The recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at ECRI and the ISMP’s new headquarters highlighted a period of growth for ECRI as we introduced the world to our new building. The facility is designed to enhance our capabilities, support employees, and empower us to continue our 50-plus year journey of creating a safer, more effective, and more transparent healthcare industry—with patient safety always serving as our guiding light.
As the nation’s largest patient safety organization, our mission is to advance effective, evidence-based healthcare globally, and that mission is reflected in the building’s spaces and details, at every turn. It complements organizational changes that also will enhance our operational structure.
“As we expanded our global footprint and forged new solutions for a rapidly changing healthcare market, we also reshaped our business structure to support a virtual hybrid workforce. For these reasons and more, we designed a global headquarters that reflects our core values and engages our diverse and talented employees in helping us achieve our strategic vision,” says Marcus Schabacker, MD, PhD, president and CEO of ECRI.
Upon entering the building, you’ll see a piece of history: the famous Max Cart, the first medical crash cart, invented by ECRI’s founder, Joel Nobel, MD. Throughout the building, collaboration spaces are named for pioneers who played instrumental roles in advancing the practice of safe medicine and worked to reduce barriers to care for women and diverse people, as well as increase access to medical education.
The building features light-filled, tech-savvy, comfortable collaboration spaces where our hybrid teams of virtual and onsight employees can gather to meet, share ideas or just catch up. Private rooms are also available for heads-down work-time whenever needed. And of course, the happy medium, cubby-style work spaces can be reserved whenever one chooses to work from the building.
Wall-mounted Wayfinders throughout the building guide you to your destination and even help you book a room. Not to be missed, the dining space is more like a trendy restaurant than a work cafeteria; the light is great, the seating is plentiful and varied, and the vibe is relaxed. ECRI has even contracted with local catering and restaurant services to deliver meals-to-order to employees daily. And, we are told that the new coffee-station features the Cadillac of coffee-makers (just bring your own mug because we are protecting the environment, too).