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The Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego, CA, is just a week away.  If you're like me, you're still trying to figure out which educational sessions to attend and who you want to connect with while you're there.

So let me help you out with the educational sessions part.  In addition to the keynotes, here are my picks at Healthcare Design this year. (Be sure to read to the end to get information on my Meet Up.)

Sunday, November 16

8-9 a.m.:  E04 "The Best of the Hospital ICONs:  10 Years of Groundbreaking Healthcare Facilities." An annual tradition from Don McKahan, Kirk Hamilton, and Frank Pitts.

9:20-10:20 a.m.: E11 "Lighting for Alzheimer's Care: Improving Sleep, Behavior, and Mood." Use of a tailored light treatment sounds interesting.

10:40-11:40 a.m.: E24 "Landmark Solution for a Navy Design Challenge: The Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton." How the team raised the bar for military healthcare facility design is a story worth hearing.  Second option: E27 "The Patient Room -- Connected!" Can never hear too much about designing for technology.

1:40-2:40 p.m.: E40 "Destructive Innovation in Healthcare Capital Development." May sound dry, but embracing newer technologies in design and prefabrication is a hot new trend.

Monday, November 17

9:45-10:45 a.m.: E47 "Guidelines: Meeting the Client's Needs." All you need to know about what's new in the 2014 edition.  Second option: R15 "The Intersection of Evidence-Based Design and Healing Spaces: Is There a Distinction?" Roundtable led by Samuelli Institute folks that actually looks like it's going to be a good discussion.

2:00-3:00 p.m.: R18 "Get Ready for Boomer Nation." I'd be lame if I didn't pick the roundtable session Gary Vance and I are leading on how Baby Boomers are changing healthcare design. Second option: E51 "Centralized vs. Decentralized Nurses Stations: The Impact on Staff Perception, Communication, Teamwork, and Quality of Care." Research from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago should be interesting.

3:20-4:420 p.m.: E61 "The Future of Healthcare and Its Impact on Patient Room Design." 27 trends, future scenarios -- looks like all you need to know and more. Second option: E69 "Banner Health Centers: A New Environment for Transformative Care." Do template programs work?

4:40-5:40 p.m.: R24 "There is a Doctor in the House:  A Doctor's Approach to Dealing with Architects and Hospital Design." Another roundtable that looks promising as a discussion topic. Second option: E73 "The Positive Impact of Research and Design on staff and Patients at Central Washington Hospital." It's not often that a project can claim to use ALL eight steps of the evidence-based design process, and Lean strategies.

Tuesday, November 18

8-9 a.m.: E82 "Do Curves Matter? An Examination of Neural Reactions to Formal Attributes of Healthcare Environments." Did you know your brain reacts to contour information perceived from the visual environment? Second option: E85 "Safety by Design: How Teams Can Proactively Use Facility Design to Reduce Adverse Events." Get a sneak peak at The Center for Health Design's new safety risk assessment tool.

9:20-10:20 a.m.: E92 "Designing-Out Seclusion: Factors Influencing the Use of Social Space in Elder Care Facilities." I just love research. Second option: E93 "Therapeutic Landscapes for Specific Patient Groups." Can never get too much of healing gardens -- especially from gurus Clare Cooper Marcus and Naomi Sachs.

1:15-2:15 p.m.: E101 "The Role of the Built Environment in the Acquisition and Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections." More research, but no doubt excellent information on a very timely topic. Second option: E109 "Innovations by Design: Kaiser Permanente's New San Diego Central Hospital." Should be interesting to see what came out of Kaiser's "Small Hospital, Big Idea" competition.


Two Saturday workshops I'd also recommend are D01"Coaching Workshop: Practical Application of Evidence-Based Design" and D07"LEED for Healthcare: Lessons Learned from the First Three Years." The EBD workshop costs an extra $380 per person, but it's worth it for this hands-on experience and take-away materials.

Also, if you have time, sign up for a workshop in the Patient Experience Simulation Lab, created by Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc. The workshop takes place inside a full-scale model of a NICU space, inspired by the 2014 Patient & Family-Centered NICU Design Competition . Sign up for 60-minute sessions throughout the conference. $75 extra fee required.

And did I mention facility tours on Saturday afternoon?  Kaiser Permanente San Diego Central Hospital, Paolmar Medical Center, and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton are my top picks. Some of these may be sold out, but there's always people who don't show up.

If you're one of those last minute people who hasn't yet registered for Healthcare Design, there's still time. In fact, you can even show up and register onsite.

Meet Up:  Monday, November 17

Finally, if you want to meet up with me and others who read this blog, please come for a cup of coffee at the Starbucks in the Lobby Level, South Tower of the Marriott Marquis on Monday, November 17th at 7 a.m. We'll walk over to the Convention Center together in time for the morning keynote session.

I have no idea how many (or if any) of you will show up, but I thought this was a cool idea so I'm trying it.

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Naomi Sachs

10 years ago

Thanks for the mention, Sara! The meetup sounds great. Will try to make it. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Sara Marberry

10 years ago

You're welcome. See you in San Diego!

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