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Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc.

Design with Patients in Mind

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the needs of clinicians delivering care on an oncology unit.
  • Identify the needs of patient/family users receiving care on an oncology unit.
  • Simulate the activities that are necessary in each space in order to better understand the function that should be served in the design of such space.
  • Discuss design strategies for addressing the needs of the end users (patients, families, care providers) on an oncology unit.


Family-Centered Cancer Care Simulation Lab,

located at

4020 Armory Oaks Drive,

Nashville, Tennessee 37204

To schedule a tour,

please Jena Underwood at 770-833-1529,

Special Thanks to our Project Advisors and Competition Teams

  • Amy Sherrod, RN, BSN, MSN, CPNP; Clinical Operations Manager, Aflac Cancer Center Outpatient Clinic, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
  • Benjamin N. Brenners, MSN, RN, CNL, CPHON; Nurse Coordinator, The Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Rozanne Hug Wille, MD; Proud parent of Hendrix Wille
  • Megan Denham, MAEd, EDAC - Research Faculty; Georgia Tech’s SimTigrate Design Lab
  • ERDMAN; Madison, Wisconsin
  • DesignGroup; Columbus, Ohio
  • RS&H, Inc.; Jacksonville, Florida

Virtual Reality Team:

  • Charlotte Li, , WorldViz
  • Tristan Cebulski, WorldViz
  • Zach Goepel, WorldViz


2016 Family-Centered Cancer Care Simulation Lab

Date: October 5, 2016, two sessions offered.

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | 4:30pm - 6:30 pm

Location: DeKalb Office Showroom, 4020 Armory Oaks Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37204

Course Description:

Family-Centered Cancer Care Simulation Lab is a full scale mock-up of an inpatient pediatric oncology space. This environment enables participants to experience, identify and discuss the challenges that users face within the space, and brainstorm on design solutions to address such needs. Facilitated by patients, families, healthcare providers, health facilities managers and academic researchers, participants will receive a comprehensive overview of the design considerations of an oncology space.

Cost: Free of charge

Each session offers one hour credit with:

Inspired by Hendo

"The one thing that brings us the most comfort now is helping other families during their own journeys. That is why we have shared our son’s journey and the difficult path we have undergone. We know how it feels to be in the hospital for months on end during the most difficult time of our life. We know what others take for granted, the small comforts of home lost in the hospital, the 

isolation and desperation parents feel while hospitalized, and the total overwhelming emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion that parents endure. We want to educate others on the small steps that can be taken to comfort these families and caregivers. We will honor the memory of our son Hendrix, by helping other families that have to walk down a similar path. We hope with the help of others, that in the future, more families will get the opportunity to end their personal journeys in a different manner. We hope they will get to 'Enjoy Life'."

- Dr. Rozanne Hug Wille, Hendo's Mom

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