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Partner Milestones

2023 will mark The Center’s 30th anniversary, and like many companies and organizations, we’ll take this opportunity to recognize and celebrate all that we have accomplished.

As proud as we are of our own longevity, however, we know we never could have done this alone. Many of our greatest accomplishments have been the product of amazing partnerships with organizations that helped bring our visions to life, and continue to provide financial, content and time support to this day. 2022 was a milestone year for a couple of those fruitful relationships.

Ten years ago our Knowledge Repository was launched with initial funding and support from the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, which was joined soon thereafter by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and the Facility Guidelines Institute.

Together with content support from NIHD and Research Design Connections, this team of partners has helped create, refine and grow this open-access, widely referenced, searchable database of healthcare design research to nearly 6,000 articles, Key Point Summaries, citations and more.

AIA AAH, ASHE and FGI meet with our team regularly to identify content needs, provide feedback for feature updates, develop strategies for expanding the user base, and identify user interface enhancements.

It’s been eight years since the Donghia Foundation enabled us to transform our acorn of an idea – an evidence-based patient room design checklist and tool, developed with initial funding from the ASID – into what would become our Interactive Design Diagrams.

Recognizing the value of these diagrams in advancing the understanding and use of evidence-based design by the design community and students, Donghia has enabled development of twelve diagrams to date and recently extended their commitment for three more years.

In 2006, Jaynelle Stichler and Kirk Hamilton came to us with an idea to create a peer reviewed journal to publish evidence-based research articles and findings in healthcare facility design. Fifteen years and more than 60 issues later, the Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD) is the only journal featuring evidence-based articles on the design of health environments and the design-related outcomes.

Linking research to practice, HERD features both rigorous research from academic sources and applied research from practice. Papers provide content and are shared through The Center’s EBD Journal Club and in Key Point Summaries found in our Knowledge Repository.

We’re forever grateful for these partnerships and the many others we’ve forged over the years, and look forward to many more.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


The Future Is Now

Integrating Logistics Automation Technologies into Healthcare Facility Planning and Design Thursday, December 15, 2022
10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST
Affiliate Discounts Apply
CEUs Available

Multiple disruptors are pushing healthcare facility planning to a tipping point, driving the search for innovative design solutions that enhance patient and staff safety while simultaneously reducing costs through improved operational efficiencies.

Learn how automated technologies, using AI and robotics, can benefit healthcare facility design and outcomes, and the best practices for evaluating various automation applications and alternatives.

Learn more and register here.

Design for Healthy Aging Workshop

January 26, 2023
8:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM EST
CEUs Available

Presented at no cost thanks to the support of our Sponsor Partners Altro and Patcraft.

As individuals age, physical, mental, and societal challenges become more prevalent. This half-day virtual workshop explores those obstacles and discusses programming and design interventions that can assist individuals and care givers.

Join us as expert faculty present examples that integrate architecture, design and technology into living environments that are not only safe, but foster wellness and longevity.

Learn more and register here.


Free Tools & Resources

EBD Journal Club

Built Environment Design Interventions at the Exits of Secured Dementia Care Units: A Review of the Empirical Literature
December 8, 2022
10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST
FREE | CEUs Available

Built environment design is recognized as important in the care and management of responsive behaviors for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in secured care units.

The repetitious behavior of “walking with purpose” (previously termed wandering) in those with dementia has influenced safety-related design components to decrease exiting attempts. However, empirical literature addressing design interventions to prevent exiting is lacking and outdated.

Join us as we share five interior design interventions that were assessed at egress doorways: implementing horizontal and vertical floor grid patterns, mirrors, murals, conditioning responses to color cues, and camouflaging door hardware or vision panels.

Register here.

Upcoming Events

Get These Events on Your Calendar

12/8 10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST, EBD Journal Club: Built Environment Design Interventions at the Exits of Secured Dementia Care Units: A Review of the Empirical Literature

12/15 10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST, Webinar: The Future is Now: Integrating Logistics Automation Technologies into Healthcare Facility Planning and Design

1/9, Deadline: 2023 Healthcare Design Conference + Expo Call for Presentations

3/17, Deadline: 2023 Healthcare Design Conference + Expo Changemaker Award Nominations

Save These 2023 Workshop Dates

1/26 8:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM EST, Design for Healthy Aging (Virtual)
Free Registration Now Open

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)

Get Workshop Updates Here

Classic Resources

At the Environments for Aging Conference + Expo in Milwaukee and the Healthcare Design Conference + Expo in San Antonio, we recognized two individuals for their contributions to the advancement of living and care environments.

Maggie Calkins, M.Arch, PhD, EDAC, FGSA,
EFA Changemaker Recipient

We honored Maggie for her pioneering, influential and internationally-recognized work and body of research that has transformed environmental design and standards of care for older adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. View Maggie's Changemaker Award video presentation here.

Ray Pentecost, DrPH, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP,
HCD Changemaker Recipient

For his passion, dedication and leadership in helping to transform architecture’s focus from healthcare to design for health, we honored Ray at the 2022 Healthcare Design Conference + Expo. View Ray’s Changemaker Award video presentation here.

Industry News Briefs

Healthcare Facility Design Connects Nature, Healing

With growing concern about climate change, today’s healthcare facility designers and architects are focused on finding sustainable, cost effective solutions that can also help improve patient wellness. Biophilic design, for example, can promote human health and well-being while addressing climate change concerns. According to the University of Central Arkansas, Art and Design, “biophilic design promotes physical, emotional, and intellectual well-being in humans when implemented in the built environment.”
Facility Executive,

New Guidance Covers Behavioral Crisis Units

A rise in emergency department (ED) visits has put a strain on health care workers and systems, with a growing number of patients seeking care for behavioral emergencies. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Hospital Ambulatory Survey noted that 4.8 million visits to the ED were for patients with a primary diagnosis of a mental, behavioral or neurodevelopmental disorder.
Health Facilities Management Magazine,

How to Specify Chemical-Resistant Fabrics for Facilities

Specifiers, manufacturers and designers of furniture sold to healthcare facilities must recognize that certain fabrics do not have the chemical resistance to withstand the frequent cleaning and disinfection conducted in these high-risk environments. Due to their varying degrees of chemical resistance, coated fabrics have demonstrated failures such as peeling, cracking, and puddling prior to the recognized lifespan of the product.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Racial Disparities in Maternal Health Grew Amid Covid-19

Pregnancy-related complications increased 9% between 2018 and 2020 among all women, but the rate of change is even more significant among women of color. The disparities exist regardless of having commercial insurance or Medicaid. The increase is likely due to more women experiencing chronic conditions amid Covid-19, the study said.
MedCity News,

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