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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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President’s letter

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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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Visibility

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AAH Articles and Blogs The AAH articles and blogs team recently collaborated with HCD Magazine with the following perspectives: High Stakes of Healthcare Planning by Dr. George Tingwald and Research Update: Positive Trends In Research For Healthcare Environments by Tom Clark, Byron Edwards, and Lindsey Stang, which will be featured in the August issue.    Academy Journal 2017– Call for Papers "With the recent annual submission deadline of May 31 just past, the Committee is reviewing a number of publication submissions for consideration for the 2017 issue of the Journal. AIA has just completed loading the submissions for the start of the ...
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Education

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Webinars Great content is available for brushing up on your skills or adding to your knowledge base through the Academy. The next webinar will be on July 18 at 2-3pm EDT. Mark your calendar and learn more about our upcoming webinars.    If you have missed any of the webinars and want to catch up on your homework, recorded webinars from 2016 and 2017 can now be found on Vimeo . Research The Case Study Library   is now available as a resource to members! The Research Initiatives Committee plans to build a large accessibly online database of these case studies for healthcare architects, designers and planners (along with their clients) ...
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Committee Members:    Sara Shumbera, Assoc. AIA ;  Akshay Sangolli, AIA and  Larry Staples, AIA The Summer Leadership Summit (SLS) , co-sponsored with the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) , is quickly approaching! Don’t forget to register by July 7 . The SLS will be held in Chicago on July 21-23 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. We hope to see you there! Note: The Next Generation Scholarship for this year's Summit is now closed, but will re-open for submissions next February 2018. As a reminder, the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference , co-produced with the Center for Health Design and the AAH, will be in Orlando from November ...
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One of my true pleasures as Past President of the Academy is my work in Talent Development. I like to think of it as matchmaking: I find talented people to fill interesting roles within the Academy. In the process, I get to know a lot of great people. The success of our Strategic Planning efforts last year, plus the response to our all-member survey, resulted in a lot of fine matches for 2017 and beyond. With a true focus on our strategy, we can fully engage our volunteers in meaningful activities in support of the Academy’s mission, to provide knowledge which supports the design of healthy environments by creating education and networking opportunities for ...
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Architecture for Health: Architecture with Purpose For those of us who attended the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017, held April 26-29 in Orlando, we heard from many inspiring architects who are designing architecture with purpose.  AIA President Tom Vonier, FAIA led the message in his opening talk and in introductions of several keynotes.  What is architecture with purpose? Francis Kere showed how he created compelling architecture using primitive means to build schools, housing and community in the tiny African nation of Burkina Faso. Alejandro Aravena showed how he empowered a poor community in Chile by building half-completed homes, incentivizing ...
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(1) Do Not Let Complexities of the Building Become Complexities of the Patient. Healthcare Architecture can be considered one of the most complex, as it must accommodate the most advanced medical systems and equipment, while it must also accommodate some of the most complex organizational and operational functions and cross- functions, all while meeting the most rigorous regulatory requirements known to be in place. Despite all of that, a better Patient Experience would be one that is simpler and cleaner, nearly completely independent from building, operational or regulatory complexities.    (2) Do Keep in Mind the Whole is Greater than the ...
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Education

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Apply today for our scholarships and fellowships! Healthcare Design's Best Under 40 (U40) Accepting applications until April 3, 2017 Recognize and celebrate individuals under 40 years of age making a significant contribution to the advancement of healthcare design. Each year up to two individuals are selected to have their names added to the distinguished U40 List. Arthur N. Tuttle Jr. Graduate Fellowship in Health Facility Planning and Design Accepting applications until April 20, 2017 This fellowship supports graduate students and emerging professionals seeking licensure, increasing their awareness of the needs and nature of ...
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Committee Members: Sara Shumbera, Assoc. AIA ; Akshay Sangolli, AIA and Larry Staples, AIA Congratulations to the new AAH Chair for this committee, Steve Langston! By the time you read this edition, another fantastic conference and learning opportunity will have passed, the ASHE Planning, Design and Construction Summit, this year held in Orlando, Florida. Co-produced with AAH and ASHE, including four full days of tours, learning sessions and roundtables on Flexibililty for the Future; and keynote speakers including Ann Compton, this conference never disappoints. Look for highlights in our next Update, and be sure to include ASHE PDC in your ...
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Codes and standards

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FGI Guidelines Changes to the 2018 FGI guidelines are undergoing a final review. Stay connected to the FGI website for further updates. NFPA AAH and ASHE are encouraging members with NFPA memberships to be at the NFPA to vote on critical issues that affect the future of healthcare design and construction. For more information see www.ashe.org/unifiedcodes . Committees for 2018 and beyond are in the process of being formalized. Those interested in being on a codes and standards sub-committee should feel free to contact me. Sincerely, Chad Beebe, AIA, SAS
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