Articles Tagged with: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
Ballinger projects featured in Building Design + Construction

Three Ballinger projects were featured in a recent article published by Building Design + Construction magazine. In a survey of trends in the design of cancer research and treatment centers, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, NewYork-Presbyterian’s David H. Koch Center, and the MD Anderson Center Oncology In-Patient Unit at Cooper University Hospital were praised for their innovative approaches to cancer care.

Associate Principal and Senior Project Manager Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, was extensively quoted regarding her expertise in the field. She emphasized Ballinger’s family- and patient-focused design approach, as well as her commitment to creating spaces capable of adapting to new healthcare technologies — all fundamental values to the development of the three named projects.

A photograph of the Ballinger-designed meditation pavilion, overlooking a garden and pond at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, accompanied the piece. As noted in the article, Ballinger remains at the forefront of adaptive design solutions for the research and treatment challenges of our time.

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Post-Occupancy Evaluation Published for Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute

Ballinger recently published a Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute at Penn Medicine’s Lancaster General Health. Ballinger conducts POE’s to assess and monitor how buildings are being used. This data informs how future designs can best foster healing and optimize the healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers. The research team was led by Ballinger Principal, Louis A. Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE; Senior Associate, Amy Floresta, AIA, LEED AP; and Healthcare Planner, Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC.

The objective of the POE was to understand which planning and design intentions have been most successfully realized, where user adaptations have been made, and the reasons for change. The team began by gathering both qualitative and quantitative data through an on-line survey to patients and staff, on-site interviews with staff, and on-site observation. These varied collection points allowed the evaluation team to triangulate issues that permeate all groups. The data was then evaluated using three categories: the overall building design and the perception of its spaces, how shifts in operations and procedure have affected staff culture, and patient experience.

The results suggest that the design was successful in fulfilling Lancaster General Health’s vision of providing an extraordinary experience every time. The iconic and integrated nature of the building has increased the hospital’s ability to attract and retain talented physicians and caregivers. Patients reported spending a significant amount of time utilizing the building amenities, which can be attributed, in part, to the presence of nature throughout these areas. The clinical layout was designed to provide a quiet and calming atmosphere. By separating the “on-stage” clinical environment from “off-stage” staff circulation, noise, traffic, and disruption were reduced. Decentralization supply stations reduced walking distances for staff and increased their time with patients. Overall, respondents found these planning strategies effective in improving the healthcare experience.

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Ballinger Recognized at the Design + Health 12th World Congress

Ballinger’s work was recognized at the Design + Health International Academy Awards held in Vienna, Austria during the Design + Health World Congress.

Penn Medicine: Lancaster General Health Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute won an award for its use of art in public and private spaces and was the overall winner in the Interior Design category. Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care won an award in the category of Sustainable Urban and Built Environment.

The Design + Health International Academy Awards is a leading advocacy program recognizing professional excellence in the research and practice of designing healthy built environments.

Ballinger principals Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE and Eric Swanson, AIA accepted the awards at a gala dinner at Vienna’s historical City Hall, chaired by Professor Alan Dilani, founder of the International Academy for Design + Health.

Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute Featured in Architectural Design Showcase

Each quarter, the Advisory Board Company showcases the innovative work of their Facility Planning Forum members’ in front of 100,000 executives through their Daily Briefing: Architectural Design Showcase.

Last quarter’s edition featured cancer centers. The award-winning Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health: Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute was featured among 22 other cancer centers.

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Iconic Design and Clinical Excellence: You Can Have Both

At the 2015 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in Washington, DC, Ballinger’s Louis Meilink, Jr., Christina Grimes and Amy Floresta along with Dr. Randall Oyer, Medical Director, Oncology Program, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, presented the results from the post-occupancy evaluation of the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute. In their talk entitled “Iconic Design and Clinical Evidence: You Can Have Both!” the team described how the iconic and biophilic design effectively integrates with the caregiving model to provide a best-in-class experience for every patient visit. Dr. Oyer remarked how the iconic design is a beacon for the community, an important influence in retaining and recruiting staff, and by putting the patient experience first, feels less like a hospital and more like a home environment to many patients and visitors.

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Ballinger’s Design for the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Center Featured in SNAP

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Center, designed by Ballinger, is the subject of a case study in SNAP, a bi-monthly publication covering new building products and trends for architects and building designers.

In it Ballinger Principal Eric W. Swanson, AIA describes the design aspiration to “change how people felt about cancer care by setting a different tone.” Focused on regeneration and reconnection to living systems, the two-story building extends on a radial grid from a courtyard healing garden. Glazed skins and multiple points of access provide a continuous dialogue between interior and exterior, creating a visually open and calming environment for patients.

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