October 20, 2015

Using research and analytics to inform design development, looking at a new approach to analyzing nurse activities in terms of key sequences and their frequencies in various inpatient settings, promoting healthy workplaces by facilitating nurses’ restorative breaks in healthcare facilities, how to achieve net-zero energy in a healthcare setting and demystifying the challenge that exists for designers to adequately respond the complex issues of oncology center design are a few of the topics that HKS healthcare leaders will address at the 2015 Healthcare Design Conference & Expo, November 14-17 in Washington, D.C. 

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 healthcare facilities now and into the future. 

HKS will be sharing insight at the following sessions: 

“A Practitioner’s Foray into Research” (E02)
Speakers: Upali Nanda, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, Vice President and Director of Research,  Executive Director, CADRE, HKS, Inc.: Tom Clark, FAIA, EDAC, Principal, Clark/Kjos Architects; Patrick Leahy, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP, Director of Planning, Research, and Innovation, Healthcare Studio, Holland Basham Architects; and Terri Zborowsky, PhD, EDAC, Former Nurse, Researcher and Clinical Consultant, The Center for Health Design
Date/Time: November 15, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session: What does an architect do with an opportunity to pursue research within a project when he/she does not have resources within the firm (e.g., a clinician, PhD, etc.)? A panel of practitioners and researchers will present a case study of just such a research opportunity, discussing what the practitioner did, lessons learned, and the participants’ own diverse experience. Presenters will explore all the options that are available to practitioners and share how to put together collaborative teams, explaining how more architects and owners can get involved in healthcare research and publication for the healthcare industry.

“From Diagnostics to Design: Using Rapidly Deployable Research and Analytics to Inform Design Development of Inpatient Units” (E23)
Speakers: Upali Nanda, AIA, EDAC, Assoc. AIA, Vice President, Director for Research, HKS, Inc.; CADRE; Camilla Moretti, AIA, Lean Six Sigma CE, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, HKS, Inc.; Steve Jacobson, AIA, Lean Six Sigma CE, LEED AP, Principal, HKS Inc.; and Alison Avendt, MBA, OT/L, President, ProMedica Transportation Network
Date/Time: November 15, 1:40 – 2:40 p.m.
Session: Research traditionally has had a role in pre-design and post-occupancy, but can it fundamentally transform the design process?  This case study will share the design integration of rapidly deployed field research and parametric analysis, mock-ups and evidence-based design decision-making tools, to allow real-time integration into design and informed conversations between owners, users, researchers and designers. Presenters will share how these initiatives are being correlated with a larger initiative by the hospital, to track the metrics that matter. 

“Beyond Walking: Sequence Mapping and Implications for Optimizing Inpatient Unit Design” (E41)
Speakers: Adeleh Nejati, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, EDAC, Healthcare Architect and Design Researcher, HKS, Inc.; Kate Renner, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, Healthcare Architect and Researcher, HKS, Inc.; and Tyler Schwede, BS, March, EDAC, Healthcare Designer and Researcher, HKS, Inc.
Date/Time: November 16, 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Session: A new approach to analyzing nurse activities in terms of key sequences and their frequencies in various inpatient settings, including medical-surgical acute care and neonatal, medical, and surgical ICUs will be addressed in this session. Presenters will introduce a new tool (Sequence Mapper) for calculating nurses’ travel distances, using their key-activity sequences and associated frequencies. By calculating optimal walking distance, this tool can potentially help improve nurse efficiency and workflow by evaluating and optimizing inpatient unit design in the early planning stages. 

Health-Promoting Workplaces: Design and Policy Interventions to Facilitate Nurses’ Restorative Breaks (E51)
Speakers: Adeleh Nejati, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, EDAC, Healthcare Architect and Design Researcher, HKS, Inc. and Mardelle Shepley, FAIA, EDAC, FACHA, LEED AP BD+C, Professor, Cornell University
Date/Time: November 16, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Session: What are the main barriers that prevent nursing staff from taking restorative breaks? Empirical evidence points to design and policy interventions that promote healthy workplaces by facilitating nurses’ restorative breaks in healthcare facilities. This presentation will present innovative break programs as well as the main components of a well-designed staff break area that have the potential to reduce nurses’ stress, increase productivity and enhance their overall job satisfaction. Attendees will learn how proximity to patients, levels of privacy and access to nature, daylight and outdoor environments can facilitate refreshing breaks that positively affect quality of care and patient safety and satisfaction, by enhancing staff alertness and performance in healthcare workplaces. 

“Achieving Net-Zero Energy in Healthcare” (E59)
Speakers: Roy Gunsolus, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Director of Sustainable Healthcare, HKS, Inc.; Kim Shinn, PE, LEED Fellow, CxA, BEMP, Principal, Senior Sustainability Director, TLC Engineering for Architecture; and Brandon Bardowsky, BSCE, EIT, CHE, Director of Facilities Engineering, Martin Health System
Date/Time: November 16, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Session: Achieving net-zero energy in a healthcare setting is often considered to be near impossible. This case study analysis will take a look at two recently certified LEED hospitals in two different climate zones, to demonstrate the potential physical and planning modifications necessary as well as the associated financial impacts had their original intent been to achieve net-zero/regenerative energy use. Presenters will look at passive, active and renewable strategies and demonstrate which strategies from each category are most effective in a healthcare setting. 

