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Changing Times

“Every successful organization has to make the transition from a world defined primarily by repetition to one primarily defined by change.” – Bill Drayton

The Center’s Board of Directors didn’t take lightly the decision to change our long-time collaboration as the Educational Partner for the Healthcare Design Conference to the PDC Summit. We knew it could be confusing and even concerning to some after so many years.

However, the decision came from the realization that to have a greater impact, we needed to broaden the conversations we’d been having around the design of healthcare spaces. We needed to expand the disciplines at our table to include healthcare planning, risk & compliance, operations, clinical care, management and yes, even finance – the whole of the healthcare provider community.

We saw a future vision where through enhanced designer-provider collaboration we could drive change that could be transformational for the industry and for the work of The Center. And so last month, we closed our eyes and jumped, announcing to the industry that we’d made the change.

What we didn’t anticipate was the overwhelmingly positive response. So many of you have written or called and shared your own frustrations with the status quo, your excitement about our next-generation vision and asking how you could be involved or help. For this, we are incredibly grateful. Drop me a line and let me know what you think.

We’re as excited as you are to be joining forces with the AHA and ASHE, as well as the large and diverse number of other non-profit associations that put their strength behind the PDC Summit.

We’re starting off small, creating one pre-con workshop and a 12-session educational track – Research, Design and Outcomes – for PDC this March. We’ll be doubling that in 2025. You can learn more about our complete lineup of PDC educational offerings here.

Many of our tried-and-true programs will appear at PDC, like the three presentations from our Research Team showcasing new studies; presentations from the HERD Journal; and, from our Pediatric and Built Environment Networks – many featuring familiar industry icons like Rosalyn Cama, George Tingwald, and Ellen Taylor.

I hope you’ll plan to join us and your colleagues in San Diego next month in this new endeavor and be a part of the next generation of change that will shape our industry.

Be Well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO



Revitalizing Parramore: 10 Principles of Healthy Community Design
February 15, 2024
10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET
Affiliate Discounts Apply
CEUs Available

“How do we transform Parramore into one of the healthiest neighborhoods in the City of Orlando?” 

That was one question community leaders tackled in 2015 when, through an intensely-collaborative process, they crafted the Parramore Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan to guide the neighborhood’s revitalization and transformation.

Founded in the late 1800s, Parramore formed the heart of the city’s Black community in segregated Orlando and today is its oldest and largest African American neighborhood.

Guided by the 10 Healthy Community Design Principles, the plan sought to create a community that is healthy, safe, affordable, and allows residents to celebrate its unique identity.

Attend this webinar to hear the story of Parramore’s journey to create a healthy, sustainable and vibrant community that prepares for the future while preserving, enhancing, and celebrating the culture and heritage of Parramore.

Learn more and register.


New Podcast: Between the Lines with FGI

Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) recently announced its new podcast Between the Lines with FGI on all major podcast outlets. The podcast offers an informal exploration of the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction documents and related health care design topics. Each 20- to 45-minute episode features interviews with industry experts, using a conversational approach to explore challenging questions and provide tools to facilitate compliance conversations.

Learn more here.


Tools & Resources

Pre-Conference Workshop: Evidence-Based Design Fundamentals – Using Research to Maximize Outcomes
March 17, 2024

PDC Summit
San Diego, CA
CEUs Available

What is evidence-based design (EBD)? How can it improve health, safety and business outcomes? This interactive, four-hour, pre-conference workshop will provide you with an introduction to the EBD process and offer practical guidance to get you started. Using a blend of educational content and experiential activities, you will learn about the EBD process, how to find and apply research to determine design interventions and strategies, and how to gather data to evaluate and continuously improve your outcomes.

Join The Center in our inaugural year as Strategic Content Collaborator and Sponsoring Organization at the 2024 PDC Summit.

Learn more and register here.

Upcoming Events

Get These Upcoming Events on Your Calendar

TODAY 2/8 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Webinar: New Strategies for Evaluating Patient Room Design Features Using Mock-ups and Simulations

2/15 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Webinar: Revitalizing Parramore: 10 Principles of Healthy Community Design

4/5 9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET, EDAC Virtual Exam Prep Series; Session 1 of 3 (Session 2, 4/12; Session 3, 4/19)

Save These 2024 Workshop Dates

5/23, Behavioral and Mental Health Design (Virtual)

7/30, Drivers in Healthcare (Virtual)

9/17, Behavioral and Mental Health Design (In-Person, Los Angeles)

Get Workshop Updates Here

At this year’s PDC Summit, The Center will present a 12-session educational track on Research, Design and Outcomes. Learn about our participation and sessions below.

Classic Resources

The Center for Health Design Job Board

The Center's Job Board is a resource for those seeking positions or prospective employees in healthcare architecture, design, facility planning or other related fields. Browse what is currently needed by companies or organizations that support our mission of improving the quality of healthcare.

Browse current listings.


EBD Journal Club: The Variable Impact of Clinical Risk-Adjustment Models to Evaluate Hospital Design

Views of nature are reported to reduce anxiety and pain for patients. This often leads to prioritizing large windows with views for patient rooms. However, it is not clear how other factors influencing pain, such as patient demographics, may confound evaluations of room design.

Hear about a study’s goal to identify the impact of clinical risk adjustment models for evaluating pain medication consumption and the differences between private rooms and a multibed ward.

See the project.




Offer for All
Affiliate Members

All Affiliate members receive a $200 discount on 2024 PDC Summit registration.
Contact us for discount code and more information.

The Center for Health Design has joined with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) as a strategic educational collaborator and Supporting Organization for the annual PDC Summit.

At this year’s Summit The Center will produce and present a pre-conference evidence-based design workshop and a 12-session educational track – Research, Design and Outcomes – featuring recent work from The Center’s research team; Aging, Behavioral Health, Pediatric and Built Environment Networks; the HERD Journal, AAHID and other familiar and new healthcare design industry leaders.

Find these sessions here on our website.

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Industry News Briefs

Designing Environments for a Neurodiverse World

For most of human history, design has mostly considered “typical users” who are fully able-bodied without clinical, mental, or emotional disabilities. These users can walk, open doors, read signage and navigate spaces with ease and without stress. The clear problem with that approach is that it offers a limited perspective on how space can positively or negatively influence someone based on their physical, mental, and sensory abilities.
Building Design + Construction,

Designing for Autonomy, Choice and Inclusivity

Healthcare facilities can be static and non-interactive environments, meaning patients do not get true input into how the facility adapts to their unique needs. However, there are healthcare facilities starting to incorporate more patient/end user-centric design to address their buildings' sterile nature.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Elevating Experience through Informed Decision-Making

While many healthcare leaders are familiar with situational awareness, there’s a crucial step beyond—an evolution towards “informed awareness”. Unlike its predecessor, informed awareness transcends traditional boundaries, weaving past, present, and future insights into the fabric of decision-making. It connects every level and area of an organization, giving decision-makers the insight they need to make more effective decisions for their organizations.
MedCity News,

AI Use in the Construction Industry

Over the last year, artificial intelligence (AI) has quickly evolved from a tantalizing technical novelty like ChatGPT into a credible and valued asset for all industries, including the once-Luddite construction industry. Proptech and contech experts are in full agreement that rapidly iterating AI technology is now in great demand by users and investors alike.
Commercial Observer,

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Contact our VP Relationship Development Randy Carter, rcarter@healthdesign.org, (541) 965-1922.


The Center for Health Design is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education and community. Learn more. For information about sponsor or partnership opportuniteis, contact our VP of Relationship Development, Randy Carter.

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