Discover What’s Next

November 14-17, 2015
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Washington, DC

The Healthcare Design Conference is the premier event devoted to how the design of responsibly built environments directly impacts the safety, operation, clinical outcomes, and financial success of healthcare facilities now and into the future. With roughly 4000 participants at the Healthcare Design Conference, this is the industry’s best-attended conference where attendees can earn up to 21 continuing education credits, network with peers, and influence the direction of the industry as it advances into the future.

2014 Session Tracks

advancements clinical aia perspectives programming improving specialty designing ambulatory optima lean construction renovations facilities
advancementsAdvancements in Evidence-Based Design Research—offers juried research studies that span the healthcare design environment. Learn the methodologies and approaches, hear the outcomes, discuss their applications, and focus on next steps.
clinicalClinical Perspectives—offers a focus on clinical perspectives and knowledge as they relate to healthcare design. Although CE certified for nursing clinicians, these programs are applicable to all attendees.
aia AIA AAH Forums—addresses critical topics related to major issues and trends in health facility design. A favorite among attendees, this series is brought to you by the AIA AAH, noted thought leaders in the industry.
perspectivesRethinking Women's and Children's Healthcare Spaces—outlines breakthrough thinking in the unique arena of pediatric healthcare and advancements in women-focused healthcare design.
programmingProgramming, Planning & Design—addresses a myriad of case studies, methodologies, and outcomes in the healthcare built environment processes. This track offers tools, techniques, and approaches that lead to success.
improvingImproving the Patient and Family Experience—shares innovative and effective initiatives and methodologies that advance the patient/family experience and positively impact clinical and satisfaction outcomes.
specialtySpecialty Areas and Approaches—addresses an array of population groups with unique care needs (e.g., oncology, spinal cord, etc.) as well as specialty care areas (e.g., ED, trauma, clinical units). These niche sessions offer models for developing patient-centric, outcome-oriented, and cost-effective care settings.
designingDesigning for Wellness—offers innovative models and approaches that help us reimagine how health infrastructure can improve patient outcomes and support a comprehensive model of wellness.
ambulatoryAmbulatory Care Advancements—explores new approaches and settings for the rapidly growing arena of ambulatory care as driven by public health needs and fueled by new policies.
optimalOptimal Operations—offers case studies and stories of healthcare organizations that have employed various strategies to improve operations. Attendees will learn about effective approaches, processes, hurdles, and solutions.
leanLEAN Methodologies and Simulations—discuss LEAN concepts, approaches, process implications, and methods for simulations—all rapidly becoming an imperative to successful healthcare organizations and systems.
constructionConstruction and IPD Processes—offers case studies and stories of healthcare organizations that have employed various strategies to advance their construction and IPD Processes. Attendees will learn about effective approaches, processes, hurdles, and solutions.
renovationsRenovations and Conversions—presents state-of-the-art examples where new ideas, frameworks, concepts, and approaches have been successfully deployed to renovate and/or transform structures for a completely new purpose.
facilitiesFacilities Management—hosted by the Health Care Institute (HCI) of IFMA, this track is led by noted experts in the field of healthcare facilities management. Discover an array of topics that cover the spectrum of FM and today’s critical issues.

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Continuing the Visual Conversation…

HCD 2014 featured an exciting new station that offered a collaborative forum for visually sharing thoughts, ideas, and visions.   With Graphic Facilitator and Stick Figure Strategist, Jeannel King at the helm, attendees were encouraged to stop by and contribute to the creative process.   The results are now available for download…with our compliments:

  1. In a Borderless World, How Do You Prepare for the Things You Don’t Know or Expect?
  2. What Will Your Role Be in Meeting the Challenging Demands?
  3. How Do You Anticipate Healthcare Delivery Changing Over the Next 5 Years
  4. It Starts with People…


Healthcare Design Conference News


100+ Examples of Why Design Matters For Patients

March 6, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

Program team members traveled through snow, ice, and subzero temperatures to convene in Washington, D.C., in February to select the Healthcare Design Conference educational sessions for 2015. It’s a solid lineup that demonstrates the power and practical necessity of good design.


The 3rd Annual HCD 10 Winners Are...

February 2, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Now in its third year, The HCD 10 awards for outstanding individual contributions to the healthcare design industry honor some well-known names and behind-the-scenes giants.

What Makes Someone Worthy Of An HCD 10 Honor?

January 27, 2015     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

Success in the healthcare design industry can be measured by various parameters, and we consider as many as we can in selecting the winners of our annual HCD 10 awards.


Study On Decentralized Nurses’ Stations Yields Surprising Results

December 4, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Researchers at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago studied the effects of switching from a central nurses’ station in its old facility to decentralized stations in the new building, which opened two years ago. Some of the results caught the researchers--and their Healthcare Design Conference audience--off guard.

Palomar Medical Center: Two Years Later

December 2, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief

After two tumultuous years of operation, Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif., still offers positive lessons in patient-centered and staff-supportive design, as seen in a facility tour during the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference.


Eskenazi Hospital: One Year Later

November 26, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

What design features are improving results and leading to better patient and staff satisfaction at one of the country’s largest public safety-net hospitals? During the Healthcare Design Conference, members of the design team took time to share what they’ve learned over the past 12 months.

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