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September 21, 2017

The Scoop

Strategies to Find Inspiration

I recently had the chance to attend a conference in Maine - a state that I hadn't yet visited.  And while it's always a challenge to get across the country and still be productive and meet deadlines, I found the change in scenery refreshing. Not only was the conference chock-full of thought provoking speakers, but the surroundings couldn't be beat. Coastal Maine is breathtaking, the beauty of its rugged nature is calming, and yet at the same time, energizing. Which got me to thinking - we all need time to unwind and refresh. There are so many different ways to do this and I'm sure everyone has their own way or process, but some strategies are universal, like; changing your environment, learning something new, reading about the history of your craft, trying a new art form, immersing yourself in nature, keeping an idea notebook, researching what others are doing, and one of the best - giving yourself the gift of time.   

The Center's resources can provide you with some much needed inspiration through both our virtual and in-person events, resources and tools. There are several upcoming opportunities to recharge, learn about new design strategies, meet industry experts and get inspired. Make sure you pick up on some of this positive energy and get the following events on your calendar including:

  • September 21 webinar: Safety Risk Assessment 2.0, an overview of the new, easier to use, online interface for the Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) toolkit
  • September 26 workshop: Behavioral Health Facility Design Workshop in Arlington, Virginia, where attendees can hear what role the built environment can play in solving the growing mental health and substance abuse crises. This workshop is sold out, but there is a waiting list for those interested.
  • September 29 FREE webinar: Life Cycle Thinking: Energy and Human Health, providing an overview of global green building trends, including benchmarks such as LEED v3 + v4 and BREEAM
  • November 11-14, Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida  

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


Four pre-development planning steps for microhospitals

Smaller is proving to be better for some communities in the case of microhospitals.

Bringing care to the patients residing in primarily urban and suburban communities, some independent tertiary facilities and systems view this concept as a strategic vehicle to offer patients the convenience of community-based care in a state-of-the-art facility. In some places, systems are reaching into rural areas to replace older, outdated facilities.

However, pursuing development of this model to achieve success requires thorough area knowledge and extensive planning.
Health Facilities Management, more . . .


Clinic uses art, garden to help heal patients

Imagine a care setting in which psychiatric patients can move to music with guidance from a principal dancer in a ballet company; in which a cellist plays in outpatient waiting rooms, distracting those within from the burdens of illness. Imagine a place where patients and their families take part in cathartic healing ceremonies and, together with sculptors, writers, poets and painters, create art.

This is all taking place at the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va., as part of the Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program, which is funded by the clinic’s foundation. Carilion CEO and AHA Chair-elect Nancy Agee founded the program in 2012 and named it after Keeley, who was a champion of the arts and a physician at the hospital. The program funds six paid residencies a year to artists, who visit the hospital a few times a week to work with patients. Patients request to work with particular artists or are paired up by clinicians. In some instances artists work in group spaces and attract interested patients. The program also sponsors various staff, community and patient art shows, as well as other forms of creative expression. 
H&HN, more . . .


Tackling Successful Project Delivery

The Center for Health Design’s Built Environment Network, (BEN), is a collegial network of executive-level professionals who are dedicated to improving safety, quality, and sustainability in healthcare. These industry leaders meet quarterly to tackle some of today’s most pressing healthcare design issues through open, strategic discussions that set a direction for the future of the built environment.

During their meeting this summer in San Francisco, the group discussed current challenges the healthcare design sector faces and the ways architects, contractors, engineers, and owners can work collaboratively to maximize operational outcomes and efficiency while also creating an enhanced experience for patients and their families through all phases of design and construction. 
Healthcare Design, more . . .


Healthcare system launches app to support wayfinding

Navigating any large hospital campus can be a challenge for patients that may prevent them from getting to appointments on time.

Kaleida Health, a Buffalo, N.Y.-area system, took its patients’ frustrations to heart and, with the help of outside vendors, built a digital wayfinding tool into its free MyKaleida mobile app. Once an app user crosses the building threshold, the tool shows them an internal map with the route to the user's destination. A blue dot moves along the route to indicate the patient’s location, explains Cletis Earle, vice president and chief information officer. It even notifies visitors of coupons at the coffee shop and other on-site vendors.
Health Facilities Management, more . . 








Time to Register for Special Sessions at the HCD Expo & Conference

Going to Healthcare Design Expo & Conference?  Once registered, you can reserve your spot in the EBD coaching pre-conference workshop that explores the practical application of evidence-based design into your projects. Then, get prepared for the EDAC Exam with a comprehensive study session taught by industry experts.  

Saturday, November 11

W01 - Coaching Workshop, Practical Application of Evidence-Based Design​
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

​This unique workshop is an excellent opportunity to bring EBD concepts into practice, offering an introduction to EBD as well as personal consultation about how to integrate the EBD process into your project(s).​

W06 - EDAC Examination Preparation Workshop
(3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

This comprehensive study session prepares you to take the EDAC exam by offering general information about the exam, the types of questions on the exam, a detailed review of the three study guides, an overview of the five domains included on the Exam Content Outline, a summary of key concepts, and time for Q&A.

Monday, November 13

EDAC Exam 
A17 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
A21 5:00 - 7:00 pm

HCD conference attendees have the opportunity to take the EDAC Exam at conference and take advantage of a 10% discount + risk free offer - you can retake the exam once at no charge if you do not pass.  Candidates must register AND schedule through the testing administrator, Castle Worldwide by October 13, 2017 to avoid a $50 walk in fee, use code HCD17.




The Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) Toolkit is:

a proactive process that can mitigate risk

a discussion prompt for a multidisciplinary team

an evidence-based design (EBD) approach to identify solutions.

The SRA targets six areas of safety (infections, falls, medication errors, security, injuries of behavioral health, and patient handling) as required in the FGI Guidelines.

Enjoy this free resource here.



We invite you

to a webinar - Life Cycle Thinking: Energy and Human Health

This webinar will provide an overview of global green building trends, including benchmarks such as LEED v3 + v4 and BREEAM.  The presenter will delve into the building product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and product transparency via a variety of market based tools, all with a focus on energy and the impact on human health. Participants will also hear about global green building trends in three different countries and various case studies.

Worth one EDAC/AIA continuing education unit, this webinar will be presented by Holley Henderson, LEED Fellow, Author / Speaker / Consultant + Founder of H2 Ecodesign, who will share expertise and insights around:

  • Define Life Cycle Assessment and understand its role in the industry.

  • Define what an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is to evaluate and compare products.

  • Define product transparency with tools such as Health Product Declarations (HPD) and REACH.

  • Identify key points of impact in regards to energy and human health for all of the above.

More information here.

Thanks to our 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. 

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. 


Clinic Design Post-Occupancy Evaluation Toolkit

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

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