amenities for staff and patients is exceptional. (more…)

August 19, 2013 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Hospital Design Case Study – Eisenhower Medical Center

Hospital Design Project: Eisenhower Medical Center Emergency Department
Location: Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, CA

One doesn’t usually experience a healing environment in the waiting area of an emergency room, yet this is often a patient’s first impression of the hospital. For many it is the design of the hospital’s “front door” because an increasing number of hospital admissions come through the emergency department.

In this research-based facility, numerous amenities have been provided to reduce stress and create positive patient experiences.

For more information about this hospital design project please visit our case study: Eisenhower Medical Center Emergency Department


June 18, 2013 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

Hospital Design Case Study – Cisco LifeConnections

Hospital Design Project: Cisco LifeConnections Health Center
Location: San Jose, CA
Hospital Interior Design: Jain Malkin Inc

The focus on holistic wellness generated a healthcare design concept that was relevant both thematically and as an organizational component of the space plan. Four rotundas or nodes, each with a large light well/skylight to draw light into the core of the medical clinic express the body, heart, mind, or spirit—principal constructs of holistic healing.

Another feature of the space plan is the ability of caregivers to circulate within and access care suites from “off-stage” corridors. This provides more privacy for staff and prevents patients from overhearing conversations. In turn, patient privacy and dignity are paramount in this medical clinic design which employs all possible measures to assure acoustic integrity.

For more information about this hospital design project please visit our case study: Cisco LifeConnections Health Center


April 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

Direct Consultation with Jain Malkin

Jain MalkinHospital Design Firm Jain Malkin Inc. has moved to La Jolla, California and changed its focus to direct consultation with Jain Malkin.

This includes:

  1. Working with architectural firms to enhance the creativity of their interior design staff
  2. Consultation on the application of color for interior environments
  3. Evidence-based design expertise for acute care, ambulatory care (including community health centers) or design for aging; working collaboratively with architectural firms or directly with owners.

Contact Jain Malkin for a hospital design consultation today: (858) 454-3377


January 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Healthcare Design Blog Launch!

Healthcare Design BlogWe appreciate everyone for reading the Hospital Design Blog and would like to tell you about the launch of a new interior design resource called the Healthcare Design Blog.  On this blog, expert healthcare interior designer Jain Malkin and her associates including, Christie Mayer and Michele Woodard will be posting entries about a variety of topics within the healthcare design industry.

The topics for the new blog include organizing healthcare design team meetings, specialized furniture and paint for hospitals, exam room design and other facets of the healthcare design world.  We invite you to check out the Healthcare Design Blog.


April 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm 1 comment

How is Evidence-Based Design Different from Research-Based Design?


LifeScape Medical Associates - Scottsdale, Arizona

That’s a good question.  Research-based design―research about the environment―has been around for a very long time and I think thoughtful architects and designers have for many years employed research in an informal way when they’re designing spaces.  I would say the best architects and designers have very good intuition as well that feeds into that.  But just using research does not mandate in and of itself that you’re going to embark upon a formal process.

When we’re talking about evidence-based design, there is a formal process that one has to follow and this is outlined in the book.  You start with the hypothesis, here’s what I think will be true if we design the nursing unit this way, and then, if you’re an architectural firm, one of the best things to do is find a consultant who is perhaps associated with an academic institution, a researcher, to work with you to develop this.  I am vastly simplifying the process in this description but it starts with a literature review and figuring out with hospital leadership the best issues to study (more…)

April 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm 2 comments

Healthcare Design Book: To Include or Not to Include

A Visual Reference for Evidence-Based DesignI was enraged, I would say is not too strong a word, at seeing several very “bland” hospitals that had opened recently having spent all that money to create a stark environment, with all white walls and very little to provide a few moments of delight for anxious patients. In one of these hospitals touted as a “total healing environment,” the maternity unit did not look any different than the standard med/surg unit and there was nothing even in the baby nursery to cue this is where babies are born, to celebrate that event. So I was outraged and I started writing this as a manifesto to say, “This can’t go on; people have got to be aware of this and not let this keep happening.” This is a regression to pre-Planetree hospital aesthetics from the early 1980s.

As to what to include, I firmly believe that we need to pay more attention to areas where patients spend their time and where they are “captive.” As an outpatient, you can decide, for instance, if it’s a depressing experience, to go someplace else for care. But once you are admitted to a hospital for surgery or whatever your condition is, you are there and, in a sense, you’re a prisoner. You can’t just pick up and leave. This is where people are really vulnerable.


March 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm 1 comment

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