August 27, 2014

The benefits of using Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and the human factor on Akron Children’s Hospital, and how integrated technology and innovation assisted in creating the future of patient care at the new St. Joseph Mercy Oakland patient tower are two topics for discussion by HKS healthcare leaders at the 2014 Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo (HFSE), to be held September 30 – October 2 at Navy Pier in Chicago. 

HFSE, now in its 28th year, was the first event to bring together entire teams that design, plan, construct and manage 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. 

“Promoting Integration to Support IPD: The Leadership Challenge”
Presenters: Jeff Stouffer principal/senior vice president and healthcare group director, HKS, Inc.; Dave Kievet, group president – western operations, The Boldt Company; and Grace Wakulchik, chief operating officer, Akron Children’s Hospital
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
About: Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) presents unprecedented opportunities for teams to provide facilities that cost less and are delivered sooner. However, training and sustaining these high- performance teams requires new leadership. The “human factor” and the ability to encourage successful professionals to change the way they work present significant challenges. Three senior executives, who have sponsored multiple IPD projects, will recount their collective experience and dive into their shared journey on the Akron Children’s Hospital project. In Akron, the owner wanted to tap the IPD experience of talented national firms, and build the capability of the local design and construction firms to sustain the effort on future projects. The session will describe the approaches taken to build and sustain the team, explore both successes and challenges, and share keys to success that attendees will be able to apply to current and future projects. Key learning objectives will include: understanding the challenges that exist in assembling a high-performing IPD team; developing strategies for building an integrated team that is durable and dynamic; identifying actions that will promote the honesty and trust needed to sustain an integrated environment; and resolving personality issues to unleash the creative potential of an IPD team. 

“Innovation in Integrated Technology Environment and Personalized Care"
Presenters: David Schmitzerle, LEED AP, Associate, HKS, Inc.; Annette Ridenour, president and CEO, Aesthetics Inc.; and Jack Weiner, president and CEO, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
About: The presenters will describe the evolution of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, which opened its new patient tower in April 2014. Components of this facility were simultaneously designed to create the future of patient care including a patient care experience that supports each person on their healing journey; integrated technology that improves infection control, pain assessment, patient education and involvement, and clinical quality initiatives; physical environment designed to provide comfort efficiency and beauty utilizing evidence-based design principals; and an integrated arts program of Michigan artists commissioned to create unique pieces that reflect the organization’s values and faith-based mission. Key learning objectives include: learning how to work with technology companies to collaborate on improving quality and patient outcomes; learning about the three-year journey to enroll and engage staff in creating optimum and personalized experiences; learning how the design of the building set the stage for all innovation; and learning how the design of a regional arts program celebrates the talent of the community while communicating the mission and values of the organization. 

For more information on the HSFE and the complete list of sessions, click here

HKS is ranked among the top healthcare architectural firms in the world by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture. Operating from 27 offices worldwide, HKS focuses on innovative healthcare design, process and delivery. The firm’s award-winning healthcare architecture includes 2,000 unique projects representing 80,000 beds and 184 million square feet. HKS projects have garnered numerous awards and coverage in worldwide publications. The firm’s healthcare specialists are highly respected international speakers. 

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