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Ancient & Modern: Intersecting Traditional Health & Present-Day Healthcare

The Kayenta Health Center embodies Wellness on multiple levels and couples traditional cultural perspectives of healing with current wellness trends. The 182,000sf hospital serves the local Diné community, integrating the community’s significant cultural perspective of “Hozho iina”, translated as “balanced and good life”, and providing a spectrum of outpatient and inpatient care.

To support the Indian Health Service’s mission to keep people healthy rather than focusing on disease treatment, the Wellness Center, community health, physical therapy, and health education functions are located at the main entrance. This placement contradicts the perceived hierarchy of medicine and inpatient care, and instead, emphasizes cultural traditions as well as current trends and theories of healthcare that put Wellness first, emphasize preventative care, and view staying healthy as the first line of defense.

This presentation shares how a cultural understanding of wellness combined with state-of-the-art healthcare is affecting patient outcomes.

Originally presented at the 2017 Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo in Austin, TX.

Co-Presented by:
Bill Sabatini, FAIA, FACHA - Principal, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
Max Parrill, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP - Principal, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini
Deswood Etsitty - Healthcare Facilities Planner, Indian Health Services