April 25, 2016

HKS, Inc. is the first architecture firm to join the Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT). The design firm’s involvement will help to expand the dialogue on how the built environment can inform and support emerging models of care.

CHOT is an industry-university cooperative research center (I/UCRC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and industry members. The organization is focused on producing major innovations in healthcare delivery — conducting research to support the implementation of evidence-based transformational strategies within healthcare organizations. Their research model relies on the knowledge and experience of healthcare leaders and practitioners to guide academic research. 

“This cooperative model ensures that the research is both meaningful and applicable to the healthcare industry and provides immediate decision support for our CHOT industry members, such as HKS,” said Dr. Bita Kash, director of NSF Center for CHOT. 

“The involvement of facility design firms is important to this dialogue because the design and implementation of highly effective, innovative and evidence-based models of care will eventually translate into new requirements on effective use of space while engaged in these emerging models of care,” Kash continued. 

With a broad focus on models of cancer care, CHOT’s Texas A&M team will explore how facilities can support precise and personalized medicine. The research will be conducted by Texas A&M students in public health and architecture and be overseen by Kash and Dr. Upali Nanda, director of research at HKS and executive director of the Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation (CADRE). 

“We are excited to connect our place-based research efforts at HKS with the industry-recognized strategies in evidence-based health management and clinical practices of CHOT,” said Jeff Stouffer, FAIA, executive principal and global health practice leader, HKS, Inc. “Together, we can make great strides to investigate, validate and implement innovations in healthcare design and delivery.” 

CHOT researchers and healthcare practitioners have designed, implemented and evaluated new models of care delivery in emergency departments, in the OR as part of a coordinated perioperative care model, in the primary care setting and in the community for almost a decade. Innovations in care delivery should be followed by innovations in facility design for space to align with these new activities and requirement of emerging models of care.

HKS, Inc. is ranked among the top healthcare architectural firms in the world by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture. Operating from 25 offices worldwide, HKS focuses on innovative healthcare design, process and delivery. The firm’s award-winning healthcare architecture includes 3,500 unique projects representing 157,000 beds and 367 million square feet. HKS projects have garnered numerous awards and coverage in worldwide publications. The firm’s healthcare specialists are highly respected international speakers. For more information, contact Trish Martineck at tmartineck@hksinc.com.

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