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APRIL 2020

Some Good News

It may be hard to find your balance in this time of COVID-19. But, one thing that's important to do is to find and share good news stories that are happening both within and outside our industry. Stories such as the staggering numbers of volunteers fostering shelter pets, musicians broadcasting performances from their living rooms to the world, to our very own web developer, Alan Puccinelli who has brought together a group of 3-D printers to create "Operation Shields Up." Leveraging the power of crowd-sourced manufacturing using 3-D printing, this group is working round-the-clock to get face shields into the hands of medical professionals.

To keep the positive energy going during this unusual and stressful time, we are keeping our community informed of our free resources and tools through email and our social media. Our latest announcement is, we've modified our in-person Los Angeles Behavioral Health Strategic Design Workshop in May to now be a virtual event that will span three Thursdays in May (2.5 hours each day). There will be more details on this coming soon through email and on our social media pages. Sign up here to receive workshop updates.

While many of us are staying at home, we can still stay connected. I hope that you find all our resources, including our virtual events, informative and helpful as you navigate these uncertain days, and that you and yours remain in good health.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Built Environment Resources to Help Minimize the Impact of Infections through Design

The Center for Health Design’s has gathered resources from our own website, as well as from partner organizations, to help healthcare facilities address near-term needs related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to better inform plans and projects in development now and in the future.

While these resources were created to help minimize the impact of infections and transmittable diseases in healthcare facilities, much of the research and guidance is relevant and useful in any built environment.

These resources include:

  • The latest COVID-19-specific research and facility response guidance;
  • Our MakingRoom online database connecting hotels with hospitals in urgent need of additonal space;
  • Our Infection Control Toolbox with evidence-based strategies, tools and best practices;
  • A link to the FEMA Claims Recovery Service and,
  • Select relevant research and articles from our Knowledge Repository. 

Access COVID-19 Resources here.




Free Tools & Resources

MakingRoom- Connecting Hotels and Hospitals with Urgent Needs for Space

Right now, all around the country, there is an urgent need for safe, clean and immediately available accommodations that can be used as-is or adapted to provide much needed capacity for a variety of hospital needs.

This website has been created to provide hospitals and other care providers with a forum to communicate their space needs; and for hotels and others with multi-unit or high-occupancy residential facilities to indicate their capacity and willingness to consider these urgent needs.

Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

4/16, Free Webinar: The Hub of All Things Fun; Connecting Innovative Design with Play

4/16, Free Webinar: Forget Me Not: My Experience Living with Dementia

5/7, Webinar: Excellence in Evidence-Based Design

5/14, 5/21, 5/28Behavioral Health Strategic Design Virtual Workshop (details to come)

6/18, Webinar: The Owners Perspective: Key Insights Impacting the Future of Healthcare Design & Construction

6/18, Webinar: The Rapid Evolution of FSEDs and Micro Hospitals, The New Model for Design

Classic Resources

Issue Brief: Healthcare at Home
A radical shift in the provision of healthcare is occurring. Within the past decade, advances in medical technology, changes in reimbursement structures, the desires and complex care needs of an aging population, and innovative care delivery models have initiated a shift from providing care in hospitals to outpatient settings. 

Webinar: Telemedecine; Where We Are and Why the Built Environment Matters
The design of spaces used for telemedicine communications should strive to maintain the level of safety, privacy, quality of care, and patient experience that would be expected for that same communication when it takes place in person.

Industry News Briefs

Building Out This New Hybrid OR Was No Simple Operation

Rapidly evolving health care technology requires sophisticated facilities and infrastructure. Likewise, the rigorous demands of these specialized designs require high-performance collaboration teams. So when University of Washington Medicine needed to upgrade a critical operating room, they partnered with a capable design-build team to design and construct a highly technical hybrid bi-plane operating room, one of only a handful of such facilities nationwide
Daily Journal of Commerce,

Wireless Technology Improves Outcomes

Mayo Clinic’s Division of Neonatal Medicine and Center for Connected Care recently published findings of a study comparing the reliability of wireless telemedicine technology versus a traditional wired cart. In the 20-month study, the health system found that the wireless technology outperformed its predecessor in every instance.
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,

Infection Control Trends During Construction

The use of infection control risk assessments (ICRAs) during hospital design and construction projects has been evolving for the past several decades. A formal “Infection Control Risk Assessment” was introduced in the 1996-1997 edition of the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities, which was then published by the American Institute of Architects, although earlier editions required construction and renovation assessments related to specific risks.
Healthcare Facilities Management,


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