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The Center for Health Design - Currents Newsletter

April 14, 2016

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Rehabilitation Care: Preparing for The Future

Strategically planned bed growth in rehabilitation care is primarily being inspired by meeting the needs of baby boomers and beyond. On the inpatient side, emphasis on single-occupancy post-acute rooms is expected to continue, says Brenna Costello, principal and medical planner with SmithGroupJJR. However, it’s not just the size of that patient population and age-related ailments that are pushing growth. Healthcare Designmore...

The Academy on Architecture for Health Foundation​ Announces the George J. Mann Student Travel Prize

This award has been established in honor of George J. Mann, AIA, Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA Endowed Professor in Health Facilities Design at Texas A&M, to support travel expenses for students pursuing a healthcare architecture education. Applications will be accepted through May 22, 2016.  More information here.

Just Turned 40? An Architect Says It's Time To Design For Aging

When Architect Matthias Hollwich was approaching 40, he wondered what the next 40 years of his life might look like. He looked into the architecture that serves older adults, places like retirement communities and assisted living facilities, and didn't like what he saw. But what if we changed our habits earlier in life so we could stay in the communities we already live in?  
Health News from NPR  more... 


5 Implications for Hospitals Now that Retail is Health Care's New Front Door

There’s a new front door to the U.S. health care system, and it’s not your hospital’s emergency department or doctors' offices.

A new report, released Wednesday by Oliver Wyman, says it’s actually retail health clinics, located down the street at places like Walgreens and CVS. While some docs may believe that there’s no comparison between the two types of visits, interviews with 2,000 individuals show that consumers feel differently.  H&HN, more...

For more trends in Emergency Department design,
come to our workshop, more information here.


Hospital air helps transmit antibiotic-resistant bacteria, study finds

The emergence of bacterial resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics poses a serious challenge to the treatment of various infections, particularly so if bacteria are spreading through the air in hospitals, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Authors of the study investigated the presence of beta-lactam–resistant bacteria in hospital air by collecting 64 air samples in four hospital wards. They screened for the presence of five common beta-lactamase–encoding genes.  Becker's Healthcare, more...


Post-occupancy evaluation shows the benefits of evidence-based design​

Monitoring and evaluating how a building performs, particularly when it comes to highly measurable aspects like energy efficiency and noise transfer, is common practice across the construction sector.

However, there is an ever increasing demand for wider insight into the human aspects of a building’s functionality, such as how a specific design or layout affects occupants. Construction News, more...


Transitioning to Value-Based Healthcare: Building Blocks for Effective Analytics

The success of provider organizations is increasingly dependent on analytics to influence planning and execution. CIOs must update core analytics capabilities to keep pace with the intense demands for data and information needed to deliver quality care and conduct business under value-based models. Gartner, Inc., more...


Insights From Physicians, Patients Help Shape Future Design

It’s long been recognized that the delivery of healthcare in the U.S. doesn’t quite stack up against that of other peer countries across the world, ranking low comparatively on effectiveness, quality, and even healthy living, said Jim Miller, executive vice president of JE Dunn Construction—“We should not be proud of this.” Healthcare Designmore...






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Join Colleagues and Explore the Future of Emergency Department Innovation and Design

May 11-12, 2016
Chicago, IL

The current attendee list includes: 

  • Johns Hopkins Health System
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • ZGF Architects
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • The University of Kansas
  • Interior Health Systems
  • Excela Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Danis Building Construction Company
  • Array Architects
  • Perkins+Will

and many more. Join us and work alongside expert faculty to address a range of competing emergency department priorities.​


See the faculty, agenda and
ore information here.





Safety Risk Assessment Toolkit

This Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) toolkit helps healthcare design teams proactively identify and mitigate built environment conditions that may impact patient and worker safety in healthcare environments.  Through extensive review of research, consensus building with industry experts, and pilot testing, the SRA toolkit was created to support the 2014 FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities. 

Enjoy this free resource here.


We invite you
to take advantage of of the Spring EDAC Special

Register for the EDAC exam by April 30, 2016, and receive two useful tools:

(1) Perception of Cleanliness Issue Brief
Research shows that in the environment, cleanliness plays an important role in the perception of patient care and improving HCAHPS scores. The Center for Health Design’s latest issue brief examines how to define and measure environmental cleanliness and discusses how the built environment helps achieve “clean” goals.

(2) A Practitioner's Guide to 
Evidence-Based Design

Written by leaders in the field, this book bridges the gap between theory and practice in the design of healthcare facilities. It provides a practical reference guide for all who need to know how to improve the outcomes of patients by designing our healthcare facilities better through the implementation of evidence-based design.

 More information here.


Classic Resources
Free resources and tools to advance best practices and demonstrate the value of design to improve health outcomes, patient experience of care, and provider/staff satisfaction and performance. 

EBD Journal Clubs

Evidence-Based Design (EBD) Journal Clubs are free, open to all and provide one EDAC/AIA CEU. These sessions provide opportunities to interact with authors who have recently published EBD papers and articles in peer-reviewed journals such as HERD and learn as they share ways to put their research into practice.   See all past and upcoming EBD Journal Clubs, here.

Applying the “Broken Windows” Theory to Healthcare​

It’s the little things that matter when it comes to the message you are sending your patients and their families.​ 

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