Jamie Beyer

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About Me

  • I am from New Jersey and really stink at pumping my own gas.
  • I live on campus in the GLC.
  • I am currently working for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on a Revenue Cycle project.
  • I worked for a year as a business analyst for JPMorgan Chase in Manhattan.



Apparently I'm not very good at oragami!


Julia Jones's Interesting points:
  • A certificate of need is required for a regulatory review process of the state to build a hospital.
  • Evidence based design to impact experience
- Center for healthcare design
- designing for efficiency
- patient focused
- philanthropic
- "universal room"
- Flexible for future expansion
- Centers of Excellence
  • Most doctors not employed by the hospitals, and have poor handwriting!
  • self propelled beds
  • COW - Computer on Wheels
  • Abulatory = outpatient treatment
  • General Inpatient = diagnostic

For more clarification: What are we doing for Hughes Spaulding? What have they not planned yet?


Craig Zimring - Environments of Healing

Evidence based medicine -> evidence based practive -> EVIDENCE BASED DESIGN physical design variables that support decision making www.healthdesign.org/research/reports Principles:

  • Improve quality and saftey
  • Patient and Family centered

Hospitals are too noisy!

3 zones in a room: 1. family zone 2. patient zone 3. care giver zone

hospital contruction costs ~ $300 per sq. ft

  • incorporate nature, art, music
  • moving control from the institution to the individual
  • decentralized nurses stations
  • sound absorbing ceiling tiles
  • acuity adaptable rooms
  • flexible spaces
  • oversized, windowed single rooms
  • computerized order entry
  • PDAs

= fewer falls, fewer patient transferes, less infections, reduced nurse turnover, reduced drug costs

8/28/07 Hughes Spaulding Visit

5 Observations

  • Low ceilings feel oppresive
  • Entrance area is small and not welcoming
  • Poor way finding. Nothing in addition to the signs
  • ED is extremely cramped and a sheet is used to divide one large room- no privacy! It is also L shaped which makes visibility and communication difficult from one side to the other.
  • Patient bracelets activate alarms and lock doors - Infant Protection System is a great idea.

5 Ideas

  • More lighting, preferably natural, to make smaller areas appear larger
  • New paint and updated artwork including elements of nature to appeal to the children
  • Color coding pathways to make it easier for way finding
  • Motorized golf cart to transport patients through the tunnel
  • Stored comfort preferences for repeat patients

3 Conversations

  • Leslie the HKS Clinical design architect - One of the biggest challenges he is facing is keeping the hospital 100% operational while building the new areas, moving, and destroying the older parts.
  • Roscoe Simmons the security manager - There is no morgue in Hughes Spaulding. So the deceased patients are transported through the tunnel to the basement of Grady while other patients and staff are going through the tunnel as well. This demonstrates the importance of front of house vs back of house areas, processes in keeping the patients more comfortable and lower stress.
  • A woman who works as an orderly at Hughes Spaulding - She said that even though the hospital is in really bad shape and the transition will make her job challenging, she loves working there because Children's treats their employees great. A true testament to employee satisfaction and loyalty. This is necessary in periods of major change.