Planning, Design, and Construction of Health Care Facilities, 4th Edition

ISBN: 9781635851113
ISBN-10: 1635851114
Copyright: 2019
Edition: 4th
Author: The Joint Commission,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 93
Reviewer: Kristine Mortimore,  MSN, BSN  (Rush University Medical Center)
This fourth edition presents updated information and eight new case studies on the construction and renovations of healthcare facilities, based off the Joint Commission and Joint Commission International (JCI) standards. The third edition was published in 2015.
The purpose is to summarize the planning, design, and construction process while including pertinent information on other subjects, such as commissioning and post-occupancy issues that can arise when building healthcare facilities. The objectives are clear and met. With new revelations in healthcare continually emerging, this fourth edition is needed to present new guidelines.
This book is written for a vast group from architects and contractors to healthcare leaders, administrators, and facility directors. It is not merely focused on construction but articulates layout proposals and how to create a well-organized, safe environment for organizations. The author is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA). This designation represents outstanding work and contributions to architecture. The book has also been reviewed by a team of Joint Commission experts.
This book addresses concerns related to the construction and/or renovations of healthcare facilities and guidelines for successful completion. It details Joint Commission standards and presents case studies related to each chapter. For example, after the "Commissioning" chapter, a case study highlights a recommissioning situation to reinforce chapter takeaways. Algorithms and models make the book visually appealing and engaging for readers.
The quality of this book is great. It can be used by organizations planning construction/renovations or by established organizations beginning innovative projects. It will be a fundamental tool in creating well-designed healthcare facilities that are safe and up to date on Joint Commission standards.
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