October 10, 2013
By Mason Couvillion, Associate AIA, Healthcare Planner/Designer, HKS, Inc.; Shannon Kraus, FAIA, FACHA, MBA, Healthcare Practice Leader and Senior Planner/Designer, HKS, Inc.; and Lindsey Waters, Associate AIA, Healthcare/Urban Designer, HKS, Inc.

Healthcare and cities in the United States are simultaneously evolving with a focus on the individual and a renewed understanding of health and wellness. As the population becomes more aware of its health, urban areas continue to grow in ways that promote walkability, healthy food choices and green space for recreation and respite. The healthcare industry has an opportunity, unlike ever before, to be directly involved with the consumer on an almost-daily basis.

By developing a full spectrum of population care points within communities, healthcare providers can effectively address wellness and disease management, minimizing the need for acute care. While more people will find care outside of the acute care hospital, the hospital will remain a staple of American healthcare. The hospital, like the healthcare system, will have to evolve and become more than a destination for sick people. It must be integrated into a mixed-use wellness district that features not only hospital-centric spaces, but also elements that add to the community as a whole, serving as a catalyst for urban renewal and healthy living.

Read more: Population Health - The Health and Wellness of People and Communities

For more information, contact Mason Couvillion at mcouvillion@hksinc.com, Shannon Kraus at skraus@hksinc.com or Lindsey Waters at lwaters@hksinc.com.

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