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July 11, 2019

The Scoop

Debra Levin

Every Summer Has a Story

I think we all reminisce from time to time about our childhood summers and smile. There was a feeling of complete freedom; the days were long with plenty of time to be outside with friends. Even now, there's something special about this time of year when we take the time for trips participate in outdoor activities and plan family get-togethers. The lazy days of summer may be upon us but, here at The Center, we are in a fast-paced, planning mode for not only July events but also the three upcoming fall workshops, (see the right hand column for more workshop information). There's quite a lot to look forward to this month including:

July 11 – Webinar: VA Healing Environments and Research: Connection, Reflection, Introspection, Trust and Acceptance

July 13 submission deadline: Healthcare Environment Awards Healthcare Design Expo & Conference

July 19 early bird savings deadline: Fall workshops

July 25  Chicago Health Design Insights Networking Event

July 25  Webinar: Designing Settings for Memory Care: Strategies to Support Normal-Aging and Dementia-Related Changes

July 31 – Webinar: Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Unit: A Solution to an Overcrowded ED

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 by viewing our website calendar

I hope you are taking the time to enjoy summer to the fullest!

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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Does Space Matter? An Exploratory Study for a Child–Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit

This EBD Journal Club reviews a study that explores design elements and spaces as a contributing influence to behavior and well-being for patients, staff, and families in a child–adolescent mental health unit. 

Click here to watch.

Note: Creating effective design solutions means first understanding the daily needs of the pediatric patient population and their families, as well as the specialized practice protocols and processes of pediatric medicine. Join us 9/17/19 at "Building Blocks: New Design Strategies and Solutions for Pediatric Settings Workshop" in Baltimore.   

More information 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,

Register for Upcoming Health Design Insights Events: 

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. 

Interactive Design Diagrams

Healthcare is provided in a variety of settings, from a person’s home to outpatient clinics, to the hospital. While the settings and specific design elements may differ across the continuum of care, the objectives of safety, efficiency, satisfaction, and high quality care remain constant. This set of interactive diagrams provides a link between the evidence base, design strategies, and desired outcomes – in a visually intuitive and actionable format.

Clean Hands Save Lives: A Systems Approach to Improving Hand Hygiene

Based on a literature review, this executive summary recaps hand hygiene promotion efforts following four main strategies. Each strategy integrates environmental, organizational/operational, and personal elements.

Industry News Briefs

5 Steps on the Road to Smart Buildings

A common misconception is that using smart devices or Building Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within a facility is enough to position that space as a smart building. In reality, an intelligent building is a set of dynamically connected smart systems made interoperable through a platform that accumulates, shares, detects, analyzes, anticipates, and acts upon the collective smart building data. 

A single smart device or piece of equipment can’t make a building intelligent. Instead, IoT devices are intended to serve as components that can be linked together to form a truly intelligent building. The intelligent building connects cutting-edge IoT components to a core, creating a common building platform, with the components working as an orchestra. When enabled to share their specialized data through an open-source data platform, smart building systems become collectively intelligent and their effectiveness increases exponentially. 
Facilitiesnet, more...


IoT – The Prescription to Keeping Workers and Patients Safe on Hospital Construction Jobsites

According to an industry article, in 2018, a dozen hospitals and health systems announced or unveiled facility expansions and renovations with price tags of $1 billion or more – and, according to another trade publication, there’s currently about $400 billion in healthcare construction underway around the world. 

Construction renovation projects seem to be on the rise at hospitals across the country for several reasons. With state-of-the-art facilities, hospitals can more effectively compete in a growing marketplace; better meet patient satisfaction; attract world-class doctors; and stay current with codes and regulations.  
Healthcare Facilities Today, more...


Dry Hydrogen Peroxide: A Novel Delivery of an Effective Microbial Reduction Agent for Environmental Cleaning

It is widely acknowledged that contaminated surfaces, particularly those that are high-tough or high-use, pose an infection transmission risk in healthcare facilities. Additionally, studies over the past decade have demonstrated that traditional healthcare facility environmental cleaning and microbial reduction methods are inadequate, particularly in the face of rising numbers of antimicrobial resistant organisms.

As a result, there has been a tremendous focus on optimizing cleaning protocols and deployment of new microbial reduction technologies, many of which have demonstrated impressive results in published studies. Even with these advancements, some significant challenges remain.

The vast majority of these efforts have centered around terminal cleaning of patient rooms. This is only part of a successful microbial reduction strategy, though, as portable equipment transferred between patient rooms and healthcare workers themselves, via contact with high-touch/high-use surfaces can serve as vectors for transmission.
Healthcare Facilities Today, more . . .


New Hospital Near Washington Opening Soon within ‘Science Gateway’

As medical needs continue to increase across the United States, so does construction for healthcare facilities. The nation spent more than $41 billion on the construction of healthcare facilities in 2018, and spending is on track for more than $43 billion in 2019.

The reasons for the continued rise in healthcare construction spending are rooted in demographics. The U.S. Census expects that by 2034, people 65 and older will outnumber those under the age of 18, for the first time ever. The number of Medicare enrollments are expected to increase nearly 50 percent by 2030, and demographic shifts indicate a critical need for more medical office space.
Healthcare Facilities Today, more . . .


Miami Beach Hospital Designed for Resiliency

Mount Sinai Medical Center, the largest private, independent, not-for-profit teaching hospital in South Florida, opened the new seven-story Skolnick Surgical Tower and 34,000-square-foot Hildebrandt Emergency Center on its main campus earlier this month.

The $275 million construction project combines highly advanced diagnostic technologies and treatments with a tranquil and healing environment, designed to enhance the patient, caregiver and visitor experience.

The Skolnick Surgical Tower houses 12 integrated operating rooms (OR) with technology that promotes personalization for both patients and surgeons. Communication systems within each OR allows for seamless communication with the control booth, pathology room and between the ORs themselves. The system can even broadcast audio and video to other locations, including internationally. The tower also includes a two-story atrium, public courtyard, and 154 private patient rooms each with a bay view.
Health Facilities Management, more. . .

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