The 2018 ACE Summit Agenda is below.  This Agenda will be updated on a regular basis.
Time Name Location Description
Sunday, February 18, 2018
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Registration The Overlook, 6th Floor
Stop by the ACE Summit Registration desk in the Overlook to pick up your name badge and conference bag.  The ACE Summit staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Welcome Reception The Overlook, 6th Floor
Welcome to the 2018 ACE Summit!  Enjoy food and drink at the Welcome Reception while you catch up with old friends and make new connections.
Monday, February 19, 2018
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Registration The Overlook, 6th Floor
The ACE Summit Registration desk is open Monday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Please let us know how we may be of assistance.
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM Hosted Buyer Breakfasts Piedmont Rooms, 12th Floor
Enjoy the opportunity to visit with the participating companies and learn more about their products and services.  Representatives will display and describe the latest products and services in healthcare.  A full breakfast will be served.
10:00 AM - 12:45 PM Supply Track: Sales Development Workshops Augusta C & D and E & F, 7th Floor
New this year, the ACE Summit offers four development workshops that will help you meet the challenges of selling to decision makers in the healthcare construction and capital equipment marketplace.  Led by industry leaders, these workshops are designed to provide you with a more in-depth understanding of sales in this space.  Gain valuable insights into the minds of your customers and learn techniques you can implement to win new business and improve existing relationships.
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch N Learns  
Invitation Only.  Registration Required.  See Summit Registration to register and for more information.
Lunch N Learns are in-depth educational forums offering opportunity for discussion of current issues impacting the ACE industry.  These sessions provide the chance for honest and open dialogue about strategies, problem-solving and informed decision making in the changing atmosphere of healthcare architecture, construction and design.  Led by industry leaders, these provider-only sessions are designed to be interactive and provide access to experts from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.  Each session will afford ample opportunity for open dialogue with the presenting companies.  Session content begins at approximately 11:15 am with lunch served at 11:00 am.
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM Fund Track: Evidence-based Capital Planning Processes Augusta 2 & 3, 7th Floor
Timely and collaborative capital planning is key for health system leaders and boards of directors to make necessary and often difficult capital resource acquisition and allocation choices.  The American healthcare landscape has undergone enormous change in the last several years, and many systems are rethinking their capital planning process.  One constant is the growing focus on value-based care.  Hospitals and health systems are under tremendous pressure to improve patient care with an eye toward cost-efficiency. Making a decision to invest in the newest health technology or capital equipment in this environment is challenging, given the need to ensure better patient and financial outcomes. Evidence-based decision-making provides critical insights into whether a health technology has proven benefit, for which patient population, and how the new technology compares with existing and competing alternatives.
Reinventing the capital planning process requires an in-depth examination of a number of factors that affect the organization’s capital resources.   This session will compare and contrast the importance of prioritizing all capital spending decisions, taking into consideration both short-term needs and longer-term strategic objectives.  Hear about methods of determining the right amount of investment in capital projects to support growth and effective delivery of care.  The focus will also include techniques to objectively evaluate and compare each capital request, as they often lack consistency.  Improved processes include prioritizing and objectively ranking capital requests, regular monitoring of progress, and providing visibility into approved capital projects, including variance against capital budget.
Part two of this session will delve into the newest trends in evidence-based capital planning processes.  Discussion will center around the importance of clinical evidence, including the definition of higher-quality evidence and common threats that may bias clinical data.  Hear from a Facilities Manager who will share how the northwest region of Kaiser used data from systems to increase the capital budget to ten times its original.  Identifying systems that were member facing resulted in the creation of a refresh program that updated all buildings on a regular schedule. 
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the components of a strategic capital planning process.
  2. Outline the challenges facing healthcare leaders in the capital planning process.
  3. Define the steps necessary to ensure a capital project is objectively evaluated and monitored.
  4. Describe the evidence-based approach to the capital planning process.
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM Build Track: Supertrends: Forces Shaping New World Approach to Planning Augusta A & B, 7th Floor
There are many forces shaping this new world of modern healthcare.  Learn about the Supertrends that are causing dynamic shifts in the nature of care and how, when and by whom it is provided.  Several powerful and overarching themes being driven by a new generation of patients and providers will be explored.  This session will detail how a strategic analysis of these Supertrends offers a framework that will help you guide long-term capital decision making and understand the impact on capital investments.  Evaluate the role that physical environment plays in accommodating the needs and desires of future generations of patients and providers.
