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The Center for Health Design


MAY 2023

Tribute to Derek

Dear Friends,

There are people in our lives who play a pivotal role in getting us to where we are. For many of us, that starts with our parents. 

They helped mold and shape the adults we became. They gave us solid foundations and instilled morals. And they believed in us and planted the seeds that grew into the best versions of ourselves. 

If you’re fortunate, a smattering of others join you on your path and invest in your success and happiness.

For me, one of those people was Derek Parker, an icon in our industry, who passed away at his home on April 18th. Derek was so many things to me, a mentor, a cheerleader, a trusted confidant, and a friend. He believed in me and invested his time to help me grow into a capable and caring leader.

But even more importantly, The Center for Health Design would not have grown into the organization it has become were it not for Derek’s leadership as our board chair during a challenging time in our history. His moral compass, vision, and belief in The Center’s mission helped set this organization up for its role in our industry.

As an architect, Derek was involved in designing and planning over 50 healthcare-related projects in 15 countries. He received over 75 awards for his work, including the Changemaker Award in 2012 from The Center’s Board of Directors.

Some of us on the board lovingly referred to Derek as our Captain. Among so many other amazing things, he was a passionate sailor, and I was fortunate enough to be out on the San Francisco Bay with him many times over the years.

“O Captain! My Captain!” you will be dearly missed, and we are forever grateful to have been a part of your crew.


Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO

P.S. Just as this edition was going to press, I learned that our industry and The Center have lost another colleague – Robin Guenther, board member, Changemaker awardee, and trailblazer, who passed away this past weekend. She was a generous soul who always had time for anything we ever needed. I will miss her friendship and kindness.


Behavioral & Mental Health: Design to Meet Current and Rising Needs

May 25, 2023
8:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM ET
FREE | CEUs Available

The challenges created by today’s growing mental health and substance abuse crises reach far beyond the behavioral health unit into emergency departments, outpatient clinics and throughout acute care settings.

Join this virtual workshop to hear the latest in design thinking for behavioral healthcare settings and state-of-the-art best practices through thought leader presentations, case studies, interactive group exercises and panel discussions.

Learn more and register.

Thanks to our Sponsor Partners: Accurate Lock & Hardware, Altro, architecture+, BestCare by Whitehall, Krug Healthcare, ModuForm, Norix, Pineapple, Safehinge Primera, Spec and Stance Behavioral Health.


Double Down on EDAC Certification Exam & Study Guide Savings

Becoming EDAC certified advances and demonstrates your knowledge of the evidence-based design process and your ability to evaluate the impact of your design decisions on outcomes.

Register for the EDAC Exam by May 31st using the code “doubledown” to receive 15% off the EDAC Exam AND 15% off the three EDAC Study Guides.

Learn more here.


Free Tools & Resources

Hospitals of the Future: Designing Interactive Robotic Systems for Resilient Emergency Departments

May 19, 2023
10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET
FREE | CEUs Available

The built environment plays a key role in patient outcomes, experiences, and the mental health of healthcare workers (HCWs). However, once a space is built, it is difficult to change.

Register to hear how the modularity and adaptability of future intelligent systems, such as robots, could potentially help stakeholders mitigate these challenges and work to improve patient experience, support both HCW and patient safety, and use reconfigurable spaces to support privacy.

Learn more and register.

Behavioral & Mental Health Toolbox

Thanks to the support of Accurate Lock & Hardware, Altro, architecture+ and BestCare by Whitehall, our Behavioral & Mental Health Toolbox is open for free access to our entire design community.

Comprised of content authored and curated by The Center's research staff, the toolbox contains a vast array of design research, resources and tools for connecting the built environment to better health outcomes.

Visit the toolbox.

Upcoming Events

Get These Events on Your Calendar

5/11-13, Cornell Institute for Health Futures Symposium and Workshop, Ithaca, NY

5/15, Deadline: Touchstone Award Submissions

5/19 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, EBD Journal Club: Hospitals of the Future: Designing Interactive Robotic Systems for Resilient Emergency Departments

5/25 8:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM ET, Workshop: Behavioral & Mental Health: Design to Meet Current and Rising Needs

5/31, Deadline: EDAC Double Down Offer

6/27, Deadline: 2024 Environments for Aging Conference + Expo Call for Presentations

7/27 8:30 AM PT / 11:30 AM ET, Workshop: Modular Design and Prefabrication: Balancing Better and Faster with Quality

9/28 9:00 AM ET, Minneapolis, MI Workshop: Behavioral and Mental Health: Design to Meet the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

Classic Resources

The Center for Health Design Job Board

The Center's Job Board is a resource for those seeking positions or prospective employees in healthcare architecture, design, facility planning or other related fields.

Purchase a job posting – either 30, 60, or 90 days – or browse what is currently needed by companies or organizations that support our mission of improving the quality of healthcare.

Browse current listings.


Slidecast: Backstage Staff Communication: The Effects of Different Levels of Visual Exposure to Patients

Good communication and teamwork among healthcare staff is essential to quality healthcare. “Backstage areas” – or the areas away from patients – can provide privacy for staff to discuss patient information, build relationships, and provide training.

While there is a great deal of research around visibility in the workplace and team interaction, not many of these studies have focused on the healthcare workplace, and even fewer have looked at visual privacy from patients.

To better understand how having patients in view can affect staff communication, researchers evaluated four team-based primary care clinics with varying levels of visual privacy from patients.

Watch the slidecast.

Industry News Briefs

Takeaways from Environments for Aging Conference

Every so often a senior care facility makes headlines for not providing quality care for its residents or that they are abruptly closing down.While these few instances garner the most attention, most facilities are already striving to improve their operations. The annual Environments for Aging conference demonstrated how these buildings have their residents in mind from the very beginning stages.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Infection Prevention in the Outpatient Office Setting

In the outpatient setting, infection prevention and control measures (IPCM) are vital practices that ensure safety by preventing the transmission of infectious agents to patients, visitors, health care personnel, and other employees. Most standards for IPCM are the same in all health care delivery settings, whether inpatient or outpatient. However, relatively little is known about the risks for infection transmission that might occur during office-based care.
Infection Control Today,

Taking a Global Perspective in Decarbonization

As the world recognized another Earth Day on April 22, health care facilities are contributing with their own decarbonization efforts, such as reducing the use of fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy sources. However, tight budgets and low revenues are making it tougher for most hospitals to continue down the decarbonization path.
HFM Magazine,

21% of Adults Without Transportation Skip Care

About 8% of Black adults and 7% of Hispanic adults skipped care because of transportation challenges in the last year, compared to 4% of White adults and 2% of Asian adults, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition, 14% of adults with low family incomes passed on care.
MedCity News,

Ask about Digital Sponsor Promotion opportunities

Contact our VP Relationship Development Randy Carter, rcarter@healthdesign.org, (541) 965-1922.


The Center for Health Design is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education and advocacy. Learn more. For information about sponsor or partnership opportuniteis, contact our VP of Relationship Development, Randy Carter.

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