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    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.
    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.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    September 2012 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal for this project was to create a patient-centered healthcare facility, using EBD, objectives include: wayfinding integrated into the architecture, zoned circulation - separation of on-stage and off-stage flow, and clear access to patient care areas with minimal travel distances. 
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    September 2011 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal for this project was to become a landmark facility for the delivery of outpatient services in Canada and a model of best practice and clinical integration for current and future residents of Surrey, British Columbia. To create an elder-friendly facility catering to the needs of Surrey’s growing multicultural community.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    September 2011 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal for this project was to strategically renew a 20-year old facility and maximize resources allocated to the new expansion while enhancing patient care and staff experience throughout both areas. To improve staff work environment and patient health outcomes through access to daylight and views, minimization of travel distances, and efficient patient room configuration and care stations.
    EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    September 2010 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
    The goal for this project involved the renovation of the existing Adler Building with a new entry addition to create an identifiable and convenient birthing center with all services in one building. Team members used the EBD Checklist Tool to identify more than 20 design goals. 
    Webinar
    August 2014 Webinar
    Behavioral health settings guided by strict safety design measures often result in spaces that are stark, plain, and isolated - potentially exacerbating environmental stressors and escalating already difficult patient situations. Acute care emergency settings have a particular set of challenges as EDs are predicting increased visits from behavioral health patients. Faced with the challenge of designing a behavioral health care setting in the Emergency Department at UnityPoint Health in Rock Island, IL, the project team hypothesized that the creation of a Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) with a “Living Room Concept” would provide a higher quality of care to patients while assisting in the staff’s ability to quickly consult and treat a diverse set of patients entering the ED.