Jill is helping out; OHSU takes a different approach to designing new South Waterfront building…

A warehouse along Macadam Avenue in Portland houses a maze of cardboard, almost like an adult version of children’s forts.

The cardboard has aided Oregon Health & Science University in designing the rooms inside its planned $340 million patient building, parking structure and guest house that will break ground early next year.

In an unusual move, OHSU and ZGF Architects are engaging all the various groups who will use the building in the planning process. Doctors, nurses, patients, engineers and housekeepers all have given input over the past five months.

“It’s given everyone a new perspective on how we can craft everything,” said Dr. Reid Mueller, associate professor in the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “Everything from the way the hallway flows to the positioning of the chair when you’re sitting with your family member and the importance of privacy in the recovery area.”

One patient who has participated is Jill Viggiano, whose husband had a stroke seven years ago.

“I have no medical background at all, it’s like stepping into Oz,” Viggiano said. She suggested the waiting room in the new building contain more distractions for family members, including kids — “something to play with and look at and be a kid and not feel like they’re annoying everyone else.”

The Center for Health and Healing South, as the new building will be called, will sit just south of the existing Center for Health and Healing, which contains doctors’ offices and outpatient space. It will also be a little shorter, at 15 as opposed to 16 floors.

The entire project will encompass 750,000 square feet. It will include 48 “extended stay” rooms and 76 guest rooms above the adjacent five-story garage. A small park will remain next to the patient building.

CHH-South will also contain space for surgery, interventional procedures, outpatient clinics for cancer, cardiovascular disease and gastroenterology, a pharmacy and imaging and lab space, conference center, parking garage and space for Knight Cancer Institute clinical trials.

An oval-shaped “mission control design” will allow gastroenterology, cardiology and pulmonary procedures to share a central core and some nursing staff.

“One of the great things about the space is that we’re integrating with other specialties,” said Dr. Gene Bakis, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. “Patients are best served by multiple specialties. Here we’re going to be feet away from each other to promote cooperation and collaborative thinking.”

Happy VD Day…


I meant, Valentines Day.  I know what you were thinking…

My bride went to see our son, Tom, and I stayed at home working on our taxes.  Working on your taxes is not fun…and I thank god for not having me major in accounting. But I digress.

With Jill gone for a few hours, I decided to plan for our Valentines dinner…which I did.   I went thru old  cookbooks…IMG_0567

and found a delicious recipe : Creamy Tomato with Hoop Cheese.  It sound disgusting, but is it wonderful.  Instead of hoop cheese (horrible), we used ricotta (great).  Try it…it is fantastic.

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I used to cook, before I had my stroke. I would peruse through my various cookbooks and pick out something (always vegetarian) that Jill would eat. I would serve Chianti and cook dinner for my family.  It was really fun.

But is different now. My kids are in college so Jill is the only person I must impress.  Thank god she is easy. My cooking has been replaced with just choosing the recipe.  However, I am not giving up on cooking yet. You may remember…that I cut an orange…so we will see!

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Pasta Light Cook Book

 

We were featured on the Radio!

KKPZ featured Jill Viggiano on their recent radio program!  Did you hear it?

If you didn’t to listen, KKPZ gave us a link to the program so more people could hear our talk.  Actually, the talk was mostly Jill speaking.  I had trouble getting my words out!  If you listen closely, you MAY hear me mutter a few things.

When you listen to it, send me a note (back to this blog page) and let me know what you thought of it.  Was it too long, too short, was there good info on it, etc.

I am getting closer…

….but no cigar;  I haven’t actually used my new process yet.  The prospects are still nibbling, but I haven’t tried it out completely.

I had 2 scheduled.  One prospect didn’t use paid speakers and the other on got postponed.

Should I practice the next step (the questions leading to the 3 recommendations)…or let Jill do it and see if it works.  I am leaning toward Jill to try it first, but I curious to know what you think.

____Yes   Learn it

____No   Wait for Jill to iron out the bugs

We just laughed and laughed…

I just met a guy who I hired at my old company in Hayward, California.  Of all the people who I had the privilege of hiring, David was my favorite.  We first saw each other AFTER I had my stroke; I don’t remember much about out conversation.  David reached out to me a few days ago and we set up a meeting at my favorite Starbucks.

Jill and I were really excited to meet him.  Prior to our brief meeting in 2008, we hadn’t seen each other for 17 years!  But getting back with David was like old times; I didn’t want it to end. I just laughed and laughed at all the funny things he said.

We spoke about the problems he has gone through, we laughed about the funny things that happened to us and we spoke about our children-the future leaders of the world.

We had spend 1.5 hours with him and we both were sorry to leave.  I feel blessed to spend time with someone so special.

Then…after all that…he gave me a lead to call. What a great person!

Check out at these 4 reviews:

I was good, but Jill is BETTER.  She effortlessly delivers her talk with conviction and IMG_0337empathy.  Every time I withess here delivering her talk, I get shivers down my spine.  Don’t tell her I said this:  She’s fantastic!

AND Jill is getting rave reviews:  I pulled a couple for you to read:

“I love this book. An inspiring account of a family responding to tragedy with optimism, humor, faith and perseverance.  A rerminder of how connected we all are and how we can help others.”
John Stoops

“Read your book today. Inspiring! Took your book to my son’s baseball game and could not put it down for more than 5 minutes at a time. I could have easily missed the entire game to read this amazing story. I was glued to my seat reading your story in the sunshine and in the rain – found myself chuckling out loud, and even shed a few tears.”
David Sorensen

“Jill and Gordon share some of their great life learning’s and advice that I love. I also really appreciated the bible verse quotes as it really helped connect what Jill and Gordon were going through to how to look to and use God during these extremely challenging times.”  Cara Taylor

… “She tells an honest story that demonstrates not only her strength of character, and the depth of maturity in the children (reflecting the character of the parents) but also of her humility to accept what life has offered, but a resoluteness of will to recover and move forward.P. Griffith Lindell

Where is that list again?

It is so simple…a fifth grader can do it.  So why do I have such a hard time remembering
what to bring to my presentations..even after 2 years of doing it?  Jill created her famous CheckList.  She has a list for everything: shopping, travel, Costco, Target, Christmas,Things To Do, etc.  EVERYTHING.

At first, I said “Don’t be silly.  I don’t need a CheckList.”  But, she still prepared one for me “just in case.”  And I am glad she did.  I only had 5 things to remember…and I forgot the slide show!  How could I do that?  I was proud that I remembered the Speaker Introduction, my water, the speakers, and iPad….but I forgot the slide show.  Fortunately, we didn’t leave and Jill quickly handed me her CheckList, which you will see below.  Now, every time, I go over the CheckList.   Each time (and I have given over 100 presentations) I say “thank you so much for doing this for me.”  Jill is a star!  She just smiles.

TASKS

-Take Picture

-Projector?

-A table (close by): I use my laptop so I can see the slides being projected

-I have a few video clips that must have sound; (I will need to make sure that the sound from the video goes thru the sound system)

-Cordless lapel mic

-20 Minute Presentation

-30 Minute SALES Presentation

-40 Minute Keynote

-Painful Blessing

-Q & A -Jill Viggiano

-Emailed CORRECT version to iPad

-RECEIVED Correct Version

-MacAir

-iPad

-Podium

-Small speakers

-Speaker Introduction/Summary

-Pen

-Business Cards

-iPhone

-Water

-Everyone need Bookmarks

-Clip board with emails

-Count Attendees

-Count Inquires

-Books Delivered

-Books Sold

-Avg price per book

-Survey

-Ask for Refs