Taking the Pulse of Ambulatory Care

For over 30 years Ambulatory Care Environments have been a major force in patient care delivery.   Today’s drivers of new technology, less invasive procedures, the affordable care act, and consumer demands, are transforming these environments right out of the box.


Ambulatory Care delivery is spilling out to diverse places and spaces.  Medical advice is as close as your smart phone, flu shots are available down the street at the drug store, clinics are popping up in discount department store, cancer screening is now traveling to your church in a mamovan and E-med is no longer science fiction but a reality.  In addition we are seeing a new delivery model of specialized clinics in strip malls and even wellness campuses providing a full spectrum of outpatient care. Furthermore, the Veteran Affairs Department is developing the Medical Home and Telemedicineand it is all happening with lightning speed.  Outpatient surgeries have increased by two thirds since 2006. Nearly 75% of elective surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures, and it is not stopping there.

What is behind this transformation? Is this a trend or fad?  What does this mean for the healthcare design community? This webinar investigates the diversity of these environments, the drivers behind this exponential growth, the players and what the design implications are.

The Speakers:

Barbara J. Huelat, FASID, EDAC, AAHID
Design Principal, Huelat Parimucha Healing Design

Barbara J. Huelat, design principal at Huelat Parimucha is nationally recognized for work in evidence based healthcare design and serves as a healing environment consultant to healthcare facilities, product manufacturers, academia, institutions and the architectural design community.  Her three decades of design experience cover virtually all types, components and sizes of domestic and international healthcare facilities.  She currently leads the architectural and interior design studio at Huelat Parimucha. Projects include; design research with ER One, diverse ambulatory care environments such as clinical settings with George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, hospital design, planning with Sentra and Medstar systems as well as  multiple Planetree projects with the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Ms. Huelat is the author of Healing Environments and Design for the Body Mind and Spirit. She is a popular speaker who lectures frequently and publishes articles on healing environments as well as a diverse spectrum of healthcare design topics.

Ms. Huelat completed her undergraduate work at Harrington Institute of Design with continuing studies in the Divisional Masters Program at the University of Chicago.  She is Evidence Based Design, AAHID Certified, license to Practice Interior Design, and certified with the Planetree Visionary Design Network.

American Society of Interior Designers, the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Healthcare Engineers, Planetree, and the Center for Healthcare Design has honored Barbara and her exceptional work with numerous design awards.

Barbara’s extensive knowledge as well the firm’s extensive work in ambulatory care and patient centered design, provides the basis for this webinar.

Frank Willcoxon, AIA Associate, AAH
Project Manager, Huelat Parimucha Healing Design

Frank heads the transformational architectural group at Huelat Parimucha Healing Design, as well as managing disciplines such as interior design, MEP, structural engineering and Cost Analysis. He leads and manages the firm’s VA projects as well as a diverse range of architectural ambulatory projects as well. Frank’s expertise in outpatient environments has led to the firm’s continued success with George Washington University’s Medical Faculty Associates, designing  over 51 outpatient environments.  GWMFA is a leading ambulatory care provider with over 900 physicians and researchers.  Medical specialists see patients at their main campus at George Washington University, as well as Howard University, Sibley Memorial, Suburban and Inova Alexandria Hospitals, Reston Hospital Center, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital and an international site in the Middle East.  GWMFA’s diverse specialties range from diagnostic clinics, research offices, labs, central administration, to the recently completed mamovan department and E-Medicine group for 55 physicians.

Frank, with nearly 14 years of experience received his architectural degree from the New School of Architecture and Design, San Diego, California.  Before working at Huelat Parimucha, Frank was with Niles Bolton Associates as a Project Architect designing high rise and multiple family housing.

Franks extensive knowledge of codes extends to these specialty outpatient settings. This webinar integrates Frank’s working relationship with the VA’s transformational model of patient centered design with his technical expertise that are required when special medical needs are integrated to the non-medical space.

About Huelat Parimucha Healing Design and Ambulatory Care Environments

For over 20 years, Huelat Parimucha has created diverse and award-winning outpatient care spaces that have set benchmarks in Ambulatory Care.  The firm has achieved meaningful results, contributed to cost savings and received national recognition by putting the patient first.

Our talented professionals are devoted to the healing environment mission by delivering high performance, evidence based designs that are flexible and lean.  The success of these projects is based upon:

  • Leverage of “lean”  principles
  • Knowledge and experience in visionary ambulatory concepts
  • Adapting medical spaces in diverse places
  • Address boutique, retail and mobile needs
  • Evidence based design and best practices
  • Planetree, patient centered and listens to the consumer
  • Sustainable
  • Exceeds client expectations
  • Improve outcomes

For more information please contact Barbara Huelat at bhuelat@healingdesign.com or fwilcoxon@healingdesign.com.

Huelat Parimucha Healing Design
653 South Fairfax Street,
Alexandria, VA 22314

Visit our website www.healingdesign.com.

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