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March 17, 2016

The Scoop

Where Will Healthcare Innovation Come From? 
Healthcare is an industry as much as a science. Innovations that enable the system to deliver better quality at a lower cost are as likely to come from IT, business processes, and design as from new medicines. Moving medicine fully into the digital world could be the linchpin of a more integrated, coordinated approach, if the technology can mesh neatly with the needs of patients, providers, and payers; existing business models; and the complexity of medicine itself. Yale Insights, more...


How the Affordable Care Act has affected healthcare real estate development 
Although the ACA was signed into law in March 23, 2010, it’s hard to say when we first saw the impact in the healthcare development and construction industry. When the law came about, we were just beginning to come out of a deep recession, trends toward consumer based healthcare services were already shifting, and the retired baby boomer population continued to grow. URBANLANDmore ...


Reducing Visual Overload in the ED
Cleveland Clinic has been working to standardize its design aesthetic over the years to create a unified identity for its facilities while improving patient care with an environment that helps to lessen stress and anxiety. Healthcare Design, more... 


Can a Hospital Be a Global Citizen? 
Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children has set itself the task of not only serving as a top clinical and research facility, but also disseminating knowledge throughout the world. Dr. Michael Apkon ’02, the hospital’s president and CEO, talks with Yale Insights about his role and the hospital’s global approach.  Yale Insights, more...


Intensifying HAI prevention: Standardized manual cleaning plus UV disinfection equals best current practice  
Although healthcare-associated infections have been a concern for decades, the stakes have been raised in recent years by the discovery of multi-drug-resistant pathogens that can do more harm to patients and staff than ever before. Today, reducing infection risk is not only mandatory, it’s urgent. And environmental services (EVS) teams are on the front lines. Healthcare Facilities Today, more...


Green buildings save more than money 
As you read this, take a look around you. The floor beneath your feet may be off-gassing formaldehyde. The carpet may be emitting other volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) that irritate the throat and cause headaches. You might have limited access to fresh air. Your chair (or couch) was probably treated with flame-retardants, linked to loss of memory and fertility. Your walls might be covered with toxic paint. You might have harsh, ubiquitous cleaning products in your cupboards. And there might be hidden mold. Common Ground, more...


12 Architects Selected to Receive the 2016 American Institute of Architects' Young Architects Award
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 12 recipients for the 2016 AIA Young Architects Award.  Young Architects are defined as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age.  This award, now in its 23rd year, honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession early in their careers. AECC, more...

Best of Stand-Alone Memory Care 2015:
Setting a New Standard

A 3-year-old boy came to Abe’s Garden last September, on the first night that visitors were welcomed to the new memory care building in Nashville. He clambered on the rocks and felled trees in the expansive courtyard, until he paused to say, “I love it here. Can I come back tomorrow?”

“I don’t know many communities that hear that very often,” says Kim Hawkins, principal with Hawkins Partners Inc. and the landscape architect on the project, who witnessed the moment. “That was a clue we were doing something right.”  Senior Housing News, more...




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Regional Networking Events are All About Community!

What’s new in healthcare design? What’s changing? Who’s doing what and where? And what do your local colleagues think about it all?

Join us for “Innovations in Healthcare Design” — your chance to catch up on the latest industry buzz, connect with colleagues in a casual setting over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and still get home in time for your favorite show. These regional networking events feature an educational session worth 1 EDAC/AIA CEU, and plenty of social time to meet and connect with the local healthcare design community. Click on the links below to register today!

Washington DC - April 14

Chicago - May 12

Boston - June 23 

New York - September 22




Evaluation and feedback are key to improving the built environment, especially when it involves the larger community. A post-occupancy evaluation (POE) of an ambulatory care building can provide insight on: 

> identifying and solving problems in the built environment

> fine-tuning the building according to user needs and feedback

> ongoing building adaptions due to changing organizational needs

Enjoy this free resource here.


We invite you
to take advantage of Early Bird Savings for The Emergency Department - Considerations for Innovation & Strategic Design Workshop

May 11-12, 2016
Merchandise Mart, 
Chicago, IL

Early Bird Savings ends March 30, 2016

Obtain insight and answers in this 1.5 day collaborative workshop intended to enable ED professionals to employ proven physical design strategies and methodologies. More information here.



A Guide to Real-World Evaluations of Primary Care Interventions: Some Practical Advice
Strategic evaluation = key 2 assessing Patient-Centered Medical Home.

The 25 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the World
Dallas medical center combines glass, amenities, retail shops into dramatic modern design.

WASHING Away Diseases Two Hands at a Time
Annually, 200 million+ people worldwide celebrate Global Handwashing Day.

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