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Healthcare conference, which is currently under planning and development for
December. There will be four verticals coming together to create a larger event,
with four smaller specialty conferences within one venue: healthcare, education,
hospitality, and workplace. Hope to see you there.
Jane Rohde is the founding principal of JSR Associates, Inc., located
in Ellicott City, Md. She champions a global cultural shift toward
de-institutionalizing senior living and healthcare facilities through
person-centered principles, research and advocacy, and design
of the built environment. Clientele includes non-profit and for-profit developers,
government agencies, senior living and healthcare providers, and design firms.
Rohde speaks internationally on senior living, aging, healthcare, evidence-based
design, and sustainability. For more information or comments, please contact
Rohde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
w Risk assessment. The avoidance of “adverse events” within healthcare
settings was discussed in relation to research and outcomes, interior design
recommendations, and product selection. Ellen Taylor, vice president of
research for The Center for Health Design, outlined the drivers behind the
measures and the role of design in complex healthcare systems. All risk cannot
be eliminated, but taking an evidence-based approach, including the evaluation
of safety and satisfaction, provides a framework for decision making focused
on improved outcomes. In addition to reviewing patient, resident, and staff
satisfaction, adverse events including healthcare-acquired infections, medication
errors, and falls were reviewed with interdisciplinary teams in subsequent
breakout sessions. Product-solution examples include the need to further
develop composite products for ease of cleaning and maintenance; quality
of workmanship for custom casework, providing additional opportunities for
furniture manufacturers to develop well-made, integral solutions; and the need
for clarifications of slip-resistance and coefficients of friction for LVT products,
ceramic tile, and other flooring products to positively impact reduction of fall
risk. Improving the environment is part of the solution to mitigate adverse
events when utilizing a multidisciplinary approach for review of complex issues.
w The WELL standard. Randy Fiser, CEO of ASID, presented on the importance of
health and wellness in not only healthcare settings, but in any space that is
occupied. The new ASID headquarters in Washington, D.C., recently received
LEED v. 4 Platinum, and is on track for becoming WELL Platinum, as well. The
WELL Living Lab has just been completed and is setting a research agenda.
Guest speaker Barbara Spurrier, senior vice president of Delos Ventures, is
the administrative director of the Well Living Lab, which includes adjustable
spaces providing opportunities for research in both commercial and residential
scenarios. There are many healthcare settings that could be set up as vignettes
within the Lab, including evaluation of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ).
Design Connections also included a competition and awards. “Wagons of Love”
was a contest to create themed wagons to be used for patient transport at the
Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. The Crossville-sponsored team
created the winning design—the “Blue Dog.”
The Designer of the Event honor went to Teri Bennett, lead interior designer at Johns
Hopkins, and Kwalu Furnishings and Sunbrella Fabrics were both selected by the
attendees for top educational and product-information presentations.
I encourage everyone to stay
tuned for the next Design Connections
Join Us in December
interiors+sources and nGage Events expand
Design Connections and have moved the location
to the La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, Texas,
from December 3-5. One event. Four sectors. Education + Healthcare + Hospitality + Workplace. The
program will include continuing education, one-on-one meetings with manufacturers, and opportunities to
network with other education, healthcare, hospitality, and workplace designers. The event has the support of
several industry associations. Design Connections will be offered at no expense to design professionals. Those
interested in attending should contact Lynne Shane at email@example.com.
This is the all-encompassing event you cannot miss!
ABOVE Members of the
American Academy of
Healthcare Interior Design
had their board meeting
at Design Connections
RIGHT Kwalu’s Jodi
Fazio, Lesley Roberts,
and Sylvia Nash
receiving their award
RIGHT Healthcare Trends
panel with, from left, Jane
Rohde, Andy Trentacost, and
Whitney Bowman Zatzkin.
LEFT The Crossville team won the Wagons
of Love competition, held in the evening on
Valentine’s Day, day 2 of the conference.
BELOW Terry Murphy addressing the crowd
with Josh Jacobs, Rich Krock, and Bill
Freeman for “Becoming Certified: A Product’s