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The Center for Health Design
The Center for Health Design


Always Grateful, Ever Hopeful

Dear Friends,

As we approach the end of the year at The Center for Health Design, we reflect on the incredible journey we've undertaken over the last 30 years advancing the field of healthcare design. Our dedicated team, colleagues and partners have worked tirelessly to champion environments that enhance the quality of care and improve the overall well-being of patients, caregivers, and communities.

In 2023, our commitment to research, education, and community has allowed us to make significant strides in shaping the design and construction of healthcare spaces that prioritize healing, innovation, and inclusivity. Together we've witnessed the transformative power of thoughtful design to foster positive patient outcomes and experiences.

The challenges of the past years have reinforced the importance of resilient and adaptable healthcare infrastructure. Our initiatives have focused on integrating the latest research findings into evidence-based design principles, ensuring that healthcare facilities are not only functional but also responsive to the evolving needs of patients and healthcare professionals.

Our educational programs have continued to empower architects, designers, healthcare leaders, and solution providers with the knowledge and tools to create environments that actively promote health and well-being. We've seen inspiring examples of projects that embody our principles, showcasing the positive impact of intentional design on the human experience within healthcare spaces.

Looking ahead, we’re excited about the opportunities that the coming year holds. We remain committed to pushing the boundaries of healthcare design, fostering collaboration, and driving innovation in the pursuit of spaces that truly support healing and wellness.

As we bid farewell to 2023, we express our gratitude to our colleagues, partners, supporters, friends and the entire healthcare design community. Together, we have made significant strides, and we eagerly anticipate our continued shared journey towards a future where healthcare environments are not just spaces but transformative agents for the betterment of health and humanity.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a new year filled with health, happiness, and innovative design possibilities.

Be well.

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Design for Healthy Aging

Updating and Activating an Evidence-based Design Lexicon for Aging and Dementia: Notes from the Field
10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET
CEUs Available

The design of the built environment can be leveraged to improve outcomes for older adults, especially those with dementia. 

Hear presenters share insights gleaned from a collaborative endeavor to identify outcome-driven memory-care design strategies in renovation and new construction conditions.

Learn more and register.


An Intergenerational and Inclusive Future for Aging
12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET
CEUs Available

You are influencers, identifiers of disparate parts, and most importantly the coalescers of connections among those parts leading the way to a better future for living.

This webinar will present opportunities to support individuals within various types of settings – providing supportive and sustainable design solutions for residents, staff, and families. This includes opportunities for you, as the influencer of change, to assist vulnerable populations with creative solutions that continuously support quality of life.

Learn more and register.


Thanks to our webinar sponsors: Altro and 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.

Sponsor Partners: Altro & Patcraft

Learn more and register here.

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

Get These Upcoming Events on Your Calendar

TODAY 12/14 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Webinar: Updating and Activating an Evidence-based Design Lexicon for Aging and Dementia: Notes from the Field

TODAY 12/14 12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET, An Intergenerational and Inclusive Future for Aging

1/11 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Voices of the Industry Webinar: The Changemaker – A Pioneer in the Theory and Practice of Healing Design in the Healthcare Space

1/19 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET, EBD Journal Club: The Variable Impact of Clinical Risk-Adjustment Models to Evaluate Hospital Design

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

1/31, Deadline: EDAC Exam Risk-Free Offer Ends at Midnight

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.


Slidecast: Give Me a Sign: Concrete Symbols Facilitate Orientation in Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia

In order to optimize the orientation and navigation capabilities of people living with dementia, there is a need to understand which type of signage best meets their needs.

The goal of this study was to evaluate the use of different types of restroom signage as an orientation and interpretation intervention for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease dementia. Researchers evaluated the speed and accuracy of participants’ target sign recognition in relation to four different signage conditions.

Watch the slidecast.

Industry News Briefs

Resident Advocacy Has Changed Senior Care For the Better

In recent years, resident advocacy has emerged as a powerful force transforming the senior care industry. Imagine, if you will, a world where every senior receives personalized, compassionate care tailored to their unique needs and desires. A world where misconceptions surrounding senior care are shattered and older patients are actually empowered to make choices that enrich their lives.
MedCity News,

Healthcare Design to Enhance Worker Well-Being

Although it is crucial to focus on the patient journey, it also is important to remember that healthcare facilities are also workplaces. The data is clear that healthcare employees are struggling and exiting the industry, so how can healthcare facility managers support caregivers and create better working environments that help alleviate this crisis of care? One place to look is the corporate world.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Supporting The Connection Between Facility Design And Outcomes

Increasing demand for healthcare services and an aging population will continue to drive new construction for the foreseeable future, especially for new outpatient clinics. At the same time, the added financial pressures of higher interest rates, increased cost of materials and labor, and the lingering effects of a global pandemic mean that available funding to pay for that construction will lag behind demand.
Healthcare Design Magazine,

The Cleaning and Disinfection of Handheld Equipment

Handheld equipment in hospitals encompasses a wide range of portable medical devices designed to facilitate patient care, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring. These compact tools are essential components of modern health care, offering numerous advantages that contribute to improved patient outcomes, streamlined workflows, and enhanced medical services.
Infection Control Today,

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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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