There is an established and accepted school of thought in healthcare design that contends the building itself can help the healing process. At first blush, it is a radical idea: that the facility (if properly designed) can contribute to healing. This is one of the fundamental principles behind evidence-based design. It maintains that the built environment can (and research shows it does) help healthcare providers achieve the best possible clinical outcomes for patients.
The scholarly research is unambiguous: creating a healing environment is essential to maximizing the quality of care for patients. Bancroft has for decades been committed to the best practices of evidence-based design. Every facility we design in healthcare has at least one Evidence-Based Design Accredited and Certified (EDAC) designer assigned to the project. Our professionals push the field forward by challenging the accepted best practices further still. For example, Bancroft’s in-house interior design team seeks to ensure the materials and finishes used in every space are chosen not only to meet the traditional standards of color, durability and maintainability but also for the positive influence these colors, materials and finishes can have on patient outcomes.
So certain are we of the value designers can bring to bear on health care outcomes, Bancroft has committed to having every one of our 50 architects, engineers and interior designers—as well as the construction professionals who are our project managers—EDAC trained and certified.
Because if healthcare design doesn’t do everything possible to optimize patient outcomes, what’s the point?