The University of Kansas Strawberry Hill Behavioral Health Hospital started out as a government office building transformed by our design team into a behavioral health hospital focused on helping patients recover, heal and thrive. The flexible design that promotes group therapy as well as privacy for patients has been paramount during the coronavirus pandemic, and also allows for more group activities such as art therapy.
Stephanie Vito, AIA, who worked on the Strawberry Hill project, will lead a workshop alongside Shari Riley, MSN, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Director of Operations at Strawberry Hill Campus and Director of Nursing Behavioral Health Services at The University of Kansas Health System, about how the building was transformed from office space to a nurturing behavioral health hospital. Stephanie and Shari will discuss challenges presented by the existing perimeter, geometry, structural grid, and limited access to outdoors, the design implements behavioral health best practices to support efficient and effective delivery of care while supporting the safety of patients and staff. The workshop is on Thursday, May 28 at 2 p.m. EST, and hosted by The Center for Health Design.