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The Center for Health Design
The Center for Health Design


Future Forward

“This is an exciting time for our industry. We might be facing some of our most demanding challenges, but we are also in a time of unprecedented growth.”

These were the opening words when I penned my first column 22 years ago for our newly launched venture, Healthcare Design Magazine. They are as relevant today as they were then.

In 2001 annual spending on healthcare construction was $17 billion and expected to increase to $27 billion over the next decade. This year, according to the St. Louis Fed report, healthcare construction spending is estimated to reach over $62 billion and continue to grow in response to increasing demand and an aging population.

At the same time, the financial pressures of higher interest rates, increased cost of materials and labor, and the lingering effects of a global pandemic mean that available funding will lag behind demand. The scale and scope of projects are not changing, but the budgets to build them are shrinking.

We will increasingly be asked to squeeze every ounce of value from every dollar spent – while not losing the inroads in patient experience, staff and family support spaces, and overall safety made over the last two decades.

In addition, projects being designed today must be flexible enough to accommodate the inevitable changes brought on by new models of care and new technologies.

We know that the physical environment can be a catalyst for positive change, addressing some of the most pressing challenges that our healthcare system faces today – better patient outcomes, happier and healthier healthcare workers, and even a healthier planet.

To support these goals, The Center will enhance its focus and efforts on closing the loop around research that draws the connection between facility design and outcomes in healthcare.

Our goal is to further strengthen the business case around evidence-based design investments, fostering improvements in the collection, measurement and sharing of outcomes data, and creating powerful designer-provider networks of change so that we can achieve next-generation advances in care.

As always, we’re excited and optimistic for the future we will create together.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Nature, Design, and Health: Explorations of a Landscape Architect

November 30, 2023
10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET
Affiliate Discounts Apply
CEUs Available

Drawing upon his book of the same title, this webinar chronicles David Kamp’s design approach, dedicated to connecting people with nature regardless of their capabilities — from children with autism spectrum disorder to elders with cognitive and physical challenges.

By putting personal health on a continuum with environmental health, Kamp will demonstrate how designing with nature can instill a sense of hope and promise to help us build a more vibrant, resilient, and equitable future.

Learn more and register.

Thanks to our Sponsor Partner Renson.



Pediatric Healthcare Design: Top Challenges and Future Opportunities

November 16, 2023
10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET
CEUs Available

Given the increase in staffing shortages, capacity challenges, and financial strains, children’s hospitals must work hard to invest in higher quality facilities and capturing emerging technology. Hear The Center’s Pediatric Environment Network share a glimpse into what they are seeing in children's hospital environments today that is truly groundbreaking.

Learn more and register.

Thanks to our Sponsor Partner Patcraft.

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Free Tools & Resources

Design for Healthy Aging
January 25, 2024 | All Day

Free Registration

As individuals age, physical, mental, and societal challenges become more prevalent. This free intensive 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.

Upcoming Events

Get These Upcoming Events on Your Calendar

11/16 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Voices of the Industry Webinar: Pediatric Healthcare Design: Top Challenges and Future Opportunities

11/30 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Webinar: Nature, Design, and Health: Explorations of a Landscape Architect

1/25 8:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM ET, Workshop: Design for Healthy Aging: Innovative and Evidence-based Practices Across the Continuum of Care

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. Browse what is currently needed by companies or organizations that support our mission of improving the quality of healthcare.

Browse current listings.


Member Project: Massachusetts General Hospital

With a focus on sustainability, Massachusetts General Hospital aimed to address their growing community while achieving LEED-CI Gold certification, emphasizing both environmental consciousness and the integration of natural elements indoors.

Read about the project.

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Industry News Briefs

How Do We Push For Innovation In Healthcare Design?

Innovation is one of those words that gets thrown around easily. Everyone wants to be innovative and knows when they see innovation, but getting there is far more complex. It requires not only seeing an area where change needs to happen but also challenging existing belief systems, standards, and solutions. That takes work.
Healthcare Design Magazine,

Beyond the Bedside: Strengthening Patient-Physician Bonds

The notion of “bedside manner” has long been and still is a key consideration in healthcare. Today, with mounting pressures from administrative burdens and ongoing doctor shortages, it’s difficult for physicians to find the time to truly connect with their patients. Patients suffer from this lack of attention and relationship formation: they want and need time to share their feelings, get answers, and fully understand their doctor’s guidance.
MedCity News,

Healthcare Facilities Trends to Look Out for in 2024

With the autumn season in full swing, many people are starting to reflect on 2023 and what is expected to come in 2024. In healthcare facilities, advancements in technology, sustainability and the patient experience are all things that facilities managers and designers are taking into consideration as they enter the new year. Healthcare Facilities Today spoke with Matthew Griffith, Vice President, Director of Healthcare at Barge Design Solutions about how designers are becoming more flexible in order to accommodate new trends.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Reimagining Care Through Nature: The Case for Biophilic Design

Humans were never meant to spend this much time indoors. That’s the first thing that Michal Matlon, an architectural psychologist, reminds people when talking about the relevance of biophilic design — the curious-sounding but straightforward concept of tapping into our intrinsic desire to be in nature by incorporating elements of it in architectural or interior designs.
Atmos,

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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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