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Apr 19, 2019

Join in this special interview with Rebecca Rothstein --  Board Chairwoman, Executive Committee Chair and founding member of Teen Cancer America -- an organization founded by The Who’s, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. The mission of Teen Cancer America is to raise the bar on how young people with cancer are treated by establishing specialized facilities and services to help meet their physical and emotional needs.

Rebecca was a dream to interview. She’s the real deal; authentic and big hearted. She shares how teens and young adults with cancer are selected for a board of advisors and described how they get to design their own teen lounges and spaces within their units. Yes, that’s patients designing for their own unique needs in the hospital setting! If you want to hear something new and heart warming in the world of hospital design, then you are going to love this episode!

Rebecca Rothstein is a Managing Director and Private Wealth Advisor at Merrill Lynch Private Bank & Investment Group and became involved with Teen Cancer through her friendship with musician Roger Daltrey. She has been quoted as saying “It’s always been Roger’s dream to bring the teen cancer cause to America, and I’m honored to help him achieve that vision.”

In 2017, Forbes named Rebecca one of “America’s Top Wealth Advisors” and in 2018 recognized her as the #1 “Top Women’s Wealth Advisor.” She focuses on helping high-net- worth individuals, families and institutions pursue their financial goals through wealth management and tax minimization strategies and legacy planning services. Rebecca believes in the power of building positive relationships with her clients and truly, she’s got a heart of gold.

Learn more about Rebecca’s work with Teen Cancer America and all the cool things the organization is doing to help TYA’s  by visiting:

Watch the trailer for the documentary Cancer Rebellion directed and filmed by cancer survivor Hernan Barangan, who travels to all 50 states to uncover the stories of others who've also been diagnosed with cancer in their youth here: 

A big thank you to our industry partner The Center For Health Design! Learn more about the incredible research, advocacy, and education work The Center For Health Design is doing at You can gain access to the Center’s Knowledge Repository which contains over 2,500 references and key point summaries on multiple topics in different healthcare settings by becoming a Center For Health Design Affiliate.

And finally, I’d like to thank the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers for their support of this show. Find out more about their certification program at

In the episode you will learn:

  • The similarities and differences between the Evidence Based Design process and Teen Center America’s approach to designing their units.
  • The reason The Who’s Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend founded Teen Cancer America might not be what you think it is.
  • Why Roger Daltrey is always saying not to put teddy bears and stuffed animals on the walls of the units, speaks directly to the unique design needs of this group.
  • A heartwarming story of Jonathan Kotch---a man who beat the odds of his survival after a rare illness started eating away his limbs and the medical trauma at the hospital and the skilled nursing facility near the Mayo clinic where he stayed.
  • How Teen and Young Adult Cancer Units are built within one to two years.
  • Why this population group has special and unique physical and emotional needs that play a big role in patient-centered design.
  • Where the first Teen Cancer America unit was created.
  • Why Britain is light years ahead of The United States in their creation of Teen Cancer treatment facilities.
  • The best advice for hospital and healthcare designers is simple.
  • Why the new documentary Cancer Rebellion is important to bring attention to the special and unique needs of teens and young adults with cancer.

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