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Jun 22, 2023

“We are seeing that they are greatly reduced in size. People are now able to check-in online. You are able to go into your space when it is your turn. Gone are the days of sitting in that bus station elbow to elbow, waiting room so we are seeing a reduction in size.” –Cam Twohey on The Healthcare Interior Design 2.0 podcast

Cheryl’s guest today on the podcast is Cam Twohey, AIA, WELL AP, NCARB, Associate Principal,  Senior Project Architect at Kahler Slater. On today’s episode, Cam shares the number one significant change that COVID created in healthcare design in her work including the end of waiting rooms, her favorite current projects at Kahler Slater, her volunteer work at The American Institute of Architects and so much more! Sit back, relax and enjoy Cheryl’s conversation with Cam Twohey on today’s episode of Healthcare Interior Design 2.0!

Learn more about Cam Twohey, AIA, WELL AP, NCARB, Associate Principal, Senior Project Architect, Kahler Slater by visiting:

In Cheryl’s conversation with Cam Twohey, they discuss:

  • What has changed most significantly in the last two years since COVID in healthcare that is affecting Cam’s work

  • Why are waiting rooms a thing of the past and what has replaced them?

  • Cam’s favorite current project and why

  • What’s it like when Cam works with many others on a project?

  • How is Cam’s role different at Kahler Slater then it was at her former employment as Senior Project Architect at HOK?

  • Did healthcare find Cam or did Cam find healthcare? Learn about her path to healthcare.

  • What’s it like for Cam to volunteer at The American Institute of Architects and how can you get involved?

The world is changing quickly. The Center for Health Design is committed to providing the healthcare design and senior living design industries with the latest research, best practices and innovations. The Center can help you solve today’s biggest healthcare challenges and make a difference in care, safety, medical outcomes, and the bottom line.  Find out more at

Additional support for this podcast comes from our industry partners:

  • The American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers

  • The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design

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