“Providing a Next-Generation OR Platform in an Aging Infrastructure” (E66)
Speakers: Bill Alexander, AIA, Vice President, HKS Inc.; David Pugh, Associate Administrator, Support Services, Emory University Hospital; Bradley Higdon, AIA, Vice President, BDR Partners, LLC; and Lynda Herrig, PE, Associate Partner, Newcomb & Boyd
Date/Time: November 16, 3:20 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Session: Healthcare providers are continually balancing the need for new and improved clinical capacity against the costs of expanding the delivery platform. Explore how Emory University Hospital upgraded a surgery suite, including operating rooms originally constructed in the 1970s, within budget and schedule and while maintaining operable, functional operating rooms. This session will identify infrastructure challenges encountered during the renovation as well as innovation solutions provided to improve staffing, wayfinding and processes. 

“Capturing the Fall Moment: The Dirty Hand of Physical Design” (E92)
Speakers: Tom Harvey, FAIA, MPH, FACHA, LEED AP, Principal, HKS, Inc.; Debajyoti Pati, PHD, FIIA, IDEC, LEED AP, Rockwell Professor, Texas Tech University; Mary Grace A. Rey, BSN, RN-BC, Staffing Operations Office Staff RN IV, Covenant Health Systems; and Shabboo Valipoor, MS, PhD Candidate, Texas Tech University
Date/Time: November 17, 9:20 – 10:20 a.m.
Session: Moderate to severe falls cause prolonged hospital stays for patients and strain the resources of healthcare systems and families. Since more than 70 percent of falls are unwitnessed, traditional fall analysis has been limited. This session will present physical design attributes in a patient room that contribute to potential falls. The contents are based on the findings of a study that used motion capture technology and engineering algorithms to identify exact fall moments in a mock-up, and examined physical design attributes and possible solutions by a team of healthcare designers, clinicians and a kinesiology expert. 

“Care Coordination in Oncology: Lesson for the Field” (E106)
Speakers: Upali Nanda, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, Director of Research, HKS, and Executive Director of CADRE, HKS, Inc.; Jennie Evans, RN, BS, LEED AP, EDAC, Lean Six Sigma CE, Lean Operations Specialist /Programmer, HKS, Inc.; Richard Rucksdashel, AIA, Designer/Health Facility Planner, HKS, Inc.; and Pam Redden, MS, BSN, RN, EDAC, Director, Clinical Operations Development, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Date/Time: November 17, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Session: This team will share the complexity of the oncology care teams, the role of the environment in supporting the needs of these teams, and insights on care coordination from inpatient and outpatient cancer care. In oncology, recognizing that care coordination is across a continuum of cyclic inpatient/ outpatient locations is essential. This presentation will demystify the challenge that exists for designers to adequately respond to this complex patient care environment. 

“Talk the Talk: Tools and Techniques to Manage Stakeholder Perceptions in Design and Construction Projects” (I23)
Speakers: Jennie Evans, RN, BS, LEED AP, EDAC, Lean Six Sigma CE, Past President, Nursing Institute of Healthcare Design; Susan Silverman, MSN, MBA, President-elect, Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design; Senior Vice President, Project and Development Services Group, Jones Lang LaSalle
Date/Time: November 17, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Session: In the spirit of Lean continuous improvement, this session will explore information and lessons garnered from clinicians, architects, and construction managers. A survey will identify perceptions, experiences, and desires of these key stakeholders who span the design process. The outcome of this session will provide insight into the perceptions of these primary stakeholders. Attendees will walk away with tools to improve user engagement and communication between clinicians and architects, and techniques to be implemented in future projects. 

Pre-Conference Coaching Workshop: “Practical Application of Evidence-Based Design” (C01)
Speakers: Upali Nanda, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC, Director of Research, HKS, Inc.; Julie Kent, Manager, Facilities Planning & Sourcing, Trinity Health; Ellen Taylor, AIA, MBA, EDAC, Director of Research, The Center for Health Design
Date/Time: November 14, 8:30 a.m.  – 2:30 p.m.
Session: Have you wondered what evidence-based design (EBD) is and why it’s important? Or are you EDAC-certified and planning or designing a project and want to use the EBD process? If so, attend this in-depth workshop to work directly with industry experts. This session is designed to provide an introduction to EBD and help you understand how to integrate EBD concepts into your work and learn how to put them into practice. You’ll receive personal consultation tailored to your specific issues. If you have a project, consider attending this workshop as a team and learn how to integrate the EBD process together. 

HKS, Inc. is ranked among the top healthcare architectural firms in the world by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture. Operating from 26 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. 

For more information, contact Sherri Smith at ssmith1@hksinc.com. 

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