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The Healthcare Interior Design 2.0 Podcast Episode 60: Part 1, Sarah Tetens NCIDQ, RID, IIDA, CHID, EDAC, Design Director at Baskervill

October 2023

On part 1 of today’s episode Cheryl interviews Sarah Tetens NCIDQ, RID, IIDA, CHID, EDAC, Design Director at Baskervill. In part 1 of their conversation, Sarah shares in detail what design life is like in the healthcare space post COVID, what design challenges are still present and why mental health is one of her passions. This and so much more on the changing face of healthcare design in part 1 of today’s episode! 

Learn more about Sarah Tetens and Baskervill by visiting:  https://baskervill.com/.
Send Sarah a direct email here: stetens@baskervill.com
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Visit Women In Healthcare online here: https://www.womeninhealthcare.org/.

In Part 1 of Cheryl’s conversation with Sarah Tetens, they discuss:

  • Sarah shares what have been the most significant changes that COVID has brought to the field of healthcare design and specifically her work at Baskervill.
  • Sarah shares the positive changes COVID has brought about in the consideration of the design of the built environment in healthcare that affect patients, their families, staff and caretakers in a new way.
  • Learn how touchpoints have been eliminated without negatively impacting the operations of hospital staff.
  • What became more challenging in design post COVID?
  • Why is mental health important to Sarah and how does it play a role in her projects?
  • How can healthcare design support how people feel when they walk into a healthcare facility, how staff feel at work all day and how guests feel when they’re anxiously waiting for a loved one to go through a procedure?

The world is changing quickly. The Center for Health Design is committed to providing the healthcare design and senior living design industries with the latest research, best practices and innovations. The Center can help you solve today’s biggest healthcare challenges and make a difference in care, safety, medical outcomes, and the bottom line. Find out more at healthdesign.org.

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: https://aahid.org/.

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 https://www.nursingihd.com/.

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Body fats and soap scums provide a rich food sauce for micro-organisms such as airborne bacteria Serratia Marcesens, which thrive in humid conditions.

We know that people with weakened immune systems are so much more vulnerable to the illnesses associated with infection and let’s face it, none of us go into the shower with an expectation that we might get sick.

So how do we keep those shower walls clean? Well, let’s think big – BIG TILES.

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Why does this matter? Well hygienic glaze will not harbor pathogen and surface impurities are easily removed to prevent build up – it is reassuring to know the evidence - INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS Test ISO 10545 - Resistance to Stains -  has determined these surfaces can be easily cleaned and the most difficult contaminants washed away, greatly reducing the need for aggressive chemicals.

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