The rapidly advancing fields of digital health and machine intelligence are enabling an increase in virtual care. What impact will this have on services provided in traditional facilities?  Will we see the rise of digital health facilities that monitor and treat patients who are wearing an array of sensors providing diagnostic data? How will homes and communities adapt to take advantage of these new technologies?  The forces driving this change will be examined, as well as the current and future state of digital health and machine intelligence.  Discussion will include an analysis of how these developments will alter our notion of what healthcare is and what it will be in the future.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Outline the megatrends impacting capital investments.
  2. Identify successful strategies for adapting facilities to meet increased patient expectations.
  3. Explain the importance of the physical environment in the delivery of care.
  4. Analyze the physical and virtual scenarios that might be available to the healthcare providers of the future.
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM Supply Track: Panel: Issues Impacting Capital Equipment Augusta C & D, 7th Floor
As the delivery of healthcare evolves, so too do the issues impacting capital equipment planning, purchase, and maintenance.  Capital equipment expenditures comprise an estimated 30-50% of the total cost of the average healthcare building project.  Knowledge of the best methods to effectively evaluate capital equipment purchases and practical negotiation strategies are integral to ensuring maximum ROI.
Gain new insights as the panelists discuss the issues having the most impact on capital equipment in healthcare in 2018.  Discussion will include strategies they have successfully implemented in their organizations to support project budget compliance, improve efficiency, and facilitate patient and employee satisfaction.  Best practices on budgeting for capital equipment purchases and logistics management for the lifecycle of capital equipment will also be shared. 
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify capital equipment processes that address the needs of today’s healthcare facilities.
  2. Analyze the impact of capital planning strategies in healthcare construction.
  3. Describe the challenges that must be overcome when making capital equipment purchases.
  4. Examine current trends and forecast future trends in capital equipment planning.
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM Equip Track: The Changing Nature of Equipment Planning Augusta E & F, 7th Floor
Equipping a healthcare facility can easily account for 25 - 30% of the overall project costs.  Managing the equipment planning process is critical.  Equipment procurement management, product handling, delivery, installation, and relocation planning are vital components of each new project.  Hospital executives must make effective equipment planning decisions, a challenge in any environment, but especially so for large IDNs with complex infrastructures.  
Gloria Cascarino will offer creative, flexible and “future thinking” solutions for equipment planners, design professionals and healthcare providers with proven examples of technology and equipment.  Attendees will learn the Capital Planning challenges presented by the different types of Outpatient Care Centers, with particular attention to equipment required for Diagnostics (Imaging and Lab), Ambulatory Surgery and Urgent Care.  New technology solutions that address issues of budget and space limitations, the need for flexibility, and improved patient throughput will also be explored.
Then examine the changing nature of equipment planning relationships in large IDNs.  As the number of large IDNs has grown, so have the complexities of managing communication among the increased number of stakeholders in these networks.  Divergent cultures and conflicting organizational priorities can cloud the mutual forecast for high-quality outcomes.  Discussion will include methods of aligning goals and strategies resulting in long-term and mutually beneficial partnerships.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the factors changing the nature of healthcare equipment planning.
  2. Specify the challenges outpatient care centers present for equipment planners.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of equipment planning processes in IDNs.
  4. Outline tactics to integrate perspectives from multiple stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes.
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM Design Track: Facility Design Regulations and Designing for Disaster Augusta 1 & 2, 7th Floor
When a new project is under consideration, designers must take into account federal regulations and technical requirements.  They must know exactly what their client’s needs are and what the budget for the project will be.  Different levels of disaster protection and the resulting design implications must also be considered.
Before a designer leaves the first meeting with a new healthcare client, it is critically important to learn certain information about the size, scope, and budget of the project.  On the other side of the table, the owner/operator also must consider certain questions and concerns early in the design process.  In this session, the presenter will discuss best practices when working through the early phases of the design process in order to avoid disputes and design/regulatory stumbling blocks later on.  Learn strategies that can help avoid contract and payment issues before the project begins in order to streamline the process for all involved.
