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Project Brief
May 2019 Project Brief
Learn about: how a unit redesign for UW Health will serve as a prototype for future redesign projects, why the new unit must be flexible to respond to a variety of staff and patient needs, and how a multidisciplinary team used a range of observational findings and current literature to inform the overall design process.
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Project Brief
May 2019 Project Brief
Learn about: how a variety of approaches—including research, observation, and process mapping exercises—were used in conjunction to develop the new design plans, why the architectural team relied on existing staff, patients, and families to understand which needs to address in the redesign, and how envisioning the new center as a “house” could better support the needs of patients and families.
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Design Strategies
April 2017 Design Strategies
These design strategies have been identified in the current evidence-based design literature as supporting efficient emergency department (ED) throughput. These are best reviewed at the very beginning of a project to assess the “fit” of each strategy within your unique ED organization. Design teams should work with ED leadership to ensure that these goals are integrated into the final design.
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.
EBD Journal Club
December 2013 EBD Journal Club
Lorenz, S. G. & Dreher, H. M. (2011). Hospital room design and health outcomes of the aging adult. Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 4(2), 23-35.
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 establish the first separately licensed children’s hospital in the community of El Paso, Texas with an interior environment that is patient-centered, family focused, community accessible, culturally compatible and a magnet for the recruitment of pediatric medical staff.  
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 2012 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
The goal for this project was to provide the infrastructure /platform for flexible, acuity adaptable inpatient accommodation that actively integrates patient rehabilitation with a patient and family-centered model of care -- all designed to improve healthcare outcomes and expedite the patient’s return to his or her community.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
September 2011 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
The goal for this project was to conduct research that will: identify the needs of cancer patients while undergoing infusion treatment, develop potential environmental design solutions to fulfill the needs, and validate significant environmental design strategies for infusion patient care and satisfaction.