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Mr. Joseph G. Sprague

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Senior Vice President, Principal

HKS Architects
Phone: (214) ***-****  
Email: s***@***.com
HKS , Inc.
350 N Saint Paul Street Suite 100
Dallas , Texas 75201
United States

Company Description: HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top-three architectural/engineering firms, according to Building Design & Construction magazine....   more

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  • Bachelor of Architecture degree
    Auburn University
  • Masters of Architecture degree , Health Facility Design
    Texas A&M University
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Hospital Construction Survey | health care facilities trade spaces to become more efficient [cached]
"With a focus on population health management, there is a tremendous move to the ambulatory side," says Joe Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, principal and senior vice president at HKS in Dallas.
Among the investments, medical office building expansion is happening at a brisk pace because it is a lower-cost facility construction project, says Sprague.
"Medical office buildings are among the most economical to build," Sprague says.
"Chemotherapy is mostly done on an outpatient basis," Sprague says.
"Nurse call systems are very cost-effective ways to use nursing staff efficiently," Sprague says.
Joe Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, principal and senior vice president at HKS in Dallas, agrees.
Health facility design | survey charts health care planning priorities [cached]
The ACA's focus on reforming payment models from volume-based care to value-based care is "a very strong driver for facility design in the near future," says Joseph G. Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI, principal and senior vice president at HKS Inc. an architectural/engineering firm in Dallas.
Making rooms accessible and safe is a major trend, says Sprague. "One of the biggest challenges I see is that you have a situation where you need motivation and mobility to move from the patient bed to the toilet area," he says.
"Modular construction has a bright future," Sprague says.
Noise reduction is an area of focus because of the increased emphasis on patient satisfaction and Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities issued earlier this year that has a new section on acoustics, including the use of noise-absorbing materials and reducing the amount of hard surfaces in facilities, which can create unnecessary noise, Sprague says.
The FGI is a volunteer-run organization and its guidelines, published every four years, are used by 40 states as a hospital licensure requirement. "It's amazing how noisy hospitals have become," Sprague says.
To that point, 71 percent of survey respondents said that regulatory requirements are a major influence in driving change to health care facility design. Another FGI guideline involves medication safety zones to reduce medication errors. This can include guidelines on lighting, security and access, Sprague says.
All improve the patient and caregiver experience and can improve quality, Sprague says.
"Everybody is interested in process improvement," he explains.
"Whether the care is interventional or diagnostic, it is important that the design flow reflect the points of care," says Joseph G. Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI, principal and senior vice president at HKS Inc. in Dallas.
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Hospital architects and construction managers also will have to become more a part of multidisciplinary strategic teams in the post-reform era, says Joseph Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, senior vice president at HKS Architects in Dallas and president of the American College of Healthcare Architects. With millions of newly insured patients, hospital systems must figure out their needs and how best to provide access. Medicare, he notes, will offer incentives to deliver more outpatient care.
Designers and builders will have to craft smart facilities that reduce the fixed cost of providing care, incorporating energy savings, sustainable materials, and a modern information technology infrastructure, Sprague says. Facilities likely will be more mixed use - including chronic care and long-term care - than just acute care and medical-surgical, due to the health needs of an aging population. He also stresses the need to design for the coordinated flow of patients through the hospital to maximize safety and quality of care.
"The best advice for designers is try to be as flexible as possible and accommodate unforeseen changes in technologies and patient care," Sprague says.
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For example, before launching a new project, some designers and architects are shadowing hospital staff on their daily routines, making notes about potential safety enhancements to improve the design, says Joseph Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI, principal and senior vice president, HKS, Dallas.
"Factors like room proximity and workflow layout may contribute to stress, fatigue, disruptions and interruptions of the health care staff's duties that can increase errors and lead to safety incidents," Sprague says.
Designers who play a critical role in patient safety say there is a movement toward designing to increase efficiency in rooms, corridors and workflow areas, and to make the most of existing space - factors that impact patient safety on every level, Sprague says.
"For example, bringing equipment directly into the patient room would reduce not only the patient transport, but the distance the patient would have to move to get to the equipment," Sprague says.
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Joe Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, says the move toward population health also plays a role.
"With a focus on population health management, there is a tremendous move to the ambulatory side," says Sprague, principal and senior vice president at HKS, Dallas.
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