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JULY 2022

Prepared for Prefab?

Last year, we introduced a new topic to our year-long design workshop series titled Re-imaging Prefab: Unleashing Design Possibilities to Enhance the Healthcare Experience and Bottom Line. It was our most highly attended paid workshop ever.

It emerged from conversations we were having with healthcare designers, providers, product manufactures and construction professionals around the sweeping and anticipated changes borne out of the pandemic. And the predictions were supported by a growing body of evidence (we like that here at The Center).

In an extensive survey by Dodge Data and Analytics of over 650 design and construction firms, when asked about which building types will have the highest frequency of prefab and modular construction in the next three years, healthcare facilities topped the list at 82%.

In two weeks on July 28, we’ll gather again (virtually) for Modular Design and Prefabrication: Balancing Better and Faster with Quality. We’ll hear about exciting developments in this fast-paced segment of the healthcare design industry, what’s been learned as more and more design firms embrace these new strategies, and what’s on the horizon. The day will include:

  • Case studies and best practices from leading healthcare providers – Stanford Health Care and Kaiser Permanente – and the design and construction firms leading the way in applying prefab and modular solutions – HDR, DLR Group, SLAM, DPR Construction, JE Dunn Construction and ModularDesign+;
  • Innovative applications of prefab in healthcare from leading solution providers Boldt, Mark III and RF Brand; and,
  • Insights and predictions from one of the industry’s most experienced and forward-looking experts, Chris Giattina, CEO of BLOX.

Plus, as always, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with presenters and colleagues in extensive Q&A, breakout groups and our popular post-workshop social.

Advance registration savings end tomorrow, Friday, July 15, so register soon. We have several organizations bringing project teams – there are substantial discounts for groups of five or more.

They’ll be talking about this workshop (again) for months – I hope to see you there.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


TODAY! Free Webinars on Design’s Ability to Improve Sleep & Health for Older Adults


Sleep Math: More Daytime Light = Better Nighttime Sleep for Older Adults

July 14, 2022
10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT
CEUs Available

Daytime light exposure plays an important role in promoting entrainment of circadian rhythms and improving nighttime sleep, particularly for older individuals. Hear how a robust 24-hour light and dark scheme in numerous environments can improve sleep, mood, and behavior in various older adult populations.

Learn more and register here.

Sound Judgement: Using Sound to Amplify Health and Wellbeing in Environments for Aging

July 14, 2022
12:00 PM PDT / 3:00 PM EDT
CEUs Available

Listen to the perspectives of a musician composer and an environmental researcher as they delve into the critical role sound plays in promoting health and wellbeing; and consider important questions to ask when designing environments for people as they age.

Learn more and register here.

Welcome our new Research Associate, Yolanda Keys!

We are pleased to announce a new addition to our team! Yolanda Keys is a registered nurse with over 25 years of experience and has a doctorate in healthcare administration. Joining the research team, we know she will bring a deep understanding of the important contribution nurses can have during planning and design.


Free Tools & Resources

Free EBD Journal Club: Color Coding the “Labyrinth”

Wednesday, July 20
10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT

Few studies to date have explored wayfinding in the Emergency Department (ED). Yet, as ED usage continues to grow, effective wayfinding in these high-stress, fast-paced environments is likely to become increasingly important.

To find a solution, a two-part wayfinding intervention was developed: colored routes to key destinations in the ED and corresponding visitor badges. Join us as we share their report considering four quality criteria: visibility, usability, efficiency and overall effectiveness from staff perspectives.

Register here.

Impact of Aging Toolbox

As people live longer, managing the needs of the aging population is more important than ever. Thanks to the support of Patcraft our Impact of Aging Toolbox is now open for free access to our entire healthcare design community.

Visit the toolbox.

Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

Today 7/14 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT, Webinar: Sleep Math: More Daytime Light = Better Nighttime Sleep for Older Adults

Today 7/14 12:00 PM PDT / 3:00 PM EDT, Webinar: Sound Judgement: Using Sound to Amplify Health and Wellbeing in Environments for Aging

7/20 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT, EBD Journal Club: Color Coding the “Labyrinth”: How Staff Perceived a Two-Part Intervention to Improve Wayfinding in an Adult Emergency Department

7/28 8:30 AM PDT / 11:30 AM EDT, Workshop: Modular Design and Prefabrication: Balancing Better and Faster with Quality

8/17 8:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT, Workshop: Design for Healthy Aging: Solutions Across the Continuum of Care

8/19 12:00 PM PDT / 3:00 PM EDT, EDAC Certified Virtual Call (must be EDAC certified to attend)

8/26 8:30 AM PDT / 11:30 AM EDT, Workshop: Transforming Outcomes: Integrating Lean and EBD

Classic Resources

Tool: Dementia-Supportive Environments: Considerations

Understanding the personal abilities and unique challenges faced by aging individuals, especially those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, better equips design teams to create supportive care and living spaces.

Visit the tool.

Slidecast: Blue-Enriched Lighting for Older People Living in Care Homes: Effect on Activity, Actigraphic Sleep, Mood and Alertness

As we get older, sleep quality suffers, and poor sleep can lead to poor overall health. Our circadian function plays a major role in the quality of our sleep, and research suggests that the physical environment can support better circadian function.

Some research shows that residents with dementia in care homes experienced better sleep when exposed to increased light levels. The authors believe this to be the first study to look at the effect on a general population of older people not diagnosed with dementia.

View the slidecast.

Industry News Briefs

Telehealth Visits for Mental Health Continue to Rise

Mental health is bucking the overall trend in telehealth utilization. A new report found that telehealth accounted for 87% of mental health appointments booked last month. That percentage is continuing to climb, despite virtual care visits declining across all other specialties.
MedCity News,

Senior Care Facilities Strive to Make Improvements to Satisfy Residents

Across the nation, there has been a call to make sweeping improvements to senior care facilities. Earlier this year, President Joe Biden announced plans to improve the quality of the nation’s nursing homes so all residents receive reliable, high-quality care. Under the reform, senior care facilities will be held accountable for the care they provide, and the quality of care and facility ownership will be more transparent for potential residents and their families.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Nurses Provide Essential Design Guidance

While there are exceptions, traditionally, designers and architects have taken health care facility projects from conception to construction without seeking input from the nurses impacted by the designs. That is beginning to shift, but nurses are still struggling to make their voices heard.
Health Facilities Management Magazine,

Health Care Infrastructure Post-Pandemic: What Works Best Now

The pandemic’s lessons for the health care industry have reverberated throughout both treatment and related infrastructure, and will continue to drive the field’s built environment well into the future. Hospitals and offices alike have adapted to the necessities spurred by COVID-19. During Commercial Observer’s annual health care construction forum, industry experts cited the pandemic, along with recent mass shootings, as catalysts for changes in design, technology and overall patient experience.
Commercial Observer,

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