RISING DEMAND, GROWING OPPORTUNITIES ALLIED HEALTH CAREER TRAINING PROGRAMS
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HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE GROWTH According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the healthcare profession are anticipated to grow 14% by 2028, creating approximately 1.9 million new jobs and making it the fastest growing industry in the nation. Meeting this demand will require a pipeline of talent, technical and community colleges across the country are investing in state-of-theart allied health training facilities to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. Growth in the healthcare industry provides an outstanding opportunity for those entering the workforce, and for those retraining for new skills in a shifting economy. Healthcare jobs can offer long-term stability even as other industries falter, and a significant number of these healthcare positions are in allied health fields.
According to the Allied Healthcareer Association, allied health positions represent 60% of the healthcare workforce.
These healthcare professionals are vital to the wellbeing of our communities, and the demand for their specialized skill sets continues to grow. Our US population is getting older, largely due to the aging of the Baby Boomers, longer lifespans, and a declining birth rate. According to US Census data, by 2034 older adults (65+) will outnumber children (under 18) for the first time in history. People living longer lives require extended healthcare, and will generally need more healthcare services as they age. These trends are fueling an increasing demand for healthcare professionals. It’s not just the general population growing older- healthcare professionals are growing older and retiring, too. For example, about a third
of the nursing workforce is expected to retire in the next 10 to 15 years, according to The Atlantic. These aging healthcare professionals will eventually become healthcare patients, just as retiring Boomers will leave staffing shortages and a potential void to fill in the allied health professions. Community and technical colleges provide a critical path to building the talent pipeline, preparing many allied health professionals for their careers with programs which are more economical and flexible than those at four-year colleges and universities. Further, through handson learning and partnerships with local health systems, community colleges can often link students with potential employers- a win/win for employees and employers alike.
Allied Health Professions Include: Athletic training Audiology Cardiovascular perfusion technology Cytotechnology Dental hygiene Diagnostic medical sonography Dietetics Emergency medical sciences Health administration Health information management Medical technology Nuclear medicine technology Occupational therapy Physical therapy Physician assistant Polysomnography Radiation therapy technology Radiography Rehabilitation counseling Respiratory therapy Respiratory therapy technology Speech-language pathology ORANGEBURG-CALHOUN TECHNICAL COLLEGE HEALTH SCIENCE & NURSING BUILDING
FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE DELIVERY Evolving technologies and new models for healthcare delivery will provide new opportunities for allied healthcare and better community access to care. TELEHEALTH & CYBERNETIC CARE The demand for telehealth services was rapidly increasing even before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. The quick pivot towards safer care models during the pandemic is projected to lead to a long-term increase in telehealth services as providers invest in digital infrastructure and patients become accustomed to the convenience, particularly for non-urgent appointments. Growing access to affordable wearable technology may also help patients and providers monitor health data and share information digitally. CLICK HERE for more information on this topic from LS3P’s Healthcare Practice.
RETAIL HEALTH Drawn by convenience, set pricing, and walk-in options, many healthcare consumers are turning to clinics offered in a big-box or retail setting. These retail clinics may see growing demand, particularly for routine and non-emergent services, and will require trained service providers in a variety of positions. HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Digitization of healthcare records is becoming an important component in patient care. Comprehensive, well-maintained records give care providers better access to patient medical histories, resulting in better outcomes for the patient and a more efficient treatment process. 7
TRAINING TO BRIDGE GAPS IN CARE Healthcare professionals provide critical services to our most vulnerable citizens. Meeting the needs of underserved populations requires not only compassion, but also a deep understanding of the issues which often serve as barriers to healthcare access. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that Americans living in rural areasroughly 15% of the US population- are more likely to die from a host of diseases than their urban counterparts. Factors contributing to poor health outcomes include long travel distances to hospitals, lower access to health insurance, an older population, higher poverty rates, and higher rates of substance abuse. These populations need better, closer, more affordable access to preventative care and treatment for chronic conditions. In order to provide effective care to a broad spectrum of patients, healthcare professionals need focused training in diversity and cultural
competency. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has developed the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (CLAS) to educate providers in appropriate strategies for effective and compassionate care, with the goal of reducing disparities in the healthcare system. Mental heath care is integral to treating the whole patient, and models which integrate behavioral health services with primary care can lead to better outcomes than treating conditions in isolation. Sometimes called “integrated care” or “collaborative care,” this coordinated care model can lead to better outcomes for the patient for both physical and mental health.
