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August 10, 2017

The Scoop

Going the Extra Mile

It is likely that you know of someone who consistently goes the extra mile - doing more than they have to and doing so with an attitude of generosity.  It is these selfless acts that provide hope and a "we're all in this together" kind of feeling.  
We at The Center will be featuring just such an individual at this year's Healthcare Design Expo & Conference. Mardelle Shepley, FAIA, EDAC, FACHA, LEED AP BD+C, is the 2017 Changemaker Award recipient. Dr. Shepley is a strong advocate and practitioner for incorporating research into projects, and her teachings and practice illustrate how to tie hypothesis to design goals with the end result demonstrating the relationship between an objective and an outcome. She advocates that research is equal parts art and science, demonstrating how study hypotheses are directly related to design goals by illustrating the relationship between an objective and an outcome. Believing that two critical components of education are interdisciplinary collaboration and interaction with the external community, she encourages her students to engage in outside projects such as hands-on activities with Habitat for Humanity and conceptual design services for non-profit organizations. Mardelle will also be our lead presenter at our upcoming Behavioral Health Facility Design Workshop - you can find more information on this workshop in the right hand column of this newsletter.

Speaking of education and community, make sure you get the following events on your calendar including:

All of these events offer you the chance to learn about new design strategies to help tackle even the most challenging design issues from today's leading content experts.

Stay up-to-date with all the learning opportunities we offer, both in-person and online, by viewing 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 are just a few of the open resources you can 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


Retail Space Gaining More Importance in Hospital Settings

No one wants to spend time in a hospital. But if you do, it’s nice if there’s a coffee shop or a restaurant – not just a cafeteria – inside the building, a place to take a break when visiting patients. And what about the nurses, doctors, administrators and orderlies working in these buildings? Wouldn’t they like the option to take their on-site meals at a specialty restaurant instead of a standard cafeteria?

It would seem that on-site retail would be a boon to hospitals and health systems. But how many hospitals actually offer retail offerings inside their buildings, anything from those coffee shops and restaurants to gift shops and bakeries?

Not as many as you’d think, according to a new report from Colliers International. RE journals, more. . .


NYC Hospitals Respond to Rise in Mental Health Admissions*

As admissions rise for mentally ill patients in New York City, officials wonder if hospitals have become the default provider of mental health services.

The metropolitan area’s overall number of hospitalizations have declined in line with broader national trends toward increased access to outpatient care, according to the Independent Budget Office of New York City (IBO). Mental health hospitalizations have been a notable exception.

Public hospitals in the city have seen their number of mental health hospitalizations rise 20% in the six-year period. They currently reserve nearly 30% of their roughly 4,730 overall beds for psychiatric patients. But voluntary hospitals saw a 5% decrease in admissions in the same period, and while they devote roughly the same number of beds to psychiatric patients as public hospitals, that number represents a much smaller 8% of their approximately 19,090 total beds. Fierce Healthcare, more . . .

* What impact do design decisions have on behavioral health outcomes? Join today's top experts on September 26, 2017 in Arlington, VA, at our next Pebble in Practice Workshop - "Behavioral Health—Strategic Facility Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line"  More information here.


Health Care's Most Pressing Infection Prevention Challenges

Today’s health care facilities need environmental infection control strategies that can address a range of threats, from the most common health care-associated infection (HAI)-causing pathogens like Clostridium difficile to emerging antibiotic-resistant bacteria and viral pathogens. 

In late February 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) published its first-ever priority pathogens list, a catalog of 12 families of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. 

Environmental services (ES) professionals must take this list as well as other unlisted threats under consideration as they develop a cleaning and disinfection program for their organizations. 
Health Facilities Management,  more . . .



The Center’s work is made possible with the funding support of our Partner:



The Behavioral Health Facility Design Workshop -
Early Bird Rate Ends August 31 

Don’t miss this affordable, high-return day - a chance to learn from experts & re-charge your batteries

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

Workshop participants will learn about strategic design innovations that improve treatment outcomes, safety and the bottom line. Join us for 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 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. 

Who Should Attend

This unique experience is ideal for individuals who are intending to design new mental and behavioral health facilities and those wishing to evaluate the quality of their existing facilities.

  • Healthcare architects, planners, designers, and consultants
  • Behavioral health facility or department directors, physicians, nurses and managers
  • Healthcare facilities and planning executives
  • Hospital executives with behavioral health department oversight
  • Product manufacturers

Hurry to Get the
Early Bird Rate!

Win the new book by keynote speaker, Mardelle Shepley, and a one-year CHD webinar pass. Click for details.




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 599 key pont summaries here.



We invite you

to submit your project application to the EBD Touchstone Awards: 

This award – a natural next step in the EBD progression – recognizes the use of an evidence-based design process in the pursuit of increasing value, improving outcomes, and engagement of stakeholders. Awards are given to projects that show exemplary achievement across touchstones of the EBD process: collaboration, evaluation, and sharing.

Award Criteria: Using a detailed evaluation matrix — created by The Center and based on more than two decades of work and collaboration across the health design community — submissions will be judged based upon their success in achieving identified criteria in the following three categories:

Collaborate: Submissions must demonstrate interdisciplinary team and stakeholder education, engagement and development.

Evaluate: Submissions must demonstrate the extent to which research was found, evaluated, and applied to link design to outcomes and measurement of results.

Share: Submissions must demonstrate how the EBD process was applied and how the knowledge gained was disseminated, captured, and has the potential for application to future projects.

Awards are determined based on how well the project meets criteria to achieve different levels of recognition. Applicants are not compared to one another; only against award criteria. Those who submit to the awards program by September 15, 2017 and are awarded an EBD Touchstone Award will be recognized at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference on November 11, 2017. 

More information here.

EBD Touchstone Awards Legacy Sponsor:

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. 


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. 

Stepping Up Efforts for High Risk Populations

The value of taking a patient-centered approach to providing healthcare seems obvious. After all, the patient is the one who ultimately reaps the benefits of good health, so shouldn’t he or she also have the chance to take an active role in his treatment process, guiding his own outcomes? 

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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