In the past, hospital planners have often neglected to consider the needs of those who use the facility. This neglect of humanistic concerns is painfully compounded in.an orthopedic hospital where the patients typically have prolonged and repeated hospitalizations. This thesis addresses these fundamental humanistic problems to provide a new awareness for individuals concerned with planning hospitals for people.
Information for the text was gathered through research, interviews, hospital visitations, and actual planning experience with Carrie Tingley Hospital for Crippled Children located in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. In addition, questionnaire responses from 15 pediatric orthopedic hospitals throughout the United States provide information regarding hospital policies, planning procedures, and phye1ical designs of existing facilities.
The following major conclusions are emphasized in the thesis:
(1) The patients are the single most important planning consideration.
(2) A special awareness and sensitivity to human needs is a necessary foundation for appropriate hospital design.
(3) "User" participation in the planning process is essential to insure that the final product will facilitate user needs.
Level of Degree
School of Architecture and Planning
First Committee Member (Chair)
Edith Ann Cherry
Second Committee Member
Gary L. Bommelaere
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Robert Carl Cohlmeyer
Biggers, Robert Whitson. "Humanistic Planning For Pediatric Orthopedic Hospitals." (1978). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/arch_etds/148