Another issue that must be considered when designing a new facility is the potential for disaster.  Recent news headlines of man-made and natural disasters have made the potential for experiencing disasters all too real and one of the top priorities of hospitals when planning for the future.   This presentation will serve as a case study of the VA Hospital and New Orleans East Hospital renovation and addition that served to restore healthcare to an area of New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. We will discuss the then-current climate of a city-wide recovery effort, the limitations the design team faced in a post-storm environment, and lessons learned for rebuilding a resilient and sustainable hospital campus.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Review the federal and state requirements for different types of healthcare facilities.
  2. Recognize the challenges that hospitals and designers face when undertaking a construction project.
  3. Specify the design factors to consider when planning for man-made or natural disasters.
  4. Formulate action plans based on lessons learned from actual hospital evacuations, campus relocations, and disaster situations.
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM Maintain Track: Improving the Patient Experience Through Facilities Maintenance Programs Augusta G & H, 7th Floor
Studies have shown that the environment of care affects outcomes and has an impact on factors such as patient and employee satisfaction, health outcomes and overall health care quality. This research has led to an increase in the use of “evidence-based design” in hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country.  Improving the appearance, the environment and the safe, efficient operation of your medical facility requires careful, long-term planning but is well worth the effort. To help your organization anticipate, prioritize, and budget for repair and replacement of essential building components and for improved spaces for patients and employees, it is vital to develop a planned “CAPITAL” maintenance program that prioritizes needs and supports capital budget planning. 
As a result of budget constraints over recent years, facilities managers are realizing the effects of deferred maintenance in both the reliable function of systems and the appearance/condition of the facility.  Competition for capital dollars against the request for new services, spaces, and technology is fierce. Asking for emergency funding for repair/replacement when equipment fails is always more expensive and the impact of unplanned downtime can be significant on hospital operations as well as question the credibility of the facilities department.  Developing a “planned” program can have great influence on others to not only understand the financial investment necessary to maintain an appropriate healthcare environment but also demonstrates a facility department’s planning and organizational skills.
The planned program should also include opportunities to improve patient experience, clinical outcomes, research, and education.  Part two of this session will detail how Cleveland Clinic addressed the intrinsic link between a person’s health and their environment. In this sense, environment includes the air one breathes and the water they drink, their behaviors, including exercise and nutrition, and their values, including their choice of health care system.  When it came time to build a new home for Functional Medicine, Cleveland Clinic used the WELL Building Standard to tie these elements together.  Completed in late 2016, Mark Hyman, MD and his team are seeing outpatients at the new Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine located on the Main Campus.  The space is planned with windows with beautiful views, ready access to natural settings, fitness opportunities, and healthy foods, all of which are included in new standards defining healthy environments. The water and air quality will meet the highest standards and the space will feature Cleveland Clinic’s aesthetic standard that emphasizes beauty and contemplative spaces. 
Learning Objectives:
  1. Outline design strategies and processes that will improve patient experience.
  2. Define methods to represent and prioritize your organization’s facility needs in an objective, risk-based plan.
  3. Recognize the challenges that are inherent in maintaining and improving healthcare facilities.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the components of the WELL Building Standard.
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM Maintain Track: Future-proofing Your Capital Equipment Maintenance Programs Augusta G & H, 7th Floor
The management of medical devices and equipment has taken on a new level of complexity in recent years, due in part to the increased sophistication and specialization of equipment, integration with electronic networks, dependence on outsourcing for specialized maintenance and repair, and ever-increasing requirements for compliance, safety, reliability, and accuracy.  A capital equipment maintenance program provides for the early detection of problems and is designed to increase the useful life of buildings, technology, and equipment; ensure the safety of patients and personnel; prevent costly emergency repairs; and prevent inconvenience and expense due to unscheduled down time. 
This session will review the creation, setup, and ongoing assessment of an equipment maintenance program. Discussion will include factors to consider when determining who should complete the maintenance, how to identify roles and responsibilities for support, tools to document those roles and responsibilities, and ways to measure and monitor your program.  Understand options for ongoing maintenance of capital equipment and considerations when assessing whether to insource or outsource maintenance.  The presenter will also review Support Plans, RACI diagrams, Service Level Agreements, Vendor Management Assessment Tools, and ways to measure and monitor your program.
