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Session W04 | Saturday 10/23/2021  3:15 - 5:15 PM

Reimagining the Carbon Conversation – Why Words Matter More Than Dollars

This will be unlike any other two-hour workshop. You will leave with a renewed and pragmatic perspective for advancing the decarbonizing mission with your own facility, with your clients, and beyond. BONUS: This same perspective will likely be useful in your personal life too. If most people are in agreement on our current state — Healthcare’s production of carbon emissions is detrimental to health; thus, we need to decarbonize Healthcare — then why have we not made more progress? In a highly interactive format, you will quickly learn (and practice) human-centered design techniques, focused on the “carbon conversation” of this problem. How are we currently illustrating solutions working towards decarbonization? How are we addressing the “carbon lock-in” challenge? (e.g. Natural gas boiler implications) How are we consulting clients (internal and external) to lead to carbon-reducing and budget-friendly solutions? How are we talking about the issue of carbon, in a broader context to domestic and global call to-actions (National Academy of Medicine’s & International Federation for Healthcare Engineering calling to reduce 50% of carbon by 2030 and 100% by 2050)? Together we will rapidly ideate how to improve this conversation (with our clients) to lead to better outcomes.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the current design challenges resulting in carbon emissions, including the “carbon lock-in” issue.
  • Discover how to leverage national and international call-to-actions locally to drive carbon neutral design.
  • Refine your own approach to the carbon conversation to better align with client motivations to drive better design outcomes.
  • Learn the basics of human-centered design techniques and how to apply in the carbon conversation to yield better results.
Walt Vernon headshot portrait

Walt Vernon, PE, LEED AP

Jim Crabb headshot portrait

Jim Crabb, PE, LEED AP
Principal (Mechanical Engineer)

Christina Vernon Sanborn headshot portrait

Christina Vernon Sanborn, RA, LEED AP
Sanborn Consulting

Session E10 | Sunday 10/24/2021  9:45 - 10:45 AM

Thinking Outside the Cube: Balancing Your Real Estate Portfolio

Balancing a real estate portfolio and financial pressures alongside the need for collaborative and healthy work environments can be challenging. Given the current pressures from the pandemic, and on-going needs for many health systems to continually examine their physical footprint and maintain their mission to provide exemplary, seamless, and patient-centered care to their communities, many health systems are attempting new ways of working; both at home, in the office and in hybrid environments. In this session, you will hear from a real estate professional from the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and an architect on how to balance these opposing goals, and still provide space that meets the mission of the organization. Specific examples, case studies, and design applications will be presented to the audience, including discussion of approaches for health and well-being in the workplace, and at home.

Learning Objectives
  • Examine research associated with workplace and work-from-home scenarios.
  • Identify key objectives and approaches for portfolio optimization.
  • Learn approaches to design for health and wellness in the workplace.
  • Understand the impact of portfolio optimization and balance with employee.
Michael McKay headshot portrait

UW Health Planning Design and Construction

Steve Stroman headshot portrait

Steve Stroman, IIDA, LEED AP
Vice President, Regional Director, Health Interiors

Kim Montague headshot portrait

Executive Director, Applied Research & Partnerships
Kimball International

Session E20 | Sunday 10/24/2021  11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

POE Results of a PICU Renovation: Realizing Increased Patient Safety and Decrease Staff Turnover

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus relocated and expanded the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in an existing facility. One of the key goals was to improve patient safety by improving the nurses’ visibility of, and access to, patients and fellow nurses. The patient wing was designed and built to have inboard toilets in the patient rooms. However, after exploring multiple options, it was decided that to meet the project goals, the new PICU toilet rooms would be located outboard requiring rerouting pipes throughout multiple floors during continuous hospital operations. Lean and three-dimensional mock-ups were utilized in design to develop tactics ensuring lines of sight to every patient room and quick access for the care team during emergencies. The beds are licensed as PICU, however, should demographics change, six beds can be re-licensed to NICU without undergoing construction. The renovated PICU design resulted in decreased patient falls and staff turnover.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) project initiative with licensed bed flexibility.
  • Understand how a lean design and mock-up process was utilized to assure project goals.
  • Discover tactics to improve line of sight and quick access to patient rooms in an existing facility renovation.
  • Learn Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) results and improved occupant outcomes.
Jill Pearsall headshot portrait

