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The Art of Staying Focused

Focus is a fickle thing; you can have crystal clear focus one minute, and the next moment, get distracted and completely lose your train of thought, Frustratingly, this can happen many times within one day. However, there are some key things we can do to help us stay focused and moving towards our goals.

Focus can be more easily achieved when we keep our lives balanced. Of course, this is easier said than done but it means finding the correct balance in our sleep cycle, our nutrition and, interestingly, also in our performance and learning zones. We have a natural tendency to want to perform well all the time; but in order to be successful in this, we need to be willing to spend time learning. Learning new things can allow us to do the things we love with a fresh perspective, and sometimes with new tools and resources.

The Center is here to provide you and your team with those learning experiences and tools. From our many on-demand learning opportunities, listings of recent product innovations, toolboxes and the Knowledge Repository, there are countless resources to provide inspiration and help you employ the best practices in your projects.  

We're committed to educating and equipping the healthcare industry with the evidence-based design skills needed to transform facilities to improve outcomes; and as such, we offer a credential program, Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification, (EDAC). Becoming EDAC certified shows your clients and team members that you have a method for developing design solutions that are rooted in research to help achieve the desired goals and outcomes.

I hope that you find all our resources, including our virtual events, informative and helpful.

Keep learning, stay focused and be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO



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Prodigy is the latest behavioral healthcare furniture innovation, fundamentally changing how administrators approach the balance of safety and aesthetics.

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Free Tools & Resources

Tool: Ambulatory Care Center Design Tool 

The tool, developed by Dr. Anjali Joseph and Dr. Zahra Zamani from Clemson University in collaboration with The Center for Health Design, supports design teams in making key design decisions about ambulatory care centers linked to evidence-based design goals and principles.

The tool is organized around three main spatial categories:
1. Building exterior 
2. Building interior
3. Community spaces 


Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

10/22,Webinar: Low Vision: Tools and Techniques for Designing Supportive Environments

10/22, Webinar: Homes for Active Aging: What Older Adults Think About Technology Based Home Design Strategies

11/9-12, Healthcare Design Virtual Conference

11/10, Changemaker Award Keynote Virtual Presentation

11/10, Research Matters: Top 10 Picks for the Year Virtual Session

11/11, Design for Older Patients in Hospital and Outpatient Setting Virtual Session

Classic Resources

Slidecast: Implications of a Decentralized Postpartum Unit Design and Clinical Operations

A new decentralized environment does not mean new decentralized behavior. As the authors emphasize, transition planning is critical to support better outcomes when moving to a new design and a new model of care.

Healthcare at Home: A White Paper

We must find ways to design for all changing needs in our homes. With the potential benefits of Healthcare at Home, this sector deserves more attention, especially in terms of policy, design, and research.


Industry News Briefs

Why COVID-19 Could Be a Watershed Moment for Enhanced Assisted Living


In response to Covid-19, some assisted living providers around the United States are reevaluating their health care offerings and taking steps to increase their clinical capabilities. As the senior living value proposition shifts toward health care, regulations may need to change to keep up. Massachusetts is a prime case in point. There, Covid-19 created a state of emergency in which the governor expanded the scope of services that can be provided in assisted living communities. Now, there is an effort to ensure that these changes become permanent.
Senior Housing News,

Two Initiatives to Enhance Your Infection Prevention Programs

The healthcare industry has come a long way over the last century, evolving from a rudimentary practice to the modern medicine we have access to today. In recent years, this dedication to innovation has moved beyond improvements in healthcare technology to also encompass enhancements in the designs of waiting areas and patient rooms. Tasked with being universally applicable to any patient, regardless of age or ailment, waiting and care rooms were often outfitted in stark whites. 
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Modular Construction Can Offer Healthcare Facilities Needed Flexibility

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that we need to be flexible and willing to adapt to changing situations.

For many of us, that flexibility simply meant learning to work from home and scrambling to find a quiet place there to take Zoom calls. For hospitals and other healthcare institutions, though, the need to be flexible was literally a matter of life and death as they struggled to treat an overwhelming number of patients while balancing patient care with the need to keep their own healthcare providers safe and healthy.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Behavioral Center Designed to Suit Patients


The Maine Behavioral Healthcare Center of Excellence for Autism and Developmental Disorders, currently under construction, is a 28,000-square-foot, one-story facility that will provide specialized educational and health care services for its patient population. One half of the facility is dedicated to education, with four classrooms for K-12 students and four classrooms for preschool students. The other half of the building houses clinical services, such as outpatient programs for adults and children with developmental disorders.
Health Facilities Management ,


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The Center for Health Design is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education and advocacy. Learn more. For information about sponsor or partnership opportunities, contact our VP of Relationship Development, Randy Carter




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