Future-proofing connected devices requires building robust security mechanisms into connected medical devices and equipment. Tracking inventory of what you have is pivotal for successful management.  Learn how to evaluate connected medical devices so that they can still be used in the future, even when technology changes, as well as how to set up an RFP process and evaluation guidelines. It is also important to enlist stakeholders to participate and weigh in on what attributes are essential. Other methods of monitoring and maintaining network-connected devices will also be covered.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Outline the strategic benefits of an organized capital equipment maintenance plan.
  2. List the components to consider when determining whether to insource or outsource equipment maintenance.
  3. Discuss the unique challenges that maintenance of connected devices presents.
  4. Specify methods of tracking network-connected medical devices.
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM Design Track: Designing with the Patient in Mind Augusta 1 & 2, 7th Floor
For innovative healthcare organizations, the paradigm of the patient experience is evolving.  Healthcare design must incorporate the operational, business, and efficiency goals of each institution, but the end-goal is to encourage healing for the patient.  The healthcare patient of 2018 expects to receive care in facilities that are new (or updated), comfortable, and inviting.  The design process is critically important in creating spaces that make the patient experience better and less stressful from first impressions to the follow-up survey.  In addition, healthcare facilities must address the growing number of security risks, including the unique challenges associated with vulnerable patient populations.                                       
In this session, we will highlight innovative and new approaches to designing spaces that encourage healing and promote comfort for patients.  Additionally, we will discuss approaches to understanding how to improve the patient experience – from facilitating worksessions to evidence-based design, to post-occupancy evaluations.  Learn how design can positively or negatively influence the patient’s healing, comfort, stress level, and experience.  Discussion will include approaches to facilitating patient-focused visioning worksessions to incorporate the patient’s needs into the design process.
Design must also include a comprehensive security plan that ensures a safe and secure environment for employees, patients, and visitors.   The potential for violent incidents, crime, cyber-attacks, terrorism, and other emergencies is increasing, and the response to and mitigation of such incidents are significant concerns for all healthcare organizations.  It is vital to address these concerns in the design of new or renovated facilities.  Designers must implement and integrate security elements that ensure the delivery of patient care services in a reasonably safe and secure environment.  Methods of meeting the challenge of providing cost-effective integration of security applications in architectural, engineering, and environmental design will be discussed.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Explore the ways that design can affect patient experience.
  2. Compare approaches to design that incorporate the needs of the patient.
  3. Investigate best practices available to address security issues in the design process.
  4. Discover opportunities to limit the potential for security disruptions in healthcare facilities.
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM Equip Track: Developing Equipment Acquisition Strategies and Planning Checklists Augusta E & F, 7th Floor
US hospitals operate in a competitive market, and must be able to offer services using the latest technology and equipment.  Efficient equipment acquisition practices not only lead to savings in procurement costs, they also facilitate processes during the utilization phase, especially in the maintenance of equipment.  Forward-thinking managers are increasingly using a number of creative financing opportunities - including leasing and renting – in the acquisition of equipment in order to reach strategic goals based on the benefit derived from diagnosis/treatment advances, as well as operational/clinical efficiencies.
In today’s financial and tax environment, many of the factors that once favored one type of financing over another have disappeared, but what remains are the purchase price and financing terms, whether or not the transaction is called a lease or a purchase.  It’s important to evaluate a potential purchase, with a break-even analysis, a payback analysis, and a net-present-value analysis.  Knowing the short and the long-term financial implications of the investment is critical.  Secondary issues may include tax advantages and other concurrent acquisitions.  This session will explore these and other considerations to take into account when creating your organization’s equipment acquisition strategy.
Detailed equipment planning checklists are also vital in the successful completion of a hospital renovation or new construction project.  Comprehensive, integrated, and systematic medical equipment planning and procurement checklists decrease the potential for human error and ensure that architects, contractors, and the client have clear, detailed, and productive communications throughout the construction process.  The presenter will share best practices for creating and utilizing equipment planning checklists in order to keep the project on time and budget.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Outline the projections for equipment acquisition at your organization.
