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April 18, 2019

The Scoop

Debra Levin

Is There a Way to Pair Lean and Evidence-Based Design?

We are often asked if there is a way to pair the Lean and EBD process during the design and construction of a project. To address that question, we've put together a workshop that will take place in Chicago next week, on April 24th with a team of experts who will share how designers, owners, and builders can maximize their healthcare facility design investment by integrating both of these value-based approaches in all phases of a project.

Workshop attendees will hear how to incorporate the core values of Lean with those of evidence-based design - maximizing value to the customer, eliminating waste, providing continuous improvement of the design while improving safety and quality. Join us and engage with colleagues and a coach who will help simulate this integration, and leave with tools and resources that can be applied to your next projects. You can read more about this workshop including learning objectives, the agenda and speaker bios here.

Have you recently completed a project that demonstrates the use of an EBD process in the pursuit of increasing value, improving outcomes, and engaging stakeholders? You might want to submit an application to the Evidence-Based Design Touchstone Awards. Applications for this round of awards are due on May 20 and we are providing a free information session to answer any questions you may have on May 3. Bring your questions about the award or submission criteria to this interactive, online information session. Remember, this round of award recipients will be recognized at this year's Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in New Orleans. Awards are given to projects that show exemplary achievement across touchstones of the EBD process: collaboration, evaluation, and sharing. (You can see the 2018 recipients here.)

And finally, I wanted to let you know that we will be holding three workshops in one week, in one location in the fall. Addressing design challenges for demographic- and age- diverse pediatric populations, the first workshop is "Building Blocks - New Design Strategies and Solutions for Pediatric Settings" on September 17. The next day is "Behavioral Health - Design Innovations that Improve Outcomes and Safety" with "Design for the Aging Mind - Solutions for Every Setting" on September 19. All three will be held at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor. There are early bird and multi-workshop discounts available. To find out more, click here.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO



Next month's workshop features the industry's leading behavioral health facility design experts

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

Who Should Attend

  • Healthcare architects, planners, designers, and consultants
  • Behavioral health facility or department directors, physicians, nurses and managers
  • Healthcare facilities and planning executives
  • Hospital executives with behavioral health department oversight
  • Product manufacturers

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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Safety Risk Assessment Tool
Safety is a top priority in healthcare. Designing for safety needs a systematic approach. 

The Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) Toolkit is:

a proactive process that can mitigate risk

a discussion prompt for a multidisciplinary team

an evidence-based design (EBD) approach to identify solutions.

The SRA targets six areas of safety (infections, falls, medication errors, security, injuries of behavioral health, and patient handling) as required in the FGI Guidelines.

View here.

This free toolkit is made possible with funding by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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: 

Toronto, May 22

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 Projects

Come see the projects The Center's EDAC Advocate Firms  have been working on, including the project's goals, the challenges faced along with the solutions developed.

Patient-Centered Medical Home Design Evaluation Checklist 

This tool provides healthcare designers and professionals with patient-centered medical home principles/goals and how environmental, operational and people measures can be implemented to achieve said goal. 

Industry News Briefs

Building Smarter Healthcare through Better Interior Design

Healthcare interior design projects pose unique challenges for design teams. Many of the finishes chosen for a new, expanded or renovated healthcare facility are more than just passive elements that create a “look and feel” of a facility. They contribute to the core mission of the facility: Delivery of care to patients

It’s not that these spaces cannot be appealing. Examples abound of healthcare facilities striking in their beauty. The idea, though, is that healthcare interior designers must first prioritize design elements that promote patient care
Healthcare Facilities Today, more. . .

Sound Advice

In a complex healthcare project, there are specialists for almost every aspect of the built environment, from art consultants to landscape architects. One environmental aspect that’s a critical part to both patient safety and health outcomes is the soundscape, or the sounds heard in a particular location. Too much noise in a setting can affect a patient’s ability to get restorative sleep and can muddle communication between caregivers. But, if the environment is too quiet, there can be an eerie and unpleasant sense of dread felt while in the space.

When I attended Healthcare Design’s HCD Forum in Park City, Utah, last September, the impact of sound and environment was brought to life in a presentation by Man Made Music, a sound design company.
Healthcare Design, more...

Students Challenged to Redesign Retail Space for Health Care Use

Vacant retail spaces dotting cities across the U.S. has created a unique opportunity for the health care field as many systems look to take advantage of these existing and primely located spaces. Answering just how hospitals can transform these spaces and optimize their use, however, is an art that’s still being perfected. It’s also the challenge that was presented to a group of college students at the International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC Summit) that recently wrapped up in Phoenix.
Health Facilities Management, more...

How Are Transforming a Healthcare Facility and Buying a Car Similar?

Healthcare leaders are responsible for creating and maintaining a comfortable, safe environment for patients, visitors and staff. In this pursuit they are often challenged by deferred maintenance, lack of funding and dated technology. Achieving their desired goals are not out of reach, but it does require planning and research beforehand – much like buying a car.

For most of us, when it’s time for a new set of wheels, we have a goal in mind for what type of car we want, whether it’s fast, safe, fuel efficient or a combination of everything. After the initial research is complete and you have the end goal in mind, you head over to a dealership to test drive different models and make the final decision. The last step is a trip to the financing office where you figure out how you’ll pay for the car.
Healthcare Facilities Today, more...

Healthcare Design For Introverts And Extroverts: Outpatient Facilities

Private spaces energize introverts and social spaces energize extroverts. If the population is divided equally between introverts and extroverts, then what are we doing in healthcare to address the needs of both populations? 

Probably the most dignified and efficient process I've ever encountered in an outpatient surgery setting included an exit interview in a private consultation room. After recovery from a procedure, I was dressed and ready to go. The doctor, my husband, and I were shown to the post-op consultation room. I was coherent and my husband was there to hear directly from the doctor the recap of how the surgery went and what to expect in the future. This is the level of dialogue both extroverts and introverts crave. That was well done.
Healthcare Design, more...

Seventh Annual Internationally Acclaimed CODAawards Celebrate Commissioned Art Projects

The internationally acclaimed CODAawards, now in their seventh year, celebrate the design projects that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces. The awards, selected from projects around the world, honor the individuals and the teams whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us every day. Submit projects for consideration by May 31, 2019. 

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