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8 questions with a hospital interior designer


Behind every great interior is an interior designer… even at a hospital. Geraldine Drake is the Interior Design Program + Standards Manager with Jones Lang LaSalle at Beaumont Health System (Royal Oak and Grosse Pointe). Geraldine been with Beaumont for five years and currently lives in Northville, MI. Geraldine gives us a glimpse of what her job entails.

How did you come to work for Beaumont?
I was working at an architectural firm, where I was the director of the interior design group and lead designer for the health care sector. I wanted to pursue an opportunity that would allow me to continue in my management career path, yet also allow me to practice health care design at a hospital. A friend of mine (the interior design manager for Beaumont Hospital, Troy) introduced me to the team and I have been now been here for five years.

How is being an interior designer in a hospital different than other spaces?
The projects are extremely diverse. I can work on an office, a patient room and an operating room all in one day. Also, being in the hospital gives you the opportunity to observe everyone who uses the hospital, respond to the unique challenges of a large health care facility and consider how the design of the facility affects all of the users differently.

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Heard any big news today?

To design a national model for health care, Beaumont Health System and Henry Ford Health System have signed a letter of intent to combine their operations into a new $6.4 billion organization.

Our new organization will be one of the most comprehensive health systems in Michigan, as measured by revenue and patients served. We will have one of the largest residency and fellowship programs and work with some 7,000 physicians across Southeast Michigan.

Integrating these two organizations — already recognized for high value and patient care excellence — will allow us to improve care for our patients throughout Michigan and beyond.

What does today’s announcement mean for patients?
A combined 10 hospitals and 200 other patient care sites will give Henry Ford Health System and Beaumont Health System patients greater access to and better coordination of care with a large selection of medical centers and hospitals near their homes.

Learn more at www.FutureCareForMichigan.com.

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What’s driving your health care decisions? [POLL]








According to a survey of more than 7,600 adults across 27 metropolitan areas conducted by Harris Interactive and released by Healthgrades this week, Americans spend more time choosing a new car than they do choosing a physician.

Of those surveyed, 90 percent agreed that they consider choosing a physician or hospital a major life decisions, but most still dedicate more time to car shopping.

  • 42 percent spend 10 or more hours researching a car purchase
  • 34 percent spend less than an hour researching a physician
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