  2. Describe methods of determining whether to lease or buy equipment.
  3. Identify three techniques for evaluating a potential equipment purchase.
  4. Detail the importance of using equipment planning checklists before, during, and after the acquisition.
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM Fund Track: So Much Construction, So Much Patient Demand, So Little Money Augusta 2 & 3, 7th Floor
Healthcare providers are under increased pressure to reduce costs while meeting the needs and expectations of the consumer.  Consumers want convenient locations, quick turnaround times, low costs, and expect modern and comfortable surroundings.  More and more systems are looking to build or expand in order to meet these needs and stay competitive, but increasing demands for capital are limiting funding for facility projects.  Proper allocation of capital is necessary to achieve an organization’s strategic goals.  Objective prioritization is essential for assessing the best use of capital, including identifying “value” to the organization.
In this session, learn how to use objective-based capital planning to achieve strategic goals and objectives.  The presenter will delve into important considerations, including the importance of realistically presenting and examining all risks, opportunities, and eventualities.  Discussion will include methods of ensuring that your organization can ensure that it has adequate re-capitalization to extend the life of existing facilities, as well as plan for future new construction.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe best practices for effectively prioritizing capital planning.
  2. Detail the challenges organizations face when securing capital funding for projects.
  3. Evaluate methods of objective-based capital planning.
  4. Outline steps your organization can take to extend the life of existing facilities as well as plan for new ones.
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM Build Track: Taking Design to Operation Augusta A & B, 7th Floor
When planning a new healthcare facility, a number of entities must work together to find the most efficient and effective designs, building plans, and methods for the specific needs of the organization and their patients.  Technology is constantly changing building design and construction in numerous ways.
Part 1 of this session will explore the concept of design-assist and how to properly implement the design-assist contracting process on your next project.  Attention will be given to what a design-assist project looks like, the benefit derived from early involvement of key trade subcontractors through the Lean technique of design-assist contracting, and how to determine if this method is best for your organization’s needs using examples of past projects. 
Then hear from an experienced project engineer who will examine the widespread use of BIM both during the design process and in daily operations as well.  In this session, learn how to extract the data from these workflows to execute a more efficient facility and building operation.  The presentation will walk through what owners should require and how to implement them into their daily operations.  Discussion will include methods of identifying the value of BIM after handover, using BIM strategies as a key piece of standardization, and an analysis of language of thought and metadata in BIM.
 Learning Objectives:
  1. Analyze the forces that drive the complex interactions of workflow in a construction project.
  2. Outline the components of the Design-assist method of project management.
  3. Define the steps necessary to determine if Design-assist is right for a particular project.
  4. Identify three BIM strategies that could benefit your organization.
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM Supply Track: Panel: Issues Impacting Design & Construction Augusta C & D, 7th Floor
The PwC Health Research Institute’s annual report labeled 2017 as “a year of uncertainty and opportunity”.  2018 is certain to be the same.   Patient-centered care, evidence-based design, lean process improvement, sustainability, and uncertainty about changes in the ACA are all changing the healthcare building industry paradigm.  Stakeholders are looking for innovations that will allow them to build and renovate structures in less time and for lower costs. 
In this session, panelists will discuss what is changing in healthcare construction and how you can adapt your organization’s strategies to be better prepared for these changes.   Learn about the challenges impacting design and construction that are changing the way Architects, Designers, Equipment Planners, Builders, and other stakeholders work.  Discussion will also include methods of collaboration with professionals involved in healthcare design and construction that can facilitate better communication, build partnerships, and increase efficiencies.
  Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the issues impacting design and construction of today’s healthcare facilities.
  2. Describe the strategies needed to work cooperatively during the construction process.
  3. Outline the challenge for healthcare executives to plan projects based on trends in patient care and building design.
  4. Explain how your business can be prepared for the future based on design and construction trends.
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM Maintain Track: Facility Sourcing Practices and Joint Commission Update Augusta G & H, 7th Floor
The redefinition of healthcare continues.  Changes in population health and reimbursements and the move from acute care settings to outpatient care, home health, and “virtual” care are just a few of the factors that have diversified the portfolio of care offered by most healthcare systems.  As a result, the number and type of facilities have increased.  A system’s locations are often spread out over a large geographical area.  Buying services and equipment for these facilities is a challenge, with competing influences, tight budgets, multiple decision makers, and the insource vs. outsource debate.  Changing compliance standards must also be met, as facilities seek to maintain best practices to meet Joint Commission requirements, in order to provide the best possible care for every patient.
