First, do no harm.
That’s one of the fundamental principles for medical ethics drummed into every first year medical student’s head.
At The Center for Health Design, we believe that buildings should also do no harm.
For healthcare, that means that the built environment should be designed so it doesn’t contribute to medical errors, falls, infections, injuries, allergies, or other adverse health conditions that reduce the quality of care and increase costs.
It should be designed to promote wellness and reduce stress for both patients and staff -- both of which have been shown to improve quality and lower costs.
Design is not just about making things look pretty.
Through research, education, and advocacy, The Center for Health Design is helping healthcare and design professionals, as well as product manufacturers, vendors, educators, and others design and build safer and more efficient hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, wellness centers, etc.
We’re providing them with the knowledge and information to make better decisions about their facilities – decisions that will affect each and every one of us (and our loved ones, too) the next time we go to a hospital, clinic or long term care facility.
Please help support our work.
Your donation or membership – at whatever level you’re comfortable with – will go towards funding research and getting information into the hands of those who are designing and building healthcare facilities in the U.S. and abroad.
Together, we can make a difference!