In response to the COVID-19 Crisis, healthcare designers come together in a series of webinars to discuss various topics relating to the built environment and how the lessons learned from COVID-19 will change the future landscape of design.
The webinars are free to the public after registration. Below is the list of topics discussed. (source)
COVID-19 Lessons Learned: The Owner’s Perspective
This panel discussion will offer a view of the COVID-19 pandemic through the eyes of four representatives of healthcare organizations, each experiencing and combatting the crisis in unique ways. The group will share how they’ve responded to both COVID-19 patient surge as well as dropping patient volumes, and what design solutions will be necessary to navigate these challenges more effectively in the future. Additionally, the panel will explore their priorities for both design and products going forward to support goals for flexibility, infection control, experience, and the healthcare workplace.
COVID-19 Lessons Learned: Outpatient Clinic Design in a Post-pandemic World
In this webinar, a speaker team from AECOM and Mercyhealth will ask the question, “If we could go back in time to redesign an outpatient clinic to address new concerns related to Coronavirus, how would we change our approach?” The panel will use Mercyhealth Alpine Clinic in Loves Park, Ill., which has been in operation just over a year, as a case study example of how the outpatient facility responded in real time to the pandemic and what lessons emerged through the crisis. The design team, specifically, will share what they would do differently if they knew then what they know now in a post-pandemic world.
COVID-19 Lessons Learned: The Evolution of Healthcare Interiors
As the healthcare community rethinks design in the aftermath of COVID-19, solutions to interiors, specifically, are being considered across the short and long term. To begin, as healthcare organizations reopen to patients, creating environments that support and communicate patient safety will be critical, as will organizing safe intake and screening for those with COVID-19 symptoms. Going forward, spaces must also adapt to new cleaning and infection control protocols, with product specification looking toward innovations in materials, surfaces, touchless technology, etc. Additional priorities in new projects include understanding and implementing flexibility and providing thoughtful solutions that enhance the experience of patients, families, and staff.
COVID-19 Lessons Learned: International Insights
As the U.S. continues to manage the COVID-19 crisis in its healthcare facilities while also beginning to consider how the pandemic will reshape design going forward, many lessons can be gleaned from solutions delivered overseas. In this webinar, experts from international design studios will shed light on approaches to pandemic response, including COVID-19, in China, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates. They’ll also explore the effectiveness of those measures during the COVID-19 outbreak and discuss the unique ways these countries are working to reduce risk and transmission going forward.
COVID-19 Lessons Learned: Improving the Surge Response
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, healthcare organizations across the country rapidly activated spaces on existing campuses as well as off-site to increase capacity for the patient surge. Ultimately, millions of dollars were spent on projects that were largely unused, thanks to social distancing flattening the curve. However, as we look ahead to a potential second wave in the fall or to future epidemics/pandemics, is there a better way to respond to patient surge? In this webinar, healthcare design experts will review the design solutions delivered to support COVID-19 patient surge, the lessons that will guide us in responding smarter and more cost-effectively next time, as well as how this new knowledge should shape the planning of future healthcare buildings.
COVID-19 Lessons Learned: Advocate Aurora Health Response and Reactivation
After working to manage COVID-19 patient surge through the delivery of alternate sites and temporary structures, Advocate Aurora Health is now in the process of reactivating acute and non-acute sites where programs and services were temporarily on hold during the height of the crisis. The healthcare system is now considering ways to provide safe environments and care that meet patients’ expectations, including social distancing across spaces such as check-in, dining, infusion, and rehabilitation spaces, among others. In this webinar, a panel from Advocate Aurora Health will explore how the organization adapted its built environments to support the demand and safe patient and caregiver experience during the pandemic across Illinois and Wisconsin at 26 acute care hospitals and approximately 500 non-acute clinical care sites and six major support centers.
Understanding and Solving COVID-19 Healthcare Building Systems Challenges
In the healthcare design response to COVID-19, one of the biggest hurdles to clear is delivering fast, effective building systems and infrastructure. As we see the industry roll out solutions like temporary structures and field hospitals, retrofit existing healthcare space to negative pressure rooms, and convert alternate sites like convention centers to house COVID patients, innovative solutions to MEP, HVAC, and other critical systems are necessary. To help guide the industry through this process, Healthcare Design magazine will bring together a panel of healthcare engineers to share an inside look at what their organizations are delivering right now, including case study examples. They’ll explore best practices that have emerged from their efforts and offer insight on how the industry should approach building systems going forward to be better prepared for the next COVID-19 surge or a future pandemic.
COVID-19: Lessons From New York
In late March, the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) assembled a coalition of architects, engineers, and builders to help hospitals and other healthcare facilities identify and evaluate unused space that could be quickly activated to increase surge capacity to treat COVID-19 patients. The directive was to assist with the identification and assessment of sites to meet demand for the 140,000 acute care and ICU beds that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo anticipated the state would need within three weeks. The resulting task force worked with shared purpose and urgency to accomplish many facility assessments and recommendations within that timeframe. In this webinar, you’ll hear from some of its members on how the task force was organized, how the assessments and recommendations were accomplished, and what lessons were learned through the process that will help guide design professionals doing similar work in other states.
Response Time: Healthcare Designers Help Combat COVID-19
The healthcare design industry is on the front lines of battling the COVID-19 pandemic, collaborating with hospitals and health systems to implement numerous built environment solutions to support the ongoing patient surge. To better understand where we stand as an industry, as well as the realities of what providers across the nation and world are facing, Healthcare Design magazine will bring together a panel of healthcare leaders from global design firms to share the challenges that exist today, how their firms are responding, and the best practices that are emerging. This webinar will explore solutions being implemented to support testing and triage via temporary structures, conversions of existing healthcare spaces to accommodate ICU isolation care, and how alternative care sites from hotels to convention centers are being reimagined as COVID-19 treatment facilities.
Marie Wikoff is the creator of Wikoff Design Studio based out of Reno, Nevada. Her expertise in healthcare design has helped develop modern design for healthcare organizations locally, regionally and internationally. Her credentials include Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC), American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID), the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and LEED AP. Contact Marie Wikoff