Endless possibilities, just waiting for you
Katie James, dvm360 Associate Content Specialist
Katie James is an Associate Content Specialist for UBM Animal Care. She produces and edits content for dvm360.com and its associated print publications, dvm360 magazine, Vetted and Firstline. She has a passion for creating highly-engaging content through the use of new technology and storytelling platforms. In 2018, she was named a Folio: Rising Star Award Honoree, an award given to individuals who are making their mark and disrupting the status quo of magazine media, even in the early stages of their careers. She was also named an American Society of Business Publication Editors Young Leader Scholar in 2015. Katie grew up in the Kansas City area and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism. Outside of the office her sidekick is an energetic Australian cattle dog mix named Blitz.
The 2016 Hospital Design Supplement has the tools and tips to help you hone your design vision.
To infinity, and beyond! Yeah. I said it. Or, maybe, Buzz Lightyear said it. It may be cliche, but when I think of hospital design I think of the myriad possibilities and ideas each project holds. And I'm not just talking about behemoth practices. Even the smallest project, like a reception area refresh or leasehold conversion, has the potential to reach the stars. (I see you, tiny-house-loving veterinarians. Small footprints are possible in practice too.)
That infinite amount of ideas can feel overwhelming at times, so this year's supplement centers on three themes to help you focus in on your design vision: Plan, build and decorate. Within the content links below you'll find practical ideas and advice to help you start your project strong, make the building process go more smoothly and turn your newly built or redesigned space into the visually appealing, yet high-tech, practice of your dreams.
This supplement is just a sneak peek at all of the great in-the-trenches advice you'll receive when you attend the Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference in August. Literally. Every contributor to this round up speaks at the conference and shares their collectively impressive knowledge of the industry. If you like these tips you'll love the tips, tricks and insider secrets they share in Kansas City on August 24-26. (For more information, and to register, visit dvm360.com/hdconf.) You'll also be able to meet one-on-one with our design experts as part of your conference registration. (Check out the helpful list of what items to bring with you here.)
Because if you build it, people will come. (Just bear with me for a minute, folks.) Not with the compulsion to watch baseball in Iowa, but to trust you with the lives of their pets. And because you've built and marketed your practice with the same passion you have for patient care, people will continue to come.
I hope you find ideas you can use in this supplement. And more so, I hope you let us know what you've tried. Or something you've tried that we don't mention here. Send us an email at email@example.com. Really! I'd love to see your project. Who knows, you may even see your hospital gracing the pages of an upcoming design column. I can write at you all day long, but my favorite columns are the ones that start with you.
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