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HDR Architecture Releases Evidence-based Design Videos

As a follow-up to its book Evidence-based Design for Healthcare Facilities, HDR Architecture, Inc. has released three video case studies that highlight evidence-based design principles in action.

“It’s important that we stress the importance of designing healthcare environments based on research, not old processes,” said Cyndi McCullough, director of clinical services for HDR. “Hospital administrators are continually searching for proven, cost-effective strategies when it comes to design. These videos show completed projects where clients implemented evidence-based design principles and experienced success.” 

The first video features an introduction to evidence-based design and a case study of New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. The New Hanover segment is narrated by Brandi Page, neonatal services manager in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Brandi explains how design solutions like private patient rooms, family amenities, decentralized nurse stations, and new technology increased patient and staff satisfaction scores significantly.

Additional video case studies include:

St. Mary’s Medical Center North―Knoxville, TN: McCullough discusses how features such as tracking boards, hands-free communication systems, room service dietary, and bedside admission make the caregiving process more efficient. She also points out the importance of allowing staff to be inefficient while they learn new ways of working.

Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center―Boise, ID:  Bernie Gehrki, AIA, senior project principal at HDR, shares the results of a study the hospital conducted to determine ways to reduce noise on a patient unit. The study resulted in a renovation that improved patient sleep and satisfaction scores, and lowered stress in caregivers. 

All three video case studies can be viewed on the HDR web site at:

HDR Architecture is a long-standing championing of evidence-based design concepts, and is one of the nation’s first “advocate firms” for the new Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) program sponsored by the Center for Health Design. EDAC educates and assesses individuals on their understanding of how to base healthcare design decisions on credible research evidence and project evaluation results. As an advocate firm, HDR Architecture has committed to putting a minimum of 100 of its healthcare team members through the EDAC accreditation process. In the first six months, more than 60 HDR professionals successfully earned EDAC accreditation.


Posted January 12, 2011

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