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Wednesday, September 20, 2017  |  9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Planning Holistic Cancer Centers that Embrace Mind, Body, Spirit

Kara Freihoefer
Evidence Based Design Research Specialist, HGA Architects and Engineers
Keith Novenski
Patient Advocate, ThedaCare
Tim Scanley AIA, NCARB
Project Designer, HGA Architects and Engineers
Kurt Spiering FAIA, ACHA
Vice President/Healthcare Principal, HGA Architects and Engineers

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.


1. Learn how to expand the vision of cancer centers to address holistic care through “mind, body, spirit.”
2. Learn how to engage a Patient Advocates in the planning process to identify Keystone Experiences that resonate with patients, family, and community.
3. Learn how to combine Lean strategies with Evidenced-Based Design to achieve efficient workflows that support holistic, patient-centered care.
4. Develop tools to track the success of your cancer center--from the patients’ perspective and operations perspective.