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.