A PRESCRIPTIVE PARTNERSHIP FOR IMPROVED HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENTS: The Center for Health Design’s Pebble Project

by: Debra Levin, President & CEO

The Center for Health Design (CHD) is a nonprofit research, education and advocacy organization of forward-thinking healthcare, elder care, architectural, design and construction professionals and product manufacturers leading the quest to improve the quality of healthcare facilities and create new environments for healthy aging.  CHD’s work started with a simple belief, that healthcare facilities where we celebrate some of our greatest moments of triumph and experience some of our deepest moments of sorrow, could, if built in a way that celebrated the human spirit, contribute to the quality of our lives and improve both health and economic outcomes.

Leading the charge to improve the quality of healthcare through the design of the built environment, CHD created the Pebble Project® in 2000. This international, dynamic collaborative, includes healthcare providers, architectural and design firms, product manufacturers and vendors, who learn, research, and share information to create better healthcare facilities that improve patient and worker safety and clinical outcomes, while maximizing environmental performance and operating efficiency.

More than 70 organizations have participated in the Pebble Project since it began, with projects ranging from planning and implementing a wide range of evidence-based design features in facilities to improving outcomes such as satisfaction, safety, and workflow. “As a Pebble Partner, I realized that the design of the building and its interior features actually contribute meaningfully to better clinical outcomes and a safer, less stressful environment”, stated Barry S. Rabner, President and CEO, Princeton Healthcare Systems.  

The Pebble Project provides partners a place to come with their goals, questions, and challenges; share and learn from the experiences of counterparts around the country and world; and, with expert guidance from The Center for Health Design’s consultants and research staff, develop strategies to implement, measure, and document the results of their endeavors.

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