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Summer Leadership Summit
July 24-26, 2020
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago 
The Architecture + Health Educators Summit
will take place on July 23, 2020.

Registration opens April 1, 2020.

Click here for information on scholarships to attend SLS, offered by ACHA and AIA.

From 'Surviving to Thriving' in Healthcare: Resiliency Re-Imagined

What strategies and programs is the Healthcare industry employing to move from surviving to thriving? How are they being resilient to the changing healthcare delivery and business models they are facing?

For leaders and caregivers, changes from community pressures to regulations and CMS requirements come daily; changing paradigms about what constitutes health and healthcare today. Even the environment (built and natural) can be a source of stress. Is the healthcare industry being forced to hunker down, or can it adapt to thrive in the face of change?

There are a variety of programs/initiatives to move forward from surviving to thriving. The goal for attendees is to understand the pressures that their clients are facing and what they are doing to overcome them. Facing such variable challenges requires resiliency; the adaptability and willingness to embrace the positive possibilities brought about by change. Join us for an exploration of the many facets of resiliency, from helping staff to bounce back from stress, to changing care models, to creating infrastructure to withstand man-made and natural disasters. For leaders and caregivers, changes from community pressures to regulations and CMS requirements come daily. Healthcare organizations face changing paradigms about what constitutes 'community health' and healthcare today.

Resiliency issues to consider:

  1. Staffing:  Retention/recruitment/training - What are the key challenges are healthcare organizations facing today around burnout and its impacts on quality care?
  2. Partnership:  Creating alliances with those who share values, goals and purpose, and can advance the work. Deep dive into business plans and key alliances for successful organizations. How can resources be leveraged?
  3. Models of care: Resiliency in the physical environment to the changing HC delivery models
  4. Resilience and mental health: Resilience can help protect from various mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. What is design's role in reducing the stress that can contribute to these conditions for patients, family members and staff?
  5. Resilience engineering: Resilience engineering is a new approach that strives to identify and correctly value behaviors and resources that contribute to a system's ability to respond to the unexpected. What strategies are being adopted to increase agility in responding to challenges?
  6. Disasters: Measuring the capacity of a healthcare organization to recover from disruptive events and return to a prior state. This applies to facilities, redundancies, reliabilities, processes, management, and economics.  Hospitals play such a critical role for recovery from extreme weather, terrorist attacks, or other disruptions, that they too must have resiliency planning and strategies to reduce the risk of downtime and loss of life.
  7. Security: Developing plans for threats (physical and electronic). How can a design team partner with healthcare systems to implement security measures without creating a perception of the environment as being unsafe?
  8. Financing/Economics:    Resilience in business operations with lower margins and reimbursements


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