Engineering, Facilities, & Construction Track                             
We all feel the pressure to do more with less.  Shifts in the regulatory environment, patient populations and ever-changing technology requires today’s engineering, facilities management, construction, safety and security professionals to be flexible and ready to adapt to changes when necessary.  Working collaboratively across departments to gain necessary input and buy-in, building trust with outside business partners and expanding knowledge is critical to the success of those delivering healthcare services. The next generation of healthcare facility leaders will face different challenges and it will be important to evolve thought processes and strategies to meet those future obstacles. These sessions addressed topics and trends in healthcare engineering, construction and maintenance to offer insights on best practices and new solutions.
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm                       Engineering, Facilities & Construction Track: Top Trends in Healthcare Construction
                                                            Moderator: Timothy Mazzei-Williams, Senior Director, Advisory Solutions (Capital and Construction), East Region, Vizient, Inc.
                                                            Presenters:  Russ Alford, Business Manager, Turner Medical & Research Solutions
                                                                                    Larry Rubin, Senior Director Facilities Management, Cleveland Clinic
View the PowerPoint presentation here.
Listen to an audio recording of this session here
When it comes to healthcare facilities, one size does not fit all.  What works for one system may not work for another, even one of similar size and scope.  No matter how big or small your facility is, facility managers and maintenance professionals face a multitude of complex issues on a day-to-day basis. Some of these problems arise from simple, day-to-day operations, while others center around complex and ongoing issues such as safety, compliance and budget concerns.  Being aware of current trends and innovations in healthcare construction is pivotal for those who want to be proactive and prepared.
Environment of Care regulations impact all aspects of the operation of healthcare facilities.  In an effort to comply with an increasing number of requirements, facilities planners and managers must make sure they are completely familiar with the current standards, examine current processes, policies and procedures as they relate to the standards and be prepared to correct areas that are not currently in compliance.   Not surprisingly, it is imperative to understand how these regulations also are driving the design and construction of new facilities as well as their impact on existing structures.  This session will explore those considerations and will also give attention to the most cited requirements.
The second part of this session will explore methods to successfully sync the integration of construction of new facilities with the equipment that is housed within those structures.   Buildings must be designed to be flexible, in order to avoid becoming obsolete in the face of changing patient needs and new technological advances. Healthcare facility designs are evolving rapidly, and the direction of that evolution is difficult to predict with certainty.  Buildings and the equipment that they contain must communicate in order to collaborate on efficient operations.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the Environment of Care regulations that are driving design and construction of new medical facilities.
  2. Analyze the various ways these regulations could impact the future of healthcare construction.
  3. Identify the latest innovations in healthcare construction.
  4. Define best strategies for the seamless integration of equipment and construction.
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm                       Engineering, Facilities & Construction Track: Best Practices for Managing Facilities and Construction
                                                            Moderator:  Mike Reid, Vice President - Construction, Capital, and Facility Services, Intalere
                                                            Presenters:  Cindy Nuesslein, Principal, Mazzetti
                                                                                    Gary Orton, Vice President, Director of Healthcare Mid-Atlantic, Gilbane Building Company
View the PowerPoint presentation here
Listen to an audio recording of the session here
With an aging population that is increasing the demand for healthcare, in addition to technology advances that make facility spaces obsolete faster than ever, most facilities are facing renovations and/or expansion in the near or somewhat near future.  Even when the end result is worth the hassle, undergoing construction in an occupied, fully operational hospital is no fun.  In addition, hospitals are unique work environments which provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to a wide variety of patients, many of whom are physically and emotionally vulnerable.
Hear from presenters who have experienced multiple renovations as they offer their advice on how to navigate around the many—and very significant—obstacles involved with expanding and renovating hospitals.  Learn specifics on devising plans to solve the many challenges that present themselves during renovations --infection control, noise and vibration problems, disruptions to patients, staff, and visitors, emergencies, safety, parking—the list goes on and on.  Hear concrete action plans for how to handle the unexpected problems that will inevitably crop up as well.  Most importantly, discover best practices for making staff and visitors excited about the project, instead of inconvenienced by it.
The mission of healthcare providers is to keep patients healthy.  The mission of facilities management is to keep the building healthy.  From environmental services to security, from IT to maintenance, from HVAC to food service – the day-to-day management of healthcare facilities is an enormous undertaking and a sizable piece of the budget as well.  Discussion will also emphasize new solutions for streamlined procedures that improve processes and help ease tight budgets.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify best practices for making renovations in the least disruptive fashion possible.
  2. Analyze potential obstacles that occur when expanding or renovating healthcare spaces.
  3. Define the latest trends in management of healthcare facilities.
  4. Compare processes that have the potential to improve and streamline hospital procedures.
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm                      Engineering, Facilities & Construction Track: Construction Planning and Finance in Today's Healthcare Marketplace
            Moderator:  Mike Reid, Vice President - Construction, Capital, and Facility Services, Intalere
            Presenters:  Brian Bozeman, Executive Director, Adams Management Services, Inc.
                                    Alan P. Richman, President and CEO, InnoVative Capital, LLC
View the PowerPoint presentation here.
Listen to an audio recording of the session here.
In a number of regions of the United States, healthcare construction is on the rise.  Projects such as clinics, ambulatory care centers and other sources for routine care are being built at a swift rate, as well as traditional hospitals and other in-patient care centers.   While the need for an increase in the number and types of facilities is evident based on the growing (and aging) population, planning and finding the resources to fund those projects is not an easy task. 
Part 1 of this session will focus on the basics of project planning.  Planning is an ongoing process that requires creating an action plan and setting clear long-term goals.   Learn how to identify needs, opportunities and risks in order to develop a project timeline that is both realistic and manageable. 
This session will also explore the details of a number of construction financing options, including the USDA’s Community Facilities Program, FHA Section 242, fundraising opportunities and bonds.  Discussion will center on what you need to know about the construction finance process, from the first feasibility study to the final payment.   Discover straightforward and practical tips for deciding which options will work best for your system and your project.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Analyze the evolving complexities in healthcare construction planning and finance.
  2. Distinguish the steps necessary when creating a viable project plan.
  3. Identify the various methods of financing healthcare facilities.
  4. Describe the process of determining which financing options are best depending on the situation.