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May 2023 Member Project

St. Elizabeth’s goal is to be the destination of choice in their region for cancer patients. Located at their Edgewood Hospital campus, the cancer program had outgrown their previous space and had become dispersed. This new 236,000 sf cancer center consolidates all services under one roof and promotes a compassionate place for wellness; provides flexible growth for future programs; promotes collaboration between medical staff; and inspires brand confidence. The design uses a combination of natural materials, soft geometry and emphasis on daylight create compassionate environments to elevate the patient and staff experience.

May 2023 Slidecast

Joseph, A., Wingler, D., Zamani, Z., (2017). Balancing the Human Touch with the Need for Integrating Technology in Ambulatory Surgical Environments: Barriers and Facilitators to Nursing Work and Care Team Interactions

Major advances in medical technology - paired with changes in Medicare reimbursement policy - have led to rapid growth in outpatient surgery. While many of these advances are beneficial for healthcare organizations and patients, there are challenges in that there is still very little research focused on how the design of ambulatory surgery centers affects nursing work or the critical interactions between staff, patients, and families. In this study, researchers explore the relationship between the physical environment in pre-op and post-op areas of two ambulatory surgery centers.  This study highlights the vital importance of a systems view to understanding the healthcare environment. Taking a close look at the results, design teams may see opportunities to support better workflow through innovative design, including ways to locate pre-op and post-op areas to increase efficient use of the space at all times, not just at peak times.

April 2023 Webinar

This webinar highlights guidance on community crisis center planning, design, and construction to ensure maximum dignity and accurate diagnosis for individuals served within a safe and restorative environment of care. Presenters will share a care model that fills a gap in design recommendations for a standalone community crisis response that lies somewhere between intensive outpatient and acute hospital settings.

April 2023 Webinar

This webinar will examine caregiver wellbeing in the context of the challenges and drivers creating this condition, and discuss criteria and design solutions that lead to improved staff satisfaction, easier staff recruitment and retention, and ultimately better patient outcomes.  Case study examples will highlight these challenges and solutions!  

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January 2023 Workshop

Together, faculty thought leaders and attendees will explore gaps in the current system and consider the latest in design thinking for healthy aging in various settings across the continuum of care. Presenters will identify state-of-the-art best practices and possible new solutions that enhance access to nature, engagement with technology, resilience, and meaning and purpose. Through presentations, case studies and panel discussions, attendees will gain new insights, have opportunities to pose questions to workshop faculty, and interact with fellow attendees in fun and innovative ways.  

April 2023 Webinar

This Voices of the Industry webinar offers a unique opportunity to hear from industry thought leaders who will explain the current state of affairs and the macro trends impacting the industry; helping the audience decipher the financial undercurrents and anticipated headwinds. They’ll also share insights on how healthcare fiscal policy and execution is evolving, its current directions, and offer implications for designers to engage with their clients in creating short- and long-term paths forward.

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February 2023 Webinar

In this webinar hear about Sheltering Arms Institute (SAI) a new 25-acre campus development on the west side of Richmond, Virginia. HDR planned and designed the Institute to operate according to the VCU Health Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) model and spinal cord model systems of care, and it is one of only four facilities in the USA with this dual designation.

Member Project
February 2023 Member Project

Henry Ford Macomb will be expanding its services, which will include approximately 225,000 square feet, 160 beds, patient tower addition on the north side of its campus. A two-story bridge will connect the new tower to the existing hospital. The project will also include an 11,600-square-foot expansion of the hospital’s power plant and provide enhanced infrastructure to service the new tower and existing hospital house. Additional parking and other site improvements are included to provide better and safer navigation of the site. The overall project in total is approximately 350,000 square feet.

January 2023 Webinar

This webinar offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear from an internationally recognized titan in the field of environments for aging—Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Calkins, and the recipient of 2022 Center for Health Design Changemaker Award—who will share her insights on how design of environments for people as they age has evolved and where the industry is headed.    

January 2023 Podcast

On Part 2 of today’s episode, Cheryl continues her rich and deep conversation with Bryan Langlands, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC, LEED GA, Principal NBBJ Architecture and Edwin Beltran NCIDQ, IIDA, ASSOC. AIA, Principal, Lead Interior Designer, NBBJ Architecture.