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Webinar: Insights from HERD Journal: How the Coronavirus Pandemic Has Changed Healthcare Design

When: October 14, 2021
Time: 12:00pm Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


This session provides an in-depth review of studies recently published in the HERD Journal focusing on COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic on the future of healthcare design. HERD, which reaches an international audience of researchers, clinicians and design practitioners, has become the premier source for peer-reviewed research on the design of healthcare facilities, both inpatient and outpatient. Session participants will learn how hospitals and other healthcare facilities have altered their environments to manage the surge in patient admissions and the care of highly infectious patients with COVID-19. The presenters will discuss peer reviewed articles that offer insights into how the pandemic may affect healthcare design decisions in the future.


Learning Objectives

  • Learn how hospitals made immediate facility changes to accommodate the surge of patients with COVID-19.
  • Identify facility changes needed to manage the care of patients with COVID-19 in critical care environments and general acute care environments.
  • Understand the implications for future healthcare design practice from selected research papers discussing lessons learned from the pandemic and its effect on healthcare environments.
  • Identify future priority topics for healthcare design as a result of the pandemic.
  • Learn how healthcare and design practitioners can share their experiences and stories in peer-reviewed journals such as HERD.


Presenting Faculty

D. Kirk Hamilton, PhD, FAIA, FACHA, FCCM, EDAC, Founding Co-Editor of HERD, Julie & Craig Beale Endowed Professor of Health Facility Design, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University

D. Kirk Hamilton, the Julie & Craig Beale Endowed Professor of Health Facility Design at Texas A&M University, teaches graduate level healthcare design after 30 years of active practice. Board certified by the American College of Healthcare Architects, with a B.Arch from the University of Texas, a Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, and a PhD in Nursing & Healthcare Innovation from Arizona State University, studying ICU nurse movement patterns and interaction with objects. A prolific author and advocate for evidence-based design, Kirk is a founding co-editor of the peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD).


Naomi A. Sachs, PhD, MLA, EDAC, Co-Editor of HERD, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

Naomi A. Sachs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland and Founding Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network. Naomi received a PhD in Architecture from Texas A&M University, a Master of Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Women's Studies from Brown University. She is co-author with Clare Cooper Marcus of the book Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces. Naomi is Co-Editor of the peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary Health Environments Research & Design Journal.


Debbie Gregory, DNP, RN, Co-Editor of HERD, Senior Clinical Consultant, Smith, Seckman, Reid, Inc.

Debbie Gregory is Senior Clinical Consultant for the Technology Planning Group at Smith, Seckman, Reid, Inc., a national engineering firm. Dr. Gregory is a national leader in healthcare design, innovation, and transformation.  As a nurse executive and interior designer, Dr. Gregory is passionate about “Intentional Design” that aligns People, Place, and Process. Dr. Gregory has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She serves as adjunct faculty at Clemson School of Nursing, University of Kansas Center for Design Research, and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.


Jaynelle F. Stichler, DNS, RN, NEA-BCr, EDAC, FACHE, FAAN, Founding Co-Editor Emerita of HERD, Consultant for Research for the Center of Nursing Excellence, Sharp HealthCare

Jaynelle F. Stichler is a founding Co-Editor Emerita of the HERD Journal, Consultant for Research for Sharp HealthCare Center of Nursing Excellence, and Professor Emerita of Nursing at San Diego State University.  Dr. Stichler is an active principal investigator in studies focused on the effect of the healthcare environment on patient, provider and organizational outcomes.  Dr. Stichler has authored books and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is a frequent global presenter at nursing and healthcare design conferences. She is the co-editor for Nurses as Leaders in Healthcare Design: A Resource for Nurses and Interprofessional Partners.