Webinar: Design and Implementation of Secure Exam Rooms in Emergency Departments

When:  Dec 4, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)
Earn 1.0 AIA LU/HSW | Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 2–3pm EDT



This presentation will guide participants step by step through the design process of a Psychiatric Unit and psychiatric safe Holding Rooms in an Emergency Department. With the patient experience at the forefront, and supported by data analytics, this webinar will navigate how to best choose the best location for a Psych Holding Unit in an Emergency Department and detail the necessary steps to ensure both patient and staff safety.

Learning objectives

After participating in this webinar attendees will be equipped to:

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  1. Discuss the process of gathering, developing, categorizing, and analyzing information to: educate end users and support staff; inform programming and planning; and validate operational assumptions to better predict the outcome of design options.
  2. Recognize the design challenges in creating both a safe and comforting environment.
  3. Compare and contrast, through lessons learned, the do’s and don’ts of designing this space type.
  4. Identify some of the tools used to better predict the success of design options.

Ideal audience

This session is part of the HC 101 Series by the Academy of Architecture for Health.  The web-based 60-minute seminars are tailored to provide budding healthcare design professionals with conceptual and practical primer-level knowledge.

Education level




Gregg Ostrow, AIA

Gregg graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s of Architecture degree in 1984 and became a licensed architect in 1987. From 1998 to 2008, Gregg was the Facility Architect for the St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho where he worked on over 400 health care projects ranging from Medical Imaging Equipment Replacement projects to Master Planning Regional Healthcare Campuses. Since then he has been consulting for the local hospital systems and has served on the Board of the Idaho Society of Healthcare Engineers.



Joe Britton, RA

Joe is a licensed architect with 39 years of experience. Inspired by three generations of family physicians, Joe has dedicated his professional career to the creation of effective healthcare environments. Joe is a Vice President and a senior member of Lavallee Brensinger’s Healthcare Design Group. His commitment and passion for patient-centered care brings insight and current knowledge to each project. Joe is expert in the planning and design of Emergency Departments, understanding their critical role and the nuances of their operations.

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View the Presentation Files
When available, you can download a copy of the presentation and the Q&A here. A PDF of the presentation will be posted prior to the live webinar, and the Q&A will be posted after the webinar. Continuing Education Hours are only offered during the live event.

Report AIA Continuing Education
Continuing Education hours are only offered during the live event, and only to AIA members. A link to a survey will be provided both at the end of the webinar and in a follow-up email sent one hour after the end of the webinar. This survey must be completed in order to receive credit. AIA members will have their credit recorded within two weeks.

PLEASE NOTE: Each AIA member or IDP record holder needs to fill out their own survey individually. The survey will close 48 hours after the conclusion of the presentation.

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