Webinar: Understanding Noise in Healthcare Environments

When:  Apr 10, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)
Earn 1.0 AIA LU/HSW | Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 2–3pm EDT


Hospital noise is a top complaint of patients, staff, and visitors. Concerns are rising over the host of negative psychological and physiological occupant outcomes that have been linked to poor healthcare soundscapes. Coupled with the threat of decrease of federal compensation through the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys, hospitals have been developing and implementing noise control programs. This webinar will summarize what we know about noise in hospitals from recent research, the potential health effects on occupants, and strategies for improving soundscapes.

Learning objectives

After participating in this webinar attendees will be equipped to:

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  1. Know how we characterize noise in buildings
  2. Understand how sounds affect staff in hospitals
  3. Understand the impacts of sounds on patients
  4. Know soundscape remedies and designs that work

Ideal audience

This webinar is geared for general knowledge. It is appropriate for anyone interested in the design of healthcare facilities or in the link between soundscapes and medicine. It does not assume any prior knowledge.

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Kelly Miller, AIA, NCARB

Kelly is a Senior Associate at Francis Cauffman, where she specializes in Project Management focused on design and construction of Healthcare projects.  Kelly has over 20 years of industry experience, the last 14 of which have been dedicated to Healthcare Design.  At Francis Cauffman, our mission is to “Challenge the Expected; Inspire Smart Design” and at the heart of our practice is our Guiding Principles of People, Place, Process and Planet.



Erica Ryherd

Dr. Erica Ryherd is an Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where she specializes in engineering built environments that are conducive to healthy occupant outcomes. She is actively engaged in research linking healthcare environmental systems (e.g., acoustics, lighting, spatial layout) to patient and staff outcomes. This includes work in more than a dozen hospitals and a broad range of unit types. She has presented and published widely on projects related to research-informed design of healthcare settings, including serving as a 2014 Center for Health Design Icons and Innovators Speaker.


Ilene Busch-Vishniac

Dr. Ilene Busch-Vishniac is President of BeoGrin Consulting, a firm that specializes in hospital noise control and higher education strategies. She has previously served as President of the University of Saskatchewan, Provost of McMaster University and Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She has also been on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University and The University of Texas at Austin. Her research helped establish hospital noise control as an appropriate endeavor. Her current focus is on clinical alarms – how to reduce them and determining whether their existence at bedside harms patients.

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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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