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.

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

Should women be patients in children's hospitals?

Judy Smith co-presented on the potentially controversial topic of whether children’s hospitals should add women’s services, especially obstetrics.  The panel provided emerging models of care, issues to consider and case studies presented by two hospitals (UCSF Medical Center and Oregon Health and Sciences University). The presentation was sponsored by Stantec at the NACHRI leadership conference in the Seattle area in October.  For more information, contact Judy at

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 4:52AM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References8 References

Creative Coverage of Obstetrics – the Role of Hospitalists, Laborists and Mid Level Providers

Judy Hager was in Denver providing insight on the latest trends, lessons learned and quality indicators when implementing creative coverage options in obstetrics. For more information about this timely topic, please contact her at Her presentation was in June 2011 at AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses).

Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 2:48PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | Comments Off


Check out the September 2009 issue of Healthcare Design magazine for the article and photos that showcase Sam’s NICU at Atlantic Health-Morristown Memorial Hospital (NJ).  The new NICU provides a warm and caring environment with high tech support.  A family area within each single family NICU room provides parents with home-like comfort without leaving their baby’s room.  Buckl Architects lead the hospital design team that included Smith Hager Bajo.

Download our article listed under Publications (May 2009).  This article is about Birth Centers at Children’s Hospitals and provides an overview of the state of this evolving trend.  A list of key questions outlines the challenges and considerations related to this strategy.

In October 2006, CONTRACT magazine published the article “Made for Comfort” that featured the new Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies in Orlando. Photos of the nature-inspired facility and a description are provided, including a quote from principal Kathleen Bajo about how enhanced patient and nurse satisfaction and increased nurse productivity were drivers in addition to wanting to create a serene environment.  The new facility has been wildly successful since it opened earlier in 2006, and continues to exceed many goals.  For access to this magazine, contact

The Journal of Perinatology’s Supplement 3 published in October, 2006, provides “Recommended Guidelines for Newborn ICU Design”. This issue is the latest update from the Consensus Committee that is headed by Dr. Robert White, neonatologist from South Bend, IN, and includes principal Judy Smith, one of the founding members of this initiative to develop guidelines for NICUs.  Another Supplement is planned with updated Guidelines later in 2007.

CHER published a research paper on The Impact of Single-Room Neonatal Intensive Care on Users’ Health and Satisfaction that is available for purchase from their website  CHER became part of The Center For Health Design (CHD) recently - another good resource for design information (

Posted on Friday, November 17, 2006 at 6:19PM by Registered CommenterJudy Smith, Principal, Smith Hager Bajo | Comments1 Comment | References4 References