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June 15, 2017

The Scoop

Millennials to Boomers

It's interesting how we label the different generations and assign them general characteristics, as if a whole generation can be lumped together and described as one. And yet it is true that each generation often does have common needs and traits, and various industries from retail to healthcare use these general understandings to create products and services tailored to a distinct generation.

Sometimes though, the needs or wants of one generation are completely different from, or even at odds with another generation. Other times, there are cross-over similarities that can be addressed through universal design. Initially, universal design was a term used only when in reference to accessibility through design and was typically used in regards to designing for aging in place.

But an upcoming free webinar sponsored by J+J Flooring Group and Pressalit Care, will expand the traditional view of universal design. On June 22, 2017, two experts, Jane M. Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ASID, ACHA, CHID, LEED AP BD+C, Green Globes CIEB Assessor Principal and Jordana L. Maisel, PhD, Director of Research Activities, Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access will present "Beyond Aging in Place: Opportunities and Innovative Solutions through Universal Design". These two will broaden our views with an understanding of how universal design supports sustainable design.

I hope you will join us for this webinar, along with all the other learning opportunities we offer, both in-person and online, that include workshops, Health Design Insights Networking events, on-demand webinars and EBD Journal Clubs. You can view all of our events on our website calendar

In the Insights and Solutions section of our website, we offer the resources and tools that will provide 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. Here's just a few of the open resources you will find there:

As always, let me know what tools and resources are helpful to you, and we'll feature them in our future newsletters.

Be well,

Debra Levin, EDAC
President and CEO


Industry News Briefs

Designing Hospitals for the Millennial Generation

The millennial generation is all grown up. The youngest millennials are heading into their 20s, the oldest are in their mid-30s. Individuals in this demographic, which has overtaken the baby boomers as the largest age cohort in the U.S., not only are making decisions about their own health care, they are driving care decisions for their children and parents. 

To serve the needs of this large and influential segment of the health care market, providers and designers are looking to create facilities built for a new generation.

Frank Zilm, D. Arch., FAIA, FACHA, Chester Dean Director of the Institute for Health+Wellness Design at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, says that to address the needs of a new patient population, health care and design professionals should begin by researching places the people in question tend to congregate. Healthcare Facilities Management, more ...


The End of Net Neutrality Will Impact Healthcare

The Federal Communications Commission hasn't yet overturned existing net neutrality rules, but the Republican-led agency is widely expected to soon.

Even ardent supporters of rules to ensure web traffic isn't subject to preferential treatment by internet service providers seem ready to throw in the towel on the fight, including Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, whose company (along with Google, Facebook and many others) has long fought for stronger regulations on ISPs such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.

There are bigger questions about what a reversal of net neutrality rules could mean for healthcare – especially for areas such as telemedicine, remote monitoring and health information exchange. Healthcare IT News  more . . .


Healthcare Facility Renovation Addresses Patient Experience


High Stakes of Healthcare Planning

“The future isn’t what it used to be.”—Paul Valery

This great quote, often misattributed to Yogi Berra, has been an icebreaker in my presentations for more than 20 years. As medical planners, and therefore futurists, our world is all about making important decisions about things that haven’t happened yet based partly on past evidence, what we know will change, and some educated guesses on what we think will change.

With hospital construction taking upwards of 10 years from planning and design to construction and occupancy, we’re often proven wrong even before the first patient arrives. This is high-stakes betting impacting billions of dollars and ultimately millions of lives. Luckily, we now have a catchy buzzword for this line of work: Future proofing. Healthcare Design, more... 


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Planning or Renovating a Behavioral Health Facility? What Impact Do Your Design Decisions Have?

The Behavioral Health Facility Design Workshop will provide strategic design innovations that improve treatment outcomes, safety and the bottom line

September 26, 2017
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

Don’t miss this affordable, high-return day – a unique opportunity to learn from experts, idea-share with colleagues and re-charge your professional batteries to prepare you for today and tomorrow’s behavioral health challenges. 

What role can the built environment play in solving the dire and growing mental health and substance abuse crises? What impact do your design decisions have? Are you making use of the best and latest design solutions?

Design is making a difference in the lives of children and adults faced with these conditions, in the safety of the staff who treat and care for them, and in the financial and legal challenges faced by providers. 

Join us for this one day interactive, collaborative, problem-solving workshop intended to enable design and healthcare facility professionals to employ physical design strategies and methodologies that support improved care for behavioral health.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will gain insight into:

  • The implications of your design decisions 
  • Innovative and effective design strategies that support behavioral health populations 
  • Case studies of state-of-the-art facilities
  • Existing standards and behavioral health models

Register Now to Get the
Early Bird Rate! 

Learn more here.



Patient Room Checklist and Evaluation Tool

Developed through extensive review of research, surveys, site tests, and review and validation by expert advisory council members, this standard set of evidence-based design checklists and post-occupancy evaluation (POE) tools can be used by interior designers to apply research to healthcare design projects and to conduct post-occupancy evaluations of three types of hospital patient rooms: adult medical-surgical, adult intensive care, and maternity care.  

Enjoy this free resource here.




We invite you

to Submit Your Presentation for the 2018 Environments for Aging Conference

Call for Presentations Deadline is June 28, 2017, 5:00 P.M. PDT

The Environments for Aging Expo & Conference is an annual event that brings together developers, owners, design professionals, product manufacturers, academia, aging specialists, and government officials to explore new ideas for creating places that support people as they age. Developed by professionals who are day-to-day advocates and champions for improving healthcare and life experiences for the aging population, this comprehensive conference provides attendees with access to state-of-the-art information from thought leaders and innovators within the field of aging.

To submit a presentation proposal, click 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. 


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.


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. 



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