NYSID Takes Part in Two Healthcare Design Conferences

Victor Dadras, NYSID’s program director for the MPS Healthcare Interior Design program, was an active participant in the recent invitation-only conference: Design Connections: Engaging the Healthcare Design Community, sponsored by IIDA, IDEC, ASID, and AAHID, in Newport Beach, California.  A select group of leading healthcare designers from the U.S. and Canada, including Randy Fiser, Jocelyn Stroupe, Susan Wiggins, Jayne Rhode, and others, spent an intensive three days in February discussing emerging trends in healthcare design, evidence-based product development, the patient experience, and the future role of interior design. 

Top representatives from leading healthcare industry manufacturers, including Herman Miller, Patcraft, Stinson, Flexco, Scranton, Roppe, Kalisher and ATI, among many others, engaged the design leaders in direct discussions about current healthcare design issues and the industry’s efforts to satisfy the emerging design trends in future healthcare projects.  NYISD was the only college that was represented at the conference, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase our graduate healthcare interior design program.

Back in November, 2013, NYSID also had a large presence at the Healthcare Design Conference presented by Healthcare Design magazine. With more than 4,000 attendees, it is the nation’s largest healthcare design conference. Keynote speakers Thomas Goetz and Jake Poore gave great presentations about “Design Thinking for Healthcare” and “Positive, Memorable Patient Experiences,” respectively.

NYSID faculty member Nick Watkins was honored as “Researcher of the Year”; Victor Dadras facilitated a LEAN Rapid Prototyping workshop with the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design (NIHD), and NYSID faculty members Richard Thomas, Ellie Dalton, Breeze Glazer, Erin Peavey, and Marje Sobylak were in attendance. Program advisory board members Roslyn Cama, George Mann, and Andrew Jarvis were presenters and led roundtable discussions.

These two national healthcare design conferences were both significant but quite different in their scale and focus. It is a good measure of how important NYSID’s MPS in Healthcare Interior Design’s graduate program has become, in just the few short years of its existence, that it was a major participant in both of these events.

Phyllis Greer