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The Center for Health Design - Currents Newsletter

February 9, 2017

The Scoop

Staying in the Know

At The Center, we enjoy talking with all of you to find out what you're doing and what you need to keep on top of the challenges you're facing today. To that end, we strive to include in our newsletters our latest resources and tools, providing you with knowledge that's actionable, knowledge you can hopefully quickly incorporate into your projects, along with the latest industry news to see what others are doing.

Below are some of our most recent resources that, thanks to our partners, J+J Flooring Group and Steelcase Health, are available free to all.

Hopefully, you find all of the resources in this newsletter interesting and helpful.  Be sure to share them with 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

Cape Cod Facility Renovates for Aging Population

The completed expansion and renovation of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod (SCC), Sandwich, Mass., will help the health facility to prepare for a projected increase in demand for outpatient services in a region with a high concentration of elderly persons.  

The design of the two-story, 6,230-square-foot addition and renovation of 12,800 square feet of space in the existing hospital was led by Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), Boston.

As the region’s only rehab hospital, the 76,900-square-foot, 60-bed facility anticipates getting 21,000 more outpatient visits per year. Cape Cod has one of the largest concentrations of senior citizens in the country, and the number of residents 65 and older is predicted to more than double between 2015 and 2030. 
Heath Facilities Management, more ...


Texas System Plans First Microhospital

Christus Southeast Texas Health System is looking to create the area’s first micro-hospital.

Christus recently acquired a 6.2 acre lot southwest of the new Christus Outpatient Center under construction to develop the hospital.

“A micro-hospital operates 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, meets all federal and sate licensing and regulatory requirements and offers a condensed number of inpatient beds for observation and short stays,” Ryan Miller, Christus Southeast Texas Health System president of ambulatory services, said. The Orange Leader, more . . .


6 Behavioral Health Design Trends*

HGA has designed behavioral health facilities across the country—including several mental health units within hospitals and numerous addiction treatment facilities—and has identified six approaches that not only help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues but also fully address the needs of patients’ physical and mental well-being. Consideration of these trends in healthcare planning and design can positively impact costs, functional capabilities, and safety for patients and staff.

1. Quick patient assessment
While our culture generally accepts the notion that it’s necessary to go see a doctor if one isn’t feeling well physically, it isn’t as accepted for one to see a professional if not feeling well mentally. Therefore, those suffering from mental health disorders often aren’t identified or treated in an appropriate and timely manner and may end up in the hospital emergency department in a state of crisis.

Unless emergency departments have the right professionals prepared to address these specific crises and assess patients’ mental health needs, the experience in emergency may do them more harm than good. Healthcare Design, more...

*Join us for a webinar today, 11:00 AM PST/2:00 EST- "Mental and Behavioral Health Facilities: Critical Design Issues".


Has ‘Green’ Delivered on its Promise to the Healthcare Sector?

The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health, and productivity, according to the US Green Building Council (USGBC). In the United States alone, buildings account for:
* 65% of electricity consumption
* 36% of energy use
* 40% of greenhouse gas emissions
* 30% of raw materials use
* 30% of waste output (136 million tons annually)
* 12% of potable water consumption

When you think about these statistics, it’s no wonder that a movement toward sustainability has been underway for the past 16 years. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), first introduced in 2000, is an ecology-oriented building certification program run under the auspices of the USGBC. LEED concentrates its efforts on improving performance across five key areas of environmental and human health: energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials selection, sustainable site development and water savings. Building Design + Construction, more . . . 


A Survey Challenges the Efficacy of Decentralized Nurses Station Design

When evidence-based design collides with conventional wisdom, the outcome will sometimes be disruptive.

Take, for example, the generally accepted advantages in patient care and observation related to decentralizing nurses’ stations in hospitals, which is becoming standard practice for healthcare clients and their AEC partners.

A recent evaluation of a renovated Missouri hospital, conducted by University of Kansas faculty members, raised questions about the impact of decentralization on patient satisfaction and the communication among nursing teams within the facility.
Building Design + Construction, more . . . 





San Francisco -
Join Us for a Health Design Insights Networking Event 

February 23, 2017
5:00 - 8:00 pm
(doors open at 4:30 pm)

San Francisco AIA Office
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA

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

This event is FREE to CHD Affiliate Members and Partners. Non-members can attend for a $40 donation. 

Other Upcoming Health Design Insights Events: 

Washington DC, April 27, 2017

Boston, MA, June 22, 2017

New York, NY, September 14, 2017

Stay tuned - more events to come!




The Center's Knowledge Repository

A complete, user-friendly library of healthcare design resources that continues to grow with the latest research - it's the place to start all of your searches for articles and research citations on healthcare design topics. 

Enjoy this free resource with over 559 key pont summaries here.


We invite you

to take advantage of
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

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.


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. 

Design Insights & Strategies Tool

The patient room, the most repetitive space in acute care facilities, offers many opportunities to incorporate evidence-based design features. This set of interactive diagrams provides access to the healthcare design evidence base in an accessible and actionable format.

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