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    September 2016 Webinar
    Art can be a useful tool in hospitals—much more than mere decoration. It can be used to reduce patient stress and increase patient satisfaction. Art can also help with wayfinding and building the hospital brand. Selecting the right artwork is not as easy. Find out the critical issues designers face today when placing art into healthcare.
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    September 2016 Webinar
    The Green Road Project creates a half-mile long green corridor and wheelchair path and a 1.7-acre central woodland healing garden through the campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The goal is to bring the healing benefits of nature to U.S. service members and their families, particularly those with brain injury and PTSD. The $6 million public/private partnership, with TKF Foundation as the lead donor, opened in September 2016. Funded research uses advanced metrics to directly measure whole-body effects of nature exposure. The Green Road will be a long-term national laboratory on the interface between humans and nature. 
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    September 2016 Webinar
    The drivers and domains of ACA are focused on patient-centered care, ability to improve quality, and reduce cost of care. In healthcare organizations, flooring represents a significant investment over the life-cycle of the facility, literally underpinning all healthcare delivery activities. Rubber flooring provides a sound focus on actionable impact as it relates to outcomes and reimbursables centered on operational optimization, clinical efficiency, safety, sustainability and patient/caregiver satisfaction.
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    September 2016 Webinar
    An interdisciplinary team of designers, clinicians and data analysts was tasked by Westchester Medical Center to conduct a feasibility study on a local hospital in order to assess the effectiveness of their current facilities and understand existing community perceptions, with the goal of creating a roadmap for future development after a potential merger. The resulting masterplan positions the hospital campus for future growth, creates multiple points for community engagement and offers improvements to the staff, patient and family experience. Additionally, the team visualized several key spaces within the masterplan in order to present the community with a new vision of care.
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    August 2016 Webinar
    The Health Quality Council of Alberta recently released a framework which is intended to be a guiding document to support the planning and evaluation of healthcare environment mock-ups from which an improved design process can result. It was developed in collaboration with many international experts and stakeholders. Specifically, it outlines a systematic way to collect and analyze data from full scale mock-ups through the use of simulation, where individuals enact processes and procedures that will be performed in the space. This presentation will provide an overview of the evaluation methodology.
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    June 2016 Webinar
    While risks of handling pathogens in a laboratory can be well-characterized, controlled and mitigated, the risks in healthcare setting are much more difficult to control. The presenters identify the risks in healthcare settings and how to reduce them – beyond what’s currently seen in the ER intake and biocontainment patient suites – by applying fundamental facility design principles related to biocontainment. The presentation evaluates existing and new facilities designed for patient safety, and discusses lessons learned and modifications that can improve safety.
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    March 2016 Webinar
    How can nurses add value to the healthcare design process? Does nursing involvement add to the cost of a project or ensure the project’s overall success? These questions and others will be answered in the webinar that provides an introduction and overview of the newly published book entitled, Nurses as Leaders in Healthcare Design: A Resource for Nurses and Interprofessional Partners. The co-editors, Dr. Jaynelle Stichler and Kathy Okland, discuss nurses’ unique perspectives in the design process that are essential to ensuring project success. 
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    September 2015 Webinar
    Design research is essential to improving the overall quality of healthcare design. But every project is different, and there are so many different research methods – so how do you determine the best approach? While the body of evidence-based design knowledge has grown immensely over the last decade, there is still a scarcity of established methods for conducting applied research. This webinar covers methodological insights from an ongoing Pre/Post Occupancy Evaluation of an Eye Center in Aurora, CO. Benefits of a collaborative participatory approach are shared, as well as an overview of the significant findings from a pilot study and how this proved invaluable.
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    March 2013 Webinar
    This webinar explores how to: learn about the role of the FGI Guidelines in project design and development – What they are; who uses them; and why they are an important as a reference in project reviews, learn about the proposed change to the 2014 Guidelines – How your work will be affected and where to find the research/evidence to support “Access to Nature” in your next project, obtain an understanding of the “Environment of Care” concept – Its basis, components, and use in overall project design, and identify the Advocacy role of the Environmental Standards Council, how it supports the work of the Center for Health Design, and how you can participate.
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    September 2012 Webinar
    Listen to Kirk Hamilton, Professor of Architecture and Associate Director for Center Health Systems & Design at Texas A&M University, and Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, Professor at Cornell University, describe their design strategies for critical care environments.