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The Center for Health Design - Currents Newsletter

February 23, 2017

The Scoop

Changemakers Shape Our Future

It's already that time of year again - when we ask our community to nominate an individual or an organization that has made a difference in the world of healthcare facility design for the Changemaker Award. Given annually by The Center for Health Design's Board of Directors at Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, this award honors individuals or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional ability to change the way healthcare facilities are designed and built, and whose work has a broad impact on the advancement of healthcare design.  Past honorees read like a "Who's Who" in our community.  To read more about the award, see who's won in the past and to submit a nomination before February 28, click here.  

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 resouces 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

Pediatric Behavioral Health Facilities Balance Dignity, Safety

The case for more and better mental health care has never been louder as communities struggle with years of neglected services and overwhelmed emergency departments. With greater understanding of the links between behavioral health and physical health, the focus is sharper than ever on mental health services.

However, the picture of what behavioral health care looks like is unclear for most providers. By understanding the differences, organizations can pursue designs that communicate an appropriate welcoming message. The design strategy is one that is human-centered, finding a balance between dignity and safety. With a patient whose world is out of proportion, the idea is that the environment becomes part of the care regimen to help ground the patient back to reality. 
Heath Facilities Management, more ...


Four Things Providers Can Address Now to Prepare for Changes under the New Administration

No one can predict the future of health care under a new administration or predict precisely when and how the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) successor will become the new law of the land. We don't know how stakeholders—including consumers—will be affected, or how far the regulatory changes will reach. In times like this, it's tempting to sit back and wait until the direction is clear. 

But that could be a mistake. The industry should not become paralyzed in the face of uncertainty. Now is the time to focus on the things that are and will continue to be critically important. It's the time to focus on what I like to call the four “Cs” of health care: cost, customers, clinical quality, and consolidation. Regardless of what comes down from Washington, these fundamental elements will continue to be central and perhaps even more important to health care effectiveness and efficiency at the local, regional, and national levels. 
Modern Healthcare, more . . .


Paying for Population Health

Trinity Health system executives take home heftier paychecks when they keep patients healthy and out of the hospital. The annual incentive pay for each executive, including the 93-hospital system's CEO, is docked if Trinity's total patient population doesn't show reduced rates of obesity, smoking, readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions. Hitting financial targets, on the other hand, receives little weight in the incentive plan.

Trinity's strategy is a sharp departure from the status quo of CEO pay packages where financial incentives have long dominated. But it is a surefire way to focus top leaders' attention on the health system's mission to deliver better outcomes and lower costs to patients in the 22 states where it operates. “It's important to make sure you align incentives with desired outcomes,” Trinity CEO Dr. Richard Gilfillan said. 

Trinity's board of directors sets performance goals each year. Ten percent or more of each eligible executive's total pay is put at risk. Of that amount, 20% is tied to reducing hospital-acquired infections and decreasing readmissions; 20% to smoking and pediatric obesity rates; 20% to patient satisfaction; and 20% to workforce engagement. The Livonia, Mich.-based system's operating performance accounts for the final 20% of the at-risk pay.
Modern Healthcare, more...

Join us for a webinar today, 11:00 AM PST/2:00 EST- "Helping People Lead Healthy Lives".


Urgent Care Centers: True Pioneers of Retail Healthcare Delivery

The nearly 7,100 urgent care centers operating in the U.S. see nearly 160 million patients a year, according to the latest estimate by the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA). To say the competition for these patients is fierce would be an understatement: Urgent care is about as close to retail as healthcare gets.
Building Design + Construction, more . . . 


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Make sure 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

These challenges are coupled with the need to continually adapt to ever changing technology, ensure emergency preparedness and deliver in an era of accountable care.

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 (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 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: 

San Francisco, February 23, 2017

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.


Member Projects

Come see the projects The Center's Affiliate members are working on, including the project's mission, vision and lessons learned.

Clinic Design Post-Occupancy Evaluation Toolkit

Evaluation and feedback are key to improving the built environment, especially when it involves the larger community.


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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