11/10/2020 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Track:Behavioral Health Practices


Kayvan Madani-Nejad

Senior Healthcare Architect

Facilities Standards Service

Shary Adams

Medical Planner


Kara Freihoefer

Director of Research


Terri Zborowsky

Design Researcher


Session Description

As the number of patients with comorbid behavioral health and medical conditions increase, there’s a need to create a new room type. This presentation highlights the next generation of universal/inclusive inpatient room design to safely accommodate this unique and growing, population. A literature search was conducted to understand evidence-based design concepts. A design charrette was held to review how the social, psychological, and spiritual needs of this patient type impact design. Critical needs were identified and ranked and design solutions were explored then tested in a virtual environment. See how integrated inpatient medical and psychiatric care will improve outcomes, address current patient populations, and develop new guidelines.