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.

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.

For more information and to get your copy of the latest update, go to

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

Presentation on NICU Nurse Stressors and Solutions

Judy Smith, MHA, and Laura Poltronieri, AIA, presented a session in Clearwater Beach, FL, on February 8, 2014, titled Nurturing NICU Nurses: Tips for Better Design of Future Units and Programs.  The session highlighted a NICU survey that they conducted in early 2014.  The survey included 12 US and 2 international NICUs.  The session provided input on the top nurse stressors and innovative tips about environmental and operational changes that help reduce stress. For more information about the Gravens conference, check out the Facebook page.

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4:04PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

Judy Smith wins international award for leadership in improving infant health environments

On March 1, 2013, Smith Hager Bajo principal Judy Smith received the Stanley and Mavis Gravens Award for Leadership in Enhancing the Physical and Developmental Environment for High Risk Infants at the 26th Annual Gravens Conference.  The award was presented at a banquet in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Judy was honored for her significant contributions to improving the hospital environment for high risk infants.  She was one of the founding committee members for the development of NICU design guidelines that are used and referenced by hospitals throughout the world.  She has been involved in development of US regulatory guidelines for women and children’s hospital facilities and chaired the first effort to develop a children’s design chapter.  As a frequent lecturer and author, she continues to support the advancement and application of evidence and experience based design for the hospitalized high risk infant.

The award was presented by Robert White, MD, Memorial Hospital of South Bend, and Joy Browne, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, associate professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at the University of Colorado.  A few of the past recipients of the annual award, initiated in 2005, include the president of the March of Dimes, a Harvard researcher who was a pioneer in studying individualized development care for infants, and a renown architect and professor who is known for her research on the health environment.

Posted on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 12:34PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References7 References