September 17, 2013

Rebuilding at the tornado-stricken Mercy Hospital Joplin and promoting lean processes at Saint Mary’s Health Care are two topics for discussion by HKS Healthcare Group staff at the 2013 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo (HFSE) on October 1-3 at Navy Pier in Chicago.

 HFSE, now in its 27th year, was the first event to bring together the entire team that designs, plans, constructs and manages healthcare facilities. HFSE focuses on how the physical space directly affects the staff, patients and their families, and the delivery of healthcare. Ideas, practices, products and solutions that improve current healthcare facilities and shape the facilities of tomorrow will be exchanged, explored and discovered at HFSE.

“Accelerated and Collaborative PD&C to Rebuild Mercy Joplin”
Presenters: Tim Solohubow, senior vice president, HKS, Inc.; Harold Baca, director of engineering, Guarantee Electrical Construction Company; Jamison Bloebaum, Midwest division leader, Heideman Associates, Inc., a Zak Company; John Farnen, executive director of special projects, Mercy; Ryan Felton, project director, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; Stephen Hancock, vice president – project development, U.S. Engineering Company; Mike Stapf, preconstruction director, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
About: On May 22, 2011, a deadly tornado struck Joplin, Mo. with Mercy Hospital Joplin directly in its path. Mercy pledged to rebuild, committing to break ground on the new $449 million, 875,000-square-foot facility in January 2012 and open in early 2015. This session illustrates how the project team worked together to overcome challenges to meet this aggressive schedule. Mercy Hospital Joplin reflects the latest trends in the AEC industry such as using co-location to overcome the distance barrier between team members and bringing design-assist MEP subcontractors on board early. As a result of a collaborative approach, the team was able to get from initial design to breaking ground in just five months. The presenters include key members of the owner, designer, engineer, contractor, and mechanical and electrical subcontractors. The new hospital is scheduled to open 45 months after the tornado hit Joplin;, pushing the traditional limits of hospital planning design and construction (PD&C) in response to the community’s need.

“Saint Mary’s Health Care – LEAN Operations Process Improvement Success”
Presenters: Vladislav Torskiy, RA, AHRMM, CSCMP, LEAN Healthcare CP, vice president and project director, HKS Knox Advisors; Todd Arbaugh, manager business development, surgical services, Saint Mary's Health Care;  Kathleen Wells, R.N., BSN, nurse manager, Saint Mary’s Health Care
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
About: Saint Mary's Health Care offers state-of-the-art surgical services for a wide range of medical conditions. Saint Mary's surgeons are board-certified and trained in the most up-to-date techniques and technology, including minimally invasive robotic procedures. More than 14,000 procedures are performed in the hospital on a yearly basis. On the main campus, surgical services are provided in the main hospital, at the Lacks Cancer Center and hands and plastic surgery center. Leadership dedicated to process excellence decided to conduct a LEAN operations improvement process and then implement its results into a redesign of surgical services, both spatial and operational. The effort included collective participation of D&T clinicians and ancillary services, technology and process excellence departments. It resulted in the creation of future optimal seven healthcare flows, elimination of eight waste components, creation of guiding principles and detailed analyses and comparison of the institution’s existing and future operations.

HKS is ranked among the top healthcare architectural firms in the world by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture. Operating from 28 offices worldwide, HKS focuses on innovative healthcare design, process and delivery. The firm’s award-winning healthcare architecture includes 1,600 unique projects representing 78,000 beds and 166 million square feet. HKS projects have garnered numerous awards and coverage in worldwide publications. The firm’s healthcare specialists are highly respected international speakers.

For more information, contact Tim Solohubow at, Vladislav Torskiy at or Trish Martineck at

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