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.

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

Conference Presentations

Smith Hager Bajo principals have presented at several national conferences on the high risk infant and women’s health in 2011. Check out our blog for more information on upcoming conferences.  You can access the blog on this website menu and on LinkedIn.

Previous conferences have included the Institute for Family-Centered Care’s 3rd International Conference in Seattle, NACHRI Creating Connections Conference in Miami and the Gravens High Risk Infant Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida and several conferences on Women’s Centers of Excellence throughout the US and internationally.

Posted on Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 8:56PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References3 References

Compendium of Women and Children's Services Resources

Smith Hager Bajo’s compendium of resources and information about innovations in women and children’s health services and facilities continues to grow. Principal Kathleen Bajo’s research uncovered the latest news on hospital-based spas, including the one that just closed in the Midwest and the ones that appear to be thriving in other parts of the United States. 

Recent research on trends includes the state of medical tourism related to women and children’s health and the evolving expansion of children’s hospitals into the obstetrics market.  As thought leaders in women and children’s health, Smith Hager Bajo prinicpals are deeply involved in emerging trends including more than a decade of work in the development of single family NICU design.

Posted on Sunday, November 20, 2005 at 8:42PM by Registered CommenterSHB Webmaster | CommentsPost a Comment | References16 References