Seven HKS Health Design Leaders to Speak at the HCD Healthcare Design Virtual Conference

Seven HKS Health Design Leaders to Speak at the HCD Healthcare Design Virtual Conference


HKS Global Director and Executive Vice President Jeffrey Stouffer will be one of the keynote speakers at the HCD Healthcare Design virtual conference taking place from Nov. 9 to Nov. 12. Six other HKS health care design experts are also scheduled to speak at the conference.

The conference will feature more than 30 sessions to help the health care design industry adapt to changing times. You can register here. We hope you’ll join us.

Preview our panels and sessions below:

Monday, Nov. 9, 10 to 11 a.m. CST — State of the Industry: Healthcare Facilities Now and Post-Pandemic

Speakers: Jeffrey Stouffer, global director, principal and executive vice president at HKS; Barbara Wagner, executive vice president of Clark Construction; Carolyn BaRoss, health principal at Perkins&Will; David Grandy, vice president of delivery system and innovation at Kaiser Permanente; Walter Jones, senior vice president of campus transformation at The MetroHealth System; and Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, editor-in-chief of Healthcare Design (moderator).

A multidisciplinary group of industry experts will offer their unique perspectives on top-of-mind issues including where the industry stands in its response to COVID-19 and how lessons learned this year should be applied to future projects. The panel will also explore the role design plays in solving issues tied to health equity and access to care; ways to improve patient, family, and staff experience; and more.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST — Just-in-time Design: Using Prototyping to Lead a Market

Speakers: Teresa Campbell, director of health and principal at HKS; Julia Phillips, architect and senior medical planner at HKS; Matt Taylor, vice president of asset strategy at Orlando Health; and Angelene Baldi, executive director for facilities, strategy, planning and design at Kaiser Permanente.

With the rapid pace of disruption and hyper-competition in today’s health care world, the barriers to successfully grow into new markets require the talent of a juggling unicyclist: balancing costs, improving organizational efficiencies and delivering better patient outcomes. This session is intended to explore how two different organizations, Orlando Health and Kaiser Permanente, are leveraging prototypical, templated design along with prefabricated construction methods to deliver high-quality health care into new and emerging markets at a rapid pace. The panel will share the process of designing and implementing a five-phase, templated health campus design, adaptable for 15- to 50-acre sites and scalable from an initial 14-room freestanding ED to a 240-bed full service hospital for Orlando Health. HKS will also share how the Ambulatory Southern Northern Virginia Hub for Kaiser Permanente used progressive mock-ups, templated design and prefabricated components to ensure consistent brand implementation while maintaining a high quality of construction.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 10 to 11 a.m. CST — Healthcare, Accessibility and Temporary Conditions

Speaker: Tina Duncan, senior project architect and principal at HKS

This session has been designed for architects who specialize in health care architecture. The course will explore some of the key components with regards to accessibility that are specific to the health care environment for toilet room design. The course will also explore considerations that could be discussed with health care providers when addressing limiting the spread of viral diseases within their facility.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. CST — Sensory Design: Mastering Acoustics in Healthcare Environments

Speakers: Ana Pinto-Alexander, director of health interiors and principal at HKS; Amy Mays, interior design practice leader, HDR; Jo Solet, assistant clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School; and John Czarnecki, deputy director and senior vice president at IIDA (moderator)

In this discussion centered on evidence-based sensory design—especially acoustics in health care environments—design and health care professionals will convey best practices in creating interiors that positively impact healing, rest, comfort, patient outcomes and wellness. Designers who oversee health care interiors for two of the largest firms in the U.S. will join a Harvard Medical School expert to discuss auditory concerns in health care, keeping both patients and caregivers in mind.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2 to 3 p.m. CST — Thinking Beyond the Boundaries: Elevating Community Health Through Design

Speakers: Shannon Kraus, regional director and executive vice president at HKS, and Kate Renner, design researcher and architect at HKS

There are many determinants that go beyond the fundamental health care basics — access, cost, quantity and quality of health care services — that have a role in improving community health. Behavior, social and physical environments, and genetics are important factors, and in order to improve the health of a community, health care systems must address all of these determinants in addition to providing medical care. Design plays a key role in addressing many of these health determinants, and in partnership with health care systems, there are many opportunities to make impactful change through community integration and the built environment to support healthy behavior and lifestyles and, in turn, develop healthy communities. It is in this context, with this dynamic backdrop, that we can explore the role of the health system in community health. With a well-defined vision, an understanding of the community’s health needs, and key partnerships and leadership, positive interventions (both large- and small-scale) can be made that emphasize health and wellness as the center for design.