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Jul 26, 2019

Today I’m joined by the wicked smart, funny and talented Sara Parsons, Principal at Gallun Snow - a nationally recognized interior design firm that specializes in healing, learning and community environments. She says, “As convenience junkies here in the States, I’d bet that by the year 2040, we’re going to have more healthcare on our terms.” Sara shares how the future of preventative wellness will be integrated into the shopping experience and what designers need to know to be prepared for the changes in healthcare already underway. Learn more about Sara Parsons and Gallun Snow Interior Design by visiting
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In part one of this episode you will learn:
  • What healthcare design will look in the year 2040 from Sara’s perspective and what changes are already underway that support her theory.
  • The growth of consumer based medical care and how this will affect patient centered care.
  • The growth of mixed use spaces will help busy Americans get the wellness prevention they need, and revolutionize healthcare and wellness care as we know it today.
  • What current projects Sara and Gallun Snow are working on in collaboration with HKS and BSA Life Structures and common goals to create a “uniform” design.
  • The new healthcare design idea of creating a landing location in a community so the intellectual property of the specialist can come and go to benefit the community without the building having to be uniquely outfitted to each speciality.
  • The advantages of building your brand in an aesthetic way.
  • How to select art in a healthcare setting that is specific to a region and a patient demographic. 
  • The importance of going to the community (where the healthcare space is built) and finding what resources are local.
  • The stories Sara overheard about the artwork in a healthcare space Gallun Snow designed from the end users of the building.

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