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The Center for Health Design - Currents Newsletter

October 18, 2018

The Scoop

How to Be a VIP

It's hard to believe that Healthcare Design Expo & Conference is only three weeks away! I look forward to every aspect of this conference from the pre-conference sessions and tours to the social events and keynote presentations. The Center will again have two conference booths - one on the second floor where many of the sessions are held and one in the Expo Hall. I invite you to visit our second floor-main booth, drop your business card to enter to win a Bose QuietComfort 25, acoustic noise cancelling headphones, and take a minute to add your thoughts to our Design Can white board on what you think Design Can do. Make sure to also visit us in our Expo Hall booth # 642, and let us know your biggest healthcare facility challenges, by voting in our "What Keeps You up at Night" poll.   

One of the conference highlights for me is The Center's VIP reception. This is a chance for The Center to show appreciation for all our members and volunteers who represent the very best about our industry. It is this prestigious community who is fostering the EBD movement and advancing our work through their support and we always look forward to seeing everyone and celebrating the year during this reception. This year's VIP reception will be on the evening of November 10, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and will be extra special as we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary with an online and in-person silent auction filled with iconic items and engaging experiences. We will officially kick off the online items on October 26, but attendees of the VIP reception will also be able to bid on other items found only at the reception.

Our members meet not only at this annual VIP event, but also throughout the year as our guests at regional networking receptions, that include one-hour CEU sessions. They also have access to more in-depth online information and resources, participate in higher-level learning opportunities, obtain greater visibility in the industry to meet their professional and business objectives and also enjoy discounts on most Center products and educational tools. If you or your organization is not yet a member, I encourage you to contact Lynn Kenney, our Director of Industry Relations, to learn of membership options and decide which is best for you.  All members will receive an invitation to join us in Phoenix, AZ at our VIP reception.

If you are looking to acquire some CEU credits before year end, check out our list of over 90 on-demand webinars.

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, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Industry News Briefs


Kids Play Special Role in Construction of New Hospital

A new children’s hospital being built in Colorado Springs, Colo., is on track for its spring 2019 completion. GE Johnson Construction Co., the project contractor, states that there are many people to thank for that, including its smallest helpers on-site.

The 280,000-square-foot Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) is being built with the help of a few young patients, thanks to a collaborative initiative between GE Johnson and the hospital called the Kid of the Quarter program.

“Each quarter, one child — either a current or former CHCO patient — is selected as Kid of the Quarter,” explains Laura Rinker, GE Johnson communications director. “They are then welcomed onto the job site where they are introduced to every worker on-site and taught about safety, construction processes, machinery and equipment, and all aspects of construction.”
Health Facilities Management, more . . . 


Improve Patient Care and Healthcare Operations with Systems Integration

The mission for hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities is to provide exceptional patient care in a comfortable, safe environment. To do so requires both skilled physicians and an efficient facility. Fortunately, innovation is paving the way for technology to help physicians focus on their jobs and allow a facility to run as efficiently and safely as possible. The integration of smart, connected solutions is key to achieving exceptional patient care in comfortable, safe environments, while benefiting patients, staff and a facility’s operations as a whole.

A connected ecosystem of building systems in healthcare facilities offers benefits ranging from predictive maintenance to patient safety. By leveraging connected technologies, healthcare facilities can enhance safety and security as well as operational efficiencies, resulting in improved patient care.  For example, smart lighting can be implemented in patient rooms allowing them to control the lighting in their own rooms to provide optimal comfort levels, which helps improve healing. Lighting also doubles as a safety tool and can be used in an emergency situation to indicate threatened areas and guide occupants to a safer location where they can shelter in place. 
Healthcare Facilities Today, more. . .


Smart Tech Creates Seamless Experience for Nervous Patients

Knowing that patient anxiety and stress can be contributing factors to a patient’s health, the leaders of New York-Presbyterian (NYP) Hospital and its design team looked for smart ways to create a seamless and calming experience at its newest ambulatory care center.

The David H. Koch Center is home to a wide range of ambulatory services, including outpatient surgery, interventional radiology, diagnostic imaging, infusion services and the Integrative Health and Wellbeing program. To ensure that navigating the 740,000-square-foot center doesn’t turn into a stress-filled event, the center includes a number of technologies to direct patients and loved ones.

Patients can bypass a traditional check-in by completing paperwork remotely and securely before their visit via the NYP mobile app or online. Once they arrive, patients are offered a personalized smart band that provides access to the building and rooms they will need to enter during their visit. They also can use the app to receive instructions about their visit and step-by-step directions to their exam prep and recovery room.
Health Facilities Management, more . . .




Countdown to
HCD Expo & Conference

It's time to start planning how you will spend your time at HCD Expo & Conference.  To help you, we've highlighted some exclusive sessions by top industry experts that you may want to include in your experience. 


W01 - Coaching Workshop, Practical Application of Evidence-Based Design​
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

W07 - EDAC Examination Preparation Workshop
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


D01: Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) Toolkit User Experiences:
What Can We Learn from Version 2.0?

9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

D02: Recognizing Exemplary Achievements in Evidence-Based Design
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


K03: The Center for Health Design Awards and Changemaker Keynote Presentation
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

E42: Research Matters: 10 Picks for the Year
9:45 a.m. -10:45 a.m.

A18: EDAC Exam #1
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

A20: Built Environment Network Educational Session - The Owners Perspective: Key Insights Impacting Design
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


E52: The Science of Healthcare Design: A Review of Studies Published in HERD Journal
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 pm

A23: EDAC Exam #2
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.



Impact of Aging

Aging often involves a multitude of changing needs and priorities. However, there are human needs and desires that remain constant throughout the life course. Design strategies for aging must not only address basic physiological and safety needs, but attend to higher-level human needs as well. 

The universal design approach is being adopted by many forward-thinking designers who aim to support equitable, flexible, and accessible environments for all users.

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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. 

Knowledge Repository

A complete, user-friendly library of healthcare design resources that continues to grow with the latest research. Start with our Knowledge Repository for all of your searches for articles and research citations on healthcare design topics.

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. 



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