People

Laurie Waggener, RRT, IIDA, ACCN, CHID, EDAC

Director, Research

As Director of Research for WHR, Laurie has merged two careers – clinical management and interior design. Her background enables her to provide knowledge-driven solutions and specifications for multiple department types and service lines within the acute care and ambulatory hospital setting. Laurie leads the efforts in the implementation of informed design through all phases of the healthcare facility design process. She also coordinates original research efforts at WHR with an emphasis on clinical efficiency, care giver effectiveness, workplace ergonomics, and patient safety.

Publications

Focus on Wellness

by Tushar Gupta, Laurie Waggener

Can healthcare facilities promote patient and staff wellness while also engaging with the community and incorporating other sustainability principles? Thanks to organizations like Planetree and the Urban Land Institute's Health Places Initiatives, there is a growing awareness of the link between design and well-being. In this article from Medical Construction & Design, Tushar and Laurie provide snapshots of current buildings and features that address these issues, all while applying the latest techniques for infection control.

Performance-based finishes

by Laurie Waggener

Making informed design choices based on available data