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Reflections and Gratitude

It's that time of year again when we take stock of the last 12 months and start to define our focus going forward into the new year. It is amazing to see all that has happened both here at The Center and in the world, this last year. 

At The Center, we are very grateful for all our members, sponsors, partners, and volunteers. Because of this community, we have been able to add to our educational programming and resources this year. The Interactive Design Diagrams tool has expanded with three new diagrams for the bathroom, home exterior and kitchen/laundry room. We produced 24 ICONS and Innovators webinars, now available on-demand, and four Pebble in Practice workshops focused on behavioral health, pediatric and aging strategic design. We've also added a new testing protocol for the EDAC credential allowing you to take the EDAC exam from the comfort of your home or office!

We also welcomed three new Built Environment Network members from UW Health, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and Stanford Health Care.

Wishing you all the happiest of holiday seasons, good health and great adventures in 2020,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


to submit your presentation for the 2020 HCD Expo & Conference

Are you a content expert that would like to share your knowledge at the 2020 HCD Expo & Conference? We are currently accepting presentation proposals for educational sessions and roundtable discussions. 

Submit presentation ideas for consideration around:

  • patient safety and satisfaction
  • ambulatory care
  • remodeling/renovations
  • impact of technology
  • clinical perspectives
  • high performance hospitals
  • sustainable practices
  • design for wellness
  • innovations in facility planning & management
  • design challenges & solutions
  • specialty facilities and/or departments
  • strategies for financing & operations
  • international trends & practices
  • healthcare at home
  • other topics of relevance to the healthcare design industry

Presentation Proposal Submission Deadline is January 17, 2020

Learn more and submit.




Free Tools & Resources

Project Brief: Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Medical Offices

The Antelope Valley Medical Offices project was approached from a perspective of intentional design and represents a significant advancement in using design to engage the community and promote health and wellness. However, this facility is one in an ever-evolving model for KP.

Access here.


Upcoming Events

2020 Events to Get
On Your Calendar

4/25-28, Environments for Aging Conference

5/21, Behavioral Health Strategic Design Workshop - L.A.

9/22, Pediatric Strategic Design Workshop- Baltimore

9/23, Behavioral Health Strategic Design Workshop - Baltimore

9/24, Design for Aging Workshop - Baltimore

Classic Resources

Universal Design Strategies: Impact of Aging Considerations Checklist

This tool is meant to support a universal design approach to environments for aging populations. Upon project completion, this tool can guide a discussion around implementing processes that align with the new design.

Healthcare Interior Design Podcast: Dr Diana Anderson, MD, ACHA, M.Arch

Dr. Diana Anderson, a licensed and board-certified healthcare architect and licensed Internist, describes the growing role of the physician in healthcare design, and why she invented the term “Dochitect.” Free!

Industry News Briefs

How Apple Inspired Stanford's New Hospital

Stanford Health Care incorporated user experience ideas from Apple to leverage technology in ways that make its new Palo Alto, Calif.-based hospital more hospitable, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new $2.1 billion hospital, which opened Nov. 17, has 368 private rooms and prioritized user interface. The former senior vice president of retail operations at Apple Ron Johnson helped advise the development of the new Stanford Hospital.

Becker's Hospital Review,

Nine Design Drivers for Behavioral Health Facilities

As the national crisis in mental health and violence is debated in Washington, there is strong consensus that new inpatient behavioral health facilities are needed across the country. Americans were repelled by the warehousing of patients in large prison like facilities of the 1960s and 70s and massive closures resulted. Now we are equally concerned about the rise in homelessness, substance abuse and violence.

Healthcare Facilities Today,

The Business Case for Staff Satisfaction



According to the World Health Organization, healthcare faces an epidemic of stressed and burned-out staff—a thinning talent pipeline that’s short on time and resources. A nationwide survey by CareerBuilder and found that 69 percent of healthcare workers report being stressed, while a Press Ganey survey of hospital employees found 45 percent reported not being engaged at work.

Healthcare Design,

4 Factors Driving Healthcare Interior Planning

In healthcare, interior design has moved beyond just materials to consider elements like wayfinding, biophilia, natural light, and more. Even more important, however, is to think about how those elements combine to create a healing experience for patients, visitors, and staff. That experience is driven most by four factors — people, process, place, and technology — all of which have an impact on interior design.

facilitiesnet,


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