February 7, 2019
Commitment to Making a Difference
Our community is always foremost in our mind when we at The Center create resources, tools and events. With a focus on the connection between design and health, we, with our partners, create, launch and deliver programs that provide true value to the healthcare design industry — The Pebble Project, EDAC certification, the Affiliate Program, the HERD Journal, the Healthcare Design and Environments for Aging Expo & Conferences, ICONS and Innovators webinar series, along with the largest collection of healthcare design research, best practices, resources and tools for today’s most urgent and challenging
healthcare design issues.
Maybe you and your team are looking for a way to recharge, learn about new design strategies, meet industry experts and get inspired. We've got several upcoming events that will do just that - make sure you pick up on some of this inspiration and get the following events on your calendar including:
Hopefully, you find all of the resources in this newsletter interesting and helpful. Be sure to share them with your team and as always, let me know what tools and resources are helpful to you and we'll feature them in our future newsletters.
Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO
Industry News Briefs
Four Ways to Improve Healthcare Employees' Well-being
“Physician, heal thyself.” Facing increased errors, inadequate patient care, and high turnover rates, healthcare facilities are heeding this age-old advice with initiatives to improve the well-being of their doctors, nurses, and administration staff.
Most healthcare organizations already have wellness programs in place that target employees’ physical health. They address the most basic needs of physiological safety, comfort, and fitness via infection control, ergonomics, natural light, healthy food, and exercise.
A 360-degree view of employee wellness
While physical health is critical, though, it’s just the first step. A truly healthy employee, as defined by the American Nurses Association, is “one who focuses actively on creating and maintaining a balance and synergy of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, personal, and professional well-being.”
Cincinnati Business Courier, more . . .
Top Three Design Features to Boost the Patient Experience
In today’s healthcare environment, patients have many options. Whether it’s time spent in the waiting room—or to schedule a return visit—time is a critical factor. Therefore, in order to remain competitive while still delivering premium services, building owners are looking for ways to better design their medical facilities for expediency of care. Three top design features to consider when designing for speed of service for patients are 1) wearable devices, 2) flexible layouts and 3) wayfinding.
Medical Construction & Design, more. . .
Updated FGI Guidance Focuses on Designing Mobile Medical Units
Mobile/transportable medical units have been used for many years throughout the United States to provide temporary access to medical and dental services, diagnostic imaging and other nonemergency services.
However, in recent years there has been an increase in the acuity level of patients being served in these units, and the medical services provided have become more complicated and more invasive. In fact, these services are often the same as those offered in permanent structures, but are being provided in spaces without the same oversight and regulation.
Health Facilities Management, more . . .
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