DESIGN TRENDS FOR ALLIED HEALTH LEARNING
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Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Training Healthcare professionals rarely work in isolation, and their training should reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the work. Increasingly, instead of being siloed by department, students are participating in interprofessional simulations which encompass everything from patient transport to triage to treatment. Sharing spaces and working collaboratively with a variety of future healthcare professionals, students gain more authentic experience across the continuum of care.
Continuing Education/Ongoing Certifications The healthcare industry continues to evolve along with new technologies and new modalities of care. Established professionals need opportunities for continuing education, retraining, and ongoing certifications, and community and technical colleges can be instrumental in providing those services to care providers.
Flexibility For New Technologies & Treatments Allied health programs must be flexible and adaptable to accommodate changes in equipment, curricula, and teaching methods. Access to digital resources, virtual- and augmented-reality simulation models, and clinical equipment in the academic setting is increasing rapidly, while the COVID-19 pandemic pushed trends toward blended learning models to new levels of student and faculty acceptance.
Creating A Home Away From Home Students in the allied health professions are committed, passionate, and hardworking, and their academic programs are extremely demanding. The students spend long hours on campus, and they need welcoming study spaces, after-hours access to their labs, and spaces for gathering and recharging that feel like home.
Sustainability & Wellness Research shows that integrated sustainable design strategies can increase occupant wellness through better indoor air quality, access to natural daylight and views, improved acoustics, and use of non-toxic materials. These measures can increase attendance for students, faculty, and staff and increase learning outcomes. 11
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HEALTH SCIENCE & NURSING BUILDING ORANGEBURG, SC | 32,700 GSF | NEW CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMS SERVED Medical Assisting Nursing Patient Care Technology UNIQUE FEATURES Dividable, Tiered Auditorium Health Sciences Student Commons Patient Care Simulation Suite Skills Lab
APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
LEON LEVINE HALL HEALTH SCIENCES COMPLEX BOONE, NC | 202,916 GSF | NEW CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMS SERVED Anatomy and Physiology Athletic Training Biomechanics Body Composition Human Performance Nutrition Physical Therapy Sports Psychology UNIQUE FEATURES Athletic Training Lab Audiology Clinic Biomechanics & Neuromuscular Labs Cadaver Lab Community Clinic Health Promotions Labs Human Performance Research Labs Nutritional Foods Science Lab Commercial Kitchen Occupational Therapy Lab
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT GREENSBORO
NURSING & INSTRUCTIONAL BUILDING GREENSBORO, NC | 180,000 GSF | NEW CONSTRUCTION | PROGRAMS SERVED Biology Chemistry Health and Human Sciences Nursing UNIQUE FEATURES
Anatomage Lab Anatomy Labs Biology Labs Chemistry Labs Community Engagement Center and Clinic Kinesiology Labs Microbiology Labs NMR Spectroscopy Suite Nursing Research Center and Labs Patient Simulation Suites Physiology Labs Associate Architect: SmithGroup
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WAKE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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RALEIGH, NC | 62,000 GSF | NEW CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMS SERVED Biology Health Sciences Engineering Life Sciences UNIQUE FEATURES Anatomy and Physiology Labs Biology Labs Faculty Resource Center Interdisciplinary STEM Lab Microbiology Labs
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HEALTH SCIENCES BUILDING RENOVATION SUMTER, SC | 69,000 GSF | ADAPTIVE REUSE PROGRAMS SERVED Massage Therapy Medical Assisting and Office Administration Nursing Phlebotomy Surgical Technology UNIQUE FEATURES Patient Simulation Lab Skills Lab Surgical Simulation Lab
CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE
UNION STATION BUILDING WILMINGTON, NC | 250,000 GSF | NEW CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMS SERVED Biology Chemistry Nursing Surgical Technician UNIQUE FEATURES
SURGICAL TECH LAB
Auditorium Biology Labs Boardroom Café Chemistry Labs Historic Preservation Award Microbiology Labs Multipurpose Room Skills Labs Student Services Suites Surgical Tech Labs
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SANDHILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
