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    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.
    Project Brief
    March 2017 Project Brief
    Learn about: how innovative design can be achieved at the same or similar cost, how design can result in a well-regarded community landmark, and how community-based care improves patient use and compliance with regimens.
    Project Brief
    March 2017 Project Brief
    Learn about: how facility design facilitates population health goals for a community health clinic, how pod-based layout promotes staff interaction, collaboration, and efficiency, and how the ‘group visit’ room supports patient engagement, education, and continuity of care.
    Project Brief
    March 2017 Project Brief
    Learn about: how talking rooms can complement consultation-based care, how workstation design can help balance a team-based care approach and staff retention efforts, and how design can maximize the accessibility to transportation and community amenities.
    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
    February 2017 Tool
    These modules consist of Issue Briefs, Backgrounders, and Top Design Strategies, and were created as a supplement to the Safety Risk Assessment toolkit.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    November 2016 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal of this project was to combine two sometimes-competing objectives: to offer positive distraction for patients with proven EBD principles, while honoring the mandates of the U.S. Military’s visual culture.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    November 2016 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal of this project was to harness the healing power of touch between a bed-ridden patient and a concerned loved one in order to promote healing.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    November 2016 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal of this project was to create a dining area that would serve as a hub in the local community, with an adjoining kitchen designed for peak efficiency.