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Inspire, Collaborate, Advocate

It's already that time of year again - when we ask our community to nominate an individual or an organization that has made a difference in the world of healthcare facility design for the Changemaker Award.

Given annually by The Center for Health Design's Board of Directors at Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, this award honors individuals or organizations that have demonstrated an exceptional ability to change the way healthcare facilities are designed and built, and whose work has a broad impact on the advancement of healthcare design.

Why nominate someone?

  • To recognize an individual or organization that has changed the way healthcare facilities are designed and built, and whose work had a broad impact on the advancement of healthcare design.
  • To give the potential recipient an opportunity to share lessons learned about changing the healthcare design industry with colleagues at the annual Healthcare Design Expo & Conference.
  • To inspire the healthcare industry to create the best possible healthcare environments.

To read more about the award, including past honorees, and to submit a nomination, click here.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO

Behavioral Health Webinar Day

2 webinars, 1 day FREE


The Building as a Therapeutic Tool: Creating a Children's Treatment Center 

February 27, 2020

This webinar, presented by Robert Hoffman, Principal, Hoffman PM, Inc., highlights a case study of the EnoiaKids Centre for Treatment and Development and explores how the design caused the building itself to become a tool for therapy, learning and teaching.

Adapting Existing Healthcare Spaces to Suit Behavioral Health Requirements

February 27, 2020

Behavioral health facility design is complex and highly technical. This is especially true regarding the conversion of an existing healthcare space into an operational and compliant behavioral health facility. Join presenters, Basil Sherman, Principal, Pulse Design Group, Ryan Spieir, President, KVC Hospitals and Robert Eklofe, VP Behavioral Health Operations, KVC Hospitals, as they analyze design approaches to behavioral health facility adaptation that leads to organizational success.


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Free Tools & Resources

Clinic Design Post-Occupancy Evaluation Toolkit

Evaluation and feedback are key to improving the built environment when it involves the larger community. A post occupancy evaluation can provide insight on identifying and solving problems in the built environment, fine tuning the building according to user needs and feeback and ongoing building adaptations due to changing organizational needs.

Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

4/25 - 28, Environments for Aging Expo & Conference

5/21, Behavioral Health Strategic Design Workshop, Los Angeles

Coming in Fall 2020
Pediatric Strategic Design Workshop, Baltimore

Behavioral Health Strategic Design Workshop, Baltimore

Design for Aging Workshop, Baltimore

Classic Resources

Ambulatory Care Center Design Tool
This Ambulatory Care Center Design Tool supports design teams in making key design decisions about ambulatory care centers linked to evidence-based design goals and principles. 

Preventing Injury and Increasing Safety Among Older Adults
This executive summary explores the frequency and cost of falls among older adults and what can be done to prevent them.

Industry News Briefs

Evolving Healthcare Design with Virtual Reality Technology

Through the introduction of new technologies, healthcare designers are experimenting with innovative solutions to visually conceptualize high-value spaces and support collaborative decision making. Virtual reality (VR) technology is one of the solutions transforming healthcare designers’ approach to operating room (OR) design.

It allows for immediate experiences and on-demand reconfigurations at significantly lower costs than building physical mock-ups does. 
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Can Design Influence Nurse Well Being?

Burnout among health care staff members is a pervasive problem in the United States, leading to health and safety consequences for both patients and staff, sometimes driving these essential personnel to leave the workforce.

It has been deemed a public health crisis. Nurse fatigue has also been identified as a high priority. The Center for Health Design’s Knowledge Repository includes several citations on this topic.
Health Facilities Management,

Keeping Your Healthcare Facility Safe

Every day, healthcare facility managers perform a balancing act between safety, comfort and efficiency. Patients need a comfortable place to heal, staff need an efficient work environment, and both require a safe space to achieve these outcomes. Budget restraints and making do with existing solutions shouldn’t get in the way of these priorities. Fortunately, there are steps healthcare facility managers can take to enhance safety while also creating a smarter, comfortable, more efficient environment.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Integrating Infection Prevention is Essential for Protecting Patients

As we enter a new decade, we applaud the progress that has been made in improving hospital technology and modernizing healthcare environments. However, in infection control, while there have been significant developments, key challenges persist, including how to effectively and efficiently prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) to protect the health of patients in our care. According to the CDC, HAIs remain a serious health issue. It is estimated that 687,000 patients developed a HAI in United States acute-care facilities in 2015, causing or contributing to 72,000 deaths.
Healthcare Facilities Today,


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