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We Are Grateful

Everyone has a favorite time of the year and mine is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. The cities look beautiful dressed in decorations, people are in a happier mood, business slows down at The Center and we close shop for longer than usual to spend time with friends and families. 
As we ushered in 2021, I think most of us were more than happy to see 2020 in our rear-view mirror. It was a year of challenges, sadness and uncertainty. Though 2021 still had its hurdles to overcome, with the availability of a vaccine and successful protocols for COVID, there have been glimmers of a new normalcy.  

As we close out 2021, it’s a good time to reflect on what we have accomplished. To mention a few, we -

  • Had more than 12,000 people from around the world attend one of our virtual workshops, webinars or social events. 
  • Celebrated the 3,000th person successfully passing the EDAC exam and becoming certified.
  • Added over 400 research citations to the Knowledge Repository
  • Dramatically expanded our international reach.
  • Launched the new Functional Program tool.
  • Created content on topics of value to our community, focusing on behavioral health, aging, pediatrics and modular building. 
  • Came together as a community at the Environments for Aging and Healthcare Design Conferences and Expos. 
  • Celebrated achievements through the Touchstone, Changemaker, Lifetime Achievement, Healthcare Environment and Nightingale Awards. 

We did all of this with your support and for that, we add you to the list of things we are grateful for. 

As we move into the holidays, I wish for you and your loved ones continued good health, happiness, contentment and peace of mind. 

Stay well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Center for Health Design 2021 Award Winners

At October’s Healthcare Design Conference + Expo in Cleveland, we were honored to be in the company of and recognize one of the largest and most talented “classes” of annual Center for Health Design award winners. Each individual, project or firm has made tremendous contributions to advancing the healthcare design industry and improving a wide range of healthcare outcomes and experiences. 

If you weren’t able to attend this year’s conference, be sure to check out this year’s award recipients.

Our Touchstone Award recognizes exemplary use of the EBD process. Twelve projects – the most ever – were recognized. Click here to see this year’s winners.

Recipients of the Healthcare Environment Awards have made innovative, life-enhancing design contributions to the quality of health and healthcare. View the 2021 winners here.

We honored George Tingwald with our Changemaker Award for his exceptional ability to create practical and efficient designs for healthcare facilities. To see George’s impact on design advancement, click here.

We bestowed Frank Zilm with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting influence and contributions throughout his career. Click here to see Frank’s unceasing dedication to design education and innovation.



Free Tools & Resources

Topic-related Resources

In spring of 2021, we launched our monthly Tools & Resources newsletter, a curated collection of topic-focused research, tools and design solutions culled from The Center’s vast online libraries. 

Featuring resources such as research Key Point Summaries, webinars, project profiles and design tools – including some paid content opened for limited-time free access – each edition focuses on a specific healthcare design topic.

If you missed one of these issues or want to re-visit a past topic to help with a current project or interest, here are handy links to our 2021 newsletters:

April – Design for Aging
May – Behavioral Health Environments
June – Pediatric Care Environments
August – Infection Control and Prevention
September – Patient and Staff Safety
October – Flooring and Surfaces
November – Art and Positive Distractions
December – The Healing Effects of Nature

Please note some tools and resources were open for a limited amount of time and may be closed now. 

Upcoming Events

Next Thursday: Two Webinars "For the Kids"

12/16 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Webinar: Neurodiversity at Boston Children’s Brookline: A Triumph of Patient-Centered Design

How can we transform a potentially challenging clinic or research visit into an uplifting and safe experience? Attendees will hear about the elements of a cross-disciplinary approach to environmental design where programming, planning, architecture, wayfinding, and interiors all work together to choreograph a uniquely engaging yet calm, safe, patient-centered experience.

12/16 12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET, Webinar: Leaps and Bounds: Advancing the Understanding Around Why Children’s Hospitals are Different

Children’s hospital design requires an understanding of how kids are different–in body, mind, disease types, emotional needs and more. This webinar will discuss top pediatric health issues and care models as a foundation for understanding important, unique pediatric healthcare design needs. 

Classic Resources

Voices of the Industry

Our August Voices of the Industry discussion featured four compelling voices from leading architecture firms, where they shared their radically re-thought visions for healthcare delivery and healthcare spaces at the intersection of where people live, work and learn.

If you weren’t able to attend August’s panel, you can listen in on this fascinating, revealing and future-looking discussion free of charge and on demand here on The Center’s website.

Then make sure and mark your calendars for our next Voices roundtable on January 27, 2022, featuring 2021’s Changemaker and Lifetime Achievement Award winners – Dr. George Tingwald of Stanford Health Care and Frank Zilm of the University of Kansas – and hosted by Barry Rabner, The Center’s board member and past President and CEO of Penn Medicine Princeton Health. 

Keep an eye out for more information about this upcoming event!





Industry News Briefs

Four Trends Shaping Future of Healthcare Design

The healthcare industry has undergone immeasurable challenges and changes throughout the last two years. Driven by the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, the continued retailization of healthcare, and new research into delivering better outcomes, hospitals and healthcare systems are finding new ways to adapt to emerging pressures and best serve their patients, including updating the built environment. Here are four trends with perceived staying power and a discussion of the way they are impacting healthcare design and delivery.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Trends Driving Leaders to Embrace Prefab and Modular Construction

Healthcare leaders today are seeking construction solutions that are flexible and durable, on pace with technological change, save time and money, and substantially reduce or remove the need for downtime. What’s behind this shift to prefab and modular construction solutions in the healthcare sector? These three trends are shaping healthcare leaders’ decision making.

The Design-Build Model Delivers Unique Solutions for Healthcare Projects

Many projects move in a linear fashion from the initial planning phases, through the design and on to the actual construction and completion. Having the expertise of both design and construction housed under one team allows project groups to communicate throughout the process, getting involved at any stage with little need for reorientation as new members and perspectives come onboard.
Healthcare Construction + Operations News,

Open Layouts, Emerging Tech Among Trends Entering Healthcare Facilities

It has been a challenging 20 months for the healthcare industry, and burnout among employees is on the rise. With longer hours and more patients than ever, it is harder for healthcare staff to maintain everything on their plates. With traditional hospital layouts, areas such as break rooms, staff lockers and elevators are not easily accessible and take healthcare teams farther from their patients in the event of a medical emergency.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

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