chapter  9
The Westside Ambulatory Care Center in Chicago
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Designdemandshaveshiftedinbuildingtypesacrossthecountryinrecentyears,yet nochangeshavebeenmoredramaticthanthoseinhealth-carefacilities.Today's hospitalsaremorelikehotelsintryingtoprovideawelcomingandcaringenvironmentthatovercomestheapprehension,fear,andtraumaassociatedwithhospital facilities.Moreover,hospitalcaremustdealwiththehorizontalpatientinbedand theverticalpatientwhowalksinfortreatment.Coupledwiththesedemandsisthe needtoprovidepatientswithasmuchindependenceintheircareprocessas possible.Includedinapatient'scareisthelatesttechnologytoassurepromptand completerecovery.Alltheseforcescombinetomakethedesignofhealth-care facilitiesanextremelycomplicated,rapidlychangingprocess.