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The Center for Health Design - Currents Newsletter

October 27, 2016

The Scoop

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We understand that everyone is inundated with hundreds of emails on a weekly basis and only want to take up your valuable inbox space with news and information that adds value to your work and is of interest to you. To that end, we are continually working to improve the value of this bimonthly newsletter and bring you resources not only from The Center for Health Design about our activities but also news from other sources around our industry you might have missed.

I welcome your feedback on how we can make this newsletter most useful to you.  Do you want us to focus more on Center activities or the general industry, or do you like a mix? Do you like the link to Center tools and resources on topics that potentially impact your work? Is there something missing that we should be including?

Drop me an email with your thoughts. We can only get better with constant feedback from you so my email box is always open.  If you have something to share, drop me a note at I’d love to hear from you. 

Be well,

Debra Levin, EDAC
President and CEO


Six Contributing Factors to Patient Falls and How to Address Them

Preventing patient falls is a pain point for many hospitals. But, a report released  by the American Hospital Association's Health Research & Educational Trust offers five hospital case studies that may help others to reduce falls.

The report, "Preventing Patient Falls: A Systematic Approach from the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Project", saw seven U.S. hospitals use a “robust process improvement approach” consisting of tools from Lean Six Sigma as well as change management methodologies to reduce falls with injury on pilot units within their facilities.

Five of the seven hospitals submitted data from the project and, on average, the organizations reduced the falls with injury rate by 62 percent, which was accompanied by a 35 percent reduction in the overall falls rate. If the robust process approach is applied to a typical 200-bed hospital, staff can expect 72 fewer injuries and $1 million in costs saved, the report states.  Hospitals & Health Networks, more...


Health Care Systems Find that Smaller Hospitals Meet the Mission 

To commemorate one year of operation, SCL Health, Broomfield, Colo., just celebrated the anniversary of its new community hospital in Westminster, Colo., with families from nearby communities. This was not just any community hospital, but a microhospital, an example of a growing trend for health systems trying to bring fast, comprehensive lower-acuity treatment to the community in an affordable way.

Going small is a strategy that some health systems are utilizing in a few states in the West and Southwest so far, with at least one system in the Midwest about to follow suit. The system plans to open three more microhospitals in the Denver area in addition to the one celebrating its first anniversary, and Mike Slubowski, president and CEO, believes microhospitals have a role in health care.

“It definitely is a trend, among many trends occurring in health care, to create more accessible, cost-effective access points and alternative delivery models,” he says.

Though no two facilities are alike, the small-scale, fully licensed inpatient facilities range from 15,000 to 50,000 square feet and are open daily around the clock. They generally house eight to 10 inpatient beds and include a similar number of emergency treatment and triage rooms, along with primary and specialty care physicians and other outpatient clinical services located in the same building. Hospital stays longer than 48 hours are sent to higher-acuity settings. Health Facilities Management, more...


Interior Designers Understand Value of Health, Wellness in Built Environment

The  American Society of Interior Designers was a featured research partner in the new SmartMarket Report by Dodge Data & Analytics. “The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016: Tactical Intelligence to Transform Building Design and Construction SmartMarket Report” reveals that the business benefits of healthier buildings are driving increased attention across the design and construction industry to factors that impact physical health, social health, mental health and well-being, and are leading building owners, developers, managers and investors to an increased interest in creating healthier buildings.

ASID assisted in crafting the survey used to collect data for the report and played a key role in distributing the survey to the Society’s interior designer members. Health, wellness and well-being in the built environment are central to the ASID mission.

Information revealed in the SmartMarket report shows that the interior design community is at the forefront of acknowledging the importance of creating healthier buildings and environments, with interior designers and architects credited with leading the industry in the use of healthy building practices. Additionally, interior designers were found to be in alignment with owners’ goals for “happier and healthier building occupants.”  Medical Constuction & Design, more...


Health Care Design Caters to Autism Spectrum Disorder

More and more people are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For health care construction and design professionals, this means that a greater understanding of the special requirements of this growing patient demographic is needed to create spaces that are optimized to their wellbeing.

Special Design Requirements

Many autistic children are highly sensitive to the sight, sound and feel of their environment. Therefore, autism-friendly spaces need to pay close attention to texture, uniformity, acoustics and lighting conditions.

For ASD patients, designers should consider ways to eliminate excess noise that can be distracting and create a sensory overload for the patient. Therefore, window and door solutions need to have sound-dampening capabilities. Good observation is required to allow staff to readily monitor patients without them feeling infringed. Personal space and privacy are essential to many ASD patients. Care should be taken to reduce any sounds, rattles and related noises. This eliminates blinds, curtains and exterior shades as privacy solutions. Insulation from other noises in the environment is important for similar reasons.

Indirect lighting should be used, and lighting needs to be adjustable to ensure protection from over-bright lights and glare, both of which can be distressing to ASD patients. Emphasis should be placed on natural lighting. Uniformity of textures and design can help create a soothingly consistent environment. Design elements should be simple and familiar, both in terms of reduction in detail and palette of materials, as ASD patients can get distracted or absorbed in minutiae. HC+O News, more...



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An Inspirational & Practical Approach to Design
Highlighted at Pre-conference Workshops


Going to Healthcare Design Expo & Conference?  Once registered, you can reserve your spot in the EBD coaching pre-conference workshop that explores the practical application of evidence-based design into your projects. Then, get prepared for the EDAC Exam with a comprehensive study session taught by industry experts.  

Saturday, November 12

W01 - Coaching Workshop, Practical Application of Evidence-Based Design 

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

This unique workshop is an excellent opportunity to bring EBD concepts into practice, offering an introduction to EBD as well as personal consultation about how to integrate the EBD process into your project(s).

W06 - EDAC Examination Preparation Workshop

(3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

This comprehensive study session prepares you to take the EDAC exam by offering general information about the exam, the types of questions on the exam, a detailed review of the three study guides, an overview of the five domains included on the Exam Content Outline, a summary of key concepts, and time for Q&A.

Monday, November 14

EDAC Exam 

11:00 am - 1:00 pm OR
5:00 - 7:00 pm

HCD conference attendees have the opportunity to take the EDAC Exam at conference and take advantage of a 10% discount + risk free offer - you can retake the exam once at no charge if you do not pass.  








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 Be a Part of Our VIP Reception at Healthcare Design

Each year at Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, we get together at our VIP reception with top industry professionals and organizations who are a part of our CHD Affiliates, Affiliate+ members and partner community.  These members meet not only at this annual event, but also throughout the year as our guests at regional networking receptions, that include one hour CEU sessions. Members also enjoy discounts on most CHD products and educational tools. 

Want to become a part of this prestigious community who is fostering the EBD movement and advancing our work through their support? It's easy - click here to learn more or contact Lynn Kenney to learn of membership options and decide which is best for you.  

Get your invitation to join us in Houston at our VIP reception at Healthcare Design Expo & Conference.  

Questions about Affiliate or Affiliate+ membership?

Contact Lynn Kenney, Director of Industry Relations at 925.521.9404, ext. 134 or


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. 


Knowledge Repository

A complete, user-friendly library of healthcare design resources that continues to grow with the latest research. Start with our Knowledge Repository for all of your searches for articles and research citations on healthcare design topics.


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 the HERD Journal, and learn as they share ways to put their research into practice. See all past EBD Journal Clubs, here.



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