My paternal Grandmother, Gudrun Cecilia Antonia Anderson Johanson is the reason I am so passionate about healthcare.
Having moved frequently as a child, my environment became very important to me. I was 19 when my elderly grandmother was volunteered to look after me while my parents were living & working overseas. I never imaged the then-undiagnosed dementia my grandmother suffered from would help shape my future career. Her fears and fragility made a mark on my soul and created a passion for design for older adults and healthcare spaces.
I was fortunate to start my career years ago with a private hospital having a senior patient focus and residential care facilities. Work for design firms and my own consulting followed with design work education, acute and residential care.
Early in the pandemic I went to work for the City of Hope National Medical Center, a not-for-profit research, hospital and graduate medical school in Duarte, California. It's an exciting place to be, with over $2b in construction projects in place. It's an honor to be here where the main focus is on how we can help improve the experience of our patients and support our staff.