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In healthcare, good design is increasingly good for business

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With patients increasingly rating what’s important in a hospital stay as the same things they look for in a good hotel—thoughtful, comfortable and inspired accommodations—it’s no surprise that healthcare is beginning to take patient-pleasing design more seriously. They need to fill beds. Referrals matter. This recent interview with architect and Prescribe Design founder Aaron Sklar is a good example of how the times are changing for healthcare design. Good design in healthcare is also producing better outcomes for patients because it reduces patient anxiety, and improves interaction with doctors and staff. With health insurers demanding pay-for-performance and using words like “value-based care” designing an outstanding patient experience has to be a part of the conversation from day one. At Spyglass we’ve done office design for years. The photo above is one award-winning example. Physical space among the most important ways to reinforce key brand attributes from the front desk to the back of the building.

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Inhale, Exhale: How to enjoy that fall oxygen more

fallOxygenBlogFullYou’ve got things to do. There’s creative thinking to be done, stress to be alleviated, life to be embraced, and much more. As we enter Fall 2015, breathing right just might be your best way to achieve a healthy and wildly creative life. Breathing correctly replenishes your brain and other vital organs with essential nutrients. If you are not breathing correctly, it’s proven you can get lethargic, cranky and uncreative. Breathe too fast and you’re inhaling too much carbon dioxide. Normally, it comes from prolonged periods of stress. When you breathe too fast you’re only using the top third of your lungs. It increases your heart rate, palpitations and feelings of anxiety. It’s time to quit hyperventilating and add the proper mix of CO2 to your C-level thinking. Ahh, that’s better!

4 simple ways to recalibrate your mix

The binary breathing method

The Pink Floyd method

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