December 14, 2017
Reflections in Gratitude
It's that time of year again when we take stock of the last 12 months and start to define our focus going forward into the new year. It is amazing to see all that has happened both here at The Center and in the world, this last year. Although there are both happy and difficult stories to tell, through it all, it is important to stay grateful. I think one of my favorite definitions of gratitude comes from The Harvard Medical School who define it as, "a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As
a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power".
At The Center, we are very grateful for all our members, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff. Because of this community, we have been able to continue to add to our resources this year. We launched the online version of the Safety Risk Assessment Toolkit, added Healthcare at Home to the Design Insights and Strategies Tool, produced 24 ICONS and Innovators webinars (now available on demand), provided three free EBD Journal Club webinars, and produced two Pebble in Practice workshops focused on the emergency department and behavioral health.
Our very own Ellen Taylor, vice president for research, was named as a recipient of the HCD10 Award, and we welcomed two new BEN members; Mark Haney from WellStar Health System and Doug Erickson from Facilities Guidelines Institute.
I’d like to thank all of you for your support, engagement and encouraging words as well as your thoughtful critique throughout the year that keeps us going and helps us to continue to get better at what we do.
Wishing you all the happiest of holiday seasons, good health and great adventures in 2018.
Debra Levin, EDAC
President and CEO
Industry News Briefs
How to Design and Build What’s Needed to Meet Organizational Goals and Strategies
Planners are often asked to test a facilities concept, define how much space it will take, and determine how much it will cost to complete. These questions are useful in the early concept phase of a project, but the basis for planning is missing; what am I solving for, and how does this potential “bricks and mortar” solution meet a defined service, market, or strategic need of the organization? It’s all about scoping the right concept before getting too far down the facility planning phase.
Defining and documenting project scope (the project intention, goal, or purpose) at the outset and controlling scope throughout the planning and delivery process is essential to ensuring the project vision becomes reality. Healthcare Facilities Today, more . . .
Research Matters: Patient Rooms And Stress
A 2017 article by Andrade and colleagues, who tested Roger Ulrich’s theory of supportive design, offers findings that suggest how certain design elements may reduce patient stress.
Why does it matter?
There is mounting evidence of the link between the physical environment and health outcomes. Stress is a particular outcome of interest in the healthcare setting because reduced stress has been linked to improved patient satisfaction and recovery. There is no “magic bullet” design solution for stress reduction, but a better understanding of the link between design and stress can help healthcare leadership make better design decisions.
While there are many assumptions about how the environment affects patient stress, there are few formal theories to help us understand the mechanisms--or underlying psychological processes--behind the effect. There are also few studies that test existing theories, which makes it hard for designers to know if they should rely on these theories or not. Healthcare Design, more. . .
A New Model For The Urban Medical Center
Despite the importance of urban medical centers to our communities, it's their considerable constraints and not their humanistic missions that typically drive design. Whether shielded behind parking lots or landscaping, or announcing their presence in the neighborhood with impenetrable, mute walls, these facilities are generally “non-urban” at best.
Although arguably the epitome of the community facility, these buildings are almost always incongruous interruptions in a city’s fabric. Even though they are large, highly complex structures packed with critical programs and adjacencies, there's a way to better weave these facilities into our communities. They can feel more "a part of" than "apart from" our lives and the public realm.
Healthcare Design, more . . .
CVS Plans to Turn Stores into Healthcare Hubs
CVS Health is looking to create a national network of community medical clinics that will serve as "America's front door to quality health care."
That's the goal, according to CEO Larry Merlo on his company's deal for Aetna. It's an ambitious one for CVS, a company better known as a quick stop for Tylenol and a Coke.
To get there, CVS agreed to pay $69 billion in cash and stock for Aetna, the companies said Sunday. The companies said that together they want to offer more health care services in CVS drugstores.
"CVS wants to be more than just a retail outlet," says Craig Garthwaite, a professor at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. "They're expanding the retail clinics so they won't be quite urgent care, but they'll resemble a direct primary care facility." NPR, more . . .