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In September when I visited eco-conscious tile company Porcelanosa’s geothermal powered factory near Valencia, Spain, I was keeping some news from you that I’m super excited to share with you now…

Porcelanosa asked me to host and produce a new podcast called Healthcare Interior Design 2.0 — the podcast that explores the changing face of healthcare design through intimate conversations with the leading creatives in the field.

Twist my arm why don’t you. 😍 You know my favorite subject is healthcare design, right?

Well, the podcast is now live with its first two new episodes available for streaming! 💃🏻

In episode #1, I interview Ana Pinto-Alexander, award winning Principal and Group Director for Health Interiors at HKS Architects.

When Ana became a parent of a sick child that needed help, it changed her life.

She shares this incredible story with us, and talks about how this led her to design with greater empathy and hope, including the very hospital where her child had multiple surgeries!

And, when a bone marrow patient has to spend 30 to 40 days recovering in a sealed, germ-free room, there’s only so much TV she or he can watch, and only so much reading they can do.

That’s when the fusion of hospitality and healthcare design helps create a supportive, hopeful patient experience.

Ana shares what’s happening at the leading edge of this fusion between hospitality and healthcare design and how you can apply this to your own healthcare practice or wellness-service based business.

You’ll learn so much from this conversation with Ana Pinto-Alexander, including:

👉 The importance of evidence-based artwork in healthcare spaces, even difficult ones like sterile recovery rooms for bone marrow transplant patients.
👉 Doing research, learning from staff about their needs.
👉 Increasing patient and staff satisfaction through design.
👉 Creating a sense of community and connection through design in long-term healing environments (oncology, etc.)
👉 The benefits of integrated project delivery to eliminating waste and increasing learning.
👉 The importance of wayfinding, iconic artwork, and color in pediatric facilities.
👉 The relationship between holistic design, outcomes, and data in design.
👉 The ways hospitality trends are effecting healthcare design
👉 Integrating biophilia without live plants and with the ability to clean and sterilize.
👉 More effectively collaborating with clients and contractors and persuading them by educating about lifecycle cost and unexpected side-effects.

Plus, for you healthcare history trivia buffs, I have an extra special treat.

At the beginning of the episode I ask this question:

What prompted hospitals in the mid-nineteenth century to make hand washing mandatory for physicians before surgery?

The answer is fun and just might surprise you.

Tune in here on iTunes to listen to the episode #1 of Healthcare Interior Design 2.0:

And, if you don’t have iTunes, you can listen to the podcast in your podcast app on your phone. Simply do a search for: Healthcare Interior Design 2.0.

Thanks for listening! I think you’re really going to enjoy it.

Yours wholeheartedly,