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Insights & Solutions

    EBD Journal Club
    April 2020 EBD Journal Club
    Shultz, J., Borkenhagen, D., Rose, E., Gribbons, B., Rusak-Gillrie, H., Fleck, S., Muniak, A., Filer, J. (2020). Health Environments Research & Design Journal. DOI: 10.1177/1937586719855777
    Webinar
    March 2019 Webinar
    This webinar will focus on a case study on the efficient design of one of the largest treatment centers for infectious diseases in the U.S. The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston’s new six-bed bio-containment critical care unit will serve as a multifunctional patient care space that is equipped to treat patients with the most highly contagious diseases. 
    Interview
    February 2018 Interview
    Learn about how the design of a new psychiatric facility strives to normalize mental illness through carefully chosen materials with the goal of creating a “homey,” non-institutional setting, why private patient rooms will be included in the new final building as an important part of the design concept, and how research helped shape the architects’ beliefs that the built environment should support patients’ dignity and independence as part of the recovery process.
    Blog
    April 2017 Blog
    The best hospital design plans are only as good as the processes and systems they support. What this means when it comes to patient throughput is that a well-thought-out built environment needs to have well-functioning services and policies in place to ensure that things run in a truly optimal way. One way to do this is to include the “right” people in your efforts from the very beginning onward.
    Blog
    April 2017 Blog
    What message does your Emergency Department (ED) send to patients who step through the doors? If it isn’t a comprehensively welcoming one, you could be increasing patient and family stress levels before they’ve even begun assessment or treatment. As overcrowding in EDs and awareness of the consequences grows within the healthcare industry, it’s crucial to begin taking steps to improve your care environment for staff and patients.
    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.

    Tool
    November 2015 Tool
    This Clinic Design Post Occupancy Evaluation Toolkit is self-administered and provides a way to collect a variety of data on the physical enviornment, subjective perception of users, and objective healthcare outcomes.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    September 2012 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal of this project was to reduce noise and distractions in the patient care environment in the design of a new adult cardiac ICU. 
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    September 2012 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal of this project was to improve patients’ overall outpatient surgery experience by reducing wait times, reducing the number of transfers/handoffs for each patient, and increasing on-time starts for surgical procedures.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    September 2012 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal for this project was to create a standard process that facilitates appropriate hand washing practice prior to caregiver interaction with the patient.