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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Surgical Construction - March 2019

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M A R C H 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 6 7 Why are you passionate about reinventing the way facilities look? When my oldest daughter was 6 years old, she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and given 3 days to live. I was devastated, as you can imagine. Doctors had to inject her central nervous system with chemotherapy drugs to keep her alive and, thankfully, we just celebrated the 20 th year of her being cancer free. Sitting in sterile, whitewashed hospital rooms while her life hung in the balance changed the trajectory of my life and dramatically altered my worldview. My original degree was in biochemistry but, after my daughter got sick, I refocused my career path on revolutionizing healthcare design. How can surgical design promote patient-centered care? New facilities use adjacencies in physical layouts to maxi- mize touchpoints between providers and patients' family members. For example, it's important for surgeons to update loved ones after surgery, but it's more difficult for those interactions to occur when the waiting room is far from the ORs. Private meeting spaces are now being built within steps of pre- and post-op areas to limit the amount of ground surgeons need to cover to meet with family members. ancer Scare Continues to Inspire Patient-Friendly Designs C Deborah M. Wingler, PhD, MSD-HHE, EDAC Patient advocate and creator of healing healthcare spaces

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