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March 23, 2017

The Scoop

Spring Cleaning Without Getting Dirty

Spring cleaning brings an opportunity to get organized in a new and fresh way. And with that organization often comes increased productivity.  At The Center, we want to make finding and using our resources easy for our community, allowing you to be more productive with your time. To that end, we hope you will take advantage of our latest offerings and tools including: 

Included in this newsletter are some of our latest resources and tools, providing you with knowledge that's actionable, knowledge you can quickly incorporate into your projects, along with the latest industry news to see what others are doing.

Thanks to our partners, J+J Flooring Group and Steelcase Health, the resources listed below are available free to all.

The resources and tools we provide are meant to be shared - make sure to pass them along to your team and as always, let me know what tools and resources have been helpful to you in the past, and we'll feature them in our future newsletters.

Be well,

Debra Levin, EDAC
President and CEO


Industry News Briefs


Adaptive Reuse of Building Provides Healthcare to Community

As modern care delivery increasingly focuses on the whole person, the healthcare built environment is changing to reflect that. Many hospital systems today are establishing outpatient care locations—clinics—in underserved suburban communities. The move decentralizes care and improves wellness, bringing services closer to patients’ homes.

These new suburban clinics are often located in highly visible areas—such as retail strips or shopping centers—with easy access to public and private transportation. From the facilities planning perspective, locating clinics and accompanying parking in a location with lower leasing rates increases the convenience for patients and decreases clients’ operational costs. Choosing a site for such a clinic is contingent on proximity to a strong medical center’s resources and avoiding redundancies by not building too close to other clinics’ service areas.
Healthcare Design, more . . .


Developing a New International Healthcare Standard

In 2010, the Danish healthcare system sent a study team to the United States to visit best-of-class hospitals and observe best practices in facilities design. The team’s U.S. tour was part of the system’s initiative to renew and expand Denmark’s aging facilities and improve the quality of care as there had not been any significant, new hospital development in the last 30-40 years. Among the contacts they made during their visits was a group of medical planners and designers from EYP Health (formerly WHR Architects).

Those initial meetings revealed a mutual interest in developing a new international model for healthcare facilities that would leverage not only U.S. expertise and resources, but also the strengths of leading thinkers and designers from many critical disciplines across multiple countries, including Denmark.
Medical Construction & Design, more ...


Renovated Façade Boosts Emergency Department Visibility and Accessibility

Patients were presented a challenging scenario when trying to access the emergency department (ED) at Methodist South Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. While the main hospital entrance was clearly marked, the ED on the other side of campus was hidden behind trees and had only a small illuminated sign to indicate its location. “When you’re in a time of crisis, you want everything to be as easy as possible,” says Jason Jackson, lead design architect at Brg3s Architects (Memphis, Tenn.). “If you hadn’t been here before, you wouldn’t know where to go.” Additionally, tan brick covered most of the campus buildings, creating “this ambiguous massing of a hospital,” Jackson says. “There were no clues as to what [buildings] did what services.”

In 2013, the firm began working with Methodist South on a phased expansion and renovation project that included adding 13,371 square feet to the ED and renovating the existing staff and exam spaces to improve patient flow and minimize staff travel. Healthcare Design, more . . 

For more Emergency Department design innovations and facility-based solutions, come to The Emergency Department Workshop, more information here.


Bronson Methodist Hospital's design still groundbreaking nearly two decades later

Seventeen years after its completion, Bronson Methodist Hospital is still being recognized for its forward-thinking design. The replacement hospital was completed in 2000, but its conception dates to a master plan devised in 1993. At the time of its origin, the downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., health system faced growing demand, and its efforts to keep up resulted in piecemeal projects that worked in the moment but ultimately would put a strain on long-term efficiency.

Although its challenges were great, those working on the design team for the new facility knew that the design also could translate into ample opportunity for the hospital to improve patient care while keeping its long-standing commitment to downtown Kalamazoo.
Health Facilities Management, more...




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LAST CHANCE to Get Early Bird Savings for the 7th Annual Emergency Department Workshop!

May 9-10, 2017

The Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Early Bird Pricing Ends
March 31, 2017

Join us for this seventh annual interactive, collaborative, problem-solving experience intended to enable Emergency Department professionals to employ proven physical design strategies and methodologies.

Designing a new or renovating an existing emergency department is a high stakes opportunity.  Today, more than ever, emergency department directors balance a range of competing priorities, including;

  • increased volume and patient acuity

  • primary care staffing shortages

  • overcrowding

  • delayed “up-stream” throughput, and other system bottle-necks

At this two-day event, you’ll learn how to evaluate those challenges and solve them using design innovations and facility based solutions.

Taught by nationally recognized experts, this workshop uncovers and offers a review of design methodologies, benchmark challenges inherent in today’s emergency departments, how to quantify and measure those challenges and explore innovations, processes and facility-based solutions. You will obtain insight into optimal patient flow, research-based process, design interventions and strategies that improve clinical outcomes, quality of care, and patient safety and satisfaction. 

Learn more here.






Safety Risk Assessment Toolkit

This Safety Risk Assessment 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 join us for Health Design Insights Networking Events

Come meet and connect with CHD Affiliate members and the regional healthcare design community for "Innovations in Healthcare Design" - an informal, creative presentation, (worth one EDAC/AIA credit) at 5:00 p.m., followed by wine and hors d’oeuvres.

These events are FREE to CHD Affiliate Members and Partners. Non-members can attend for a $40 donation. 

Upcoming Health Design Insights Events: 

Washington DC,
April 27, 2017

Boston, MA,
May 18, 2017

New York, NY, September 14, 2017

Stay tuned - more events to come!


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. 

State-of-the-Art Medical Center Provides Senior Services Designed to Accommodate an Aging Population

The well-thought-out design elements incorporated throughout the senior hospital units help to meet these and other challenges, and to support the comfort and safety of older patients.

Community Health Center Facility Evaluation Tool

With support from the Kresge Foundation, The Center for Health Design has developed a standardized Community Health Center Facility Evaluation tool that supports design for population health. The tool is intended to support both design and post-occupancy evaluation of built projects with respect to population health goals. 

The Center for Health Design is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education and advocacy. Looking for ways to support our work? Contact us.

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