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Hospital design and care delivery

Hospital design and care delivery

Two-day workshop "Hospital design and care delivery"

19 and 20 June 2024

A collaborative approach to design; using simulation to evaluate the intersection of architectural design on patient safety, staff wellbeing, and work efficiency. 

The workshop at SCDH will give you a comprehensive understanding of how to design the hospitals of the future by integrating patient safety theory, operational efficiency, simulation techniques, end-user engagement strategies, and developing a compelling business case.

On the first day you will learn about the latest trends in healthcare design, on the second day you will use the largest Extended-Reality Simulation Area in Switzerland to evaluate and optimise rooms and processes.



Nora Colman, MD is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics in the division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and a practicing pediatric intensive care physician at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Her research focuses on the intersection of healthcare design and patient safety. She has extensive experience in leading large scale simulation projects to uncover and mitigate latent safety threats in architectural design. She is also passionate about the intersection of space utilisation, clinical operations, and care delivery. Her strong clinical background coupled with simulation and patient safety expertise provides a unique lens through which to view facility design.

Nora Colman


This workshop is geared toward those involved with the architectural planning and design of healthcare facilities, and clinical leaders involved in clinical operations and patient safety. 

People who would like to develop professionally in this direction from related functions are also welcome.

  • Healthcare design architects and medical planners
  • Hospital management
  • Medical management
  • Nursing management
  • Facility management
  • Interested persons

June 19, 9.30 to 17.30
Lunch and aperitif included, dinner optional

Patient Safety Theory and Design

  • Overview of Patient Safety Principles and Frameworks
  • Incorporating Patient Safety into Hospital Design: Designing for Error Prevention
  • Case Studies and Examples of Successful Patient Safety Initiatives in Hospital Design


  • Understanding Hospital Operations: Workflow Analysis and Optimization
  • Lean Principles in Hospital Design: Minimizing Waste and Maximizing Efficiency

Simulation and End-User Engagement

  • Introduction to Healthcare Simulation: Importance and Application in Hospital Design

Business Case

  • Aligning Design Goals with Organizational Objectives and Strategic Priorities
  • Developing a Business Case for Hospital Design Projects: Cost-Benefit Analysis, Return on Investment (ROI)


June 20, 9.30 to 16.00
Lunch included

You will put the knowledge you gained on day one into practice by evaluating and optimising spaces and processes on a 1:1 scale.

The program is subject to change without notice.

June 19

Presentations and interactive sessions


June 20

Use of the Extended-Reality Simulation Area of the SCDH

The workshop aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of designing hospitals of the future by integrating patient safety theory, operational efficiency, simulation techniques, end-user engagement strategies, and developing a compelling business case. They will gain insights into the latest trends, best practices, and challenges in healthcare design.


Participants will be issued with a written, signed confirmation of participation.

June 19 and June 20

Workshop excl. optional dinner: CHF 1’750.–
Workshop incl. optional dinner on June 19: CHF 1’830.–


June 19 only

Workshop excl. optional dinner: CHF 900.–
Workshop incl. optional dinner on June 19: CHF 980.–


Terms of Payment

You will receive an invoice once the course has been confirmed. The payment date shown on the invoice is binding.

All courses have a minimum and maximum number of participants. If the minimum number of participants is not reached, the course will not be held. If the course is not held, the course fee will be refunded in full. No further liability will be accepted.

The workshop will take place in the Living Lab of the SCDH at Ipsachstrasse 16
2560 Nidau. Parking is available.

For accommodation we recommend the following hotels:

For further information about the workshop, please contact Urs Bernet, head of professional development at the SCDH.


Please enrol by filling in the form below. Your enrolment is binding and will be confirmed in writing. With your enrolment you are obliged to pay the course fee. Registrations are processed in the order in which they are received.