Jill Pearsall, RA, NCARB
Senior Vice President Facilities Planning & Development and Real Estate Services
Texas Children's Hospital

Joyce Amador headshot portrait

Joyce Amador, PMP
Project Manager
Texas Children's Hospital

Rhona Vogt headshot portrait

Rhona Vogt, AIA
Project Manager

Pamela Jones headshot portrait

Pamela Jones, RN, EDAC, FACHE
Strategic Consultant/Clinical Liaison,

Session E30 | Sunday 10/24/2021  2:30 - 3:30 PM

Adaptive Reuse of Aging Healthcare Facilities

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center a masterplan is an essential part of developing a well-informed roadmap for both new and existing facilities. An aspect of a masterplan is the enormous complexity and questions surrounding ‘adaptive reused’. Does the enterprise invest in the repurposing of an existing facility or should it be razed altogether? It is especially challenging given the multitude of variables involving suitability, current standards, building code issues, existing conditions and aging infrastructure. What we will explore is how decisions and processes are mapped out and in what priority. How might guidelines involving space standards, branding and FGI requirements impact the thought process and ultimately drive decisions. Determining the best strategic practices when dealing with departments, adjacencies and growth capacity will be key to a successful outcome. Ultimately, we will be discussing how adaptive reuse around existing facilities strategically align with our healthcare masterplan.

Learning Objectives
  • How we aligned the backfill strategy with an evolving campus masterplan that includes all facilities inclusive of the health science colleges at The Ohio State University.
  • The systematic monitoring of ever-changing objectives and timelines to achieve the overarching goals (SMART) at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
  • Understand existing processes while updating new ones before undertaking major backfill renovation projects of existing and aging facilities.
  • The importance of accurate budgeting and cash flow forecasting to create a fiscally responsible plan for the adaptive reuse of aging facilities.
Paul Lenz headshot portrait

Paul Lenz RA, LEED AP
Senior Facilities Planner
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

Corrie Feldmann headshot portrait

Corrie Feldmann, MA
Senior Facility Planner
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

William Orosz

William Orosz, MPA
Administrative Director
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

Session E40 | Monday 10/25/2021  9:45 - 10:45 AM

What PDC Teams Need to Hear About Designing Your Next Facility from Security Directors

Nearly 75 percent of the almost 25,000 assaults and other workplace violence reported annually in the U.S. occur in a healthcare setting. Among the reasons: Oversights in design process and life safety codes that are at odds with security best practices. Pickup insight from seasoned healthcare facility security pros, and how best to tap their expertise at an early stage. Better security results from more thoughtful design strategies whether it’s a renovation or new construction project. Hospitals and clinics face constant security challenges because of the constant flux of people coming and going.

Learning Objectives
  • Asset Criticality - Identifying the critical healthcare targets.
  • The Healthcare Risk Assessment Process - Identifying Threat, Vulnerability and Risk.
  • Typical Results - What Physical Security Professionals are typically identifying and mitigating.
  • Mitigation Focus - Priority solutions defending critical assets against the highest number of likely threats with significant impact of loss.
Gordon Snow headshot portrait

Gordon Snow
Chief Security Officer
Cleveland Clinic

Frank Finley II headshot portrait

Frank Finley II, PSP
Physical Security Consultant
Force Protect

Gary Collins headshot portrait

Gary Collins, AIA, NCARB
Senior Director, Healthcare
Virtual Energy Solutions

Session E50 | Monday 10/25/2021  2:00 - 3:00 PM

Health Equity and Sustainability - The Intersection for Community Health

Health equity, sustainability, and easy community access are now intertwined. Join us to see how University Hospitals built its Rainbow Center for Women & Children in Cleveland by thoroughly addressing the key local community needs in the design process. Despite its rich history, Cleveland has been plagued by the highest infant mortality rates in the U.S. due to poverty, lack of transportation and overall access to prenatal care facilities, and mental health issues. Walk out of this session with tangible metrics that you can apply to future design of medical projects.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to implement key strategies into your design process to enhance community health and wellness for underserved communities.
  • Obtain an understanding of how health equity and sustainability are intertwined to create a healthy community.
  • Learn about an urban project that embraced designing a facility for its community that directly impacts the health and wellbeing of some of the most underserved patients: women, children, and infants.
  • Embrace a passion for sustainability in a non-traditional approach, thinking of the sustainability of the community, its people’s well-being, and long-term prosperity.
  • Discover how measures of environmental sustainability may provide direct health benefits to the staff, families and patients who access the facility and live within the adjacent neighborhood.
Timothy Fishking headshot portrait

