IN THE HOSPITAL The Baker-Miller pink experiments illustrate what architects and designers have been increasingly discovering in the last few decades—the colors in our surroundings have an impact on our moods, our spirits and even our health. Naples designer Lori Wegman started Wegman Design Group about 10 years ago. Over the past five years, she’s been approached with more and more projects that are health- and healthy lifestyle-related. One of the first was a redesign at Moorings Park, a senior living complex in North Naples. About four years ago, Wegman began a series of projects for NCH Healthcare System: the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging, the Connie Eaton Women’s Center and
the SeaCAREium pediatric unit, the Sherman emergency department waiting room and the Cohen lobby in the Jay and Patty Baker Patient Tower, all at North Naples Hospital. She has also redesigned the downtown emergency waiting area, the cardiac-telemetry unit and the orthopedic unit. Currently, she is working on a redesign of The Birth Place at North Naples. Each project required a different approach because of dif- ferences in the people who would be patients or visitors, but Wegman noted an overall unifying theory—color. “Evidence shows that vitality in color in healthcare is not a bad thing,” she says. “It’s good to have color to make people feel more comfortable. Everything doesn’t have to be sterile white and hospital green.”
The SeaCAREium pediatric unit abounds with bright colors and cheerful underwater imagery.
“Evidence shows that vitality in color in healthcare is not a bad thing. It’s good to have color to make people feel more comfort- able. Everything doesn’t have to be sterile white.”
Naples Health | JULY-SEPTEMBER 2010
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