HEALTHCARE DESIGN 2013 – Early Bird reg. ends Friday!



In our earlier post on HEALTHCARE DESIGN 2013, we didn’t list specific sessions because they hadn’t been published yet. So here’s an update, with sessions that may be of particular interest to our Network members. Keep in mind that many other sessions will probably cover access to nature in one way or another; these are just the ones that mentioned it specifically.

First, here’s the HCD13 blurb:

“Shaping the Future of Healthcare Facility Design”
The Healthcare Design Conference is the premier event devoted to how the design of responsibly built environments directly impact the safety, operation, clinical outcomes, and financial success of healthcare facilities now and into the future. With roughly 4000 participants at the 2012 Healthcare Design Conference, this is the industry’s best-attended conference where attendees can earn up to 24 continuing education credits, network with peers, and influence the direction of the industry as it advances into the future.

For more information and to register, visit

Now the sessions:

Facility tour of Nemours Childrens Hospital

TAMU First Look Colloqium—Therapeutic Landscapes: Tools for Successful Design and Outcomes
Naomi Sachs,  Founding Director, Therapeutic Landscapes Network; Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, DArch, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC, LEED AP, The Skaggs – Sprague Endowed Chair in Health Facilities Design, Director, Center for Health Systems & Design, Texas A&M University.
Access to nature in the healthcare environment is increasingly accepted by designers, healthcare administrators, staff, and the community as an important element in the environment of care. As demand grows, designers need solid research, specific guidelines, and good existing examples to inform their work. Guidelines with clearly defined metrics can be translated into an evaluative tool for “apples to apples” comparisons. All of these strategies help stakeholders to understand the role and importance of access to nature. This understanding and knowledge ensures that spaces—and elements within those spaces—provide the best possible outcomes for patients, visitors, staff.

Environmental Standards Council (ESC)
Anjali Joseph, PhD, EDAC, Vice President / Director of Research, The Center for Health Design
This presentation, the second of the ECS from The Center for Health Design, will look at ongoing work on the “Environment of Care” chapter of the Facility Guidelines Institute’s 2014 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities that will allow regulatory agencies to more strongly support the inclusion of meaningful spaces in future projects. The “Environment of Care” chapter contributes to patient, staff, and family satisfaction as well as increased safety, reduced  medical errors, and a healthier financial bottom line. Learn key design recommendations for the Environment of Care, including improving the Control of Environment, Access to Nature, Wayfinding, and Surfaces and Finishes.

Ecological Principles for a Functional and Healing Healthcare Landscape
Jacob Blue, MS, PLA, ASLA, Director of Design, Applied Ecological Services
Ecological health translates to human health. This presentation describes how an ecological restoration paradigm guided the planning, design, and installation of a native landscape for the campus of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, fulfilling its holistic vision of health. Attendees will learn about the interrelated benefits of native plantings, including cost savings, inherent hardiness of native species, stormwater management, and critical contributions to conservation and sustainability. Discuss the connection of eco-functional design accreditations such as SITES and see how this approach proves to be a cost-effective and aesthetically rewarding way to contribute to the health and well being of patients and staff.

Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Medical Center—Guidelines for Campus Branding and Experience Design
Alan Jacobson, President, exit Foundation; Clifford Selbert, Owner/Principal, Selbert Perkins
Have you wondered how branding fits into your master plan and budget? How can this make a difference in creating an ideal experience? This session presents the philosphy and process of an integrated approach to address the key challenges in designing the hospital of the future with a focus on branding and experience design. The Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Campus will be an integrated experience environment that engages visitors, patients, staff and the community during all touchpoints of their journey. As a “Total Health Environment”, all design decisions will reflect the essence of the Kaiser “Thrive” campaign that embraces the mind, body, and spirit.

The Effects of Positive Distractions in Pediatric Environments—A Comparison of Two Studies
Anjali Joseph, Vice President/Director of Research, The Center for Health Design
This session presents two recent studies that examined the effects of positive distraction interventions on pediatric patients and their families, using different methods in different settings. The first study explores how an integrated positive distraction intervention (colorful lighting and animation of natural or cartoon themes) in pediatric x-rays rooms influenced patient distress behaviors, satisfaction, mood, and x-ray scanning time. The second study examines how positive distraction from ambient lighting in an ED impacted pediatric patient perceived pain and anxiety as well as parental satisfaction. Research processes, methods and rationales will be discussed and study findings and their implications will be shared.

Evaluating Innovative Lighting Solutions for Inpatient Rooms
Jennifer DuBose, LEED AP, EDAC, Senior Research Associate, Georgia Institute of Technology; Craig Zimring, PhD, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology; Susan Shapiro, PhD, RN, FAAN, Assistant Dean for Strategic Clinical Initiatives, and Corporate Director for Nursing Research and EBP, Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Emory Healthcare
In this multi-disciplinary panel discussion, panelists will explore: the biology behind light’s impact on clinical outcomes; recent lighting systems for inpatient rooms aimed at improving patient outcomes;  and  the results of a collaboration between clinicians and EBD researchers evaluating a new inpatient lighting system intended to provide the experience of sunshine in the room during the course of the day. At the end of this session participants will: understand the physiological and psychological impacts of lighting; understand and be able to evaluate lighting products; and, understand the practical complexities of clinically valid design research in a laboratory setting.

Miles From Bedlam—The Psychiatric Facility in the 21st Century
Jaques Black, President, daSILVA Architects; Virginia Susman,Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College; Associate Attending Psychiatrist/ MDQuality Patient Safety Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division
Explore the unique physical design of therapeutic environments related to patients with mental health issues and special needs. Presenters will highlight design for patient safety, the effect of color, furniture/artwork  selections and placement, the physical connection to the natural world, and the effects of natural light and air on patient outcomes. Specifics around allocation of public, private and semi-private spaces will also be explored as well as design for persons with Autism. Finally, attendees will hear a brief history of the Moral Treatment movement and how these ideals match current imperatives in patient centered design.

And as I mentioned in the last HCD13 post, Clare’s and my book, Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces, will be out and available at the conference. Or you can pre-order now!