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A podcast on ideas shaping the future of healthcare.

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Healthcare consumers, providers, and advocates — this series is for you. Health and wellness should be everyone’s top priority. It’s a dynamic topic, sensitive to a vast array of factors from a local to an international scale. The healthcare industry is at the forefront of everyday life and, hopefully, on the cusp of a renaissance. We’re glad you’ve joined us for this podcast that explores the ideas shaping healthcare. Subscribe today!

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Behavioral Health and its Integration into Primary Care + Telehealth

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated an already severe mental health crisis in the US. Data from the Kaiser Family Foundation in January of 2021 showed the behavioral health clinicians can only meet 27% of the mental health needs across the country. While the shortage of medical professionals is not limited to this field, no other specialty has such a huge supply/demand imbalance as behavioral health. In this episode, host Minta Ferguson speaks with Martha Whitecotton, Senior VP of Atrium Health’s Behavioral Health Services. Ms. Whitecotton shares innovative and forward-thinking ways of integrating behavioral health into primary care and telehealth services.

Minta is also joined by Meredith Letendre, a Senior Strategist for McMillan Pazdan Smith Advisors. Letendre creates customized data analytics that justify facility asset decisions.

Facilities or clinicians looking for effective ways to address the behavioral health shortage, or consumers interested to know what mental health options are out there, should find some good takeaways and real-life examples from this episode.


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When Vertical Expansion is the Winning Choice

When the hospital C-suite or Facility Managers look at their master plan or a feasibility study, they sometimes wonder, “can we go vertical somewhere?” It’s a decision that, when done the right way for the right reasons, can have excellent patient and community benefits–as well as being a smart long-term investment. In this episode, Minta Ferguson, AIA, Director of Planning for McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture talks with guest Deon Lewis, Executive Director of CaroMont Health and Lisa Yagla, AIA, Associate Architect about how an aligned team can use some creative ways to design for flexibility and prepare for the unknown.

This open discussion about a current on-going project reveals the critical success factors and benefits of vertical expansion. Thanks for listening!


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Trailer: Ideas Shaping Healthcare

We’re on the verge of experiencing significant advancements to the Healthcare space, and we want to give you a front row seat to discover the ideas that are driving the future of Healthcare now.

To pull back the curtain on Healthcare today, Minta Ferguson, Healthcare Architect and Director of the Strategic Facility Planning group, McMillan Pazdan Smith Advisors hosts a series of conversations with Healthcare stakeholders who are working to elevate environments of care in their communities. It’s exciting work, with new data and innovations being employed all the time.

Join us, as we explore and reveal the ideas shaping Healthcare.


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