October 26, 2016

Innovative design and healing environments is the theme of this year’s Healthcare Design Expo + Conference, held November 12-15 in Houston, Texas. Health leaders from around the country will gather to discuss the latest health care trends, ideas and research. 

HKS health leaders will present at the following sessions: 

Sunday, November 13

 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Architects are from Venus; Constructors are from Mars (BO1)
Speakers: Bernita Beikmann, AIA, EDAC, LSSBB, principal, HKS, Inc.; Will Lichtig, executive vice president, project and business development, The Boldt Company; and Rex Miller, futurist, consultant, executive coach, Mind Shift

 Builders and design professionals bring different backgrounds and expertise to projects. Sometimes team dynamics break down on projects and the root cause is cultural difference. This session will explore these differences and proven techniques to get the team rowing in the same direction, rather than breaking down in a blame game over sufficiency of the design documents and conforming workmanship.  

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Constant and Continuous Engagement: How to Prepare Staff for Life After Opening (I01)
Speakers: Adeleh Nejati, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, EDAC, HKS, Inc. and Meredith Slosberg, MBA, FACHE, CSC Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Deployment Leader, Akron Children's Hospital 

In this roundtable, the owner and design team representative will share their experience with a recently opened neonatal intensive care unit and emergency department, and discuss how the design process and change-management strategy enhanced employee engagement at every phase of the project. They will share how a pulse-point research tool and check process were integrated into the change-management strategy to continuously monitor staff expectations. Attendees will hear findings of a survey that speaks to the role of early involvement in design and discuss specific tactics used for change management. 

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Designing for Wellness Through the Built Environment of the Hospital Campus (I02)
Speakers: Mindy Goodroe, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, vice P\president, HKS, Inc.; Michelle Eichinger, president, Designing4Health; and Bill Bruce MBA, principal, CRJA-IBI Group 

With the Affordable Care Act, nonprofit hospitals have a requirement to address health in their community, not just for those entering their doors. In this discussion, participants will be introduced to a comprehensive approach linking local health data into the planning and design for a hospital as part of a health district. This health data-driven design aims to address health behaviors to promote wellness for community residents, patients and health care staff. Attendees will discuss the health and design process as it's applied to a hospital system in an urban environment.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Future Direction of Healthcare: Learning from Design Practitioners, Researchers and Educators (Hosted by ASID)
Speakers: Upali Nanda, Ph.D, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, vice president/director of research, HKS, Inc.

This session will review the top issues the health care design industry should be aware of and how they impact not only health care design, but also the direction of design research and design education. Based on the American Society of Interior Designers’ “2016/2017 Industry Outlook Report” (to be released in June 2016), the session features experts from design practice, research and education sharing their insights and projections for the future direction of healthcare design.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The New Interventional Radiology Floor and Hybrid OR at The MD Anderson Cancer Center Pavilion (E38)
Speakers: Richard Rucksdashel, AIA, HKS, Inc. and Janet Sisolak, EDAC, director, major capital projects, MD Anderson Cancer Center 

MD Anderson's new Pavilion project includes a new interventional radiology program that has found an independent identity and also houses a multimodality hybrid OR to facilitate vascular and minimally invasive surgeries. Can this configuration of a hybrid OR in an IR suite help call a truce to longstanding turf wars between interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons? This session will explore the outcome of this newly opened environment and present real experiences developed over years of planning, construction, activation and utilization of a truly blended IR and surgical environment, with initial lessons learned.

Pre-Conference Coaching Workshops:  

Saturday, November 12 

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Practical Application of Evidence-Based Design – hosted by The Center for Health Design (W01)
Speakers: Upali Nanda, Ph.D, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, vice president/director of research, HKS, Inc.; Donna Deckard, BSN, MPA, EDAC, director of strategic projects, The Center for Health Design; Ellen Taylor, Ph.D(c), AIA, MBA, EDAC, vice president for research, The Center for Health Design; and Carolyn Glaser, MA, EDAC, vice president for strategy and operations, The Center for Health Design 

Health care organizations today are faced with increased transparency surrounding patient-safety and quality issues, declining reimbursement, the shift from volume to value and the need to bend the cost curve as provisions from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Learn more about these issues and how the built environment can bring solutions. Explore the value of setting goals, learn how to use research and how to build the business case for change. This day of consultation will prepare you to be a better client or partner by providing you with the knowledge and tools to address the challenges facing health care today. This opportunity offers exclusive access to industry experts who possess extensive EBD knowledge and real-world experience. They'll sit down with you to share their perspectives and answer your specific questions — whether you're an EBD novice or EDAC-certified individual. If you have a project in progress, consider attending this workshop as a team so that you can learn how to integrate the EBD process.

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
EDAC Exam Preparation Session (W06)
Speakers: Upali Nanda, Ph.D, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, vice president/director of research, HKS, Inc.; Julie Kent, EDAC, manager for facilities planning and sourcing, Trinity Health; Barbara Dellinger, MA, IIIDA, AAHID, CID, EDAC, NCIDQ, director, design and research, Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center; and Donna Deckard, BSN, MPA, EDAC, director of strategic projects, The Center for Health Design 

Join EDAC experts for a comprehensive study session to prepare you to take the EDAC exam. This session provides general information about the exam and the types of questions on the exam, as well as an overview of the five domains included in the exam content outline from which the questions are derived. Three exam prep videos will be shown, which provide a detailed review of content from the three study guides and a summary of key concepts. Sample questions will be reviewed with time for your questions. Register to take the exam at the conference and you'll receive a discount on exam fees and a risk-free offer that gives you one free retake of the exam. There is a $60 fee for this workshop.

The Healthcare Design Expo + Conference is the premier event devoted to how the design of responsibly built environments directly impacts the safety, operation, clinical outcomes and financial success of health care facilities now and into the future. For more information on the conference, click here

HKS, Inc. is ranked among the top health care architectural firms in the world by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture. Operating from 24 offices worldwide, HKS focuses on innovative health care design, process and delivery. The firm’s award-winning health care architecture includes 3,500 unique projects representing 157,000 beds and 367 million square feet. HKS projects have garnered numerous awards and coverage in worldwide publications. The firm’s health care specialists are highly respected international speakers. For more information, contact Brian McFarlane at bmcfarlane@hksinc.com or Sherri Smith at ssmith1@hksinc.com. 

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