This session will provide insight on facility sourcing opportunities in light of these realities.  We will examine common obstacles and provide solutions to impact your organization.  Examples from other industries that can offer an understanding of best practices will be shared.  Hear how to take a holistic approach to buying, the importance of proper execution and clear communication, and the value of transparency and decisiveness.  Changing responsibilities means changing processes, which can sometimes meet with resistance, but proper execution leads to lower costs and higher quality.
There are more than 20,500 healthcare organizations and programs accredited or certified by The Joint Commission in the United States.  Healthcare providers are cognizant of the need to remain vigilant to meet the evolving compliance requirements in order to maintain Joint Commission accreditation.  Larry Rubin will provide an update on the changes in standards that were made in 2017 and highlight some of the new standards for 2018.  Gain insight into the key benefits of Joint Commission accreditation and methods to continue to improve your organization’s performance. 
Learning Objectives:
  1. Outline the impact that changing facility types and locations have on sourcing processes.
  2. Formulate opportunities to improve sourcing practices for multiple facilities.
  3. List recent and imminent changes in Joint Commission standards.
  4. Streamline your organization’s preparation for the Joint Commission accreditation process.
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM Build Track: Innovative Construction Contracting Augusta A & B, 7th Floor
Innovative construction contracting incorporates new techniques to supplement traditional low-bid, design-bid-build contracting.   Innovative contracting can decrease project delivery time, reduce construction time, improve safety, incorporate innovation, and lower costs.  One such innovation is the need to “future-proof” facilities, as functional changes often take place faster than projects can be completed.  During the lifecycle of a facility, or after the completion of construction or renovations, clinicians are often left to “deal with” a design intent which may no longer match their current needs.
An innovative construction contract gives owners, managers, and users the tools to change and manage their environments as needed after they occupy the new space.  Safety, innovation, and flexibility to respond to changing needs are essential.  The presenter will discuss formats that provide opportunities to reduce both construction costs and long-term maintenance and operating expenses.  Key issues of repetitive, unnecessary, and avoidable financial losses for healthcare facilities will be reviewed.  Understand how to develop, design, and provide life-cycle cost reduction solutions that incorporate modular space and flexible equipment management system into the basis of design.
Part two of this session will focus on the progression of the design and construction delivery at Mercy Hospital over the span of several projects.  Ranked one of the top five largest U.S. health systems by Truven in 2017, Mercy serves millions annually across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  Embarking on several significant building projects in recent years including new additions, renovations and stand-alone hospitals, the system’s goal was to continually improve the delivery of healthcare design and construction services.  Hear about the evolution of healthcare delivery progressing from a siloed approach, to what has become an enhanced integrated team that capitalizes on each other’s strengths.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the need to “future-proof” the design of healthcare facilities.
  2. List methods of innovative constructing contract solutions that can lower costs before, during, and after construction.
  3. Compare different delivery methods that result in a more integrated project delivery model.
  4. Discuss opportunities to build partnership and create transparency, leading to smoother processes.
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM Equip Track: Successful Blueprints for Equipping New Facilities Augusta E & F, 7th Floor
Healthcare construction spending is on the rise and was projected to nearly double in 2017.  The Dodge Construction Outlook predicted that this growth will continue in 2018.  The trend of health systems expanding their presence into smaller communities, with both acute and non-acute facilities, for the convenience of customers is growing.  In addition, construction of urgent care, rehabilitation, and ambulatory surgery centers that are tailored to meet the changing needs of patients is on the rise.  The planning, design, and construction of a new facility are exciting but also daunting.  Countless hours are spent and every available resource is used to ensure that all details of planning and building the facility are reviewed with the respective Project Managers.  But once these major milestones have been successfully completed, who does the rest? 
How do you prepare the facility for that first patient?  This is a question you cannot afford to forget – and it needs to be asked EARLY in the process, not near completion.  Surprises and disruptions are sure to happen and can catch the team unaware if not prepared.  The high volume of coordination needed for procurement, receipt, and installation of the FF&E; the planning and training of the staff that will bring the new facility alive; and the numerous regulatory and compliance tasks may overwhelm personnel who already have full-time job responsibilities with the existing operational facility.  Many times, the construction of a new facility is a once-in-a-career event for healthcare professionals.  Learn how to avoid common mistakes when planning, design and constructing your new facility.
