HGA Presents with THedacare at the 2017 Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo

HGA returns to the 2017 Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo September 18 - 20, 2017 – an event that inspires change and the advancement of a better delivery of healthcare through the physical space. Find conference information here and
join our healthcare experts during the following session

Planning Holistic Cancer Centers that Embrace Mind, Body, Spirit

Wednesday, September 20 at 9:45 a.m.



  • Kara Freihoefer, Evidence-Based Design Research Specialist, HGA and Winner of the George Pressler Under 40 Award
  • Tim Scanley, AIA, NCARB, Project Designer, HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Keith Novenski, Patient Advocate, ThedaCare

Inspired by the collaborative Medical Home Model and supported by Evidence-Based Design, healthcare organizations are taking a “mind, body, spirit” approach to planning cancer centers that address clinical and emotional health. This program examines how ThedaCare planned its Regional Cancer Center in Appleton, WI, around three guiding principles: holistic medicine to celebrate human life; patient experiences that engage community members into the planning process; and Lean planning and Evidence-Based Design that links design with metrics. The cancer center includes a multidisciplinary platform of diagnostic, treatment and infusion services, as well as behavioral health, nutrition, physical therapy, acupuncture, yoga, and music therapy. To achieve goals, ThedaCare’s enlisted a Patient Advocate to keep the patients’ perspectives front-and-center. Through this data-supported presentation, attendees will envision a holistic approach to cancer care that celebrates life and hope.