KENNEDY HALL HEALTH SCIENCES BUILDING PINEHURST, NC | 36,000 GSF NEW CONSTRUCTION | 36,000 GSF RENOVATION PROGRAMS SERVED EMS Medical Technology Nursing Ophthalmology Phlebotomy Respiratory Therapy Surgical Technology UNIQUE FEATURES NURSING SKILLS LAB
Instrument Processing Lab Medical Technology Lab Patient Simulation Suite Radiography Labs Skills Labs Student Commons Surgical Tech Lab
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TRIDENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE
NURSING & SCIENCE BUILDING NORTH CHARLESTON, SC | 119,000 GSF | NEW CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMS SERVED Health Sciences Nursing UNIQUE FEATURES Anatomy and Physiology Labs Microbiology Lab Patient Simulation Labs Procedures Lab Skills Labs Student Lounge
WILKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE
HEALTH SCIENCES BUILDING RENOVATION WILKESBORO, NC | 59,000 GSF | ADAPTIVE REUSE PROGRAMS SERVED Dental Assisting and Hygienist Medical Assisting Nursing Phlebotomy Radiology Respiratory Therapy UNIQUE FEATURES Dental Clinic Dental Lab EMS Simulator Patient Simulation Suite Phlebotomy Lab Radiology Lab Skills Labs
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SELECT PROJECT EXPERIENCE LS3P has completed over 50 health science projects.
Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC • Union Station Building
Lenoir Community College Kinston, NC • Health Science Building
Central Carolina Technical College Sumter, SC • Health Sciences Building Renovation
Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC • College of Dental Medicine
Charleston Southern University Charleston, SC • Health Sciences Building College of Charleston Charleston, SC • Science Center & Physician’s Auditorium Edgecombe Community College Rocky Mount, NC • Medical Technology Center Francis Marion University Florence, SC • Department of Nursing Isothermal Community College Spindale and Columbus, NC • Allied Health & Sciences Building • Science Lab Renovation
Midlands Technical College Columbia, SC • Nursing SIM Lab Renovation Montgomery Community College Troy, NC • Health Sciences Center Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Orangeburg, SC • Health Science & Nursing Building Piedmont Technical College Newberry, SC • Newberry County Center Robeson Community College Lumberton, NC • Allied Health Building • Emergency Training Facility
Sandhills Community College Pinehurst, NC • Kennedy Hall Health Sciences Addition/Renovation Southwestern Community College Sylva, NC • Health Science Building • Nursing Simulation Lab Renovation Trident Technical College North Charleston, SC • Health Science & Nursing Building Wake Tech Community College Raleigh, NC • Health Sciences Building H Western Carolina University Asheville, NC • Center for Health & Aging MAHEC Building I • MAHEC Building 4 Wilkes Community College Wilkesboro, NC • Herring Hall Health Sciences
ALLIED HEALTH LEADERSHIP TEAM This team has completed over 100 higher education projects and over 50 allied health projects.
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Vice President | Principal
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Architect | Associate Principal
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We are proud to have designed and delivered projects for 92 higher education clients across the Southeast, including 43 community colleges in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
Established in 1963, LS3P is a multidisciplinary firm offering architecture, interiors, and planning services to a wide variety of clients nationwide. Central to all regions of the Southeast with offices in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Savannah, LS3P is committed to bringing state-ofthe-art design, technology, and expertise of a strong regional firm closer to our clients on a local level. With a staff of over 340 employees, we have the resources to offer total design capabilities from site selection to occupancy, yet we are small enough to give personal attention to each client. We are well-versed in the challenges which are particular to campus design including working with academic calendars,
navigating funding mechanisms, and designing for both immediate needs and long-term flexibility. The editor of DesignIntelligence has called LS3P “the most local of the global firms and the most ‘world-class’ of the locals.” LS3P brings a history of over 55 years of design excellence, with over 600 design awards across diverse practice areas. With a mission to “engage, design, and transform,” we are deeply committed to the communities we serve. We believe in collaboration, innovation, and building lasting relationships with our clients. With an extensive portfolio of Higher Education projects, LS3P provides campus design solutions which meet today’s needs with flexibility for the future.
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