I was born and raised in Atlanta and earned my undergraduate degree from Auburn University. After graduating, I moved to Orlando, Florida to work for Walt Disney World in their Industrial Engineering Department. This is my first semester at Georgia Tech, and I am pursuting my master's in Health Systems. I am very excited to be back in Atlanta and living with my older sister.
I am a huge sports fan and love to play soccer. I also have a cat named Noah and enjoy hiking, cooking, and water skiing.
I am excited about working with everyone in the class and the opportunity to collaborate with different disciplines.
It was a great opportunity to hear Julia Jones speak today. Her experience and insight into hospital design exposed me to many design elements I would like to further research and incorporate into our project. I am especially interested in "room messaging" and the impact of information on the patient/family experience, their outcome, and their level of understanding/education. Other key take-aways from her presentation are; the integration of efficiency, philanthropy, and patient focus into design, and how consideration of payer/service mix is an essential criterion for successful design.
Below is an interesting link to "A Pediatric Hospital Bedside Patient Entertainment & Education System" that has been piloted at ACH Arkansas Children's Hospital.
Evidence Based Design
Dr. Zimmering's presentation on EBD was great! It really opens you eyes to the impact that design can have on patients and their health outcomes, patient safety, and caregivers. I was very interested in the idea of creating a patient and family centered environment. I think it is vital for families to feel comfortable in their surroundings and have a sense of controll. Dr. Zimmering talked about designing for the whole person and creating a controlled enviroment where the design focus "moves from the institution to the individual." Some ideas from creating a patient and family centered enviroment include:
- positive distractions
- natural lighting
- 3 zone rooms: family zone, patient zone, and cargiver zone
Hugh Spalding Tour
- Confined Spaces
- Harsh lighing
- Small waiting areas
- Limited wayfinding
- Limited patient privacy
- Tunnel Improvments
- New age waiting rooms
- Streamlined registration for repeat patients
- Larger, more efficent layout for ED
- External wayfinding
- Planning for Growth
- Transferring Patients
- Service/Payer Mix