Libby Laguta was recently elected to American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) Board of Directors. She joins an outstanding group of interior design professionals, who are passionate about the field of healthcare interior design and its dynamic environment.
“The appointment to the AAHID Board of Directors,” says Laguta, “provides a very important opportunity to advance the practice of healthcare interior design. The leadership of AAHID is committed to fostering a positive change for the association while creating the best environments for healing in healthcare.”
Laguta has over 30 years of healthcare sector experience and is a principal at CDH Partners, a Marietta, Georgia, based architectural design firm. Her experience includes interior design with hospitals, HMO’s, senior living communities, cancer treatment centers, and women and children’s specialty clinics. She also works with organizations to implement long-range interior design master plans.
As a principal and interior designer at CDH Partners, she uses her strong knowledge of materials and best practices to create healthcare spaces that promote wellness, enhance the patient experience, and enable excellent healthcare outcomes. She focuses on building long term relationships with her clients, which includes some of the Southeast’s largest healthcare providers.
She is a published author in interior design trade magazines and has written several articles for Atlanta Hospital News. She is also a nationally qualified interior designer and has completed projects in the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast United States.
Laguta has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.
CDH Partners is consistently one of the top 25 architectural firms in Georgia. It was founded in 1977; and over the years, CDH has repeatedly been recognized as one of the most progressive architectural firms in the state and the southeast.
CDH Partners recently completed an extensive renovation of the WellStar Kennestone Cancer Support Center.
The original Cancer Center was completed in 1985. It was a three-story facility that included two linear accelerators, exam rooms, and physician offices. The building also housed infusion center for cancer treatment. The upper floor was leased space. As patient care changed, the facility went through numerous renovations and expansions. Center additions included a third Linac and a Cyberknife for radio-surgery.
In 2011, the need for a complete renovation became a high priority. With a patient centric focus and need for oncology education and newer services for patient care beyond the actual treatment, it became evident that the building needed a complete renovation.
The architectural renovation plan called for gutting the facility except the public restrooms, which were given a complete face-lift. The existing monumental staircase was replaced with a more open lobby that is a main building feature. A south facing sky window plays a prominent role in the design.
The new design includes a large resource library that is used by patients and families.
The first floor contains the Calm Water Café and an instruction demonstration kitchen that will be used to teach patients and their families how simple healthy cooking can be. There are also patient waiting areas that have kids corners.
Smaller conference rooms are available in the genetic research area. A large break room and administrative office space rounds out the second floor.
The second floor contains a retail shop for headwear and scarves along with hair loss beauty shop. An acupuncture treatment room and a prosthetics care room are also located on the second floor along with a large classroom for instructional seminars and meetings.
A chapel and research office space complete the first floor.
Private sitting areas are designed for families, who need to have comfortable spaces to sit and have conversations.
Recently, design leaders from across the country met in New Orleans for the annual Vision Awards. Heather Lombard and Rhea Jeanne Starnes were there to accept the 2015 Healthcare award for CDH Partners. The winning project was the WellStar Pediatric Center.
The goal for the overall design was to create a safe, ambient healthcare environment that reduces stress and improves patient outcomes by helping Children and their families feel relaxed and comfortable. The Center’s flooring design guides patients and their families easily through the facility. The highlight of the interior is the use of positive distractions that can make an otherwise negative experience one that children enjoy.
After viewing CDH’s entry, one juror said, “[The design] speaks of confidence and imagination. You walk into this environment under a rainbow. It’s almost like going to Disney World!”
Each year the Vision Awards attracts an impressive array of design entries from around the country. For the sixth consecutive year the projects exemplified the height of design innovation and excellence while utilizing flooring in unique and beautiful ways.
Houston Medical Pavilion, which was designed by CDH Partners, recently won First Place for Construction Excellence in the 2015 Associated Gentral Contractors (AGC) Build Georgia Awards. Parrish Construction Group, Inc., actually received the award but the facility is a CDH designed facility.