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Insights & Solutions

Interview
February 2018 Interview
Inside you will learn about: why behavioral health facilities have very different design requirements than general hospitals; how different areas of a behavioral health unit have different safety needs that influence design choices; and which types of safety measures and products should be incorporated into behavioral health units.
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Interview
October 2017 Interview

Learn about: How to think big when building small; how a smaller environment can benefit residents and caregivers; and SAGE and its mission to unite industry leaders, healthcare providers, and consultants.

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Project Brief
April 2017 Project Brief
Learn about: methods to minimize patient wait times and maximize use of hospital space, guiding principles implemented in a Seattle children’s hospital to improve patient and provider communication, and how architects, healthcare providers, and families can collaborate to design a patient-centered emergency department.
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Project Brief
April 2017 Project Brief
Learn about: evidence-based design solutions to address throughput challenges in today’s overcrowded emergency departments, the importance of aligning research design with organizational operations and processes for successful research, and the advantages of basing research methods on previous studies. 
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Project Brief
April 2017 Project Brief
Learn about: unique ways that a pediatric replacement hospital leverages its small urban footprint to meet the high demand for ED services, why locating the emergency department on the second floor was the most efficient way to use limited space, and how a three-pod design enables the ED to flex at different times of day for varying levels of demand.
Tool
December 2015 Tool
This Ambulatory Care Center Design Tool (ACCDT), developed by Dr. Anjali Joseph and Dr. Zahra Zamani from Clemson University in collaboration with The Center for Health Design (CHD), builds upon a series of papers, best practice case studies and in-depth literature reviews conducted by CHD as well as CHD's Clinic Design Post-Occupancy Evaluation Toolkit – Tool 2 Audit of Physical Environment with additions from a thesis by Crews (2013). The tool supports design teams in making key design decisions about ambulatory care centers linked to evidence based design goals and principles.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
September 2011 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
The goal for this project: to have the family-focused program at this case study site was to design and improve safety and quality to meet the specific needs of patients, their families, and staff.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
September 2011 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
The goal for this project was to evaluate the impact of single bedrooms in the UK health economy, reduction of infection, improvement in patient recovery time and wellbeing from impact of nature views, natural ventilation, and reduced staff travel time. Pembury is the first Pebble Project in the UK, and the first NHS hospital, with 100% single bed wards. Affordable patient safety was the core guiding principle.
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Project Brief
August 2015 Project Brief
Learn about: the use of best practices research to inform design direction, how feedback from the nursing staff allowed comparisons of traditional vs. new standards, and the ways Advocate Health Care envisions their design process continuing to evolve over time.
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Project Brief
August 2015 Project Brief
Learn about: a design that offers a care model across the full continuum of care, the ways the design takes full advantage of interior daylight, outdoor gardens, and courtyards, and homelike features that were added to enhance healing for babies and parents.