August 10, 2017
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.
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 . . .
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