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JULY 2021

Embracing Change

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

Change is inevitable and constant. Things change, and then they change again.

It has a tendency to pull us out of our comfort zone and that can be challenging, and sometimes, even daunting. I think it's safe to say, we've all experienced an abundance of change over the last 15 months, and I imagine you may have discovered that you have an unlimited capacity to adapt. Resilience is key to helping us make the most of the inevitability of change. It allows us to manage, and at times, even embrace change, helping us to overcome and manage through unpredicatable circumstances.

One way to be prepared for change in our professional llves is to educate ourselves about current challenges and what others are doing to not only address those challenges, but to thrive because of them. There are many ways to do that these days — through podcasts, workshops and peer-to-peer groups. If workshops and peer-learning appeal to you, you may be interested in participating in The Center's  Transforming Outcomes: Integrating Lean and EBDlater this month. This workshop will prepare you and your team for the inevitability of change by learning how to integrate both the Lean and EBD processes to transform the built environment — allowing you to maximize value to your clients/customers. 

If you're wanting to learn more about how to build a business case or see first-hand how your peers have successfully integrated EBD and Lean to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the users and staff, be sure to put this workshop on your calendar.  

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Submit Your Presentation to the 2022 EFA Expo & Conference Call for Presentations — Deadline is June 25  

The Environments for Aging Expo & Conference, founded and produced by The Center for Health Design and Emerald Expositions LLC, in conjunction with the AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community, the International Interior Design Association, The American Society of Interior Designers and SAGE, brings together developers, owners, design professionals, product manufacturers, academia, aging specialists, and government officials to explore new ideas for creating places that support people as they age.

There’s a shortened timeline between this year’s Environments for Aging Expo & Conference, August 28-31, 2021 and next year’s, April 2-5, 2022.

The 2022 Call for Presentations are due June 25, 2021.

Learn more and submit here.



Free Tools & Resources

Slidecast: Private Rooms, Semi-Open Areas, or Open Areas for Chemotherapy Care: Perspectives of Cancer Patients, Families, and Nursing Staff

In recent years, the design of spaces for chemotherapy treatment has shifted from private rooms and open-units in inpatient settings, to semi-open areas in outpatient care centers. Despite the shift towards ambulatory care, the majority of evidence-based design research in this area is still focused on the inpatient setting.

This appears to be one of the first studies to look at what patients need and want during their treatment in ambulatory chemo treatment centers.

Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

6/23, Affiliate Member Call

6/25, EFA Expo & Conf. Call for Presentations Deadline

6/25, Workshop: Transforming Outcomes: Integrating Lean and EBD

6/30, Free Voices of the Industry Webinar: Looking Forward: The Future of Healthcare Facilities

7/15, Webinar: Healthcare Environments: An Evidence-Based Approach to the Influence of Color

7/15, Webinar: Accelerating Innovation: Revitalizing Outpatient Experiences and Outcomes


Classic Resources

Ambulatory Care Design Center Tool

This Ambulatory Care Center Design Tool (ACCDT), was developed by Dr. Anjali Joseph and Dr. Zahra Zamani from Clemson University in collaboration with The Center for Health Design (CHD). It builds upon a series of papers, best practice case studies and in-depth literature reviews as well as CHD's Clinic Design Post-Occupancy Evaluation Toolkit. The tool supports design teams in making key design decisions about ambulatory care centers linked to evidence based design goals and principles.

Knowledge Repository

Start all of your searches for articles and research citations with a free user-friendly library of resources on healthcare design topics that continues to grow with the latest research, 





Industry News Briefs

Therapeutic Military and Veteran Settings 

There is a growing commitment among military and veteran health care organizations to provide services and environments that support both physical and mental health and well-being. The design of military and veteran health care facilities is a crucial factor when considering how to best support the therapeutic process
Health Facilities Management,

Structural Considerations for Healthcare Projects 

Changes in healthcare delivery models over the last decade, paired with the ongoing global health crisis, have required creative new approaches to the design of healthcare facilities. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare industry saw a shift from traditional in-hospital treatment to a greater emphasis on wellness and prevention. 
HC+O News,

Contamination Containment: Lean Design Can Be Used to Prevent Infection in Hospitals

Last year made it abundantly clear that infection prevention and control in hospitals is paramount to slow the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain a surplus of unoccupied hospital beds. While COVID-19 is at the top of our collective minds, other looming threats such as MRSA, and thousands more documented and unknown zoonotic diseases, mean it’s imperative for hospitals to get a handle on infection control protocols now, in order to prepare for whatever the future brings. Lean Design is a process-driven approach that examines the layout, flow, processes and protocols of a hospital, focusing on identifying and eliminating bottlenecks and areas of waste.
Medical Construction & Design,

Cutting Construction-Infection Connection

Is there any area of healthcare facilities that the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t change? The short answer is no. Everything has changed for facilities managers; some processes have only begun to assess the lessons of the pandemic and how those lessons will affect future processes and projects. Consider new construction.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

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