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Sep 30, 2019

In the second half of Cheryl’s conversation today with Tama Duffy Day, Health & Wellness Leader at Gensler Architecture, Tama offers insight into her two-year position as podcast host on Gensler’s popular podcast, Design Exchange. Tama’s gives her advice to other design firms about whether or not to start their own podcast. She shares, “Being a podcast host gives you an opportunity to allow someone else’s voice to be heard.” Tama shares her insight on this and more on the changing face of healthcare design and its potential to impact health and wellness, globally.

Tama Duffy Day is a global author, lecturer, and speaker. She and her team at Gensler have received more than 50 awards and honors for their work, and for three consecutive years Tama was named one of the “Most Influential People in Healthcare Design” by Healthcare Design magazine. Tama is one of the few design professionals inducted as a fellow into the American College of Healthcare Executives. Learn more about Tama Duffy Day and Gensler Architecture by visiting Send your questions to Tama an email to:

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Somebody’s kid sibling gets into their parent’s closet and emerges, clothed in a dress or trousers that are 3 feet too long, trailing on the floor behind them.

It’s cute as all get-out, right?

It’s the end of 2019, and as healthcare thinking and design moves away from a one-size-fits-all, institutional mindset, towards a more personalized, individualized care model, you are looking for ways to move away from one-size-fits-all thinking in your hospital, healthcare & senior living projects.

Here’s a great example from one of our podcast guests, Sara Parsons with Gallun Snow Associates.  Sara shares, “Different patient populations need different art and graphics. A still life of fruit will not comfort a surgery patient checking in on an empty stomach and a mountain stream may be uncomfortable for an ultrasound patient arriving as instructed with a full bladder.”

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Additional support for this podcast comes from our industry partners:

  • The Center For Health Design
  • The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design

Learn more about how the Center for Health Design can support your firm by visiting:

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In part two of Cheryl’s conversation with Tama Duffy Day, you will learn:

  • How healthcare is different today than it was 10 years ago, and what this means for designers of today.
  • How new technology for healthcare is oftentimes like having a personal wellness coach.
  • How vulnerability plays a role in healthcare design and why it matters to your career.
  • What is generative space and how does it help healthcare professionals design better spaces?
  • The story of how Tama fell into healthcare design and why it stuck.
  • The concept of Gensler’s Boomtown and what the research has revealed about intergenerational living in thoughtful and meaningful ways.
  • The answer to the question, “What country is the first to have ‘gone gray’-- the country where there are more older people than younger population groups?”
  • The changing face of senior living environments and new ways of providing care for older adults.
  • Tama's answer to the question, “How is Gensler investing in innovation?”
  • Genler’s research on the design of a waiting room to explore the question, “Can you design a waiting room with intention and increase patient satisfaction?”
  • Find Gensler’s white papers at
  • Tama offers insight into her two year podcast host position on Gensler’s popular podcast Design Exchange and her advice to other firms on whether or not to start one.
  • What is special about Gensler’s ambulatory care project with Henry Ford Health System.

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