I am excited to share a bit of Louisiana, my home state, with those attending the Healthcare Design Expo in New Orleans. I grew up thinking life in the deep south was no different than anywhere else in the U.S.; I now understand Louisiana is like no place else. Southern hospitality, creole food, zydeco, jazz and lagniappe, (a little something extra) only begin to describe the New Orleans experience that makes this city a definite bucket list destination.
"Laissez les bon temps rouler", or "let the good times roll" (pronounced "Lay-say le bon tom roo-lay") is an iconic Cajun French phrase that has echoed through "The Big Easy" for as long as I can remember. It is a mindset that I carry with me; to live life to the fullest and be as present as possible with the people around me, appreciating the gifts that each day brings.
While technology has brought the world to our fingertips, it ironically entices us to disconnect from the people standing in front of us. Though talking through screens may be convenient at times, we must remember how much more meaningful the moments are that we can collectively share.
I am grateful to be a part of a collaborative community of people far and wide, all striving to infuse evidence-based art and design into the evolution of the healthcare patient experience. I encourage each attendee to put their devices away, explore New Orleans, engage a new connection, and contribute to the conversation – and of course, let the good times roll.