Design of an ambulatory cardiac care center
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Statement of issue/problem . Heart failure affects about 5 million people in the United States robbing them of energy, mobility and independence. The northeastern parts of the U.S. have higher number of patients in need of cardiac care. Green/sustainable principles would be implemented in designing of such a healthcare delivery center, using the natural resources and saving energy. A free standing ambulatory cardiac care center designed with some LEED principles could cater to the needs of such patients and their relatives. Statement of significance of issue . The ambulatory cardiac care center catering to such patients would avoid the typical institutional appearances. Trends currently occurring in healthcare industry will be carefully studied. The interior architecture and space planning for cardiac care deliver will be studied in relation to the delivery of the service to the patients. Method of inquiry . I will review the current literature that describes the emerging delivery trends in North America and Europe. Hospitals having cardiac units in Buffalo and some specialized cardiac care centers in Cleveland and Pittsburgh will be investigated. This will help in understanding the planning of architectural spaces and flow of such places. Consultation with healthcare staff in hospitals and senior healthcare designers will be conducted in order to draw both theoretical and practical ideas. Green Ideas and sustainable strategies will be implemented in the proposed design scheme. Expected outcomes . An ambulatory cardiac care center will be designed by applying relevant research and data. A bound volume of the case studies, research and other relevant data collected will accompany the design proposal.