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Webinar: Day In the Life: Innovative Design for Behavioral Health

When: March 17, 2022
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Price: FREE

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

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar offers a case study of IU Health Bloomington Hospital. One of the main challenges of this project was creating a flexible space that was safe and secure, but highly focused on hospitality and positive patient environments. This team discussed the ideal vision for the unit with the client and through intentional communication and focused listening, a plan was developed by the staff which Guidon implemented into a program space and floor plan. Using 3D modeling and mock-up, the team developed a thorough understanding of the integrated case work. 

A detailed LEAN design process in the beginning of the project improved unit flow, increased patient privacy, and created patient on-boarding and off-boarding procedures. The design is highly functional for the staff yet inviting and welcoming to the patient, provides intuitive wayfinding, and offers several innovative features. Come hear their story including outcomes, initial post-occupancy observations, and important lessons learned.  


Learning Objectives

  • Recognize three key concepts for safe and functional psychiatric unit design.
  • Describe LEAN processes developed through day in the life exercises, and how to use them to address critical gaps in patient safety.
  • Identify three innovative design safety features of the IU Health Bloomington psychiatric unit.
  • Apply the importance of a collaborative design approach that includes all perspectives spanning multiple disciplines – from executives to clinicians.



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Presenting Faculty

Joel Farmer, AIA, ACHA, SEPS 3, Vice President of Architecture, Guidon Design

Joel Farmer has more than 28 years of healthcare design experience. He has planned, designed, and managed numerous healthcare projects around the world for DoD, VA and Private Sectors. Recent key private sector projects include a $50M new medical campus for Riverview Health Westfield Hospital which has the lowest EUI rating for the State of Indiana and a $400M Replacement Hospital for IU Health Bloomington. Joel has extensive experience in behavioral health planning and ensuring technical compliance with detailed submission requirements and coordination/collaboration of multiple disciplines and key stakeholders.


Kari Allen, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, EDAC, Healthcare Practice Leader, Guidon Design

Kari Allen has over 14 years of technical healthcare design experience. Her strong understanding of the complex rules and requirements that influence healthcare projects make her a valuable leader for a variety of prominent healthcare entities and federal clients. Kari’s technical writing abilities add an edge to her unique skill set. These include: state rule writing, building code development, interpretation, variance and plan review. She is a creative thinker with a knack for solving complex problems through detailed research and clear communication. Kari is an avid watercolor artist and enjoys bee keeping from her home in Plainfield, IN.