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The Center for Health Design
The Center for Health Design

JULY 2023

Closing the Loop

Dear Colleague,

The Center’s leadership team gathered recently to talk about the ongoing need in our industry to better define the value of design and to continue “closing the loop” with more and better data to help quantify that value.

From the first Pebble Project, to the “Fable Hospital” paper published as The Business Case for Better Buildings in 2004, we’ve seen that the evidenced-based design (EBD) process has enabled architecture, design and healthcare provider organizations to make great strides in quantifying the return from their design investments.

However, even with all of EBD’s demonstrated efficacy in producing a wide range of positive outcomes – medical, safety, staff wellness and financial – current economic uncertainties, rising labor and materials costs, and potential downsizing of capital budgets are likely to impact upfront project expenditures, even at the cost of higher long-term operational costs.

Because evidence-based design is an upfront cost, it’s a tempting target for cost-cutting efforts.

While we have made a lot of progress building and communicating the business case for design, we need significantly more research to support this work. Fortunately, help is on the horizon.

New technologies are enhancing measurement and data gathering. Sensor technology can collect real-time data on building and human parameters. AI-powered data analytics can process large datasets and identify patterns. Virtual building replicas, created through digital twin technology, enables pre-construction design testing.

The goal is to better quantify, at a much larger scale, the relationship between upfront investment in capital projects and long-term operational costs. But success will require many partnerships among providers, A&D firms, manufacturers, academia and others.

We look forward to working with our healthcare design community in this critical endeavor.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Swiftstop Anti-Barricade Doorset with Full-Door Ligature Alarm

Time can make the difference between saving and losing a life in a behavioral health setting. If a patient barricades their door, staff have a short window of time to access the room and prevent the individual from harm.

Safehinge Primera’s Swiftstop Anti-Barricade Doorset with Full-Door Ligature Alarm uses a wireless suicide detection system to alert clinical staff if a vertical load of over 11 pounds is applied anywhere on the door. Once staff are alerted to the incident, the doorset provides emergency access in just two seconds.

Learn more here.


Adhesive-free Flooring

Altro’s Adhesive-free Flooring aims to solve the challenges of traditional flooring installations that require adhesives. Their goal is to provide a versatile and efficient sheet flooring option – not a tile or plank – that eliminates the need for adhesives.

Altro’s flooring is flexible and reliable, allowing for easy installation or removal without damaging the subfloor. Additionally, it helps reduce VOC emissions, making it a more sustainable choice and the next step in the evolution of commercial flooring.

Learn more here.


Tools & Resources

Modular Design & Prefabrication
July 27, 2023

8:30 AM PT / 11:30 AM ET
Affiliate Discounts Apply
CEUs Available

Advance Registration Savings End July 14

New and evolving prefab solutions provide healthcare architects, designers and providers with vast creative opportunities, customization and flexibility above and beyond what is typically possible – and affordable – in traditional drywall construction.

Explore prefab’s challenges and opportunities with healthcare facility, design and fabrication leaders in interactive scenario breakouts, exchanging ideas and strategies while raising your prefab fluency and readiness.

Learn more and register.


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 open for free access to our entire healthcare design community.

Visit the toolbox.

Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

7/14, Deadline: 2023 Healthcare Environment Award Submissions

7/20 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Webinar: Design Solutions that Enhance Respite & Resilience for Our Healthcare Workforce

7/27 8:30 AM PT / 11:30 AM ET, Virtual Workshop: Modular Design and Prefabrication in Healthcare

8/10-11 8:30 AM PT / 11:30 AM ET, Virtual Workshop: Transforming Outcomes: Integrating Lean and EBD to Maximize Results

9/22 8:30 AM PT / 11:30 AM ET, EDAC Virtual Exam Prep Series; Session 1 of 3 (Session 2, 9/29; Session 3, 10/6)

9/28 9:00 AM CT, In-Person Workshop: Behavioral and Mental Health Design: Design Innovations that Improve the Lives of Patients and Staff; Minneapolis, MN

11/4 8:00 AM CT, Healthcare Design Conference + Expo Coaching Workshop: Practical Application of Evidence-Based Design

Classic Resources

Design Solutions that Enhance Respite & Resilience for Our Healthcare Workforce
July 20, 2023

10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET
Affiliate Discounts Apply
CEUs Available

Clinical staff in healthcare environments have long been required to care for patients at the expense of their own well-being, leading them to feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and burnt out.

Hear three design professionals with clinical backgrounds leverage their collective expertise to share insights into the circumstances leading to this current staffing predicament and offer design strategies to support clinician respite and resilience.

Learn more and register.


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.

Industry News Briefs

Rethinking the Design of Cancer Care Facilities

While co-location of services is nothing new, moving patients to different points of care has shifted to moving the care to the patient. This has provided new context for facility design as architects and designers are now designing for not only cancer care, but the ever-expanding group of subspecialties that accompany it. Therefore, it’s important to build spaces that continue to prioritize mainstays in cancer care design, focus on reducing stress in the patient experience and include universal design strategies and adaptable, flexible environments.
Medical Construction & Design Magazine,

What is the Use Case for Robotics in Healthcare Facilities?

As healthcare facilities are still rattled by staffing shortages, facility managers are left trying to find ways to close the gap. With this dearth of human labor, different types of solutions are being tested or fully implemented. Robotics – or autonomous units – are being used to carry out specific or routine duties, freeing up the time of their human counterparts to focus on other meaningful tasks.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

The Qualitative Side of Health Care Design

Melissa Piatkowski, MS, EDAC, Research Associate, The Center for Health Design
The evidence-based design approach is intentionally aligned with evidence-based medicine, which is held in high esteem in health care. Scientists in the field of medicine tend to use quantitative (i.e., numerical) methods for clinical studies and, perhaps because of this, there is an expectation that “good research” in health care design must also apply quantitative metrics.
HFM Magazine,

A Modern Outlook for Senior Living Facilities

At the most basic level, senior living facilities need to ensure residents feel safe, comfortable, and healthy. But, facility managers can go above and beyond by fostering a sense of community, offering amenities, and designing hospitality-like spaces.
Facility Executive,

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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