The second part of this session will focus on the purchasing of equipment for new facilities.  Purchasing equipment for a new healthcare construction project is not as simple as typical capital purchasing.  There are many activities and processes that coincide and need to be considered.  It is never too early in a project to start talking about the why, when, and how the purchasing will be completed.  In this day of expedited schedules, Design Builds, etc., decisions need to be made earlier and the purchasing timeline plays a major role in accomplishing this.   Learn the key purchasing requirements in new construction and methods of mitigating risk throughout the process.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the tasks involved in the activation of a new healthcare facility and formulate strategies for organizing those tasks.
  2. Outline the role of transition planners in the construction process.
  3. Distinguish the key purchasing requirements for capital equipment in new construction.
  4. Describe three ways to mitigate risk through careful planning.
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM Fund Track: Funding New Healthcare Opportunities Augusta 2 & 3, 7th Floor
Healthcare delivery is complex and evolving rapidly.   Transformative ideas and strategies are vital if providers are to continue to improve quality of care and provide better outcomes in the future, but funding pressures are always an issue.  The shortage of doctors and nurses, coupled with increased demand and expectation from patients, technological advances that push up costs, changes in reimbursements, an aging population, and the increase in chronic diseases, all provide obstacles to new healthcare opportunities.  Healthcare leaders must explore options for expansion and acquisition carefully as they plan for the future.  Many systems are also turning to alternative approaches to funding and organization in order to positively impact the future of care. 
One option on the rise is the opportunity for a joint venture partnership between physicians and surgical facilities.  When forming a partnership to joint venture a surgical facility such as an ambulatory surgery center or surgical hospital, there are many key elements to consider.  What are the legislative restrictions on the development and ownership of physicians in an ASC or Hospital?  Should the partnership include an equity partner and/or management company?  Should the venture include a health system partner and at what equity level?  What considerations should be given to the structure of the governing board to accommodate the different classes of owners?  These questions and more will be answered during this presentation.  A case study of a unique partnership that includes physicians, two health systems, and a management company will also be explored.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the emerging trends in healthcare construction.
  2. Outline the challenges that are facing IDNs as they consider new building projects.
  3. List three methods of flexible design in healthcare spaces.
  4. Analyze the workings of a joint venture partnership.
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM Supply Track: Panel: Creative Strategies for Navigating the GPO Landscape Augusta C & D, 7th Floor
This panel of GPO executives will share how innovative and collaborative methods have worked for them to streamline operations, improve outcomes and increase the bottom line.  Panelists will discuss how the changing business of healthcare has resulted in new methods for meeting financial and clinical goals for independent, community-based healthcare organizations all the way up to large, integrated systems.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify collaboration and consolidation opportunities for suppliers and systems.
  2. Analyze trends resulting from mergers and acquisitions.
  3. Discuss the key challenges facing healthcare provider decision makers.
  4. Discover strategies that will make the marketplace shake-up beneficial for your business.
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM Design Track: Revitalizing Patient Care Augusta 1 & 2, 7th Floor
As the healthcare industry shifts from centralized to decentralized care, many hospital systems now adopt a hub-and-spoke model to bring outpatient care to communities by offering clinics in addition to acute care at a main hospital campus. Some clinics have adapted buildings of other typologies, such as retail. These new medical facilities revitalize retail cores while offering state-of-the-art care located near existing public transportation, highways, sidewalks, parking, and urban utilities.  While the adaptive reuse model has the potential to bring outpatient services to a convenient location for patients and families, the model has its own set of unique challenges and risks.
A prime example of this approach is Seattle Children’s South Sound Clinic, a 40,000 SF outpatient clinic adapted from a former Circuit City store that houses a range of services including urgent care, outpatient care, occupational and physical therapy, and other specialty departments.  During this presentation, audience members will hear from the client and architects, who will share details of how they worked successfully through planning, design development, and construction to produce of a state-of-the-art healthcare facility located in a transit-oriented, suburban retail development.
The move to outpatient care is a direct result of the trend in designing to meet the patient’s needs.  As health systems look to expand their range of services, outpatient care has come to the forefront.  Increased technology advances allow for more procedures to be done in an outpatient setting than ever before, and patients prefer the convenience and the chance to avoid staying overnight in the hospital.  Hear how the push to improve and increase outpatient care is fueling increases in innovations in care methods.  The challenges that lie ahead will also be addressed, including lower rates of admission to acute care facilities, continuing need for follow-up care for outpatients, and the need for new payment models.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss the trends revitalizing the nature of patient care.
