2012 Healthcare Design Conference, November 3-6, Phoenix, Arizona

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Phoenix, AZ offers another conference opportunity for those interested in the design of therapeutic facilities and healing landscapes:

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 over 4100 participants at the 2011 HEATHCARE 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.

There are a number of sessions related to the field of landscape architecture.

Here are a just few highlights:
Track: Improving the Patient Experience
November 4, 2012 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Outpatient Therapy—Outside the Building at the World Renowned Kennedy Krieger Institute
Lydia Kimball, Registered Landscape Architect, American Society of Landscape Architects, LEED BD+C, Principal, Mahan Rykiel Associates
Lana Warren, EdD, OT/L, FAOTA, Senior Vice President of Clinical Programs, Kennedy Krieger Institute

Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI), specializing in programs to treat children with severe brain disorders, completed a major outpatient facility expansion in 2010. Central to the expansion was a garden designed specifically as a therapy space and healing environment for patients, families, and staff. The garden’s orientation is critical to the function of the building and its design is the outgrowth of a strong clinical staff/design team partnership. Presenters will reveal the unique design process, garden layout, choice of materials, and initial post-occupancy experience. Presenters will share ways the garden has enhanced KKI’s therapies and some unexpected ways the garden has become integral to the Institute’s success.

EDAC credit available


Track: Evidence-based Innovation
November 4, 2012 | 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Deliberate by Design—A Year of Experience with the First U.S. Military Hospital to Include Evidence-based Design and Sustainability
Craig Zimring, PhD, Professor, School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
Charles Callahan, MD, U.S. Army
Jeff Getty, RA, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, HDR Architecture, Inc.
Barbara Dellinger, MA, EDAC, AAHID, IIDA, MDCID, Associate Vice President, HDR Architecture, Inc.

Ft.BelvoirCommunityHospital is the DoD’s first military hospital to open (October 2011) using evidence-based design and sustainability in a design that supports the needs of patients, families, staff, and the community. It represents a major departure for military hospital design and was particularly challenging because it required developing and integrating new care processes and new technologies in a unified “Culture of Excellence.” Lead by the hospital’s CEO, lead design team, and senior researcher, this timely presentation will offer unique insights into the goals for the project, the resulting design, the process of activation, and the first year of experience as a living laboratory. You will hear how the team conducted each of these steps, as well as frank lessons learned for future military and civilian hospitals.

EDAC credit available.

Track: Codes and Standards
November 6, 2012 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 

Environmental Standards Council—The Case for Access to Nature in the 2014 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities
Naomi Sachs, ASLA, EDAC, Doctoral Student in Texas A&M’s College of Architecture in the Center for Health Systems & Design
Jerry Smith, Owner and Principal, SMITH\GreenHealth Consulting, LLC
Alberto Salvatore, Principal, Salvatore Associates

Through recommendations for the 2014 Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities, The Center for Health Design’s Environmental Standards Council (ESC) proposed language and substantiating evidence for incorporating access to nature as one of the key elements in the environment of care. Quantitative and qualitative research indicates access to nature is an essential design component to the health and well-being of patients, visitors, and staff. This presentation will include an overview of the Guidelines and a look at proposed revisions to the Guidelines that will allow regulatory agencies to more strongly support the inclusion of meaningful outdoor spaces in future projects.

EDAC credit available.

Track: Advancements in Evidence-based Design Research
November 6, 2012 | 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

The Brain–Nature Love Affair—A Deep Dive into the Neural Mechanisms Triggering Salutogenic Responses to Nature
Debajyoti Pati, PhD, FIIA, LEED AP, Rockwell Endowment Professor, Texas Tech University
Michael W. O’Boyle, PhD, Associate Director, Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute, Texas Tech University
Cherif Amor, PhD, Chair, Department of Design, Texas Tech University

The impact of nature, its visual impact on stress and anxiety in patients, has been well researched. However, the exact neural mechanism that triggers such response has remained unexplored. Recent technological advances in the form of fMRI have enabled the study of brain physiology, providing an unprecedented opportunity to obtain objective images of the neural fireworks. This provides important opportunities for (1) a significantly stronger evidence base; (2) finer resolution in decision making, especially involving imagery; and (3) a foundation for deeper scientific exploration. This session will present phase-1 findings of an ongoing study at the Neuroimaging Institute, TexasTechUniversity, that is using fMRI imaging to examine neural responses to sky imagery and other positive, negative, and neutral imagery based on scientific evidence from previous fMRI studies at the institute.

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