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Upcoming Webinar Explores the Challenge of Designing a Behavioral Healthcare Setting within an Emergency Department

August 28, 2014
11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern

Behavioral health settings guided by strict safety design measures often result in spaces that are stark, plain, and isolated - potentially exacerbating environmental stressors and escalating already difficult patient situations. Acute care emergency settings have a particular set of challenges as EDs are predicting increased visits from behavioral health patients. As a result, designers and caregivers are tasked with providing solutions that meet the needs of a diverse behavioral health patient mix, while designing a space that is non-institutional and calming to patients.

The project team for the UnityPoint Health Emergency Department in Rock Island, IL, faced with the challenge of designing a behavioral health care setting, hypothesized that the creation of a Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) with a “Living Room Concept” would provide a higher quality of care to patients while assisting in the staff’s ability to quickly consult and treat a diverse set of patients entering the ED.

During this webinar, Deborah A. Sheehan, ACHE, EDAC, LEED AP and
Jocelyn M. Stroupe, AAHID, IIDA, ASID, EDAC will:

  • Describe how to use integrated behavioral care delivery models to inform the facility design process
  • Determine the key measurable constructs to consider when planning a behavioral health facility project
  • Understand the facility design components for treating increased number of behavioral health patients in the ED
  • Identify the process issues inherent with addressing the care of behavioral health patient in the ED setting

To learn more about the webinar and for detailed biographies,
click here.

Did you miss last month's webinar, "Color for Healthcare Spaces - Using Science and Research to Select Surfaces, Lights and Patterns"
Not to worry, you can find it in our on-demand webinar library.


New York - Join Us for a Healthcare Facility
Networking & Design Event (Pecha Kucha)

Thursday, September 18, 2014
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Steelcase Showroom
4 Columbus Circle
New York, New York 10019


What's Pecha Kucha?  It's an informal, energetic, creative, short format presentation, and it's what attendees to our New York Healthcare Facility Networking & Design event will experience. A short panel discussion will follow the  "Innovations in Healthcare Design" Pecha Kuchas, (worth one EDAC/AIA credit), and we'll wrap up the evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park.Come meet and  connect with CHD Affiliate members and the regional healthcare design community and watch a Pecha Kucha! 

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.

Sponsored by:


Attention Healthcare Providers, Architects, Designers:
Essential Evidence-Based Design Book
...Now at 75% Off!

"Jain Malkin's deep insights and long experience as an accomplished healthcare designer illuminate this broad survey of evidence-based design research."
Roger S. Ulrich, Ph.D.
A Visual Reference for Evidence-Based Design, the definitive guide to bold, fresh approaches to patient care, is now on sale, but only for a limited time. The built environment is a powerful force in shaping a patients's experience and can even influence patient clinical outcomes. In this must-have resource you'll find bold new approaches to patient care and:
  • extensive research combined with dozens of case studies
  • the best practices available today in patient-centered projects
  • more than 300 full-color annotated project photos and architectural plans
  • a step-by-step guide to creating a research agenda

Chapter 1 is available for download, FREE

Until September 30, this book is on sale for $50.00 -
that's a savings of $149.00!


Author Information:
Jain Malkin, CID, AAHID, EDAC, is founder of the firm Jain Malkin Inc., a leader in the field of evidence-based design for healthcare facilities. The author of several books on healthcare design, she consults from her studio in La Jolla, California. Malkin serves on the board of The Center for Health Design and lectures widely on excellence in healthcare facility design.

Why is patient safety and the design of the patient experience so important? 
Hear Jain's answer.


HCD 2014: Providing Attendees with the Latest Research
The Healthcare Design Conference boasts more than 100 educational sessions providing the latest research, trends, and strategies in healthcare design and operations. 
Get registered today.


New Investigator Research Award
Supporting high quality research studies by new investigators in the field of evidence-based healthcare facility design,  this award is open to graduate students, and other recent research degree recipients.  Deadline for submissions is September 2, 2014. More information here.

WEBINAR: Design Research adn Behavioral Health Facilities 
 an overview of the research findings and existing trends with the interest of determining the state of knowledge regarding design of behavioral health facilities,.
September 4, 2014,
11:00 am Pacific/
2:00 pm Eastern
More information here.


Restorative Outdoor Spaces Authoritative Guide Now Available
"Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces" provides guidelines for designers in a variety of healing garden projects.  
More information here.

Healthcare Leadership:
EBD Resources for Healthcare Executives

Free downloadable white papers and webcasts designed to support healthcare leaders implement evidence-based design into projects.  More information here.

Join the CHD Affiliate Members Community
Affiliate members now receive a FREE annual digital subscription to Research Design Connections with a database of more than 1,800 articles.  Learn more about the benefits of membership, 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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