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EDAC Advocate Firm Project
February 2019 EDAC Advocate Firm Project

ARCH Design’s goal was to complement the views of Forest Park and the bold super graphics already included in the design of the space with art that related to the hospital’s surrounding community and its rich cultural offerings. However, adhering to the stringent fire code was the highest priority, so the ARCH team researched materials and designed custom pieces that both exceeded safety standards and upheld this conceptual framework.

EDAC Advocate Firm Project
February 2019 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
Rush University Medical Center sought to create a new patient experience tailored to the unique preferences of the residents living in the River North neighborhood while expanding access. They also sought to create a forward-thinking operational model with an emphasis on leveraging technology.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
February 2019 EDAC Advocate Firm Project

The goals of this project were to discover the challenges of a new entry portal and determine design decisions to enable clarity for patients, families, and staff and to create an entry that matched the vision of this world-class hospital.

EDAC Advocate Firm Project
February 2019 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
The aim of THR and UT Southwestern Frisco Campus’ Health Facilitator was to show how a facility embedded within a community can encourage wellness, preventative care, and proactive behavior for the surrounding population instead of the typical reactive model of seeking care after illness or injury occurs. Thoughtful design strategies and incorporation of mixed-use spaces intend to change the view of the facility from a hospital or institution to one that is more integrated into the community.
Issue Brief
February 2019 Issue Brief
As part of the safety toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about the importance of recognizing the presence of behavioral and mental health patients throughout a facility, the conditions of both self-harm and harm to others, including staff, and design considerations to mitigate the risk of injury associated with behavioral and mental health populations.
Design Strategies
February 2019 Design Strategies

The following design solutions are a brief summary of the content found in Reducing Injury and Harm: An Issue Brief on Safety for Behavioral & Mental Health. They are organized by building design category.

Tool
February 2019 Tool

The following table provides a crosswalk of design categories in the built environment (e.g., unit layout) and safety issues to consider in behavioral and mental health settings (e.g., blind spots). This table is meant to serve as a high-level roadmap for design considerations in conjunction with the online Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) toolkit (www.healthdesign.org/sra). It is not intended to serve as a substitute for the online version of the SRA tool.

 

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Executive Summary
February 2019 Executive Summary

Based on a 2016 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) found that 18% of adults in the U.S. had a mental illness in the previous year

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Webinar
February 2019 Webinar
This webinar examines the challenges of delivering on the quality care proposition associated with the population health, with the value-based payment system, and CMS Star ratings, healthcare providers have begun collaborating in new ways to manage chronically ill populations, eliminate the need for hospital re-admissions, and improve patient outcomes, while lowering healthcare costs. 
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Webinar
December 2018 Webinar
Research Corners provide the chance to interact with authors who have recently published evidence-based design papers and articles in peer-reviewed journals. Attendees will be able to interact with the author(s) as they discuss their study and provide ways to translate the research into practice.  Objective: The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of four different design communication media in helping clinical end users understand spatial and functional information and in supporting their ability to provide design feedback.