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Insights & Solutions

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.

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.

Executive Summary
February 2019 Executive Summary
Understanding Injury in Behavioral and Mental Health Settings  

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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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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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. 
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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.
Member Project
February 2019 Member Project
Moser Pilon Nelson Architects worked with the hospital, selecting Altro Aquarius and Altro Whiterock for use throughout the unit. Altro Whiterock’s hygienic nature prevents water and moisture ingress, and its durable impact-resistance ensures a sledgehammer strike won’t even crack its panels.