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Insights & Solutions

    Member Project
    March 2021 Member Project
    How could a large health care provider use creative design principles to proactively improve the health of the community it serves, and empower its constituents to participate in enhancing their own individual well-being? Parkview Health, a large nonprofit health system of more than 80 community hospitals and clinics which is headquartered in Fort Wayne, serves residents of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio through inpatient and outpatient facilities, physician offices, and affiliate entities. Through routine needs assessments, community health needs are identified, including food equity/access to fresh produce. Alleviating food insecurity through education and access to low-cost, healthy foods requires support from hospital administrators and area governmental and social service agencies; and a physical location on campus has been needed to serve as a learning center and greenhouse where these activies would take place.
    Webinar
    March 2021 Webinar
    This webinar will share research and case studies that explore how design can be used as a tool complementing therapeutic protocols to reduce patient stress and aggression on pediatric mental health units.   
    Webinar
    March 2021 Webinar
    Taking advantage of the collective knowledge and expertise in attendance, this webinar will offer interdisciplinary perspectives to evaluate current cutting edge design solutions, help attendees to develop solutions of their own, and inspire further research with the aspiration to transform the future of the care team station in inpatient behavioral health settings.  
    Webinar
    March 2021 Webinar
    This engaging webinar panel will bring together a diverse group of industry thought leaders to explore where these challenges exist and how the built environment, technology, community, and innovative new models could reshape the future of health, wellness and how and where we will age.  
    Podcast
    March 2021 Podcast
    Margi Kaminski, ASID, NCIDQ, Director of Health Interiors at CannonDesign, answers the question, “What was it like to go from being the “boss” of your small firm Quarters Designs for Living Spaces,  to working for the larger more prestigious firms like those you have worked at throughout your
    Member Project
    February 2021 Member Project
    ESa provided master planning and design services to transform the Monument Health Rapid City Hospital campus into a campus equipped to accommodate more patients and to offer more advanced services in an updated environment with efficient patient through-put. Phased improvements include a 260,000 square feet of additions and renovations and a new integrated 80,000-square-foot, four-story hospital office building. Improvements include a newly relocated, expanded Emergency Department, new bed tower with the addition of 32 critical care beds and shell space, and a Central Utility Plant expansion. The additions have also been designed for future interior buildout, vertical and horizontal expansion.    
    Slidecast
    February 2021 Slidecast

    Hopkins, S., Morgan, P. L., Schlangen, L. J. M., Williams, P., Skene, D. J., & Middleton, B. (2017). Blue-enriched lighting for older people living in care homes: Effect on activity, actigraphic sleep, mood and alertness. Current Alzheimer Research

    As we get older, sleep quality suffers, and poor sleep can lead to poor overall health. Our circadian function plays a major role in the quality of our sleep, and research suggests that the physical environment can support better circadian function. Some research shows that residents with dementia in care homes experienced better sleep when exposed to increased light levels. The authors believe this to be the first study to look at the effect on a general population of older people not diagnosed with dementia.

    Slidecast
    February 2021 Slidecast

    Altizer, Z., Canar, W. J., Redemske, D., Fullam, F., & Lamont, M. (2019). Utilization of a Standardized Post-Occupancy Evaluation to Assess the Guiding Principles of a Major Academic Medical Center. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal

    “Let’s do a POE.” Seems simple, right? Design professionals get the potential value of post-occupancy evaluation, but they often find that there is zero time after construction is complete to create a POE tool and go through the evaluation process. Can standardized tools that have customizable features provide a balanced solution to this evaluation conundrum?