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Joint Commission Resources to release new edition of “Planning, Design, and Construction of Health Care Facilities”

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Book co-published with the American Institute of Architects, available Jan. 15
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Maureen Lyons
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(OAK BROOK, Illinois, Nov. 26, 2019) – Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR) is releasing the 4th edition of “Planning, Design, and Construction of Health Care Facilities” on January 15, 2020. The book, developed in partnership with the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA-AAH), serves as a comprehensive guide for health care organizations around the world looking to build new facilities or update current structures.
The new edition provides health care organizations with the most current information, strategies, tools, case studies and experiences to comply with Joint Commission, Joint Commission International (JCI) and other recognized standards of health care design excellence. These standards span Environment of Care (EC), Infection Prevention and Control (IC), Life Safety (LS), Facility Management and Safety (FMS), and Governance, Leadership, and Direction (GLD) chapters. 
The book guides health care professionals throughout the entire building or renovation process from start to finish by covering the planning, design, construction, commissioning, and occupancy and post-occupancy stages.
Key topics in the book include how to:
  • Focus on a specific phase of the project process and how each phase interacts with the other phases
  • Use resources, education, communication and collaboration during the renovation process
  • Expand understanding of process improvement, risk assessment and commissioning
In addition, key features of the book include:
  • Project Gallery: highlights projects by domestic and international health care organizations
  • Standards Sidelight: reinforces how Joint Commission and JCI standards relate to key concepts
  • Overreaching Issue: addresses issues relevant throughout the entire project 
  • Focus Features: covers critical and supplementary related topics, such as designing for safety and reliability, alternate facility delivery models and more 
“We are excited to provide health care leaders, facilities managers, architects, architectural students, designers and construction firms with core concepts needed to plan, design and construct or renovate a successful health care facility,” says Catherine Chopp Hinckley, MA, PhD, executive director, Global Publishing, JCR. “Health care design directly affects patient and worker safety. One must design and build for infection prevention and control, room pressurization, emergency power, fall prevention, and more. These considerations and others are key to patient-centered, sustainable and technology-supportive design.”
To preorder a digital or print edition of the book or download its full table of contents, please visit the JCR website
About Joint Commission Resources, Inc. 
Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a wholly controlled, nonprofit affiliate of The Joint Commission, is the official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. JCR is an expert resource for health care organizations, providing consulting services, educational services, and publications and software, to assist in improving safety and quality and to help in meeting the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission. JCR provides consulting services independently from The Joint Commission and in a fully confidential manner. Visit for more information.

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