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Feb 29, 2020

In the second half of Cheryl’s conversation with Rebecca Donner, they discuss The Women in Healthcare Initiative which began in Washington DC about two years ago, to elevate the professional development of women in healthcare -- both the providers and the businesses that support the providers. “The networking and the mentorship, and simply the acceleration of careers provided by the membership has been outstanding,” shares Rebecca. “We were stunned when we found out there wasn’t a membership chapter in Nashville, so we started one.”  This and more on the changing face of healthcare design from this passionate 30-year healthcare design veteran.

‘Show-Me State’ native Rebecca Donner made her way to Nashville to earn an interior design degree at O’More College of Design. After graduating and completing challenging internship work, she found her calling in commercial healthcare interior design work. In 1993 this led her to found an interior design firm that specializes in health care design. Inner Design Studio began with one client and one employee. Today the 12 person firm handles numerous projects a year. Nashville’s leading healthcare interior design firm, Inner Design Studio is a strong team of experienced designers who have completed more than 891 medical facilities throughout the country.

Rebecca has published articles in Healthcare Design Magazine, Medical Construction & Design Magazine, Floor Focus Magazine and Health Facilities Management Magazine.

In 2018, Rebecca was the recipient of the second annual International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Tennessee Chapter Legend Award.

Learn more about Rebecca Donner and Inner Design Studio by visiting Learn more about Women In Healthcare by visiting:

In part two of Cheryl’s conversation today with Rebecca Donner, you will learn:

  • What is the Women in Healthcare Initiative and how can other women in the healthcare industry participate? 
  • With 900 projects in 26 years, what is Rebecca’s favorite project and why? 
  • Why construction in California takes so much longer than in other states.
  • The pushback in the early days of hospitality-influenced hospital design.
  • How did Rebecca find her way into healthcare design work?
  • The benefits of having a smaller team.
  • How hospitals can raise HCAPS based on the design of the environment.
  • Why janitorial services are at the top of the list of what needs to change in healthcare.
  • Design trends for 2020 and beyond.
  • Acoustical privacy and its growing importance in the hospital setting.

Additional support for this podcast comes from our industry partners:

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

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Connect to a community interested in supporting clinician involvement in design and construction of the built environment by visiting The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design at

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