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The Center for Health Design - Currents Newsletter

January 26, 2017

The Scoop

The Great Unknown

This has been an eventful week. Last Friday brought the ushering in of a new President and with him a new political party majority. This was followed by millions of people worldwide coming together on Saturday, in distinctive hand knit pink hats, to stand up for ideals and issues of importance to them. Amongst the many concerns people were marching for, is access to affordable, quality healthcare. 

Although there is so much about the next four years we don’t yet know and even less we know about how any changes may impact healthcare, capital projects and in turn our industry, what we do know is that the need for physical spaces where people will go to receive their care will not diminish.  In fact, it is likely to continue to expand as we broaden the definition of a healthcare space to beyond the traditional physicians office or hospital patient room and the baby boomer population continues to age.

And so, like the millions who marched on Saturday, as an industry we continue to march on for what we believe in as well. We continue to champion for healthcare environments that are safe, accessible and patient-centric. We continue to champion for healthcare environments that contribute to health outcomes and the health of our communities. And we continue to raise the bar on what we expect from ourselves in creativity, resourcefulness and ingenuity so we can create healthcare environments that contribute to the quality of life of the patients, families and staff who are there every day. For if we don’t as the designers and keepers of healthcare environments, who will?

Be well,

Debra Levin, EDAC
President and CEO

Team-Based Health Care: Improved Patient Experience by Design

Team-based health care provides health services to individuals and families by a group of health providers who work collaboratively with patients and center care around the patient’s individual needs. This delivery model makes shared goals a priority in order to achieve coordinated, high-quality care. Growing in popularity due to mounting evidence of enhanced patient experience, this health care model is now used in several Colorado health care facilities.

In the team-based delivery model, providers are the leaders of the care team, which includes not only doctors, but also nurses, physical, speech and occupational therapists, and administrative support staff. Its purpose is to create a remarkable patient experience by engaging the patient at every point in the process, providing services to fit the patient’s needs, and making it easy for the patient to access the resources that support lifelong wellness. 
HC+O News, more ...

Massachusetts Hospital Adds Digital Welcome for Kids

Design firms spend a lot of time creating positive distractions in patient rooms, waiting spaces, and respite areas, all in an effort to reduce stress and create welcoming environments for patients and families. In pediatric facilities, those efforts are especially meaningful and can range from child-friendly artwork and graphics to interactive play sets and virtual reality experiences. Recently, Payette (Boston) embarked on a project that helped stretch the firm’s approach to these strategies as well as its understanding of the value of patient education.

The project began as the brainchild of 12-year-old Wendy Wooden, a patient at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHFC) in Boston, with a complex medical history resulting in long stays at the hospital. A couple of years ago, a family friend reached out to Wendy and her mom, Darcy Daniels, for advice on preparing for a hospital visit. The young patient was inspired to share her knowledge and experiences and decided to write a short narrative to help familiarize young patients and their families with what they might face inside the ED to alleviate some trepidation. Healthcare Design, more . . .

Hygiene's Technological Revolution

Technological advancements have made our daily lives more efficient and thorough. Lately, we've noticed technology's growing impact on hygiene. In fact, a new survey revealed that technology like modernized healthcare equipment can have a significant impact on making our lives healthier. In hospitals, we know that hygiene is paramount in mitigating infection spread. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) affect millions of patients worldwide each year, making them the most frequent adverse event in healthcare delivery around the globe. Because of this, it's a truly critical time to continue improving hygiene management within healthcare facilities.

To address this, various healthcare institutions are implementing Internet of Things (IoT) innovations to help better manage upkeep. Interconnected technology, technology that collects data and works together to improve efficiencies, offers environmental services managers a more effective way to gather information and oversee facilities. McKnight's, more...


NYC Health Facility Construction Boom Reflects Changes in Care

The robust market for health care facility construction in New York City is expected to continue into this year and beyond, according to "Healthy City: Inside New York City’s Hospital Building Boom," a new report from the New York Building Congress.

The Building Congress forecasts that health care construction spending in New York will increase to slightly more than $3.3 billion in 2017 from about $3 billion in 2016 for a total of about $6.3 billion over the two years.

The New York Building Congress asked New York hospitals to forecast construction spending for 2016 through 2020. Based on the responses, the Building Congress estimates that New York City hospitals will spend more than $10 billion on construction from 2016 through 2020. Of that amount, $8.2 billion in spending is slated for 2016 through 2018. 
Healthcare Facilities Management, 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.
Building Design + Construction, more . . . 


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San Francisco -
Save the Date and 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!





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

Show Your Expertise &
Submit Your Proposal to the  
2017 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference Call for Presentations 

Healthcare Design Expo & Conference

November 11-14, 2017

Gaylord Palms Resort & 
Convention Center
Orlando, FL 

Do you want to be a content expert at the 2017 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference? We are currently accepting presentation proposals for educational sessions and roundtable discussions.

But time is running out!
Presentation proposal submission deadline is 
February 1, 2017


Submit presentation ideas for consideration around:

  • patient safety and satisfaction
  • ambulatory care
  • remodeling/renovation/
  • impact of technology
  • clinical perspectives
  • high performance hospital/sustainable practices
  • design for wellness
  • innovations in facility planning and management
  • design challenges and solutions
  • specialty facilities and/or departments, (i.e. Oncology, Pediatrics, Behavior Health, OR, ED, etc.)
  • strategies for financing and operations
  • international trends and practices
  • other topics of relevance to the healthcare design industry

With over 4,000 industry professionals representing an array of countries, backgrounds and industries, Healthcare Design Expo & Conference attendees can earn continuing education credits, network with peers, and influence the direction of the industry as it advances into the future.


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.


Patient-Centered Medical Home Design Evaluation Checklist 

This tool provides healthcare designers and professionals with patient-centered medical home principles/goals and how environmental, operational and people measures can be implemented to achieve said goal. 


Member Projects

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

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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