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Our Hidden Heroes

Who do you know that is making a difference in the way healthcare facilities are designed and built?

We ask that question every year and it has produced a healthcare design “Who’s Who” of deserving and inspiring Changemaker honorees.

Ray Pentecost. George Tingwald. Maggie Calkins. Pattie Moore. Cyndi McCullough. David Allison. Robert Mayer. Frank Pitts. Mardelle Shepley. The list goes on and on for nearly 25 years, all the way back to our first Changemaker, Robin Orr, in 1999.

Most of these names are instantly recognizable for their accomplished careers and well-known achievements.

This year, as we open the 2023 Changemaker nominations, I’d like to challenge our community to think a little broader, deeper and outside the box.

Our industry is filled with professionals who have committed themselves and their careers to innovate, advocate, lead, mentor and drive genuine change, but might be working in relative obscurity, on small projects with smaller budgets, or in underserved communities whose projects don’t garner big awards.

Over the last couple of years we’ve seen what exceptional sacrifice, effort, commitment, ingenuity and caring looks like in our healthcare workers and the impact they have made. Can you help us find members of our healthcare design community who have brought those same qualities to bear on our profession?

We look forward to your Changemaker 2023 nominations with great anticipation! Learn more about the criteria, eligible nominees and timeline here.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Reinventing Rehabilitation
The Building as a Therapeutic Tool

February 16, 2023
10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST
Affiliate Discounts Apply
CEUs Available

The Sheltering Arms Institute project, recently awarded a Silver Touchstone Award, integrates research with clinical care and incorporates the latest rehabilitative innovations and technologies.

Join us to hear HDR’s multi-method evaluation research, including an interview with patients during their stay at the facility, and how the project indicates a positive impact on clinical practice and quality of the patient and family therapeutic experience.

Learn more and register here.


Future of Healthcare Workshop

March 23, 2023
8:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM EST
Early Bird Savings End February 17
Affiliate Discounts Apply
CEUs Available

The healthcare facilities landscape is ever-evolving, creating distinct challenges – and unique opportunities – for those involved in their planning, design, construction and operation.

Through insightful presentations and panel discussions, expert faculty will explore key drivers that impact the care environment, and share the best and latest design solutions throughout all healthcare settings.  

Learn more and register here.


Free Tools & Resources

Voices of the Industry

The Changemaker: A Champion for Enriched Environments for People as they Age

Over the past several decades, the evolution of design for environments for aging has seen dramatic, and often times revolutionary changes that have had profound, positive impacts on the lives of older people. These changes have been shepherded by icons of the industry whose leadership has had lasting impact.

This webinar offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear from an internationally recognized titan in the field of environments for aging, Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Calkins. The recipient of the 2022 Center for Health Design Changemaker Award, Maggie will share her insights on how the design of environments for people as they age has evolved and where the industry is headed.

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Upcoming Events

2/16 10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST, Webinar: The Sheltering Arms Institute: A Rehabilitation Hospital that Sets the Bar for Patient Experience and the Future of Care

3/17 9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT, EDAC Exam Prep: Study Guide 1 – An Introduction to Evidence-Based Design

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

3/23 8:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT, Workshop: Into the Future: Drivers Influencing Healthcare and Healthcare Design

3/24 9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT, EDAC Exam Prep: Study Guide 2 – Research – Building the Evidence-Base

3/31 9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT, EDAC Exam Prep: Study Guide 3 – Integrating Evidence-Based Design

4/15, Environments for Aging 2023 Conference + Expo

4/15 8:00 AM CST, Pre-Conference Coaching Workshop: Putting Evidence-Based Design into Practice for Person-Centered Care in Senior Living

Classic Resources

Slidecast: Experiences of Sensory Overload and Communication Barriers by Autistic Adults in Health Care Settings

Because autistic adults have an elevated risk of many health problems compared with the general population, stressful and inefficient health care experiences have the potential to further negatively impact the health and well-being of those with autism.

To overcome the trepidation experienced by those providing and accessing healthcare, there is a need to understand and overcome specific challenges regarding sensory experiences and communicative barriers. The goal of this study was to identify problematic patterns of sensory and communication experiences for autistic adults.

View the slidecast.

Industry News Briefs

Health Equity and the Push to Value-Based Care

Social, economic, and geographic disadvantages create significant disparities in healthcare, such as lower quality of care and lesser health outcomes. To help improve these issues, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) redesigned the Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model under the new name, the Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (or ACO REACH) Model. This new model will test ways to address health inequities by focusing on alternative payment structures that could better support accountable care delivery and care coordination.
MedCity News,

Interior Design with Caregivers in Mind

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities increasingly are focusing on establishing spaces for caregivers that offer comfort, privacy and an opportunity to rest and recharge before heading back to attend to patients. These spaces – alternatively referred to as respite spaces, recharge rooms and opportunity to achieve staff inspiration and strength (OASIS) rooms – need to be more than just spare rooms where caregivers close the door to get away for a few minutes. Rather, they should be comfortable spaces where workers can actually relax, catch up socially with their peers and eat comfortably.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Promoting ‘Health’ in Behavioral Health Environments

A healing, therapeutic environment reduces length of patient stay, allows a greater number of patients to be served by any given facility and helps address capacity issues many behavioral health facilities and providers face. Behavioral health facility designers can help in several tangible ways, by using tools and techniques of salutogenic design that increase the health and well-being of staff, patients and visitors.
Medical Construction & Design Magazine,

Flooring Manufacturers Meet Hospital Challenges

Hospital flooring continues to evolve, offering improvements in safety, comfort, acoustics, mobility, cleanability and aesthetics. It also provides stability and traction for foot and wheeled traffic to minimize the risk of injury. Additionally, smart use of flooring can maximize efficiencies through faster installation and ease of maintenance, help improve patient satisfaction through noise reduction, and implement colors and patterns that support a healing environment.
Health Facilities Management Magazine,

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