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Inspire Change

We work in an industry that has experienced a lot of change. Adapting to new circumstances and challenges is part of daily life and has become a part of every job description.  Because of this, or in spite of this constant challenge, it is important to recognize the educators, role models, and pioneers who are steadfast influences on keeping a focused vision for the future of healthcare design. The Center is doing just that. Last month we announced the recipients of this year's Changemaker and Russ Coile Lifetime Achievement awards that will be presented at a keynote presentation at Healthcare Design Expo & Conference. The Changemaker Award recipient is David Allison, FAIA, FACHA, alumni distinguished professor and director graduate studies in Architecture + Health at Clemson University. And, the Russ Coile Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Clare Cooper Marcus, professor emerita, departments of architecture and landscape architecture at the University of California at Berkeley and principal of Healing Landscapes. Both are amazing educators, role models, pioneers and innovators who provide much needed inspiration to create healing spaces.

Click here to learn more about both of these creative and influential leaders who will accept their award at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference on November 4.

Speaking of Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, you can click here to register with reduced rates.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Three workshops - one week, one location!

Multi-workshop discount rate available

TUESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2019

Building Blocks: New Design Strategies and Solutions for Pediatric Settings


Behavioral Health: Design Innovations that Improve Outcomes and Safety


Design for the Aging Mind: Solutions for Every Setting

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401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Receive a discount when you register for two or all three workshops.
More information here


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Stance Healthcare

Tower Industries Visa Lighting
Best Care by Whitehall Manufacturing



Free Tools & Resources

Healthcare Interior Design 2.0 Podcast, Episode 3-
Jane Rohde - Principal and Founder of JSR Associates

Jane talks with Cheryl Janis about her many years in the Environments for Aging field as a “covert operation”. Asking senior living residents questions and listening attentively to their answers, she would also sneak into management and operations meetings to uncover the biggest challenges and then working tirelessly to solve them.

Listen to more podcasts here.

Upcoming Events

Join us for these upcoming events 

8/15, 11:00 AM (PT) Webinar:

The Incredible Shrinking Hospital: Down-sizing Plus-sized Medical Facilities 

8/15, 1:00 PM (PT) Webinar
Healthcare Design: Update on Current Events

9/26, Health Design Insights Networking Event 
New York

9/27, EDAC Exam Online Study Session


Classic Resources

Knowledge Repository

A complete, user-friendly library of healthcare design resources that continues to grow with the latest articles and research citations on healthcare design topics. 

Don't Forget the Walls!

In the ongoing battle to reduce noise in hospital patient units, much attention has been paid to the floor and the ceiling. Over the years, several case studies have shown that sound-absorbing ceiling tile and carpet can help significantly reduce excess noise on a unit. But what about the walls?

Industry News Briefs

Durable Fabrics Task Force Seeks Industry Input

The Durable Coated Fabrics Task Force is a collaborative group of certified healthcare interior designers working on solutions to upholstery failures in all types of healthcare settings. They have designed two surveys to better understand the magnitude of product failures within acute care, outpatient care, and long-term care and provide insight to the issues, support development of solutions, and better understand the magnitude of failure costs.


To Reduce Hospital Noise, Researchers Create Alarms that Whistle and Sing

In 2012, Yoko Sen was in an emergency room, tethered to a machine bleating relentlessly in her ear. She was “freaked out,” she said, and felt helpless. When a nurse returned to the room, Ms. Sen asked if it was O.K. the device was screaming. “Yeah, this thing just beeps,” she recalled the nurse saying. Ms. Sen, an electronic musician, was stunned. How could something “so loud and so jarring” be considered normal? “The fear of not knowing amplified the feeling of anxiety,” she said. And how, she wondered, could clinicians withstand the clangor?


Debra Levin Appointed to Pineapple Global Advisory Board

The appointment of Ms Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC, President and CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area based Center for Health Design to the Pineapple Global Advisory Board has strengthened Pineapple’s expertise in supplying transformative specialist furniture in the mental health and healthcare sectors worldwide.


Sound Strategy for Senior Environments

A root cause of resident discomfort for seniors during community events, religious services, or dining activities is acoustical deficiencies—or quality sound issues—caused by invisible sound waves blending or reverberating. This problem is compounded by the fact that hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process, resulting in many older adults wearing hearing aids. Rather than provide clarity of sound, these devices amplify the signal, such as a guest speaker, pastor, television, or dining companion, and the noise, including overlapping conversations, background noise, and echoes.



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