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Tool
March 2020 Tool
Understanding the personal abilities and unique challenges faced by aging individuals, especially those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, better equips design teams to create supportive care and living spaces. Changes that can be credited to dementia are noticeably different from the changes typical of normal aging, but both can occur at the same time. 
Executive Summary
February 2020 Executive Summary
Learn about: the personal abilities and unique challenges faced by aging individuals, including those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, how thoughtful design can reduce stress associated with declining physical abilities, memory loss, and care provision.
EBD Journal Club
February 2020 EBD Journal Club
Sachs, N., Shepley, M., Peditto, K., Hankinson, M.T., Giebink, B., Thompson, T. (2019). Health Environments Research & Design Journal. DOI: 10.1177/1937586719856349
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Webinar
September 2019 Webinar
This webinar will share how The Polyclinic, in the Northgate area of Seattle, consolidated four clinics, increased their market share of services, and better served their patients in a larger, expandable, multi-specialty and primary care facility “all under one roof”.  
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Webinar
August 2019 Webinar
This webinar will share case studies and lessons learned from new and emerging examples of care delivery, including microhospitals; virtual care centers; and innovative clinical care models that are more nimble, cost and operationally efficient, and respond more directly to patient expectations. 
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Project Brief
May 2019 Project Brief
Learn about: how a practical consideration of all the elements of the new hybrid OR helped guide design choices, the role Human Factors played in optimizing the new space, how process mapping and cognitive walkthroughs furthered the design team’s understanding of the OR’s people and processes, and how buy-in from key stakeholders led to the success of this project and laid the groundwork for future efforts.
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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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Webinar
April 2019 Webinar
In this webinar, attendees will learn how the University of Virginia Medical Center was able to improve the patient experience and increase individualized patient care by moving its endoscopy department outside of the main hospital campus. 
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Webinar
January 2019 Webinar
This webinar will identify an implementation strategy to embed a “culture of health” in your projects. Case studies and demonstrable examples from around the world illuminate how healthcare organizations and designers are working at all geographic scales to remake health-promoting places, spaces, and things.