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Olive View -UCLA Medical Center

Project Info

Client Olive View-UCLA Medical Center | Sylmar, CA | January 2016
Project Specs Rooms: 17 | Beds/Chairs: 12 | Patient Visits: 22,464/year

Project Description

Just wanted to let you know that the patient feedback we’ve gotten so far has been so overwhelmingly positive. They LOVE it and really say it makes a difference in clinic (patients have said it feels like you are at a ‘real’ cancer center). Beyond that, this project has inspired some of our higher-ups to want to do a redesign for our other clinics as they are able to see what a big difference these changes have made. 

One patient actually asked (a little confused) to clarify if the clinic was on the 2nd floor because they saw the skylights and wondered why they could look outside. lol. Thanks again for all of your amazing work!

~Dr. Phillis W

The Story:

We were gifted a grant to transform a chemotherapy facility in the Los Angeles Area – our first. We were fortunate to find Dr. Phillis Wu, an oncologist with Olive View – UCLA Medical Center. Together we planned an amazing weekend of transformation.  Seven volunteers came to Los Angels from San Francisco and we worked around the clock with over 60 local volunteers.  We created a “Wall of Courage” highlighting the word courage as it was proudly displayed in multiple expressions and languages, reminding us what helps us fight everyday.

The patient rooms were transformed into outdoor areas with skylights that mimic a blue sky and fluffy clouds, stencils, and soothing artwork. New privacy curtains were installed in each exam room.

Read more about RTR4C’s work here in Fast Facts from Dr. Katz.

Scope of Project:

12 patient exam rooms
1 large waiting room
3 doctor/nurse rooms
1 nurse break room

Sponsors:
Art.Com, Cutting Edge Stencils, Behr Paint, Home Depot, Covac Inc.

On-Site Volunteers:
60+  including doctors and their families, patients, past patients, volunteers from San Francisco, and the children from St. Mel School in Woodland Hills, who donated hundred’s of postcards with words of wisdom and courage.

Designers:
Cora Sue Anthony and Kelly Sabella

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