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December 2018 Webinar
This webinar provides attendees with a case study overview of the 2018 Center for Health Design Touchstone Award winning ProMedica Health and Wellness Center. Attendees will gain an  understanding of the impact the physical environment has on productivity and throughput and how the relationship between facility design, human experience and organizational efficiency in the outpatient healthcare setting is undergoing a paradigm shift. There is an urgent need to investigate the changing expectations from clinics and how the facility design community must position itself for a timely response.   Attendees will hear about a year-long study that was conducted in 2 parts, a pre and post occupancy analysis of 4 clinics that were planned to move into a new consolidated building. Reported, observed, and spatial data were analyzed together to understand the patterns that emerged. The new building combined 11 physician practices from buildings across the city into one – the ProMedica Health and Wellness Center, a convenient one-stop shop for patients that would enhance clinical collaboration creating a holistic approach to health and wellness.
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December 2018 Webinar
MedStar Health is using fast-track design to help catalyze a new model of behavioral health, using the reduction of barriers, small house concepts and interior design strategies to create positive environments where patients are positively impacted. Renovations to the existing system facilities include: Inpatient Units: Expanded units for both voluntary and involuntary patients, as well as an inpatient detoxification units.  ED Crisis Units: Crisis intervention units designed for maximum patient and staff safety with compassionate and timely clinical care. Day Programs: Partial hospitalization programs (PHP), as well as intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for patients are critical components. OP Services: A complete range including psychotherapy and counseling; individual and group therapy; psychiatric evaluation and chronic disease management; integrated transitional services with the partial hospitalization program; community outreach program offerings; substance use disorder counseling and rehabilitation.
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December 2018 Webinar
In this session we will explore the impacts architects, planners and interior designers can have on the behavioral health epidemic.  While, as designers, we have little control over funding and other socio-economic factors that contribute to the crisis, but what we do have is the ability to increase efficiency for the caregivers with our designs and the ability to positively enhance the patients experience.  We will assess the current state of behavioral health in the United States and look to what the future holds.  Analysis of case studies will be presented to address both the current state and design approach, but also to consider forward thinking progressive design responses for this underserved area.  The initiation of care, often in the emergency department, is a very important aspect of access to care.  This session will present ways in which the design community can collectively contribute to the urgent need.
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December 2018 Webinar
STUDIO E, an ERDMAN Center of Thought Leadership & Innovation in Healthcare, is working with several behavioral health clients on the hypothesis, “Can concepts driving culture change in senior living and other aspects of  healthcare – such as small household design and on-stage/off-stage planning – translate in a behavioral healthcare setting to facilitate an effective balance between safety and patient comfort, dignity, and control?” Related to this hypothesis is the thought: Can architecture influence behavior? We believe the answer is yes, by having a human-scaled environment of care. In support of the ongoing work around this hypothesis, Jennifer will share case studies and work on the boards of a variety of projects embracing this approach.
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November 2018 Webinar
Dr. Robert Zarr, a DC Pediatrician and founder of Park Rx America will discuss how sterile work environments in clinics and hospitals are contributing to doctor burnout and elevated levels of stress and anxiety among patients. From personal experience and research, Dr. Zarr believes that reference to nature in the workplace and providing opportunities for staff and patients to be outdoors in nature-focused settings can help provide relief.   Jack Sullivan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland.  Professor Sullivan’s recent research focuses on the healing potential of nature in the city.  He will discuss how designers around the world are building the “City of To-Morrow”, one project at a time, transforming post-industrial landscapes into places of healing.
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October 2018 Webinar
Physicians traditionally don’t view space as a component of patient care delivery.  Nurses, however, treat the physical space as part of the continuum of care. They attempt to triage the sickest patients, based upon bed availability, to locations with greatest visibility and adjacency using a ‘neighborhood’ or team approach.  Nurses view their unit as a ‘one size does NOT fit all’ situation. This is the underlying construct of precision medicine. In this webinar, presenters will discuss the next step of precision medicine in the ICU environment and how to adapt the existing space to improve patient care. They used the Caring Behavior Inventory 16 survey to understand the patient and family perspective of care delivery according to location of their patient room. The study focused on four questions related to the physical space and will report the results of this pilot study. Their demonstration will promote discussion on where the optimal caring locations can be for both the care team and the patient and family. 
October 2018 Related Resource
This list of resources is made of up of policies and organizations related to behavioral and mental health. Use this list to learn more about this topic.
Interview
October 2018 Interview
Learn about how the need for behavioral health furniture to encompass not only safety, but also comfort and beauty, why there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to behavioral health design, and how lessons learned from the hospitality field can inform designers working on behavioral health projects.
Lessons Learned
October 2018 Lessons Learned
This list has been compiled based on research literature, case studies, interviews, and other materials to provide an overview of behavioral and mental health (BMH).  
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October 2018 Webinar
Quality healthcare is not explicitly synonymous with efficiency, but Intermountain Healthcare is determined to deliver both. Hear how the largest healthcare provider in Utah has taken its knowledge and application of Lean principles to plant the seeds to take the system to a new level. Park City Medical Center and the Cottonwood Clinic will be offered as case studies and described in terms of process, planning, and tools used to affect change. A thorough discussion of quantifiable, initial outcomes, including how design solutions have impacted change across an entire health system, will be discussed.