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Behavioral Health Strategic Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line
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The Center for Health Design - Currents Newsletter

June 28, 2018

The Scoop

Summer Reading

Whenever I have a trip planned, I fill up my iPad with webinars, podcasts, and movies I want to watch and articles I want to read but don't typically have time for in my daily life. The subject matter of each of these varies greatly but one element is consistent - they are typically recent discoveries and they all provide a great escape that both relax and inspire me.  

The Center has many inspirational resources that you may want to add to your list for summer reading or watching. Or if you have no travel planned, you may want to use these resources to keep your team and projects moving forward.

  • Our on-demand webinars can be used as summer casual "lunch and learn" occasions - with a chance for all on the team to earn AIA/EDAC CEUs and spend some time together. With over 90 webinars to choose from, you can easily find a topic that addresses the challenges facing the team today. 
  • The Design Insights & Strategies Tool recently added 3 new Healthcare at Home rooms plus the Home Exterior. This set of interactive diagrams provides a link between the evidence base, design strategies, and desired outcomes – in a visually intuitive and actionable format.
  • And finally, the latest project briefs, EBD Journal Clubs, member projects and executive summaries that you can filter by topic can be found here.

Maybe you need research direction or a bit of project management. Our research services team can provide you with research expertise - timely healthcare industry research advice that will help advance your healthcare facilities projects. Whether you need expert advice on a research project, an expert to conduct research for you, or you simply need to be pointed to the right resources, we can help you. Find more information about research services here.

Stay up-to-date with all the learning opportunities we offer, both in-person and online, that include workshops, Health Design Insights Networking events, live and on-demand webinars and EBD Journal Clubs by viewing our website calendar

As we continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary, our pledge to you is to continue to offer you the needed tools, resources and insights to ensure all healthcare environments are healthy, safe and produce the best possible outcomes for patients, families, and staff. You can be a part of our celebration by donating to The Center for Health Design. Donations help us achieve the research, education, and advocacy goals that unleash design's healing power in the U.S. and abroad and help us to ensure a strong future for decades yet to come. Click here to make a contribution to The Center and make a difference in the future of healthcare.  

Be well,

Debra Levin, EDAC
President and CEO


Industry News Briefs

How to Keep a Facility Running During Expansion
and/or Renovation

It’s a common conundrum for owners and facility managers: We need to expand or renovate our space, but we can’t shut down operations.

It often seems impossible to accomplish both sides of that coin, and leaders can quickly find themselves in a state of paralysis by analysis. But it can be done. Success on these types of jobs lies at the intersection of communication and choreography.

Before we dig into the details of how to keep a facility running during an expansion or renovation, it’s important to discuss why it’s a good idea to complete a construction project this way.

First, an owner may have no other choice. For organizations who lack the luxury of a construction-ready greenfield site, completing a project while work remains ongoing might be the only option.
Healthcare Facilities today, more . . .


Students Design High-Tech, Talking Examination Room

If the walls of a patient exam room could talk, what would they say? Without violating any patient privacy rules, students in the University of Miami’s (UM) School of Architecture’s Healthcare Design Studio have answered that very question.

Deborah Franqui, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, coordinator of health care design programs at the university, and Juhong Park, Ph.D., assistant professor, worked with a group of students to reimagine traditional exam rooms. The students spent half of their fall semester researching current exam room design and going through a series of charrettes to devise ways it could be improved or revamped into something completely new. In the second half of the semester, the students brought some of those ideas to fruition in a life-size mock-up with an Alexa-embedded media wall taking center stage. 
Health Facilities Management,  more. . . 


Making Bold Moves In Healthcare Aesthetics

The aesthetics of healthcare facilities have evolved significantly in recent years, as owners look to design as yet another way to differentiate themselves in the competitive landscape. More subdued, neutral approaches of the past are now being complemented with bolder, design-forward concepts finding a home in brand standards.

“Health systems are considering ways to strengthen brand identity across multiple locations and how to attract patients,” says Carolyn BaRoss, principal and firm-wide healthcare interior design director for Perkins+Will (New York). “A philosophy and approach for how patients and visitors experience the institution, along with interior standards, not only help institutions manage facilities across their real estate portfolios, but can also create a consistent and recognizable identity.” Healthcare Design, more . . .


