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Wondering which sessions you should go to at the Healthcare Design Conference next week?

If you're registered for the event, you've probably already signed up for educational sessions.

But who says you can't change your mind once you're there?  People always "session-hop" anyway.

So, besides the keynotes, here are my picks, with some options, depending on your area of interest.

Sunday, November 15

9:30 - 11:50 a.m.

D01 Ambulatory Everything: From the Hospital ICONs Program
Donald McKahan, AIA, FACHA, Principal, McKahan Planning Group
Frank Zilm, FAIA, FACHA, President, Frank Zilm Associates
Jennifer Aliber, AIA, FACHA, LEED AP, Principal, Shepley Bulfinch

If you choose this one, you pass up the opportunity to go to two sessions within this timeframe. But if ambulatory care is your thing, it's probably worth it.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

E01 Walk in My Shoes: Comparison of Centralized versus Decentralized Units on Nurse Energy Expenditure and Job Satisfaction
Sam Burnette, AIA, EDAC, Senior Designer/Principal, Earl Swensson Associates Inc.
Darcy Copeland, RN, PhD, Nurse Scientist/Assistant Professor of Nursing, St. Anthony Hospital, University of Northern Colorado

Curious to see if there's any new information from this new research.

E05 The Patient Experience: How it Shapes Military Health Facility Design
Stephen Wooldridge, PhD, PE, FACHE, Deputy Director, Facilities Division, Defense Health Agency
Clay Boenecke, Chief of Portfolio Management, Facilities Division, Defense Health Agency

Only the largest healthcare system in the world.

E08 Promote Safety by Design: Practical Design Strategies to Reduce Healthcare-Acquired Infections
Jun Rong Jeffrey Neo, Bachelor of Engineering, Student (Master of Science), Cornell University
Rana Sagha Zadeh, EDAC, LEED AP, MArch, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cornell University
Ella Franklin, RN, CRC, EDAC, Nursing Research Program Director, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare

This is still (and always will be) an important topic.

10:50 – 11:50 a.m.

E20 Understanding the Unwritten Rules for Engaging a Health System CFO
Jeffrey Kent, Managing Director Facilities, Nemours Foundation
William Howden, Manager/Facilities & Construction, Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN
Kyle Majchrowski, Senior Director/Design and Construction, Oregon Health Sciences University
Jeffrey P. Drucker, AIA, Vice President of Northeast & New England Regions, Array Architects
B. Alan Whitson, RPA, President, Corporate Realty, Design & Management Institute, SquareFootage

It's more than the bottom line, right?

1:40 – 2:40 p.m.

E25 Perspective Is Everything: Understanding What’s Really Expected From Patient Experience
Deborah Wingler, MSD-HHE, EDAC, President, Healing Design Integration
Sheila Bosch, PhD, LEED AP, EDAC, Director of Research, Gresham, Smith and Partners

This case study of Adelante Healthcare should be interesting.

E27 Big Plans for Big Boxes: The Pros and Cons of Retail-to-Healthcare Conversions
Diane Osan, FAIA, ACHA, Chief Visionary Officer, FKP Architects
S. Lance Winn, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, FKP Architects
Dianna Prachyl, Vice President of Community Health, JPS Health Network
Allison Muth, Assistant Director of Facilities Planning and Development, Texas Children’s Hospital

Repurposing is a hot topic.

E28 Effective Biocontainment Unit Design in the Age of Ebola
Oriana Beaudet, DNP, RN, PHN, Clinical Consultant, Smith Seckman Reid
Sheila Cahnman, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, President, JumpGarden Consulting
John Alsentzer, PE, Senior Project Manager and Mechanical Engineer, Smith Seckman Reid

Ebola threat has died down, but it isn't going away. An important topic.

3 – 4 p.m.

E37 Designing Clinics to Accommodate the Medical Home Model
Christine Guzzo Vickery, CID, EDAC, Vice President/Senior Interior Designer, HGA Architects and Engineers
Jennifer Klund, AIA¸ ACHA, Medical Planner, HGA Architects and Engineers
Sarah Torres, Clinic Development Manager, Hennepin County Medical Center

Vickery just wrote a book about clinic design, so she's been thinking a lot about this.

I07 Planning and Design for Healthcare Design: A Nurse’s Perspective
Kathy Okland, RN, MPH, EDAC, President, Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design (NIHD)
Jaynelle Stichler, DNS, RN, NEA-BC, EDAC, FACHE, FAAN, Founding Member NIHD, Co-editor HERD Journal, NIHD

Two nurses with a lot of design experience. Should be an interesting discussion.

Monday, November 16

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.

E48 Rising from the Flood: The New University Medical Center in New Orleans
Janet Dugan, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, NBBJ
Michael Kaiser, MD, FAAP, Healthcare Strategist, Director, NBBJ

Great story and many lessons learned for disaster preparedness.

E49 New Portable Technologies: Reshaping the Future of Healthcare Design
Lance Kubiak, MArch, AIA Associate, Planner/Designer, Ratcliff
Neelanjana Sen, MArch, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Architect, Ratcliff

We all want to know what's next.

I10 Get Ready for Boomer Nation: The Discussion Continues
Sara Marberry, EDAC, Healthcare Design Writer, Speaker, Blogger, Marketing and Business Consultant
Gary Vance, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, President, Vance Consulting LLC

Not only that, but the Millennials are next.

2 – 3:00 p.m.

