Keeping Up with
Smith Hager Bajo…

Here’s where we plan to keep you abreast of what’s happening in our world - what we’re working on and where we’re headed.

Principal Judy Smith Appointed to Healthcare Design Standards Committee for 2018 Edition

Judy Smith was selected to serve on the the 2018 Healthcare Facility Guidelines revision cycle, which lauched this summer and will yield three Guidelines documents—one for hospitals, one for outpatient facilities, and one for residential health, care, and support facilities.  The Guidelines are used widely by US regulatory agencies who approve health facility design.  The proposal period is open to the public through October 15, 2015.  The tools to submit proposals can be accessed on the FGI website.  Judy will be serving on the women and children’s subgroups, among other responsibilities.

Posted on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 7:30PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References7 References

Smith Hager Bajo Principal Co-authors Journal of Perinatology Article

Principal Judy Smith co-authored an article in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of Perinatology.  The article is titled The Business Case for Building Better Neonatal Intensive Care Units. The multi-disciplinary authors included Robert White, MD, a neonatologist, Mardelle Shepley, a healthcare architect and professor, and Blair Sadler, a former children’s hospital CEO and current senior fellow at IHI.  The article analyzed the cost-benefit of open bay versus single family room NICU design.

Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 5:04PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References4 References

Smith Hager Bajo to Publish New Freestanding Birth Center Article 

Smith Hager Bajo is working on a new article about hospital-owned freestanding birth centers.  These centers are not in hospitals and are not hospitals.  The centers provide alternatives to homes and hospitals for low-risk births. They are getting renewed interest from several US health systems.  Production date is Fall/Early Winter.  Check back with us for more information about this whitepaper and its availability.

Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 1:44PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References

New Erlanger Children's and Women's Hospital Announced

Erlanger Health System selected HKS/McCarthy to design a new children’s and women’s hospital on the main Erlanger campus in Chattanooga, TN.  Smith Hager Bajo developed the preliminary functional program during the health system’s evaluation of this exciting opportunity. Our firm was privileged to work with hospital team and set the foundation for this new facility.

Part of the local kick-off includes an invitation for area residents to view the movie Louder than Words.  They will meet the couple and the hospital’s fundraising and project executive portrayed in the movie.  The Hollywood production tells the story of Maria, a child who died from rabies.  Parents, John and Brenda Fareri, and their triplets, dealt with her death by creating a new children’s hospital in their New York community. Bruce Komiske, one of the former NY hospital executives, is helping lead the charge for the new hospital at Erlanger.  He explained that like the NY hospital, Erlanger is a public, safety net hospital with similar services, in need of new facilities.

Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 1:38PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References2 References

2014 FGI Guidelines for Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities

In 2014, for the first time, the Facility Guidelines Institute published two Guidelines documents, with the residential guidelines in a separate edition from hospitals/outpatient. Another first time additon, is the inclusion of a chapter specifically for children’s hospitals. Judy Smith, principal of Smith Hager Bajo, participated in the production of this new information.

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Posted on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 9:09AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference