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Jun 26, 2020

Mary Frazier, AIA, LEED AP, Green Belt and Principal at Ewing Cole is our guest today on the podcast. Mary shares the need for hospital agility and the ability to quickly retool in the face of unforeseen events. She shares, “Initially, we were focused on how quickly we could expand capacity for our hospital partners within institutions themselves by repurposing large spaces such as lobbies or recommissioning rooms that may have been converted to alternate uses over the time.” Learn why patients have now become afraid to go to the hospital with empty Emergency Departments a growing concern among hospitals. How can the healthcare design professional help hospitals begin to rebuild trust and bring their patients back? This and an in-depth look at what Ewing Cole is doing to help their hospital partners adapt and thrive in the current environment, and moving forward on Part 1 of Cheryl’s conversation today with Mary Frazier.

With a focus on healthcare design and planning, Mary is the Managing Principal of Ewing Cole’s New York office. She ensures all projects meet her high standards for design excellence. To that end, Mary works to recruit, train and retain future industry leaders for both EwingCole and the New York office.

Mary has worked on many notable and award-winning recognized projects.  She embraces a hands-on approach on all projects and feels most rewarded at the completion of projects that exceed both her client’s expectations and her professional goals.

Mary has a degree in Architecture from Drexel University and Business from Pennsylvania State University.  She often speaks at conferences on the impacts of design on patient and staff experiences, as well as efficiency and outcome.

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In part 1 of Cheryl’s conversation with Mary Frazier, you will learn:

  • How Ewing Cole is helping their hospital partners adapt their hospital environments to accommodate surge capacity.
  • The importance of implementing designs that embrace flexibility.
  • The ability to convert entire units into isolation.
  • Why are patients now afraid to go to the hospital, how Emergency Departments are emptying, and how to help rebuild trust among hospitals and their patients.
  • How will waiting areas and other public spaces change in the post COVID environment?
  • How can outdoor spaces be utilized to accommodate family members who don’t feel comfortable sitting inside the hospital waiting areas?
  • What interesting new technology helps keep social distancing and boundaries in place in the hospital environment?
  • How will shared touchdown spaces change?
  • What is agile hospital design and how is it playing an important role in the hospital space in the current environment and moving forward?

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Thank you to our industry partner, The Center for Health Design. To learn more about CHD’s new program MakingRoom, Connecting hotels and hospitals with urgent needs for space, please visit,

Additional support for this podcast comes from our industry partners:

  • The American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers
  • The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design

Learn more about how to become a Certified Healthcare Interior Designer®  by visiting the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers at:

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