Practice Architectural Design
Architectural Interiors for medical practice space is ever changing with new technology, medical developments, more complex patient needs, integrated medical professional work patterns, rising cost of construction, new lighting and finish selections based on health and environmental regulations and more.
Balancing the rising cost in construction and the needs within medical spaces can be challenging. It is critical for the design professional to work hand-in- hand the with physician and practice staff and to employ good communication and listening skills. It is the architect/designer’s responsibility to provide the most appropriate options based on the practice’s objectives in creating aesthetically pleasing and optimal spaces for the patients, physicians and staff.
Louise Labus is a senior associate at Collins Cooper Carusi Architects. She is a licensed Interior Designer with the State of Georgia and Professional Member of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Louise has been in the interior architecture and design field for more than 30 years. Ms. Labus has an interior design degree from Michigan State University.
She is focused on medical design, but her background also includes corporate offices, retail space, religious facilities, and educational institutions as well. Ms. Labus strives to understand the needs of her clients throughout the design process – going above and beyond due diligence and programming process to provide a truly customized, comfortable space for every client. She takes a “human-centered” design approach to medical practice interior architecture.
Tanya Mack, Julie Stover, Dr. Matt Gwynn
In 2015, the CDC list acute stroke as the 5 th leading cause of death in the US. Those who survive can often face serious long term disability. Yet, there is a mismatch between the patients present with a stroke and the accessibility of expert neurology care. The Census Bureau has estimated that 20% of stroke patients live in rural areas with no access to neurology care in their community.
The first 60 minutes after the onset of a stroke is critical to prevent death and improve the patient’s prognosis. Yet if neurology care is not available, patients are often diverted to the closest large regional center which may be 30-90 min. away.
New telemedicine technologies are being used to surmount these around the clock access issues
by improving distribution of neurology experts. Today’s segment features, AcuteCare Telemed experts,
one of the nation’s leaders in providing telestroke programs to hospitals.
Dr. John Harvey
Medical Reserve Corps
President George W. Bush created the USA Freedom Corps to foster a culture of citizenship and responsibility. The Citizen Corps is the component of USA Freedom Corps, which creates local opportunities for individuals to volunteer to help their communities prepare for and respond to emergencies.
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is the component of the Citizen Corps that brings together local health professionals, community volunteers to provide support services, and others with relevant skills. The MRC is a national network of volunteers – organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities.
It comprises 993 community-based units and more than 200,000 volunteers located throughout the U.S. Georgia has 18 approved MRC. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without health care backgrounds. The MRC prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, and floods, as well as
other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks.
MRC frequently support community health activities that promote healthy habits. MAG Medical Reserve Corps With the approval of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) developed the nation’s first medical society-sponsored statewide volunteer MRC. The MAG MRC is training physicians to respond to declared emergencies in Georgia.
The MAG MRC coordinates the deployment of physicians during such emergencies. MAG MRC units are capable of setting up mobile hospital systems. And under extreme circumstances (e.g., a shortage of health care providers in a given area), MAG MRC units can perform some of the functions that would otherwise be performed by the full-time emergency medical response personnel in the state.
Physicians and other volunteers must register on the “Georgia Responds: State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Georgia” (SERVGA) – www.servga.gov – before they can serve as a MAG MRC volunteer.
Tanya Mack, Chris Denson
Many states exhibit disparities in rural health vs. healthcare and Georgia is no exception. Georgia has
108/159 counties (68%) defined as “rural.” Most would agree that health should not be determined by
one’s residence or zip code, yet many healthcare challenges are unique to rural settings such as:
community infrastructure, poverty, education, and transportation.
Geographically, Georgia has many “Medical Deserts” where access is severely compromised. There are 54 rural hospitals in GA and many are financially vulnerable. GA’s rural health communities may be losing the capacity to deliver the right care at the right time at the right place.
Conversely, due to these rural healthcare challenges, Georgia has also become an incubator for new policies, programs and collaborative partnerships designed to help decrease healthcare disparities.
Chris Denson, MPH, Director of Advisory Services, HomeTown Health