January 24, 2019
Making a Difference in the World
Have you ever met or worked with someone who is so inspiring in both their life and work that when you are with them or reading about them you find yourself uplifted with a feeling of renewed energy? These are the people who not only turn our focus to important issues, but also shine a light onto possible solutions, creating paths forward, and inspiring the community into action. These are exceptional role models that should be nominated for The Center's Changemaker Award.
You can now do just that - nominate an individual or an organization that has made a difference in the world of healthcare facility design for the Changemaker Award. Given annually by The Center for Health Design's Board of Directors at Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, this award honors individuals or organizations that have demonstrated an exceptional ability to change the way healthcare facilities are designed and built, and whose work has a broad impact on the advancement of healthcare design.
Why nominate someone?
- To recognize for an individual or organization that has changed the way healthcare facilities are designed and built, and whose work had a broad impact on the advancement of healthcare design.
- To give the potential recipient an opportunity to share lessons learned about changing the healthcare design industry with colleagues at the annual Healthcare Design Expo & Conference.
- To inspire the healthcare industry to create the best possible healthcare environments.
Past honorees read like a "Who's Who" in our community.
To read more about the award and to submit a nomination before February 28, click here.
Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO
Industry News Briefs
ED Design Impacts Informal Communication
Informal communication between clinical and nonclinical emergency department (ED) staff is a necessary component of collaborative care and, according to a recent study, spatial layouts have an effect on how that communication takes place.
The “Influence of Spatial Design on Team Communication in Hospital Emergency Departments” study, which was published in the Health Environments Research & Design Journal, involved two health systems, each with two EDs for a total of four study sites.
Bernice Redley, R.N., Ph.D., faculty of health, school of nursing and midwifery at Deakin University, lead author of the study, says two of the sites had been redeveloped into EDs, while the other two were purpose-built greenfield sites. They also provided a mix of environmental layouts, such as a traditional square corridor or a pod-style layout. All were set in busy, metropolitan areas.
Health Facilities Management, more . . .
Emerging Global Trends in Healthcare
While funding, utilization rates and strategies for growth vary across the heath industry, a growing cohort of healthcare clients in the Middle East, Asia and India are benchmarking with leading healthcare institutions in North America, Western Europe and Australia. Clients with facilities in these areas historically had a narrow focus to address “the big three” of shortages: beds, skilled clinical staff and medical technologies.
Today the confluence of a progressively competitive marketplace and globalization is resulting in an increasing number of discerning patients and providers seeking value from health systems in these international geographies. The industry is experiencing a shift as global clients with facilities in these nations are instructing healthcare designers to place equal emphasis on patient experience, clinical care, quality, safety and revenue capture.
Medical Construction & Design, more. . .
4 Ways Hospital Projects Can Strengthen Neighborhoods
In many places across the U.S., hospitals and healthcare systems are the largest employers in their regions. But are they true engines of economic development for their communities? Not always. Their limited influence is often the consequence of outdated planning strategies and tax laws. Now a bottom-up demand is creating a market for a more responsive and proactive model of healthcare delivery, sparking a revolution that will directly impact the planning and land use strategies used on major hospital campuses. Let’s look at how this situation has developed, and outline some solutions to address it.
Status quo: land and laws
In rural and suburban areas, hospitals tend to build on low-density tracts where land is relatively cheap and additional land is available for expansion. Infrastructure has to be extended to these remote sites that lack adjacent housing, amenities or public transit, and staff has to commute to work rather than live nearby. New or expanded hospitals often require significant public support to open their doors. In denser urban areas, hospitals can quickly become landlocked as they grow.
Medical Construction & Design, more . . .