E55 Developing a Cohesive Patient Experience Infrastructure at Complex Healthcare Organizations: A  Design Process
Allison Matthews, MArch, Service Designer, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation
Marnie Meylor, MDes, Service Designer, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation
Lorna Ross, MDes, Design Strategist, Design Strategist, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation

Okay, this is a boring title, but it's the Mayo Clinic talking about the patient experience.

E59 Achieving Net-Zero Energy in Healthcare
Roy Gunsolus, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Director of Sustainable Healthcare, HKS Architects Inc.
Kim Shinn, PE, LEED Fellow, CxA, BEMP, Principal, Senior Sustainability Director, TLC Engineering for Architecture
Brandon Bardowsky, BSCE, EIT, CHE, Director of Facilities Engineering, Martin Health System

An impossible task? Maybe not.

3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

E61 Thinking Outside the Bus Station: Seating Preferences and Perceptions in Waiting Spaces
Michelle Ossmann, RN, MSN, PhD Candidate in Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology; Director of Healthcare Environments, Steelcase Health
Alison Douis, MHA, Senior Manager, Healthcare Facility Planning, Emory Healthcare
Chris DiMotta, MBA, RT (R ) (N), Senior Administrator, Transplant, Emory Healthcare May Architecture + Interiors, Author

Environmental psychology research findings on seating choice.

E62 Using Magnet as a Framework for Healthcare Facility Design
Jaynelle Stichler, DNS, RN, NEA-BC, EDAC, FACHE, FAAN, Professor Emerita, Co-editor of HERD Journal, Research Consultant, Sharp HealthCare, SDSU, Sharp Memorial Hospital, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital

It's about time we made the connection between Magnet hospital distinction and design.

E68 What’s in That Chair? Getting Chemical Hazards Out of Healing Environments
Rachel Gibson, JD, MPP, Safer Chemicals Program Director, Health Care Without Harm
Tracey Easthope, MPH, Environmental Health Project Director, Ecology Center
Jean Hansen, FIIDA, LEED Fellow, EDAC, AAHID, CID, Sustainable Principal, HDR Architecture, Inc.

A case study of Beaumont Health System.

4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.

E75 Leveraging Biophilia for Sustainable Healthcare Environments
Mara Baum, AIA, LEED Fellow, EDAC, Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, HOK
Julia Kane Africa, MDeS, MOAM, Program Leader, Nature, Health, and the Built Environment Program, Harvard University, Center for Health and the Global Environment

Biophilia isn't new, but it's everywhere these days.

Tuesday, November 17

8 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

D04 Washington Wonkiness: Designing for the Ever-Changing Landscape of Healthcare Reform
Eileen Malone, RN, MSN, MS, EDAC, Senior Partner, Mercury Healthcare Consulting, LLC
Ellen Taylor, AIA, MBA, EDAC, Director of Research, The Center for Health Design
Erin Peavey, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, Senior Researcher and Medical Planner, HOK Healthcare

Another deep dive session that takes up two session time slots. But worth it if you need a primer or refresher on the impact of health reform on design.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

E84 What a Difference Five Years Makes: Perfecting the Patient Unit
Mary Frazier, AIA, LEED AP, Lean Green Belt, Healthcare Principal, EwingCole
Gina Marone, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Outpatient Clinical Operations, Cooper University Health Care

Lessons learned from Cooper University Medical Center's test drive of a patient unit design.

E88 Dublin Methodist Hospital: Culture-Driven Design Seven Years Later
Greg Mare, AIA, EDAC, Director, National Healthcare Practice, AECOM
Elizabeth Biegler, MBA, BSN, CEN-P, Chief Nursing Officer, OhioHealth
Tina Null, RN, BSN, Director of Inpatient Nursing, Pulmonary Services, and Clinical Education, Ohio Health

Has it really been seven years?

9:20 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

E92 Capturing the Fall Moment: The Dirty Hand of Physical Design
Debajyoti Pati, PHD, FIIA, IDEC, LEED AP, Rockwell Professor, Texas Tech University
Thomas Harvey, FAIA, MPH, FACHA, LEED AP, Principal, HKS Architects
Mary Grace A. Rey, BSN, RN-BC, Staffing Operations Office Staff RN IV, Covenant Health Systems
Shabboo Valipoor, MS, PhD Candidate, Texas Tech University

Results of a study that used motion capture technology. Fascinating.

E99 A Rainbow of Possibilities: Navigating the Color of Light
Leslie North, IALD, PE, LC, LEED AP, Principal, Aurora Lighting Design Inc.
Lauren Roberts, LC, EDAC, IES, Healthcare Market Manager, Visa Lighting

I co-authored a book about the power of color once; curious to learn the latest thinking on color as light.

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

E104 The Hospital Left Behind: What’s the Next Chapter for Our Aging Healthcare Infrastructure?
Sarah Bader, EDAC, IIDA, Principal, Gensler
Darin Smith, Managing Principal, Economic & Planning Systems
John Wilson, AIA, CHFM, Director of Planning, Design, and Construction, Parkland Health & Hospital System

This is indeed a big question.

E108 Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluation of WellStar Paulding Hospital
Beth Edwards, MBA, Project Manager, WellStar Health System
Richard Kulik, CHC, LEED BD+C, EDAC, Senior Project Manager, WellStar Health System
Xiaobo Quan, PhD, EDAC, Senior Researcher, The Center for Health Design

From the first Pebble Project to use a standard evidence-based design evaluation tool.

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Libby Larson

8 years ago


Always so good to read your blogs. I hope too see you at Health Design. Bill keeps most of us posted on anything new happening in your world.

It's reassuring to see your choices for sessions as they are similar to what I have already selected. I may "hop" around based on your suggestions.

I will subscribe!

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