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Happy Together

Who knew that the theme for our annual VIP Reception at this week’s HCD Conference in San Antonio would also be such an appropriate description for this year’s entire conference experience.

From the kickoff keynote to the very last educational session, the atmosphere was electric, energy level off the charts, and everywhere there were smiles proving that we were truly “happy together”. Increased attendance and a packed expo hall were further evidence of this year’s success.

For The Center, conference is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the amazing work done by our industry to further our shared pursuit of improving healthcare environments, culminating in our annual awards ceremony.

This year, a record 19 projects and products completed the rigorous application process to earn Touchstone status for their exemplary use of an evidence-based design process. This is no beauty contest – Touchstone recognition represents the pinnacle of achievement in evidence-based design. Take a moment to learn more about the 2022 Touchstone recipients here.

Seven projects were recognized with Healthcare Environment Awards for their innovative, life enhancing design that contributes to the quality of health and care. I always find the winners in the Student Design Work categories to be creative, inspiring, and reassuring – to know that there are brilliant up and coming designers out there. See the 2022 Healthcare Environment Award winners here.

Finally, we honored Ray Pentecost with our 2023 Changemaker award for the global impact he has had in changing how the architecture profession, healthcare providers and academia think about design – from a focus on healthcare to a focus on design for health. Ray’s story and contributions are amazing – read them here.

The hardest part of this year’s conference was saying goodbye! See you in 2023!

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO



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HCD VIP Reception

From the look of all the happy, smiling faces, our VIP Reception at the Healthcare Design Conference in San Antonio this week was a success! Here are a couple fun pictures of guests looking “happy together”.

Special thanks to our generous reception sponsors who helped make the evening possible: Mohawk Group, Porcelanosa, Kimball International, Carolina, Paladin, BestCare by Whitehall Manufacturing, Patcraft and Drager.

Hospital Design Benchmarking Survey

Part of a global study on hospital design, researchers in healthcare architecture aim to understand which types of benchmarking metrics are rated most useful and how users gauge feasibility.

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Free Tools & Resources

Interactive Design Diagram: Behavioral and Mental Health In-patient Room

Healthcare is provided in a variety of settings, from a person's home to outpatient clinics, to the hospital. While the settings and specific design elements may differ across the continuum of care, the objectives of safety, efficiency, satisfaction, and high quality care remain constant.

The interactive design diagrams provide a link between the evidence base, design strategies, and desired outcomes - in a visually intuitive and actionable format.

Our most recent diagram addition is the Behavioral and Mental Health In-patient Room. The design of in-patient rooms for behavioral and mental health has focused on safety for both patients and staff through checklists for ligature-resistance. While safety is always a driver, we shouldn’t lose a strong emphasis on healing for this specialized care. Healing and safety design strategies are drawn from behavioral health-focused design interventions to inform an in-patient room that can improve outcomes for all.

Access the diagram.

Upcoming Events

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10/20 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT, Webinar: Sustainable Design: Where We Are and Where We Need to Be

Several years ago, sustainable design was new to the vocabulary of many design firms. As the environment began to suffer and climate change was an increasing issue, many designers turned their focus to sustainability and how they could utilize sustainable design principles for their projects, their clients, and the greater good.

As the industry perfects and fine-tunes systems and processes, it’s not enough as the clock ticks. This webinar will explore the state of sustainable design within the design industry as it currently exists and propose critical changes that need to be made for the future.

Save These 2023 Workshop Dates

1/26, Design for Healthy Aging (Virtual)

3/22-23, The Future of Healthcare (Virtual)

5/25, Behavioral and Mental Health Design (Virtual)

7/27, Modular Design and Prefabrication (Virtual)

9/28, Behavioral and Mental Health Design (In-person)

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Classic Resources

Member Project: Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center New Patient Bed Tower and Vertical Expansion

Following the completion of a comprehensive campus master plan, SmithGroup was engaged to plan and implement a transformative healthcare facility for Emory University and the School of Medicine.

The new hospital facilities are designed to create a fresh image for the campus, improve internal and external circulation, and provide inpatient and outpatient facilities that support a more efficient and patient-focused care model.

View the project.

Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC)

EDAC is an internationally recognized certification program that recognizes individuals who demonstrate an understanding of how to apply an evidence-based design process. Learn about the certification process, resources to help you prepare for and pass the EDAC exam, and the benefits of becoming part of a global community of forward thinking, evidence-based design advocates and practitioners.

Register for the exam by January 31, 2023, take the exam risk-free, and save 10%.

Get the details here.

Industry News Briefs

Doctors Share What’s Energizing Health Care Architecture

The front line of health care is among the most complex and high-stakes environments of any profession. Medical professionals are constantly looking for ways to clarify purpose and simplify processes to ensure best patient care. As our designs for buildings get more and more complex—code requirements, new materials, emerging technology—health professionals may find their most valuable service is helping bring clarity and focus to what really matters most.
Metropolis,

Spending on Mental Health Substantially Increased from 2013 to 2020

Mental health challenges have become more prevalent in recent years: the percentage of people under the age of 65 with employment-based health coverage diagnosed with a mental health disorder increased to 18.5% in 2020, compared to 14.2% in 2013. Not surprisingly, employees are also using mental health services more than they did in the past. The percentage of enrollees using outpatient services rose from 12% in 2013 to 16% in 2020.
MedCity News,

Tackling Infection in Senior Living Communities

After the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing effects from variants and virus spikes, increased concerns from seniors and their families have risen about safety, leading to a decline in new resident occupancy in senior living communities across the country. Seniors are among the most vulnerable populations, and even a mild infection can have detrimental effects. Up to 3 million serious infections occur in long-term care environments each year, contributing to 380,000 deaths, according to the CDC.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Navigating Healthcare Construction Challenges

Many of the challenges facing construction projects in the healthcare industry are the same issues affecting the broader economy: rising costs, labor shortages and supply chain disruptions. While these issues may seem insurmountable at times, there are some mitigation actions that can help design and construction teams push past them to deliver solutions that work for healthcare leaders and the communities served by their facilities.
Medical Construction & Design Magazine,

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