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Feb 12, 2021

In today’s episode, Cheryl speaks with Jason Haim, AIA, DBIA, LEED, AP, Executive Director and Managing Principal of Perkins Eastman’s L.A. studio. During their conversation, Cheryl asked Jason the question, “What are the Solarium Living Rooms you designed at MarinHealth in Marin, California, and how did you come up with the idea?” Jason shares, “When I was caring for my mother in the hospital, they always wanted her to get up and move around. And these corridors were a horrible experience. There wasn’t a place to go. And while at another hospital, I noticed that there were more people in the lobby that had IV poles attached to them, than those entering the building.” Learn how Jason and his team at Perkins Eastman solved this problem at MarinHealth by creating five indoor/outdoor spaces called Solarium Living Rooms. This and so much more on the changing face of healthcare architecture and design post COVID on today’s episode with Jason Haim.

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In Cheryl’s conversation with Jason Haim they discuss:

  • Jason has said, “If you’re not innovating, you’re done.” What does this mean exactly, and how does this idea apply to Jason’s recent project at MarinHealth Medical Center Oak Pavilion in Marin, California?
  • What is family-centered care and how did this philosophy apply to Jason’s project with Perkins Eastman at MarinHealth?
  • Why did Jason want to make MarinHealth feel more like a hotel?
  • How did Jason and his team at Perkins Eastman come up with the idea of Solarium Living Rooms and how were they installed at MarinHealth?
  • What is Design-Build and how is it affecting the healthcare design industry today?
  • When Jason was 8-years old, he and his Dad built Jason’s first tree house. What was that time like for Jason and how did it influence his career?
  • What is the future of healthcare in Jason’s opinion?
  • Jason answers the question, “Has COVID forever changed hospitals and the design of healthcare spaces?”

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

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