Ann Fontaine-Fisher, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Practice Leader
I recently joined healthcare industry leaders from across the country for a three-day Healthcare Design Forum hosted by Healthcare Design magazine. This was an amazing opportunity to spend three days in a beautiful setting, exchanging ideas with professionals who share the same passion and enthusiasm. The Maine coast venue was ideal. Views of the open ocean from every room helped clear space in our heads for innovative thinking.
The focus of the event was to share our collective experiences and ideas, and engage in problem-solving exercises that would help us tackle some of the more difficult issues we face in our work today.
Upon arrival, each of us was a presented with a list of relevant healthcare topics. The top four issues selected would become the focus of the break-out sessions to follow.
Wednesday afternoon featured a team building exercise: a mini-version of the Amazing Race that was great fun, helped us all get better acquainted, and warmed us up for the work to follow.
Each of the keynote speakers inspired us with a different approach to help fire up the creative thinking juices. Pagan Kennedy, author of Inventology: How WE Dream Up Things that Change the World, discussed the origin of new ideas and inventions. Chris Rockwell, CEO of Lextant, a human experience firm, talked about “empathic care” as it relates to the patient experience. And Martin Kastner, founder and designer of Crucial Detail, shared stories of how he built a business by creating exquisite serving implements that enhance the culinary experience.
In Part II, I’ll get more specific about the breakout sessions, where we really put our minds to work.
--Ann Fontaine-Fisher, AIA, LEED BD+C, Maine Licensed Architect, is a Practice Leader at PDT Architects.