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Students Shine in Healthcare Design Competition

The Texas Tech team won the competition with its idea of care control stations.

Written by Karin Slyker

The team suggested that a CCS replace what is commonly referred to as a nurses’ station, and should consist of three different zones with varying levels of collaboration, privacy and access to technology.

The team suggested that a Care Control Station replace what is commonly referred to as a nurses’ station, and should consist of three different zones with varying levels of collaboration, privacy and access to technology.

A Texas Tech University student-design team won the 2012 Nurture Collegiate Healthcare Design Competition. The theme this year was Supporting Mobile Work in Healthcare.

The team’s project, “Innovative Design for Cancer Centers through the Use of ‘Care Control Stations’ (CCS),” did an outstanding job of supporting mobile workers and solving the challenges they face, the judges said.

The team suggested that a CCS replace what is commonly referred to as a nurses’ station, and should consist of three different zones with varying levels of collaboration, privacy and access to technology.

They hypothesized that the incorporation of CCS into existing space would enhance staff collaboration, and improved work flow and mobility throughout the space. The students also suggested that the implementation of technology would enhance staff and patient communication.

Innovative components would include rotating wall partitions that offer private or semi-private work areas with mobile technology, and smart and flexi-glass displays to aid collaboration while searching for information and accessing patient records.

“The thought process was impressive and the design concepts link well to problem statements,” said Elise Valoe, judge and health care researcher at Nurture by Steelcase.

The winning team included students Rehab Aburas, Haitham El-Hammali, Islam Obeidat, Duy Pham, Diana Sabouni and their academic advisor Debajyoti Pati.

Each participant is invited to attend the 2012 HealthCare Design Conference Nov. 3-6 in Phoenix, including a private reception with top industry experts. A story about the competition will appear in the November issue of HealthCare Design Magazine, followed by a feature on the winning entry in January 2013.

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