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The Center for Health Design


Upcoming Workshop to Explore Emergency Department Innovations and Facility-Based Solutions

Date: June 19-20, 2014

Location: American Institute of Architects
130 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94104


Workshop Agenda

The Emergency Department - Considerations for Innovation & Strategic Design workshop, taught by nationally recognized experts, offers a review of design methodologies and benchmark challenges inherent in today’s emergency departments.  Attendees will learn how to quantify and measure those challenges and explore innovations, processes and facility-based solutions. Join us and obtain insight into optimal patient flow, researched- based process, design interventions and strategies that improve clinical outcomes, quality of care, and patient safety and satisfaction.

We would like to thank our workshop sponsors:

This Workshop is produced by The Center for Health Design Pebble-in-Practice Initiative, in conjunction with The MedStar Health Institute for Innovation (MI2), and the represented faculty.

Join Us in Boston for a Networking Reception
& Educational Session 

You are invited to come, meet and connect with CHD Affiliate members and the regional healthcare design community at the Healthcare Facility Design Professional Networking event in Boston. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Red Thread Showroom
22 Boston Wharf Road
Boston, MA 02210

An educational session, worth one EDAC/AIA CEU titled: "Healthcare Acoustics--New Guidelines for Better Outcomes and Experiences" will be presented at 4:30 p.m. by an esteemed panel of experts who led the development of the new 2014 Facility Guidelines. Learn of several award-winning New England case studies that served as "beta-tests" for the development of the new national Guidelines acoustics criteria; Partners-MGH's new Lunder Building and Baystate Health's - Baystate Medical Center Hospital of the Future Mass Mutual Wing.

This event is FREE to CHD Affiliate Members, Sponsors and Sponsor Guests - please RSVP here.

Other professionals can attend for a small donation of $40.

More information including learning objectives can be found here.

We would like to thank our sponsors:


Meet the 2014 Changemaker Award Recipient

Avein Saaty-Tafoya, MD, MBA, HCM, EDAC, Chief Executive Officer, Adelante Healthcare, has been named the 2014 Changemaker by The Center for Health Design's Board of Directors.  Given annually, the award honors individuals or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional ability to change the way healthcare facilities are designed and built, and whose work has broad impact on the advancement of healthcare design.

As the CEO of Adelante Healthcare, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center with seven sites, Avein has overseen delivery of comprehensive primary care services to 40,000 patients in Phoenix and surrounding communities in Maricopa County, AZ since 2006.

Avein is an inspirational leader who has worked with Community Health Centers, Primary Care Associations, Hospitals and Health Plans in various capacities since 1996. Advocating for healthcare equality and access to care in the health center movement has allowed her an opportunity to apply her education in fine art, medicine, public health and business administration in order to make a meaningful difference.

"There are so many remarkable things about Avein”, stated Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Perkins+Will, and a member of the award selection committee, “including the way she has demonstrated that federally qualified health centers can aggressively pursue affordable, sustainable building and resource stewardship goals.”

Jain Malkin, CID, AAHID, EDAC, also an award selection committee member, went on to note, “Avein's dedication to clinical excellence is matched only by her passion for the aesthetics and functional aspects of the built environment. She views space planning as a strategic initiative to support care delivery innovation. Her approach to improving the health of the community includes offering on-site farmers market days and cooking classes focused on nutritious, local food. In addition, she has established the first LEED Platinum certified health center in the nation. She ensures sustainability statistics are presented to the community at large in an artistic manner to raise awareness of these issues. And, despite budget challenges, Avein's appreciation of art has forged close relationships with artists leading to the inclusion of original works of art throughout her facilities."

Avein will officially accept the Changemaker Award and be the keynote speaker on Monday, November 17, 2014 at the Healthcare Design Conference, in San Diego, CA.

 Preview the New EDAC Exam Prep Videos at Upcoming
EDAC Exam Summer Study Sessions

Get prepared for the EDAC Exam with two online Summer Study Sessions featuring the new EDAC Exam Prep Videos, followed by a live Q&A session with EDAC experts. The videos correspond to the three EDAC Study Guides, highlighting how to apply an evidence-based process to the design and development of healthcare settings, including measuring and reporting results.    Each study session will wrap up with attendees having the chance to get questions answered  and get one-on-one personal assistance from EDAC coaches. 

There are two ways to sign up for these study sessions:

  • Register for the EDAC Exam between now and July 15, 2014 and get FREE access to one online EDAC Exam Study Session.
    Login instructions will be emailed to new EDAC Exam registrants.

  • Already registered for the EDAC Exam but want to attend a summer study session?  You can sign up to attend one session for $75 by clicking on one of the dates below. Login instructions will be emailed once purchase is complete.

EDAC Exam Online Summer Study Session Dates

 July 22, 2014, 3:00 – 5:30 pm EDT

August 14, 2014, 3:00 – 5:30 pm EDT


EBD Journal Club
Join us for the next
EBD Journal Club, "Clinic Exam Room Design: Present and Future",
June 4, 2014.  Free and open to all, come and interact with authors who have recently published papers and articles.  Read more here.

2015 EFA Call for Presentations
Now you can be a part of the 2015 Environments for Aging Conference.  The Call for Presentations is now open.  Submit your proposal for EFA 2015 by July 18, 2014 for consideration here.

The 2014 Healthcare Design Conference Agenda is Now Live!
Mark your calendars and get registered for Healthcare Design 2014 - November 15-18, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA.   Click here to view the over 150 sessions offered!


New Book Explores How Doctors Can Improve Their Patient's Physical Surrondings
"Transforming the Doctors Office", - from location and layout to furnishings and positive distractions, this book provides evidence-based information about the physical environment, to help doctors and those who design medical work spaces, improve the experience of health care.
More information here.

A Living Library
The Knowledge Repository provides a one-stop, complete source of healthcare EBD research with additional key point summaries (now over 300), being added monthly, it will continue to grow and develop as healthcare design evolves.  Stop searching, start finding.

On-Demand ICONS and Innovators Webinar Library Increases Offerings
With over 20 on-demand webinars, there are now more CEU choices. Watch any or all on-demand ICONS and Innovators webinars at your convenience, here.

About Us:
The Center for Health Design is a nonprofit 501c(3) whose mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education and advocacy.

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