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Tuesday, October 9, 2018  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Surrounded by Loved Ones Design for Families in End of Life Care

Medical Director, Jack Byrne Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Charlie Rizza, AIA
Associate Partner, E4H Environments for Health Architecture

The end of life can be a challenge for patients, families and the staff who care for them. A holistic approach to hospice design must balance the emotive needs of this human experience for all. The Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center incorporates special amenities designed to increase support for patients, families and staff, whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual comfort. Outlets for creativity encourage the use of art and music. Youth areas offer distraction and play for kids. Massage and spa spaces emphasize the importance of physical touch and connection with others. Meditation and reflection help individuals to navigate emotionally charged transitions. A family kitchen and dining room allows for the comfort of preparing and sharing a meal with loved ones, a cornerstone for many families. This session will illustrate best practices and design elements crucial to supporting patients and caregivers in the end of life process.



1. Summarize the research supported best practices for end of life care
2. Review amenities that support family involvement in end of life care
3. Understand the education initiatives of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Section of Palliative Care
4. Observe how DHMC integrated these best practices in their new facility

SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH