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I am honored to serve as your President for 2018. Many thanks to the work accomplished by our board and past presidents Joan Suchomel and Tom Clark. In just two short years Joan led us through an intensive strategic planning process and Tom guided us toward a successful implementation of that plan. My goal is to ensure strategy is maintained and administered and our mission… provide knowledge which supports healthy environments through education and networking… and vision… serving as the authoritative voice for the design of healthy environments… are realized. To accomplish this goal, we will be focusing on two key tactics this year 1). Strategy vs. Operations ...
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Welcome to 2018 and this first edition of the Academy Update Newsletter! While the bears may have been hibernating this winter, the Communications Committee has been hard at work planning for this year’s social media, quarterly updates and other communication activities. Our board liaison, and new member of the AAH Board this year, is J. Todd Robinson ; welcome Todd! The entire committee is looking forward to your leadership and partnership to bring relevant, timely and valuable information to all AAH Knowledge Community Members. This year’s President, Vincent DellaDonna , has also been busy the past few months welcoming new board members and committee chairs, ...
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The AIA-AAH NextGen Committee began the year with a lively a discussion to answer this question: “What defines success for this generation in our profession?” The comments and topics mentioned on the committee call will inform the AIA/AAH Emerging Professionals Forum presentation by Tushar Gupta (AAH President – Elect) and Southern Ellis (AAH NextGen Committee Chair) at the ASHE PDC Summit in Nashville, TN. The forum will focus on engaging the next generation of health design leaders and equipping them to advance the built environment. Join the Conversation at ASHE PDC . This session occurs Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7-8am CST. In an effort to continue to ...
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Herman Miller Healthcare sponsors several emerging professionals seeking licensure each year to attend the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference (HCD), the fall conference of the Center for Health Design and the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health. Each selected recipient receives reimbursement to cover registration fees, air travel, and hotel room costs. This scholarship program is part of Herman Miller's continuing commitment to excellence in healthcare architecture and support of young architects. The 2018 cycle will open in the summer to attend HCD in Phoenix, November 10-13. To learn more about the application process, visit the Herman Miller Scholarship ...
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As 2017 comes to an end and we excitedly look towards the New Year we look at some recent changes in the codes and standards of health care. This year the ICC, NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code, and NFPA 99 – Health Care Facilities Code released their 2018 editions. The Academy of Architecture for Health is in the process of creating white papers to compare significant changes between the editions as they relate to healthcare. Look out for their release by mid-2018.   In the meantime, here are some links we find useful in searching the adoption of codes by jurisdiction. ICC interactive map for State Building Code Adoption (not including local amendments): ...
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The AIA AAH STERIS Student Design Charrette is a 48-hour design Charrette performed annually at the Healthcare Design Conference. This AAH program was first established in 1989 and has been running for 29 consecutive years. The mission of the Charrette is to encourage talented architectural students into the practice for health, and to promote architectural education that will contribute to the practice of architecture for health. With the sponsorship of STERIS and countless volunteers this program has fostered relationships and guided students into healthcare architecture.  Student Design Charrette participants with STERIS sponsors 2017 I became interested ...
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A Case for Constant Change Autumn reminds us that change happens; every year the leaves on the trees change from deep shades to bright colors, and the degree to which they become more vibrant is affected by the amount of sunlight and rain. No sooner do we notice the changing leaves, but are reminded that “conference season” is upon us; namely, the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference. Co-produced with AAH and the Center for Health Design , this year it was held in Orlando again, and was full of tours, sessions, keynotes and networking opportunities; all the same activities as in previous years. Yet, change was a constant theme; the status of the ...
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This AAH Update is the fourth and final issue of the year, and it shows our progress from past versions. Not only does it look different, but we are gradually increasing the breadth and depth of content in the newsletter. This reflects a broader goal adopted within our Strategic Plan last year; to deliver more knowledge more effectively to Academy members.  Here are a few ways we are progressing: First, we are networking more effectively with 20 other committees in the Academy to announce events and application deadlines in a timely way. Second, we are networking with partner organizations to share relevant knowledge, news and opportunities from those ...
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As we roll toward 2018, I can say with confidence and gratitude that the Academy of Architecture for Health board is strong, and well-positioned to continue guiding the Academy forward. The Strategic Plan will be in its second year of implementation, building on the great progress made in 2017 toward a higher level of service to our members and to the greater healthcare design community. This is where I take my leave, after four years on the board, knowing that things are in good hands. I will miss the day-to-day interaction with my fine colleagues, but I won’t be a stranger; I still have a few projects I’ve promised to help with. My duties in sponsorship ...
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Dear readers, This is a special 19th edition of the Academy Journal , published by the AAH knowledge community. It includes five articles published online last year and three new articles from this year that enhance the built environment for health care. Moving forward, we’ve decided to publish articles from the current year for both online and print distribution. As the official publication of the Academy, the Journal publishes articles of particular interest to AIA members and the public involved in the fields of health care architecture, planning, design, research, and construction. The goal has always been to expand and promote awareness, educational ...