Child-Ready: Envisioning Pediatric Spaces of the Future

Healthcare design requires careful thought, consideration and attention to detail, especially when designing for a pediatric population. While routine pediatric care is typically community based in medical office, ambulatory, urgent care, emergency and even community acute care hospitals, specialized, complex care is routinely sought out at pediatric centers of excellence.

Dedicated children’s hospitals of the future must provide all levels of inpatient and outpatient care for children of all ages, backgrounds and conditions. The design of these institutions must not only respond to known, documented, Evidence-Based Design attributes, but the planning considerations and design of such institutions must be visionary in response to a rapidly changing future. The criteria to develop the design of inpatient pediatric units can be categorized as follows: people, technology and safety & infection control.
Medical Construction & Design, more . . 

2018 CODAawards - Vote for Your Favorite by June 29

The CODAawards jury has selected the Top 100 most successful design projects that integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces. Now it’s your turn to vote on which is the best during People’s Choice.

Voting is open to the public to choose two People’s Choice winners based on the commissioned art projects you love. Deadline for votes is June 29th!


Is It Nearly the Fiscal Year End for Your Organization?

Don't let your budget dollars go to waste. The Center has many educational and member opportunities for everyone on your staff.

Submit Innovative Architectural and Interior Design Solutions to the Healthcare Environment Awards 2018

Submission Deadline is July 13, 2018

The Healthcare Environment Awards honor healthcare interior architecture and design across a range of project types. Co-sponsored by Contract magazine and The Center for Health Design, in cooperation with the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, the Healthcare Environment Awards are published in the November issue of Contract magazine.  More information here







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Behavioral Health Strategic Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line

Date:  September 27, 2018
Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor

300 Light Street
Baltimore, MD

The prevalence of mental health and substance abuse conditions in the United States continues to increase in frequency, placing new challenges and demands on healthcare providers and their facilities. 

Back by popular demand, this one day interactive workshop is intended to enable design professionals to employ physical design strategies and methodologies that support improved care for behavioral health. Join us and engage with a faculty of experts in behavioral health and design to set the stage for the path forward. 

You'll find more information including the agenda, faculty and session descriptions here.

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Webinar: Designing for Adolescents in Mental Health Crisis: A Story of Research, Innovation, and Hope

Adolescence can be a tumultuous time in one’s life. Mental health conditions often surface during this stage, and it may be the first time that some patients enter an inpatient behavioral health unit. How can design best support this patient population that is transitioning from childhood to adulthood? Learn how a design team utilized research, Lean processes, and innovation to solve the challenges of this unique patient population for the 27-bed Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit in Tacoma, Wash. Find out how design can support a seclusion- and restraint-free care model and how pushing beyond the conventions of behavioral healthcare design was achieved.


We invite you

Tomorrow is the Last Day to Submit Your Presentation for the 2019 Environments for Aging Conference

Call for Presentations Deadline is June 29, 2018, 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. 


Project Brief: A Virtual Nature Experience Reduces Anxiety and Agitation in People with Dementia

Can a virtual nature experience reduce anxiety and agitation in people with dementia? This project brief provides an overview of the capacity of a virtual nature experience to significantly reduce stress, reduce anxiety, and increase pleasure, and treatment strategies that provide hope of reducing pharmacologic interventions and of improving quality of life for individuals with dementia and the staff who care for them.


Executive Summary: Design for Behavioral and Mental Health: More Than Just Safety

Behavioral and mental health (BMH) conditions affect one in five adults in the United States each year, and are even more common among patients receiving care for medical conditions. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the spectrum of BMH conditions includes anxiety, attention deficit disorders, autism spectrum disorders, bipolar disorders, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and suicide, among others.Up to 45% of patients admitted to the hospital for a medical condition or presenting to the emergency department with a minor injury also have a concurrent BMH condition. These BMH comorbidities increase the risk of psychological harm associated with care.




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