  2. Explain the process of adapting a big-box retail space into a modern healthcare clinic.
  3. Describe the importance of using Lean strategies in the design phase to offer patient-centered care to a community.
  4. Outline the challenges healthcare administrators face as the move to outpatient care grows.
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Evening Business Exchange America's Mart, 6th Floor
Enjoy food and drinks as you wrap up an insightful day of educational opportunities with this unique networking program.  The Evening Business Exchange features architects, equipment planners, and contractors hosting healthcare executives, GPO executives and healthcare suppliers.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast Augusta Ballroom, 7th Floor
Network with other ACE attendees while you enjoy a delicious breakfast.  With an outstanding lineup of Keynote Speakers and the Reverse Expo, it's going to be a great day at ACE!
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM Registration  
The ACE Summit Registration Desk is open Tuesday from 7:00 am - 5:30 pm.  Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance.  
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM Leadership Keynote -- Brett Culp, Filmmaker and Cinematographer Peachtree Ballroom, 8th Floor
The central theme of the ACE Summit is to bring healthcare leaders out of silos and collaborate to improve healthcare delivery. It’s tough. Brett Culp has reframed leadership as an art form that brings to the forefront collaborative leadership leading to greater impact. Brett will share his journey to becoming a leading filmmaker and cinematographer by bringing diverse groups together.  
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM ACE Thought Leadership Panel Peachtree Ballroom, 8th Floor
The ACE Summit welcomes three prominent healthcare executives, including Kathleen Kinslow, EVP & Chief Integration Officer at Jefferson Health, to the ACE Thought Leadership Panel.  They will address the trends they see on the horizon, the challenges facing healthcare delivery, and the process improvements necessary to meet those challenges.  You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear these leaders share best practices for inspiring innovation.  
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Inspirational Keynote -- Hassan A. Tetteh, MD Peachtree Ballroom, 8th Floor
Dr. Hassan Tetteh is a Board Certified heart and lung transplant surgeon, life and death expert, and bestselling author.  He was recently named a "Hero of Medicine" by Savoy Magazine and listed as one of the "2017 Top Influential Black Doctors".  Dr. Tetteh inspires through story and teaches 'The Art of Human Care'.  Many of these stories are inspired by his challenging deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he and the II Marine Expeditionary Forces medical team endured austere conditions to perform life-saving surgery in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  During his Keynote you’ll gain the antidote for burnout in healthcare, a new perspective on what it means to heal, and a passion to make healthcare great again.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Augusta Ballroom, 7th Floor
It's time to relax and enjoy lunch with colleagues and new connections as you recharge and prepare for the Reverse Expo.
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Reverse Expo (Provider and Sponsor-Only Access) America's Mart, 6th Floor  
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM Reverse Expo - All Access America's Mart, 6th Floor
Unlike a traditional expo, the ACE Summit Reverse Expo features senior healthcare and GPO executives staffing booths as they host healthcare suppliers, architectural firm representatives, equipment planners, engineers, construction company executives, and others from the facility and capital equipment sectors, providing a unique opportunity to effectively and efficiently use their time and resources.
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Summit Reception  
Join us for a relaxing evening with festive food and drink after a successful day of networking and relationship building at the ACE Summit.  
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast Augusta 1, 2, & 3, 7th Floor
Launch your day with a full breakfast before attending the informative and interactive Facilities Planning Summits.
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM Registration The Overlook, 6th Floor
The Registration Desk is open Wednesday from 7:00 am - 10:00 am.  Stop by for more information on registering for ACE 2019!
8:30 AM - 11:15 AM Facilities Planning Summits Augusta C & D, 7th Floor
The nation’s leading GPOs will host the ACE Facilities Planning Summits, providing attendees with highlights of some of the innovative projects their member organizations have planned.  These Summits allow an open exchange with participants concerning the design, building and out-fit of new construction projects and larger capital equipment plans.  This is an ideal opportunity to learn more about upcoming project details and how your organization can position itself as competitive and innovative.  Enjoy interactive discussion and learn from others in these informative and interactive sessions.
Last updated 11-15-17.