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Autumn Musings

How quickly time flies! With autumn kicking off in just a few days, it’s hard to believe that HCD Expo & Conference is just around the corner.

If you are in the midst of getting registered for the conference, happening October 23-26 in Cleveland, I wanted to let you know there are ten sessions that feature The Center's expert staff, including a pre-conference workshop on Saturday, October 23 titled, "W01 Coaching Workshop: Practical Application of Evidence-Based Design”. You can get more information on this and the other Center sessions here.

I look forward to every aspect of this conference from the tours and sessions to the social events and keynote presentations, but especially so this year after missing a year of meeting in-person. The Center will again have a booth on the main floor near registration. Please make sure to stop by to say hello.

One of the conference highlights for me is The Center's VIP reception. This is a chance for The Center to show appreciation for all our Affiliate members and volunteers who represent the very best about our industry. This year's VIP reception will be on the evening of October 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and will be extra special as we will be celebrating with an auction filled with iconic items.

Not yet an Affiliate member? If you or your organization is not yet a member, I encourage you to contact Lynn Kenney, our Director of Industry Relations, to learn about membership options and decide which is best for you. Our Affiliate members enjoy discounts on most Center products and educational tools and will receive an invitation to join us in Cleveland at our VIP reception.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


A Virtual Fall Bash
September 21, 2021

Join us for a virtual mix & mingle social next week.

Dress up or come as you are in your everyday work-from-home duds, grab a favorite beverage, and join us as we welcome autumn! 

Enjoy the music of Andre LeBoulluec, a Los Angeles-based guitarist, composer, beatmaker, multi-instrumentalist, and producer.

And join a vibrant conversation with Dak Kopec, PhD, HFASID, Architectural Psychologist and Associate Professor, School of Architecture, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC, President, Principal Interior Designer, CAMA, Inc., Angelita Scott, PhD, Allied ASID, IDEC, Director and Community Concept Lead and Standard and Health Equity Lead, International WELL Building Institute and Moira Gannon Denson, ASID, IDEC, IIDA, LEED AP, Associate Professor of Interior Design at Marymount University, NCIDQ-certified Interior Designer as they discuss, "The Evolutionary Nature of Color and its Impact on Health, Wellness and the Human Condition."

Plus, make sure you enter to win a Series 6 Apple Watch — in any color! Buy raffle tickets, whether you are attending FestiFall or not. The raffle will close at midnight on September 21st and the winner will be announced on September 22nd. You need not attend FestiFall to win.

Learn more and register for FestiFall here.


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Free Tools & Resources

Slidecast: Magnitude Matters: Art Image Size and Waiting Time Impact Perceived Quality of Care

Long wait times can have a negative impact on our healthcare experience and how we perceive the quality of care. Previous studies have looked at how the content of art may provide a positive distraction during a long wait. However, up until this 2020 study, no one has taken an empirical look at the effect of the size of the art on healthcare outcomes. Researchers used an online photo survey to investigate the effect of art size in an exam room. Results show that when it comes to art, size matters.

Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

9/21, Free Virtual Fall Bash: FestiFall of Colors

9/23, Workshop: The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - Design for the Forgotten Middle 

9/24, EDAC Exam Online Study Session

9/29, Free Workshop: Behavioral and Mental Health: Design for the Next Generation of Care and Care Spaces

9/30, Webinar: "Purpose-built" Art in Hospitals: Art with Intent

9/30, Webinar: Art in Healthcare: The State of the Practice

Classic Resources

Interactive Design Tool: Aging in Place and Healthcare at Home

This set of interactive diagrams includes both Healthcare at Home and Aging in Place approaches across five home environments. Diagrams include a large body of research evidence and best practice knowledge for designers and owners to consider in single family homes and long-term care settings. 


EDAC Advocate Firm Project: Advocate Aurora Health Ambulatory Clinics Study, IL and WI

This evaluation assessed two main clinic module designs—separate versus shared corridors—in the Advocate Aurora Health system. The goal was to identify and assess pros and cons of each module type from the user perspective to help inform and optimize the system’s future ambulatory program and facilities.





Industry News Briefs

Pandemic Drives Healthcare Technology Trends 

COVID-19 has forced healthcare systems to adopt new technology and processes to deal with changing problems. The pandemic has placed stress on the healthcare sector’s workplace, infrastructure and supply chain. Health IT adoption and implementation has significantly increased since the beginning of the pandemic as health systems were forced to depend on digital health technologies for care. This has set the stage for new innovation moving forward.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Planning for Smart Hospitals 

Smart hospitals are built upon the foundation of an energy-efficient, code-compliant and resiliently designed infrastructure by connecting technology to support people through better processes. They don’t just happen, they are designed. Technology is embedded in devices now more than ever, and a smart approach gets the right data to the right entity at the right time for better patient outcomes, a safer environment and to meet carbon goals.
Health Facilities Management,

A Pandemic-Conscious Blueprint for Architecture

Since the beginning of the pandemic, architects, designers, and engineers have provided input on the efforts made to address this ongoing health crisis. Together with biomedical advances such as rapid testing platforms, novel therapeutics, and vaccination programs, design interventions will help rebuild trust between individuals and physical space as people begin to re-engage with their communities.
ArchDaily,

Researchers Study Nurse Station Design 

Ocean Medical Center, a community hospital part of Hackensack Meridian Health, in Brick Township, N.J., saw favorable and unfavorable results after moving from a centralized nurses station to a decentralized nurses station in the inpatient unit of its adult medical-surgical and elective surgery department.
Health Facilities Management,

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