Mix and Match in Healthcare Workplace Design

By Jeff Baker, posted on October 1, 2019

Designers are helping healthcare organizations rethink workplace settings by offering space options that support a range of staff types and work processes.


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Modern-day healthcare organizations are facing a growing staffing crisis. In fact, a shortage of more than 100,000 physicians is expected by 2030. To offset this trend, healthcare workspace designers are addressing one preventable cause of staff burnout: crowded and poorly designed workspaces. They’ve realized that the workplace layouts that suited the healthcare industry in the past are failing to accommodate the present-day shift to multidisciplinary care. Specifically, modern developments in patient care have brought ancillary staff—including pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and nutritionists—onto the care floor in both hospitals and outpatient clinics. This necessitates designing the workplace based on what type of environment staff members need, from quiet and focused to more collaborative.
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