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Webinar: Safety Risk Assessment 2.0

When: September 21, 2017
Time: 11:00am Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View


1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education

CEU forms available for download during webinar.


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.
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When we design healthcare facilities, we may not always have a complete understanding of how we can proactively design for safety and account for risk beyond fire and life safety.  How can we more effectively consider safety issues like infections, falls, medication errors, injuries associated with patient handing or behavioral health, and security?  This webinar will introduce the new, easier to use, online interface for The Center’s Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) toolkit, a proactive and systematic approach to designing and renovating healthcare facilities for safety.  Originally developed through research and consensus to support the requirements of the FGI Guidelines, The Center's research team will walk you through the why, what, and how of each part of the online SRA toolkit illustrating features with vignettes gathered from the testing process.


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Learning Objectives

  • Understand why the built environment matters as part of a proactive approach to safety

  • Learn what is included in the SRA toolkit

  • Identify how the toolkit can be used as part of the design process

  • Discuss examples of the SRA facilitating appropriate design solutions based on the project context


Presenting Faculty

Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC, Vice President for Research, The Center for Health Design

Ellen brings 30 years of experience in architecture, research, and business to leading The Center’s research team. She is a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects who was recognized by Healthcare Design as the HCD10 Researcher in 2017, an award recognizing significant contributions to the industry.  A nationally and internationally recognized writer and speaker, she has been influential in guiding Pebble Partner projects and leading grant-funded research programs supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Kresge Foundation, and the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), and others.

As both a consultant and owner, Ellen has been responsible for conducting built environment design research, as well as large-scale program management and extensive cross-departmental coordination. Ellen has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Global Executive MBA degrees from Columbia University and London Business School, and a PhD in design, patient safety and human factors from Loughborough University in England. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Steering Committee for the FGI Health Guidelines Revisions Committee and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Health Environments Research & Design (HERD) Journal. She coordinates special projects with other organizations, serves on the Environmental Standards Council (ESC), and facilitates direction for The Center’s Research Coalition annual New Investigator Award.

Melissa Piatkowski, Research Associate, The Center for Health Design

As a part of The Center's research staff, Melissa focuses her efforts on Affiliate+, special research projects as well as The Center’s ongoing research initiative, the Pebble Project.  Working closely with VP for research, Ellen Taylor, AIA, MBA, EDAC, she is examining the impact of the built environment on healthcare outcomes by evaluating the effects of evidence-based design innovations and disseminating research findings through presentations and publications.

Melissa was previously a senior design researcher for Davis Partnership Architects and prior to that she served as a researcher with the OMNI Institute and the Center for Children, Youth & Environments at the University of Colorado. With a background in both architecture and social science, Melissa describes her research style as “boots on the ground with a knack for rigor.”

Melissa graduated from Cornell University with a Masters of Science, Applied Research in Environmental Psychology and received her Bachelors of Environmental Design, Emphasis in Architecture from University of Colorado, Boulder.

Alan J. Card, PhD, MPH, Research Associate, The Center for Health Design

As a Research Associate with The Center for Health Design, Dr. Card has been invaluable in several special projects including the development of the CHD online Safety Risk Assessment. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and an MPH from the University of South Florida, as well as professional certifications in public health (CPH), healthcare quality (CPHQ), and healthcare risk management (CPHRM).  Dr. Card’s interests include the conceptual frameworks, tools, and techniques by which health service organizations improve patient safety, healthcare quality, patient/user experience, and disaster preparedness. He is the editor of the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management.