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Insights & Solutions

Tool
March 2017 Tool

Built environment strategies can help healthcare organizations and communities promote healthy living, reduce obesity, and prevent chronic disease. Given the increasing focus on community health and preventive medicine, it is important that healthcare organizations and the communities they serve incorporate built environment strategies that result in healthy behavior. With support from the Kresge Foundation, The Center for Health Design has developed a standardized Community Health Center Facility Evaluation tool that supports design for population health. The tool is intended to support both design and post-occupancy evaluation of built projects with respect to population health goals.

Member Project
February 2017 Member Project
The goal fo this project was to address the need for outpatient pediatric services and to continue the brand of an integrated experience on the main hospital campus as a convenient alternative to the disparate outpatient locations available to parents.
Interview
February 2017 Interview
Learn about: why the needs of older people are often overlooked, how universal design can support people as they age, how universal design also benefits people of varying abilities and generations, and the need for designers to think about functionality in new and existing spaces.
Interview
February 2017 Interview
Learn about: why the imagined and built environment needs to take a broader, more deliberate role in supporting aging patients, the tools that designers and providers must use to create supportive physical and social spaces, and information that visionaries, collaborators, and patients can share to streamline the design process.
Case Study
February 2017 Case Study
Learn about: how the physical setting of a special care unit for dementia patients can affect their behavior in both positive and negative ways, design features that may help engage residents and foster socialization, and strategic choices of flooring surfaces, flooring transitions, and wayfinding that can help create a safer environment.
Case Study
February 2017 Case Study
Learn about: How UMCPP accommodates the unique needs of senior citizens through a special ED unit, design features that were included to help older patients and their families better navigate the space, and the hospital’s acute care for the elderly (ACE) unit, and why it is configured to transition senior ED patients for an inpatient stay in the most supportive environment.
Member Project
January 2017 Member Project
The goal for this project was to build a cardiovascular hospital that is both technologically superior and exceptional in its capability to support patients and promote family comfort and caregiver satisfaction. 
Member Project
January 2017 Member Project
The goal of this project was to provide an innovative, eco-friendly state-of-the-art facility focused on caring, quality healthcare. A key to the project’s success was establishing a shared vision and guiding principles and using those principles to guide decisions throughout the process.
Member Project
January 2017 Member Project
The goal for this project was to combine lean, sustainability, and evidence-based design (EBD) to create a patient-centered facility designed to eliminate waste, improve workplace efficiencies, and minimize environmental impact. 
Member Project
January 2017 Member Project
The goal of this project was to develop a space that would act as a branding space that embodies MI2’s mantra to “think differently” and would also serve as an incubator for new ideas.