Elaine Smith

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'About Me=


I am currently Masters student in Health Systems under the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. I was born in St. Louis, did my formative years in Pittsburgh, went to school at Auburn University (in Alabama for those of you who are not familiar), spent a year with AmeriCorps*NCCC volunteering around the country, and have now been in Atlanta since January.

I am very interested in using my technical skills to improve health care, particularly in the way of process flow improvement in hospitals. I graduate in December and am currently looking for a job, hopefully located in Birmingham, AL.

Outside of school, I tutor, volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, love live music and movies, and travel most weekends. I also have my cat


to keep me company at home and on road trips.

'August 23

Julia Jones talk today made me really excited about this class. Her experience and passion in hospital design motivates me to really explore the topic and take full advantage of this class. I am interested in going to Hillendale soon (let me know if anyone else wants to go and we'll put a trip together) to see her "hospital of the future". After hearing the history, current situation, and goals of CHOA at Hughes Spalding, I have a better idea about the design focus. I am looking forward to the site visit to be able to put pictures with words.

=August 28

Dr. Zimmering's talk today was fascinating. I am excited that one of our professors in the head of the Center for Health Design. It helped me grasp the idea of evidence based design today by categorizing design issues. By looking at noise, nature, light, and other features individually helped me begin to think on a microscopic level. This will help be focus on specific ideas for my design project. I appreciated the statistical evidence and references that I will be able to use to put reason and justification to ideas. Having the architecture firm present gives the discussions a "real-world" aspect that is atypical in academia.