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SF Bay Area Regional Health Design Insights Networking Virtual Event

When: August 26, 2020
Time: 5:00pm Pacific
Where: United States
Price: Free for Affiliate Members (log in to website), $20.00 non-members
  • Event runs from 5:00 - 6:30 PM PT
  • EDAC/AIA CEU available
  • Event Flyer


What’s new in healthcare design? What’s changing? Who’s doing what and where? And what do your local colleagues think about it all?


Join us for “Research-based Innovations for Designing Staff Restorative Environments in Healthcare Facilities” with Adeleh Nejati, AIA, PhD, LEED AP, WELL AP, EDAC and Erin Clark, RN, MS, EDAC, Clinical Operations Specialist, ClarkRN Consulting— your chance to catch up on the latest industry buzz, and connect with colleagues. 

This event is FREE to The Center's Affiliate Members and Event Partners. Non-members can attend for a $20 donation which can later be applied towards membership. 


Contact Lynn Kenney for details, lkenney@healthdesign.org



This time of COVID-19 has convinced us that nurse mental health & well-being is paramount. Nearly half of nurses exhibited substantial symptoms of work-related burnout pre COVID-19. How can we create spaces for nurses to help them through this? How can you support nursing in practice in a tangible & productive way? Focusing on both the staff and patient experience, today’s healthcare industry is looking for innovations to improve restorative staff environments that remedy burnout and improve well-being. In addition to supporting recruitment and retention, healthier and more satisfied nursing staff can provide higher quality of care that translates to higher patient and families’ satisfaction. This session will explore and summarize empirical evidence on environmental features that foster staff restoration, including: circadian lighting, acoustics, air quality, “microbreak” opportunities, workspace design, staff break room and garden design. The presenters, a healthcare architect/researcher and a clinical operations consultant, will discuss the value of specific break-related policy and design interventions from program and project examples, domestic and international, local and enterprise wide.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the impact of physical, emotional and social stressors on nurses, and nursing performance and clinical outcomes
  • Explore and learn from existing literature and evidence-based design findings that reveal the pressing need for design interventions to improve working conditions and promote restoration for nurses
  • Learn about the critical success factors for engaging and integrating restoration practices in the culture of nursing from one of the leading health systems in California
  • Identify design interventions to promote clinician restoration across the spectrum and the care continuum; from innovation, design, and practice in private and public, indoor and outdoor settings


Presenting Faculty

Adeleh Nejati, AIA, PhD, LEED AP, WELL AP, EDAC
Healthcare Architect and Researcher
HMC Architects

Adeleh Nejati is a healthcare planner and researcher with HMC Architects in San Francisco, CA. Adeleh brings a wealth of industry-leading experience and a unique skillset rooted in advanced research, innovation, and genuine knowledge of healthcare clients’ key drivers and business challenges. Her doctoral dissertation on design of staff respite areas in hospital is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals receiving awards from International Academy for Design and Health, and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Adeleh previously worked as a healthcare planner and researcher at HOK and HKS as well as the Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation (CADRE).


Erin Clark, RN, MS, EDAC
Clinical Operations Specialist
ClarkRN Consulting

Erin Clark is a Clinical Operations Consultant and owner of ClarkRN, Inc. Erin’s passion lies at the intersection of process design and facility design and works with healthcare organizations as they design and transition into new healthcare facilities. Erin has a wide range of clinical experience and over 14 years in the healthcare setting. She is passionate about improving the lives of patients and staff through the healthcare environment. Her expertise is in Operations Planning, Design, Technology Planning, Research Analysis, and Simulation. Erin will return to the NIHD board in 2020 as the President-Elect and continues to be an advocate for nursing in healthcare design and operations through her publications, webinars education and public speaking events.