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The

Center

GROWING IDEAS

A recent Pebble-in-Practice workshop revealed trends in pediatric
and NICU design By Debra Levin

T

to create lifeaffirming spaces for people
at either end of the spectrum of life, specifically
children and seniors, is what
brought me into this profession three decades ago.
Since then, there's been dramatic shifts in designing for these populations,
as was evident at recent Pebble-in-Practice
workshops that The Center held in Baltimore.
The events included deep-dive explorations
on various topics, including pediatrics, behavioral health, and designing for an aging brain.
For those of you not able to join us, I thought I'd
share some highlights from the pediatric design
workshop, specifically. (I'll review the aging
mind workshop next month.)
Natalie Miovski Hagerty, director of facilities
planning and design at Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia (CHOP), kicked off the pediatric
design day. During her presentation, Hagerty
shared the seven principles developed by the
CHOP facilities team that guide their designs,
which I think are insightful and applicable to every healthcare setting.
For example, one of the concepts is "meet the
mode," or the idea that a day can move from
happy to sad or from family therapy to family
dinner. So it's important that the patient room
support life's rhythm, activities, and emotions
as well as clinical function. CHOP's principles
also recognize that all three sets of end users-
staff, patients, and families-have different
needs. Therefore, the patient room must also
provide spaces that can be shared as well as areas that support each individual.
After Hagerty spoke, there were presentations by designers, researchers, and physicians
who shared their latest work and perspectives
on the next wave of design solutions. Dr. Robert
White, medical director at Pediatrix Medical
Group, discussed some of the next big ideas in

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NICU design centered on care that's nurturing
and allows for family participation.
Among the trends he noted was the idea of
couplet care, where the patient room design
provides space for mothers and babies to stay
together during the crucial first days following
birth, even if the baby is in the NICU. In some
cases or communities, parents aren't available or able to participate in the care process,
which would leave those babies isolated in a
private-room environment. Because exposure
to human interaction and language is vital to infants' thriving, White stressed the importance
of group care, which can be provided through
multibed rooms or shared spaces. Lastly, he suggested that the patient criteria for a NICU be
re-examined, suggesting that it may not be necessary or even ideal to provide care for all of the
babies who are currently treated in that setting.
Pediatric care environments have always
been spaces where creative design solutions
with a focus on positive distractions are delivered. Frequently, goals include engaging patients and families while creating a homelike
atmosphere. These areas tend to be filled with
color, delight, and surprise in a way that we
don't always allow ourselves to incorporate as
fully in other settings. The Center is excited to
explore design more deeply for children's facilities and bring together this community so
we can all learn from one another and continue
to innovate and raise the bar. If you missed this
program, we invite you to join us in Baltimore
next September, when we plan to expand on the
topic further. 
Debra Levin is president and CEO of The Center for
Health Design. She can be reached at D L E V I N @
H E A LT H D E S I G N . O R G .

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NATURE INSPIRED
EXPLORING STANDARDIZED POE
FIRST LOOK
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
STEP INSIDE
DESIGN INTUITION
AIMING HIGH
PLANNING AND DESIGN
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT
THE CENTER
PROJECT WATCH
PRODUCT GALLERY
FACE TIME
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