Joining Health Facilities Group in September not only gave Mills an opportunity to return to her home state from Colorado but also allowed her to focus on assisting health care facilities across the region.
"I've found it to be very rewarding, improving the quality of life for people," said Mills, 26, a Chapman native. "People in hospitals don't necessarily want to be there, and we try to do what we can to make things better for them."
Mills is involved in the design and coordination of interiors of health care facilities. The Kansas State graduate works with HFG architects and meets with hospital administrators and facility managers on new and existing projects.
"We try to figure out what they have and what needs replaced," Mills said. "A lot of hospitals haven't had upgrades in 20 or 30 years. We take a look at a lot of existing hospitals and see how we can make it better."
Mills said she is involved with four to five projects in various stages at one time. Much of her work so far has been with facilities in western Kansas.
"Colors go in and out of style," Mills said. "It can be difficult to integrate what they have into something new, but we try to make it work."