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Healthcare Facilities: Women’s Health—History and Evolution of the Delivery Unit (Virtual)

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Image Credit: UC San Diego, Jacobs Medical Center - photography by Christopher Barrett

  • COST

    Free for BSA Members | $20 for Non-Members

  • TYPE





    1.5 LU/HSW AIA credits

Event Description

Women’s Health encompasses a diverse array of inpatient and outpatient healthcare environments that focus on patients of all ages in different life stages and distinct needs. We will start with an overview of the broad, multidisciplinary spectrum of women’s health environments where this care converges, and then focus on the main drivers and unique attributes to these care environments. Building on the foundational elements of women’s healthcare design, we will explore the obstetrical unit and its evolution from the traditional model towards the Special Delivery Unit model (SDU). With the increasing complexity of maternal and fetal care, the operational care models and facility requirements continue to evolve. We will examine the key functional adjacencies, clinical necessities, and code requirements that drive the SDU design.

Using the Special Delivery Unit at Connecticut Children’s Hospital as a case study, we will review some of the challenges faced, innovative solutions implemented, and emerging trends shaping the future of obstetrical care environments. Additionally, we will explore the operational approach and impacts regarding developing, staffing, and implementing a Special Delivery Unit. Lastly, we will discuss critical adjacencies and key planning units necessary to support this unique care delivery model.


Karri May, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, MBA - CannonDesign
Cindy Lee, AIA, LEED AP - CannonDesign
Colette DeJean, CHID, IIDA - CannonDesign
Gauri Nadkarni, AIA, EDAC - Cannon Design
Hampton Frost, Assoc. AIA, CLGB - CannonDesign