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The latest Roundtable Report from the NEJM Catalyst,  Measuring What Matters and Capturing the Patient Voice , details their 'Taxonomy of the Patient Voice' in the design of care and as an input to care.  While including patient-participants during physical design is not new to our community, it was good to see that notion reflected 'in the design of care'. More telling, however, is this quote from the editor, Namita Seth Mohta, MD: "What gets put on that [hospital] dashboard conveys a strong message about what leadership thinks is important. If you spend more time evaluating whether the patients liked the décor of a hospital room than evaluating how effectively ...
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After much anticipation, on July 5, 2016 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) and the 2012 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code (NFPA 99). While this long-awaited adoption was vital to ensuring that health care facilities meet current standards, there is still confusion among those that must adhere to these regulations. One source of this confusion is the rule modifications that CMS made when they adopted the 2012 edition.  While most of these are not deviations from existing CMS requirements, they are also not included in the requirements of the 2012 LSC. Included in these ...
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If you haven’t made your plans for attending HCD yet, now would be a good time to do so!  It will be held at the Gaylord Hotel in Orlando, November 11-14. As always, it will be packed with superlative educational sessions, including the latest research, case studies, and trends; the latest product displays and opportunities for networking with colleagues. AAH is a key partner with Emerald, Center for Health Design and others in selecting content for educational sessions and facility tours—we hope it satisfies your needs for your professional development. Be sure to attend the Academy Update, where you will learn about AAH activities, how you can get more involved, ...
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If so you already know it is a great resource.  If not, you need to check it out. The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) is a major sponsor and contributor to this robust resource, enabling healthcare architects to perform rapid literature searches for research findings to inform their project work. The Knowledge Repository is a searchable database of research studies, articles, and scholarly papers hosted and maintained by the Center for Health Design. The AAH provides ongoing financial support. AAH Research Initiatives Committee members sit on its advisory team to guide its structure and content to ensure that it is developed as a significant and ...
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By Kirsten Staloch, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Associate, EDAC I have been working in a professional architecture firm for just over two years now. After school, I started in a healthcare studio bright-eyed and ready to apply every nugget of education crammed into my brain from the past years in architecture school. Clemson's Architecture +Health graduate program propelled me to this point in the profession where I am now working in a firm figuring out lean processes for staff and combining design with functional medical needs. Working fulltime in a firm really brought reality to the forefront as I moved from graduate school into the healthcare design world. ...
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By Mayda V. Colón, AIA It was bittersweet to say goodbye to new friends, to our professional family, as we all headed back home after a fruitful and fun conference. The sureness is that we will see each other again next year! The Summer Leadership Summit , held annually in Chicago, is an intimate conference where healthcare design professionals get to share one on one their experiences and their goals. This year, we focused on the Evolution/Revolution of the design practice in healthcare. We looked into the past, at how 30 years ago the doctor and hospital was the star of the show and how we are moving towards a more patient-centric healthcare, and ...
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Before I start to wind down my year as past president and my time on the Academy Board, I’d like to reach out one more time to anyone who has an interest in engaging in a more meaningful way with the Academy of Architecture for Health. From my own experience and from my observations, I can testify that what you get out of the Academy is magnified by your direct involvement. We learned from the results of our Strategic Planning efforts last year that our members’ primary needs and interests are education and networking. Being involved on a committee, or on the board, accelerates your access to both. If you are intrigued with the idea of volunteering, I can ...
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As September winds down and the year is two-thirds gone, it is time to step back to see how the year is unfolding. As I look at the big picture, one place where there is no progress: with a divided Congress, the fate of healthcare reimbursements--and the need for facilities we design--remains uncertain. What can we do? What we always do: plan for future flexibility, continue to be patient and caregiver advocates, and support the business case for strategic design solutions.  Your AIA AAH is here to help you meet such challenges. We see the main purposes of AAH are education and networking. Our Strategic Plan has re-positioned us to do these more fully. We ...
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More research is always needed… Same-handed or back-to-back patient rooms? Inboard or outboard toilet rooms? Sink locations, throughout, noise, and infection prevention…so many issues, so little time to solve them all. For decades, the healthcare design industry has been seeking innovative design and construction solutions to help improve outcomes for patients, caregivers and families in healthcare facilities. These topics, and many others, have been hotly debated and have also been the topics of research, discussion, and publication in the healthcare design industry. A recent article in Medical Construction and Design magazine attempted to tackle yet another ...
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Outreach

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Chair: Georgeann Burns, Assoc. AIA As one part of the new direction spurred by the AAH strategic planning process, the Outreach Committee was formed to gather information on a wide range of groups involved in the creation of healthcare environments and in the delivery of healthcare. Through collaboration with the Communications Committee, we will make that information available to our members by being published in the Newsletter, on the website, via blast emails or in the Digest. In addition we intend to develop deeper relationships with organizations that could lead to joint projects such as webinars or white papers.  The committee has developed a ...
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