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The Center for Health Design - Currents Newsletter

June 27, 2019

The Scoop

Debra Levin

The Sweetness of Summer

Here we are already at the beginning of summer. A time when our minds often drift to trips, outdoor activities and family barbecues. Keeping the momentum in projects can seem a bit more challenging during the summer months with team members in and out of the office on vacation. Sometimes, a little help is needed to keep projects moving in the right direction.

The Center offers several practical ways to keep your team and projects moving forward. Do you need research direction or a bit of project management? Our research services team can provide you with research expertise - timely healthcare industry research advice that will help advance your healthcare facilities projects. Whether you need expert advice on a research project, need an expert to do research for you, or you simply need to be pointed to the right resources, we can help you. Find more information about research services here.

Or you can utlize our on-demand webinars as "lunch and learn" occasions, with a chance for all on the team to earn AIA/EDAC CEUs. With over 115 webinars to choose from, you can easily find a topic that addresses the challenges facing the team today. 

Do you prefer live podcasts? We have recently partnered with "Healthcare Interior Design 2.0," a podcast that explores the changing face of healthcare design through intimate conversations with leading creatives in the field. Host Cheryl Janis and her guests explore: how design can provide hope and healing for patients and their families; growing hospitality-influenced design trends; consumer desires; new support care models; the latest technology; and the big ideas that are changing the way hospitals, senior living facilities and healthcare environments are designed.

A recent episode features Jocelyn Stroupe, CHID, EDAC, IIDA ASID, Director of Health Interiors at Cannon Design---named again in 2019 to Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies. In this conversation, Cheryl asks Joceyln what she did after winning the design of the 3.5-million-square-foot Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) and the largest healthcare construction project in North America! Tune in here to hear Jocelyn’s answer and how Cannon Design designs human spaces on a massive scale through evidence-based design.

You can easily stay up-to-date with all the learning opportunities we offer both online and in-person including workshops, Health Design Insights Networking events, live and on-demand webinars, EBD Journal Clubs and conferences, (Healthcare Design Expo & Conference registration is now open!) by viewing our website calendar

Let me know what tools and resources have been helpful to you and we'll feature them in our future newsletters.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO



Three workshops, one week, one location. Early bird rates end soon. Attend one, two or all three days!

TUESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2019

Building Blocks: New Design Strategies and Solutions for Pediatric Settings


Behavioral Health: Design Innovations that Improve Outcomes and Safety

THUR, SEPT 19, 2019

Design for the Aging Mind: Solutions for Every Setting

Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Receive a discount off the daily and early bird rates when you register for two or all three workshops.
More information here. 

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Preventing Injuries and Increasing Safety Among Older Adults

Learn about: the frequency and cost of falls among older adults, reasons older people fall and what can be done to prevent falls, and other safety concerns among older adults. Read more here.

Note: Advance your understanding of the challenges and proven design, architecture and technology interventions that can be applied in every care environment to enhance the lives of people suffering from memory issues and improve conditions for their caregivers.  Join us 9/19/19 at "Design for the Aging Mind, Solutions for Every Setting" workshop in Baltimore.   
More information here.

We invite you

to Join Us in Louisville, KY for the 2020 EFA Expo & Conference

Two Weeks Left to Submit to the Call for Presentations 

We are currently accepting presentation proposals for educational sessions. Submit presentation ideas for consideration around:

  • Considerations for effective aging environments
  • Innovative household / Housing models
  • Innovations in design and planning
  • Aging-in-place / Universal design
  • Solutions that enhance the human experience
  • Future-focused models
  • Trends toward independence and wellness
  • International perspectives
  • Public / Private partnerships
  • Impact of technology and product innovations
  • Innovative projects and community programs
  • Evidence-based design research studies / Reports
  • Green design and sustainability
  • Remodeling and repositioning of existing facilities
  • Continuum of care
  • Dementia and other cognitive challenges
  • Funding and financing considerations

The deadline for submissions is June 27, 2019, 5 p.m. PDT. 

To submit a presentation proposal, click here.  

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. 

Healthcare at Home: A White Paper

The concepts and solutions included in this paper may be most useful to owners, designers, and healthcare institutions on an as-needed basis in relation to remodeling, retrofitting, and adding to existing homes to support healthcare services.

It Takes a Community, an Interview John Kouletsis, AIA, EDAC

In this interview, John Kouletsis, AIA, EDAC, describes how to involve staff, clinicians and  patients during the ambulatory care design process.

Industry News Briefs

Patient Satisfaction, Market Needs Drive Healthcare
Renovation Trends

From updated emergency departments to microhospitals and specialty facilities, renovation and construction trends in healthcare focus on meeting patient and market needs while navigating an unpredictable legislative landscape.

At the end of 2017, more than 15,000 healthcare construction projects were underway in the United States, with an expected 3.5 percent growth in healthcare spending in 2018, according the American Institute of Architects.

Among the top renovation/construction trends are emergency department upgrades, micro-hospitals, acute care facilities and upgrades to energy management systems, operating rooms, hospital pharmacies and patient rooms.
Healthcare Facilities Today, more. . .


The Future of Telehealth and What It Means for Facilities Management

The practice of doctors making house calls to see patients in their own homes was popular back in the 1930s and 40s. In fact, house calls accounted for 40% of U.S. doctors’ visits at the time. Medical professionals would arrive at a patient’s home at a moment’s notice, bringing with them all the tools they needed to provide the best care (the “best care” for the 40s, that is). As house calls have become virtually nonexistent today, who would have thought they’d make a virtual comeback?

While our healthcare industry has certainly advanced from the 20th century, telehealth is putting a 21st century spin on the old-fashioned house call. Now, instead of opening a door, patients simply need to open an app.
Healthcare Facilities Today, more...

Missing Piece

Earlier this year, I found myself spending extended periods of time in hospitals—first with my dad who was having heart surgery and then with a dear friend who was dealing with complications from a post-cancer liver transplant. These visits provided a unique opportunity to experience hospitals as an end-user and not as a healthcare design professional.

There were noticeable similarities and differences between the two facilities, one a large teaching hospital and the other a community hospital. One thing that jumped out at me in both cases, though, was how quiet the patient floors were. Both had done a great job of reducing noise in the corridors, keeping patient room doors closed, and eliminating overhead paging.
Healthcare Design, more...


Nuance’s AI Makeover to Clinical Documentation Takes Exam Room to the Future

At the annual HIMSS conference this year, Nuance revealed its Ambient Clinical Intelligence technology, which brings AI into the whole exam room to promote natural language interaction.

Enough has been said about the lack of patient-centricity of the exam room where the doctor sits ensconced next to the computer, dutifully taking notes, as the patient rattles off a list of maladies.

Physically and emotionally, the exam room is cold with little eye contact between patient and doctor. Ironically, one technology company is relying on machines and artificial intelligence to bring back the warmth to the doctor-patient interaction in the exam room and catapult clinical documentation to the future.
MedCityNews, more . . .

Community and Staff Input Informs New North Dakota Hospital

Over the last few years, a North Dakota healthcare system has taken a step back and focused on addressing what its community needs – community based, top-of-the-line healthcare facilities and services. A new $305 million-dollar Altru hospital in Grand Forks, slated for completion in 2022, hopes to meet those needs for the region it serves.

After a significant structural failure, the old ambulatory clinic was deemed unsafe. Rather than rebuilding, Altru dispersed its services to its other clinics and moved forward with a project: a comprehensive, full-service hospital.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, more . . .



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