Healthcare Blog

Going Back to the WELL

The WELL Building Standard and health-conscious lighting design I recently attended a joint meeting of the Local Cincinnati ASHRAE Chapter & IES Section. The topic was on the WELL Building Standard, introduced by the International Well Building Institute (IWBI). Phil Williams presented. Williams is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and a LEED AP, and has served […]

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Healing Gardens Refresh Hospital Staff

How outdoor spaces and catenary pendants can benefit healthcare professionals When designing for healthcare environments, we usually consider the patient to be our top priority. Whether we examine patient room design, access to medical attention, healing rates, etc., the patient comes first. Unfortunately, this often means that the wellbeing of physicians, nurses and staff members […]

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Circadian Scientists Receive Nobel Prize

On October 2nd, 2017, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was jointly awarded to Dr. Jeffrey C. Hall, Dr. Michael Rosbash and Dr. Michael W. Young for their decades-long research and numerous discoveries on the molecular mechanisms that control our circadian rhythms and impact our wellbeing. Scientists have long been aware of the circadian […]

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Key Takeaways from “Light and Health” at IES NY

When exploring how light impacts health, the best place to start is the human eye. That’s why twenty people attended the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) New York Section’s seminar on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. This introductory seminar is the first in their “Light & Health” series. Tuesday’s presenter, Jane Slade, MID, LC, LEED AP, IES, […]

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Behavioral Health Design: Balancing Safety and Empathy

By Visa Lighting Staff “Behavioral health” is a broad health industry category. It encompasses anything that impacts a person’s mental wellbeing or ability to function. Mental illnesses, addictions, eating disorders, dementia, and PTSD all technically fall under the behavioral health umbrella. So, depending on the size of a community and the facilities available, some behavioral […]

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How Geisinger Does Patient Bathrooms

How Geisinger Does Patient Bathrooms Recently I had the privilege of talking with a few of the ladies on the design staff for the Geisinger Health System.  Like so many hospitals trying to improve patient scores measured through the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, they are continuously renovating and improving […]

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LightFair 2017 – Light & Health

LightFair 2017 – Light & Health This year, LightFair International continued their healthcare track by including an all-day Light & Health Forum. On a personal note, I love that lighting in healthcare is getting so much attention and that across our industry it now holds such an important role within lighting design. That significance was showcased […]

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Circadian Stimulus Calculator

Circadian Stimulus Calculator Now that Symmetry is available with a fully tunable color spectrum, I thought I’d share an amazing new tool to help you with your circadian lighting needs. No, it’s not a good night’s sleep, but it might just help you get there. The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute released a […]

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Going Back to the WELL

The WELL Building Standard and health-conscious lighting design I recently attended a joint meeting of the Local Cincinnati ASHRAE Chapter & IES Section. The topic was on the WELL Building Standard, introduced by the International Well Building Institute (IWBI). Phil Williams presented. Williams is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and a LEED AP, and has served […]

Read More

Healing Gardens Refresh Hospital Staff

How outdoor spaces and catenary pendants can benefit healthcare professionals When designing for healthcare environments, we usually consider the patient to be our top priority. Whether we examine patient room design, access to medical attention, healing rates, etc., the patient comes first. Unfortunately, this often means that the wellbeing of physicians, nurses and staff members […]

Read More

Circadian Scientists Receive Nobel Prize

On October 2nd, 2017, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was jointly awarded to Dr. Jeffrey C. Hall, Dr. Michael Rosbash and Dr. Michael W. Young for their decades-long research and numerous discoveries on the molecular mechanisms that control our circadian rhythms and impact our wellbeing. Scientists have long been aware of the circadian […]

Read More

Key Takeaways from “Light and Health” at IES NY

When exploring how light impacts health, the best place to start is the human eye. That’s why twenty people attended the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) New York Section’s seminar on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. This introductory seminar is the first in their “Light & Health” series. Tuesday’s presenter, Jane Slade, MID, LC, LEED AP, IES, […]

Read More

Behavioral Health Design: Balancing Safety and Empathy

By Visa Lighting Staff “Behavioral health” is a broad health industry category. It encompasses anything that impacts a person’s mental wellbeing or ability to function. Mental illnesses, addictions, eating disorders, dementia, and PTSD all technically fall under the behavioral health umbrella. So, depending on the size of a community and the facilities available, some behavioral […]

Read More

How Geisinger Does Patient Bathrooms

How Geisinger Does Patient Bathrooms Recently I had the privilege of talking with a few of the ladies on the design staff for the Geisinger Health System.  Like so many hospitals trying to improve patient scores measured through the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, they are continuously renovating and improving […]

Read More

LightFair 2017 – Light & Health

LightFair 2017 – Light & Health This year, LightFair International continued their healthcare track by including an all-day Light & Health Forum. On a personal note, I love that lighting in healthcare is getting so much attention and that across our industry it now holds such an important role within lighting design. That significance was showcased […]

Read More

Circadian Stimulus Calculator

Circadian Stimulus Calculator Now that Symmetry is available with a fully tunable color spectrum, I thought I’d share an amazing new tool to help you with your circadian lighting needs. No, it’s not a good night’s sleep, but it might just help you get there. The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute released a […]

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The Latest in Tunable Lighting

The Latest in Tunable Lighting I get asked about what is trending in healthcare almost every week. And every week I respond, tunable lighting! What is it? How does it work and how do you control it? How does it affect a person’s circadian rhythm? What research or case studies are out there? The basic […]

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Art Therapy – Where Light and Art Collide into Healing

Moon Drops© – Priscillas Garden© – Morning Melody© – Summer of Sundays© Art Therapy  Where Light and Art Collide into Healing Vara Kamin’s Impressions of Light® Images offered for our Airfoil, Merlin, Omnience and Serenity products provide a powerful visual element to counterbalance highly technical and stressful hospital and healthcare environments for patients, family and staff. […]

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That’s interesting, how can I learn more?

“That’s interesting, how can I learn more?” Time and time again I get asked for more information on how to learn and where to find healthcare lighting resources and information on the latest technology and trends. Whether it’s sources, controls, tunable light, biophilia or just more information in general about how the body reacts to […]

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2016 Hospital Construction Survey Breakdown

  2016 Hospital Construction Survey Breakdown  The latest results from the Healthcare Construction Survey from Health Facilities Management is out and we’re excited to share the latest and greatest results and trends.     Here are some of the highlights: Experience matters Providing an excellent patient experience is more closely tied to reimbursement than ever […]

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New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s Resolution   As this year comes to an end, we all tend to look back and think how far we’ve come and of course about where we’re going next. At Visa Lighting, we would like to keep being a valuable healthcare resource for you, your customers and clients. We plan to continue our […]

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Thoughts from the 2015 PCD summit

Thoughts from the 2015 PCD summit Last week I got to experience the Patient Centered Design Summit in Charleston, SC. Visa lighting was one of the many manufacturers who were able to donate fixtures to be installed in the pediatric oncology model for the Summit. Here clinicians, designers, families and patients all got to share […]

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NICU simulation lab and lighting – part 3

NICU simulation lab and lighting – part 3  – Lauren Roberts In our last post we focused on how light glare and artwork can make a big difference when designing healthcare environments. In Part 3 of our NICU Stimulation Lab series, we will go over how examination and task lighting, as well as cleanability Examination […]

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