Timothy Fishking, FAIA
Partner, National Healthcare Practice Leader
Moody Nolan

Rob Donaldson headshot portrait

Rob Donaldson
Senior Associate
Moody Nolan

Jordan Javier headshot portrait

Jordan Javier
UH Rainbow Ahuja Center for Women and Children

Session E60 | Monday 10/25/2021  3:30-4:30 PM

Testing Behavioral Health Space Changes via Design Phase Mockups

In 2020, Nationwide Children’s Hospital opened its Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion. Nationwide recognizes the value of staff confidence to implement change; during the design phase, cardboard mock-ups were constructed to test scale and geometry of key spaces and to allow staff to affect the development of design. A wide range of building assemblies that represent the cutting edge of behavioral health products were installed to allow the team to simulate rigorous use of patient spaces. Key rooms, such as patient bedrooms, bathrooms and quiet alcoves were fully built-out to allow for the testing of details, training of staff, and to attract the best available mental health workers. This presentation will share with participants the technical methods, discoveries and conclusions of the room mock-ups and will illuminate the creative ways in which Nationwide utilized this investment of time and materials to benefit its organization. By opening its doors to prospective staff, donors and members of the mental healthcare community, Nationwide revealed their groundbreaking environment of care.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will understand the spectrum of mock-up and simulation opportunities that balance minimal investments during design with significant cost avoidance during construction.
  • Participants will appreciate the opportunity that constructed mock-ups present for the involvement of a greater volume and variety of stakeholders in the design process.
  • Participants will learn how simulations in mocked-up spaces can be used to alleviate skepticism, achieve buy-in for change, and afford training opportunities for existing and future staff.
  • Participants will recognize the potential for using mock-ups to recruit talent, benefactors and gain support among community members.
Ed Cheshire headshot portrait

Ed Cheshire, RA
Architectural Project Manager
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Sara Wengert headshot portrait

Sara Wengert, AIA, ASID

Edwin Beltran headshot portrait

Edwin Beltran, IDDA, Associate AIA

Alisa Pinciotti headshot portrait

Alisa Pinciotti
Engineering Design & Construction | Senior Project Manager
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Session E68 | Tuesday 10/26/2021  8:15 - 9:15 AM

Clinical Liaison: You never heard of it, but you need one!

Maybe you’re a nurse who has often wondered: “didn’t the architect know we need storage space?” Or maybe you’re a physician’s assistant with a great sense of design. Or maybe, you just know you have some great layout ideas that would make all your fellow care providers’ lives so much better…Whatever the motivation, we have learned that involving someone from the hospital with a practical understanding of the clinical enterprise is critical to designing and delivering a successful new hospital or renovation project. We call this person the “clinical liaison.” Presented by the architect, planner, and clinical liaison (a nurse in this case) who together delivered a hugely successful new nine-story bed tower for Inova Loudoun Hospital, we will demonstrate how the clinical liaison provided continuous advocacy for the client, propelled good decision making, and helped streamline operations. Using real-world examples, we will persuade you that you, too, need a clinical liaison on your upcoming building project!

Learning Objectives
  • Learn to create operational efficiencies that maintain project focus and design continuity while making it harder for stray decisions to change how a unit will operate.
  • Explore the difference it can make to the overall project by bringing a clinical liaison into all facets of the project including budgets, implementation, schedules, and changes.
  • Identify how a core team working through the duration of the project can work together to formulate a clear and focused narrative to the C-Suite, donors, foundation team, and community groups.
  • Learn the importance of greater team engagement with hospital operations including facilities and asset control to assure that cost redundancies are avoided while reducing duplicated products that perform identical or similar functions.
Jason Beshore headshot portrait

Jason Beshore, CDT, Associate AIA
Principal, Associate Vice President
HDR Architecture

Kelly Stevenson headshot portrait

Kelly Stevenson, RN, MSN
Senior Transition Project Manager
Gilbane Building Company

Erin McMillan headshot portrait

Erin McMillan, RA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Health Planner

