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Patient-Centered Design Innovation Summit:   Frequently Asked Questions

What is a summit?

A summit is a meeting of leaders in a specific area of focus, representing all perspectives that have a stake in the arena. This “mountaintop” experience allows them to discuss the current state of their work and develop vision-oriented solutions, changes and breakthroughs to bring about improvements.


What is the Patient-Centered Design Innovation Summit?

The Patient-Centered Design Innovation Summit is the ideal opportunity for the leaders in health facility design to come together and brainstorm on new solutions for health facility accommodations.

This is a multidisciplinary approach to patient-centered design. With delegates representing hospitals across the country posing challenges to design professionals, the users (patients, families and clinicians) will also be in attendance to share their needs and collaborate on patient-centered design solutions.

What will I gain from this experience?

Professional Relationships: PCDIS participants will have opportunities to build professional relationships with other leaders in the field, through the small group innovation sessions. These sessions are sized to allow everyone a chance to contribute to the discussion and have their voices heard.


Design Rounds: The “Design Rounds” will include practicing nurses, doctors, patients and family members on site to simulate multiple healthcare scenarios, enabling participants to ask questions, propose ideas, and leave with a complete understanding of the spaces they are tasked to design.


Innovation Sessions: The PCD-IS will be divided into several teams representing a diversity stakeholders in health facility design (patients, families, clinicians, designers, researchers, etc.). Each team will collaborate on challenges posed by actual health care facility leaders with the goal of developing new solutions for patient-centered design.


Toolkit: Ideas and solutions developed during the 3-day intensive innovation sessions will be captured and disseminated to all participants in the form of a toolkit, with resources and tools to continue innovation after the PCD-IS has concluded.

How much will it cost me?

Here are the summit registration costs.  

$750.00 (Feb 1 – March 16, 2017)

$800.00 (After March 17, 2017)



Hotel Accommodations:

To view the listed suggested of the hotels  within a comfortable walking distance to Costal Georgia Center, home of the PCDIS visit click here.

Are meals included in registration?

Summit registration includes the following meals.

Friday, April 7, 2017: Lunch 

Saturday, April 8, 2017: Lunch and Evening Reception 

Sunday, April 9, 2017: Lunch/Awards Presentation

All other meal times are on your own, allowing time to enjoy the city of Savannah. For more information, please visit http://www.visitsavannah.com/start-exploring/food-drink.aspx

Are you looking for speakers?

Instead of lecture style presentations, PCDIS invites all participants (delegates and collaborators) to share their experiences. Each registrant will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion. 


For those attendees interested in sharing specific project case studies, we are taking submissions for “table topics.” This is the opportunity to present a health facility design project during a lunch session. Tables will be pre-labeled for each topic, allowing participants to select the lunch tables based on their topic of interest. Registrants should indicate their interest in presenting a table topic during the registration process, and they will be contacted for more information.

What is the Patient Experience Simulation Lab?

The Patient Experience Simulation Lab is an interactive workshop that enables participants to engage in discussions and simulated activities with practicing clinicians, patients and families. This learning laboratory experience is hosted inside a full scale mock-up of a healthcare space, allowing participants to “kick the tires” on design ideas and brainstorm on new strategies.

Who should attend the Patient-Centered Design Innovation Summit?

The PCD-IS is open to health facility designers (architects, engineers, interior designers, medical planners), industrial designers, graphic designers, clinicians, facility management staff, hospital leadership, patients, families, researchers, students, and anyone with an interest in improving patient accommodations within the health system.


Why hold the 2017 PCDIS event in Savannah, GA?

Savannah, GA was selected as the location of our 2017 PCD-IS because it places you right in the heart of a historical timeline. Savannah stays true to the historical preservation in the use of its iconic squares of the Oglethorpe Plan and also maintains an image with historically preserved architecture. Savannah also houses The Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah's new modern face of innovation of the city. SCAD constantly brings something new to the city's streets, interacting with the locals, creating new experiences for all. Savannah boasts beautiful river and waterfront attractions, such as the Conventional Center and the many ferry rides that both take you across the river, or allow you to eat and ride. Eateries, retail and hotels rope the famous River Street, giving visitors timeless experiences for an 

                                                             unforgettable visit.