Episode Overview:

Imagine a world where doctors and patients work closely together, where hospitals are designed with you in mind.

Joe sits down with Dr. Okun from the well-known Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at the University of Florida Health. They dive deep into how this institute, born in 2002 and growing from a tiny team to a powerhouse with $71 million from the NIH, is revolutionizing care for brain conditions like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Joe and Dr. Okun talk about Fixel’s forward-thinking design, which integrates health and technology, and how a focus on teamwork, mentorship, and patient-centric care helps the institute thrive.

They discuss the impact of data on patient care and the institute's therapeutic environment, which offers solace to families during challenging times. They envision future facilities that embrace light and nature, fostering a welcoming and restorative space for all.

Key Takeaways:

Pioneering Patient-Centric Design: Dr. Okun shares his journey from a history major to spearheading the Fixel Institute's mission - providing patient-centered care for neurological conditions. Discover how "the patient as the sun" philosophy catalyzes excellence at the institute that's grown from just two people in 2002 to a team of 150 faculty members today.

Design Meets Care: Design decisions at the institute aren't just aesthetics; they're lifelines that bring comfort to patients and families. Explore the power of patient care, the strategic placement of outdoor spaces for a calming effect, and how every design detail from ceiling height to window placements is meticulously planned for people's well-being.

Data-Driven Healthcare: Fixel Institute makes every patient a researcher, contributing to the vast pool of knowledge that shapes future treatment approaches.

Follow Dr. Michael S. Okun:

Michael S. Okun is the Distinguished Professor of Neurology and Director of the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at the University of Florida Health.

The UF institute he co-founded with Kelly D. Foote, M.D. is a one-stop patient-centered, clinical-research experience for national and international patients seeking care.

Dr. Okun has served as the National Medical Director/Advisor for the Parkinson’s Foundation since 2006. His research has been wide-ranging, and he is best known for his exploration and innovation in neuromodulation and deep brain stimulation.

He has published over 600 peer-reviewed articles, and his book, Parkinson's Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life, was translated into over 20 languages.

His most recent books are Ending Parkinson’s Disease and Living with Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr. Okun was recognized in a 2015 White House ceremony by the Obama administration as a Champion of Change for Parkinson’s Disease.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-s-okun-97075565/
Website: https://fixel.ufhealth.org/

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-walker-335b0914/

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