Session E76 | Tuesday 10/26/2021  9:45 - 10:45 AM

A Fresh Outlook: Maximizing Value in Remodel/Refresh Projects

Remodel and refresh projects have long stood in the shadow of new healthcare buildings, their sleek and sexy counterparts. Most healthcare organizations have taken a major financial hit during the pandemic and capital budgets are tight. New construction may no longer be an option. It’s prime time to revamp our thinking and place the spotlight on the redesign and reinvigoration of spaces and processes to maximize the value of healthcare environments without increasing the footprint. With Lean principles and co-creation as central themes, we’ll share project stories and case studies to illustrate practices and techniques to boost the success of remodel and refresh ventures in the eyes of stakeholders and healthcare consumers.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to utilize Lean principles to scrutinize space to increase value without increasing footprint.
  • Identify the 3 common mistakes owners make on remodel/refresh projects and learn how to avoid them.
  • Understand how to establish and maintain stakeholder alignment throughout a project.
  • Learn techniques for launching the design process for a remodel/refresh project to maximize value.
Stephanie Statz headshot portrait

Stephanie Statz, IIDA, CID, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC
Senior Interior Project Designer
RSP Architects

Tryn Saben headshot portrait

Tryn Saben, CID, EDAC
Senior Manager Space Planning & Design
Health Partners/Park Nicollet

Session E84 | Tuesday 10/26/2021  1:15 - 2:15 PM

Mass General Brigham: A New Model for Community Health

Mass General Brigham: A New Model for Community Health Description: Mass General Brigham Integrated Care is a new network of ambulatory care facilities that will provide healthcare services and community resources to Boston, MA and the surrounding New England region through relationship-centered care. Through a programmatic emphasis on community engagement, tailored services based on location, and an open, transparent design, the facilities will integrate into the lives of the communities they serve and become a resource for the sick as well as the healthy. The integration of modular and sustainability principles into the planning and design will allow the buildings to flex and adapt over time as requirements change. Unlike a traditional clinic design that separates program, services, and functions, the design of MGBIC facilities intentionally links a range of service lines and modalities, resulting in cohesive clinics featuring a series of spaces that encourage collaboration, co-creation, and serendipitous interactions.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand a unique design process focus on all sites being repeatable, built on modular concepts.
  • Learn about the integration of sustainable and resilience goals for ambulatory surgery centers.
  • Explore the potential future flexibility for sites to provide alternate care in time of pandemic crisis.
  • Uncover new possibilities for the interaction between digital and physical space.
Jeff Saad headshot portrait

Jeff Saad, AIA, LEED
Design Director

David Burson headshot portrait

David Burson, AIA
Senior Project Manager, Real Estate and Facilities
Mass General Brigham

Matt Tharp

Matt Tharp, AIA
Design Manager

AMFP Sessions, Solutions Theatre at HCD 2021 (Trade Show Floor)

Sunday 10/24/2021  4:30 - 5:00 PM

First Hand COVID Reports from Multiple Regions in U.S.

Leaders of AMFP Chapters from across the U.S. give you the latest inside scoop on how health systems in their regions are setting policy and managing the latest wave of COVID infections.

Monday 10/25/2021  11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Step Inside the Next Generation Intelligent Patient Room

By integrating low-voltage equipment in the room, the traditional whiteboard or sticky-note systems are no longer needed. See how key information is fed to clinical staff through a separate digital door display outside each patient's room. Patients can now access a digital footwall — a 75-inch screen, or "Careboard" — providing real-time communication, entertainment, and other content from a single interface.
Led by Chris Roberts, Global Solutions Architect, Schneider Electric

Monday 10/25/2021  12:30 - 1:00 PM

RFPs and Minority Businesses: Secrets to Building Successful Partnerships

Hear from an insider on how to find and build bridges with qualified MBEs, now a required partner on many projects.
Led by Bree Beal, CF APMP, LEED AP, WELL AP, Small Business Teaming Lead, HKS, Inc and Kelly Guzman, MN, RN, EDAC, LBBP, President & CEO, Yellow Brick Consulting, Inc.

Monday 10/25/2021  1:15 - 1:45 PM

How His Cleveland Roots Paved the Way to Success: One on One with George Tingwald, Changemaker Award Winner

Cleveland Native - Dr. George Tingwald, Director of Medical Planning at Stanford Healthcare - shares his thoughts on healthcare and his hometown with interviewer Mike Wood, VP of Planning, Design & Construction at Medxcel.

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