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The Center for Health Design - Currents Newsletter

March 7, 2019

The Scoop

Ready to Welcome Spring  

It's amazing how fast time flies! This coming Sunday, March 10, we will "spring forward" kicking off daylight savings time for some. I have to say, I'm really ready for the days to get a bit warmer and longer. At The Center, we have put together several spring offers we hope you will take advantage of such as: 

Included in this newsletter are some of our latest resources and tools, providing 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.

Below are a few resources you will find in the Insights and Solutions section of our website that are available free:

The resources and tools we provide are meant to be shared - make sure to pass them along to your team and as always, let me know what tools and resources have been helpful to you in the past, and we'll feature them in our future newsletters.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Industry News Briefs


The Intersection of Design and Healthcare

Patient readmission rates remain one of hospital’s top concerns. Anytime a patient returns to the hospital with a healthcare associated infection (HAI), it can cost the hospital up to billions of dollars in penalties.

According to data from the Center for Health Information and Analysis, hospital readmissions cost Medicare about $26 billion annually, with about $17 billion spent on preventable hospital trips after discharge. Many elements like communication and planning can positively contribute to this issue. Hospital design, on the other hand, can have a greater impact by reducing facility costs and readmission rates.
Healthcare Facilities Today, more. . .


The Hidden Advantage: Enriching the Patient Experience with Successful MEP Infrastructure

Today’s healthcare leaders are driven to provide patients with the utmost positive care experience. In today’s competitive marketplace, even the slightest step ahead can result in miles gained. A significant factor in a patient’s experience is an environment where mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are seamlessly integrated. When MEP systems work well, they will blend into the background. But, where there’s an issue, these systems quickly become an unwelcome nuisance.

Facilities encounter many obstacles when faced with renovating or expanding facilities to improve the level of care. A common challenge is optimizing MEP systems. This is especially true in older healthcare facilities where temperatures, filtration, air changes and pressure relationships might be inadequate, plumbing and medical gas systems could be aging or compromised, and electrical distribution capacities may be at or near capacity. Any of these deficiencies can impact a patient’s ability to rest and recover in an infection-free environment. 
Medical Construction & Design, more . . .


Adaptive Reuse Underway from Multiplex to Medical in Goodyear

PMB plans to complete work this spring for a challenging, adaptive reuse project, converting a 50,000-square-foot 1980’s-era multiplex movie theater into a modern medical facility.

The repurposed building is being developed immediately west of the Abrazo West Campus, a 188-bed acute-care community hospital and Level 1 trauma center. Located in Goodyear, Arizona, the facility will expand the Abrazo West Campus wound care program, and provide outpatient services including imaging, multi-specialty care, internal medicine, pain management, wound care and physical therapy.

PMB is retaining the theater’s generous 12-foot-wide common hallways to create a patient-centric public corridor and is adding a reworked building entry. The firm is also utilizing the existing 22-foot theater ceiling heights to create open spaces with future flexibility.
Medical Construction & Design, more. . . 


Exterior of Children's Hospital Designed to Capture Imagination

The new eight-story Novak Center for Children’s Health in Louisville, Ky., brings together the affiliated general pediatric and specialty clinics of the Health Sciences Center of the University of Louisville in one location. GBBN Architects (Cincinnati) worked with client University of Louisville Physicians to provide an exceptional experience for children, visitors, and staff, starting the minute they arrive on campus. This was achieved by designing an exterior that was influenced by children’s imaginations and forms they might draw.

The 174,000-square-foot medical office building, which opened in October 2018, features curved lines and stacked forms and a color palette inspired by Kentucky’s regional flora and fauna, such as cardinal red to represent the state bird, blue for the sky, and green for Kentucky’s rolling fields. The terra-cotta tiles of each major color group are composed of light, medium, and dark glaze colors to add depth, while textured silver metal panels were added to represent the state tree, the tulip poplar.
Healthcare Design, more . . .



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

Date:  May 15, 2019
Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport
6225 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

The challenges created by today’s growing mental health and substance abuse crises reach far beyond the behavioral health unit into emergency departments, outpatient clinics and throughout acute care settings.

To support improved care and enhance staff safety, today’s design, facility and care professionals have to advance their understanding of design’s impact on behavioral health care and learn how to incorporate the best and latest design solutions throughout the healthcare setting.

Real-world Experiences.
Future-looking Insights.

Hear the industry's leading behavioral health facility design experts share how design is making a difference in the lives of children and adults faced with behavioral and mental health conditions. They’ll share real world experiences and future-looking insights into:

  • The implications of your design decisions
  • Case studies of state-of-the-art facilities
  • Existing standards and behavioral health models

More workshop information here.

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Read more here.


We invite you

to join us for Health Design Insights Networking Events

Come meet and connect with The Center's Affiliate members and the regional healthcare design community for "Innovations in Healthcare Design," an informal, creative presentation with wine, hors d’oeuvres and networking (worth one EDAC/AIA CEU credit).

These events are FREE to The Center's Affiliate Members and Partners. Non-members can attend for a $65 donation which can later be applied towards membership. Contact Lynn Kenney for details,

Upcoming Health Design Insights Events: 

San Francisco, April 17

Chicago, July 25

New York, September 26


Classic Resources

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. 

EDAC Advocate Firm Project 
New Parkland Hospital

The design vision statement expressed that the new Parkland Hospital be a safe, welcoming, patient-centered healing environment that serves as a sustainable community resource for Dallas County. It would promote excellence in clinical care, teaching, and research in a technologically advanced, easily accessible environment.


Design for Behavioral and Mental Health: A Universal Approach & Benefit Analysis

Design interventions to improve well-being for patients with behavioral and mental health (BMH) conditions will often have impacts on other populations, as well (e.g., staff, visitors, non-BMH patients who use the same facility). This tool will help you consider those broader impacts and incorporate them into an evidence-based process for a universal design approach.




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