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Jul 17, 2020

Diana Spellman, President of Spellman Brady & Company, an award winning interior planning firm specializing in timeless meaningful environments in healthcare, senior living and higher education is our guest today on the podcast. In part one of today’s episode, Diana and Cheryl discuss Spellman & Brady’s initial response to the pandemic. Diana shares, “We immediately created a set of standing weekly meetings and we formed several teams that would address what we, internally, called, ‘The COVID-19 Response.’” This and more on how Spellman & Brady are making important and necessary changes in their senior living and healthcare design protocols, post COVID-19 to ensure the safety of everyone.

In Part 1 of Cheryl’s conversation with Diana Spellman they discuss:

  • Diana’s experience of being a two-time cancer survivor and how that time in her life informed her experience of what is currently happening in the world today, both personally and professionally.
  • It’s now a new world with new protocols for the healthcare space and Spellman & Brady are currently working with senior living communities--one of the most vulnerable populations in this pandemic. Now that nearly everything has been changed by COVID, how is senior living design changing?
  • How did Diana and your team initially respond to COVID-19 and what were some of the first things that happened?
  • What conversations are happening right now at Spellman & Brady? 
  • The process of how Spellman & Brady went about reevaluating interior finishes to make sure they were now appropriate to use during the current climate and moving forward.
  • What’s it like to work with senior living clients right now?

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  • The American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers
  • The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design

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