2019 ACE Summit Agenda

Time Name Speakers Description
Sunday, February 17, 2019
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Registration
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
Welcome to the 2019 ACE Summit!  Enjoy food and drink at the Welcome Reception while you catch up with old friends and make new connections.
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM First-Time Attendee Orientation Session
New to the ACE Summit?  Join other first-time attendees at this informative session.  Learn insider tips on how to make the most of your time at the ACE Summit, including the Business Exchange and the Reverse Expo.  Take advantage of this opportunity to have your questions answered as you prepare to make the most of all the ACE Summit has to offer.
Monday, February 18, 2019
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM Registration
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 Product Showcase Breakfasts
Enjoy the opportunity to visit with the participating companies and learn more about the newest innovations in healthcare products and services.  Discover fresh ideas that will positively impact healthcare facilities and make a difference in the short and long term.  A unique breakfast will be provided in each room by your hosts.
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Supplier Strategies Track: Industry Outlook

In an effort to improve patient outcomes, address market needs, and comply with evolving regulations and payment models, the healthcare market is changing at a dramatic pace. Speed to market and reduced capital outlay for rapid market entry (both inpatient and outpatient) is critical.   Join Mark Dixon as he takes a deep dive into the trends that are changing the industry and how suppliers should adjust their commercial models to adapt to these changes.  You’ll improve your understanding of the impact consumerism and consolidation are having on the Architecture, Capital Equipment, and Engineering sectors of healthcare and how these changes will impact you and your organization.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the trends forcing change in the healthcare industry.
  2. Understand how to bring more value to customers that are fundamentally transforming.
  3. Outline specific strategies to reorganize your team’s priorities and account plans to meet the changing needs of your customers and their projects.
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Supplier Strategies Track: GPO Insights

With dynamic shifts in the healthcare construction marketplace, many health systems and hospitals are working with their GPO partners to capitalize on the power of information and scale.  Innovation and collaboration between these groups can streamline operations and improve outcomes and bottom lines.  In this discussion, GPO executives will share insights on their evolving relationship with their members and what that means for suppliers.  Hear their forecast for the future and their perspective on the magnitude of the challenge for healthcare executives to plan capital and construction projects over the next five years.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the key trends in the construction and capital equipment marketplace.
  2. List strategies to establish productive relationships with GPO partners.
  3. Outline specific methods to position your organization as a trusted solutions provider.
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM ACE Lunch N Learns (Invitation Only. Registration Required)
Lunch N Learns are in-depth educational forums offering the opportunity for discussion of current issues impacting the architecture, capital equipment, and engineering sectors of the healthcare industry. These invitation-only sessions provide honest and open dialogue about strategies, problem-solving, and informed decision making in the changing atmosphere of healthcare. 
For more information about hosting a Lunch N Learn at the 2019 ACE Summit, please contact Trey BeuttelRobert Chafin or Josh Morita at 859.523.5701.
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Supplier Strategies Track: Improving Collaboration Among Project Stakeholders

Hospital and health system executives are looking for innovations in facility planning and management – innovations that will require increased collaboration between all stakeholders from beginning to end.  With billions of dollars in collective healthcare spend, these architecture, capital equipment and engineering professionals have seen it all.  Learn from their experience to find out what you should be doing now to impact hospital decision makers and improve transparency and communication. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the major challenges impacting the design, renovation, and construction of modern healthcare facilities.
  2. Outline methods that can help your organization be better prepared to address these challenges.
  3. Describe strategies for breaking down silos, better communication, and increased partnerships in the construction process.
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Thought Leadership Panel
The Keynote Speaker will be announced at a later date. Contact Lisa Ponssa for more details.
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Architecture Track: Understanding Patient Needs in New Construction

Healthcare providers are under increasing pressure to be more responsive to the overall patient experience.  While the growing elderly population is the heaviest user of healthcare services, their children are often the decision makers when it comes to their care.  These three health system executives will discuss new projects that are creating family friendly and technologically advanced facilities that are also flexible and can easily adapt to changing needs in a volatile healthcare landscape.  You’ll gain new insight into how architects are collaborating with healthcare leaders to provide patient-centric environments that are welcoming and therapeutic, and an analysis of what the future of design holds as healthcare trends toward a more holistic and preventative approach to care.    

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the challenges designers face in the complex healthcare construction planning process.
  2. List strategies to balance the focus on hospitality in conjunction with the need for high-quality care and positive outcomes.
  3. Identify architecture and design initiatives that are innovating the way healthcare is delivered.
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Capital Equipment Track: Formulating Concrete Equipment Replacement Strategies

The planning, programming, and budgeting for equipment replacement is critical, whether that be clinical equipment or facility infrastructure.  There is no “one size fits all” strategy; however, having an effective process in place to prioritize and balance capital equipment purchases and replacement strategies is crucial.  Are you asking the right questions when determining when to replace your capital equipment?  What factors contribute to your decision?  This discussion will include tactics for setting priorities amid competing requests, making decisions objectively, and how to best determine long-term value.  The importance of equipment planning checklists before, during, and after acquisition will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the factors that impact equipment replacement planning.
  2. Explain how prioritizing capital equipment purchases can positively affect a hospital’s bottom line.
  3. Outline processes for objectively evaluating competing requests for capital equipment replacements.
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM Engineering and Facilities Track: Renovation, Reuse, and Decommissioning

More than 15 percent of U.S. hospitals are at risk of potential closure, according to Business Insider, who based the estimate on a recent report from Morgan Stanley. As the healthcare model has transformed from traditional hospitals to various alternate care facilities, there has also been an increase in the number of hospital renovations and/or repurposing projects.  The challenges that come with such changes are complex.  This is far more than simply liquidating equipment.  In fact, dealing with equipment-related matters is rather minor in comparison to many issues which surface in the reuse and/or decommissioning effort. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the process to safely and securely repurpose a healthcare facility.
  2. Identify the steps that need to be taken before, during, and after a renovation project.
  3. Discuss the regulatory requirements that must be followed when decommissioning a healthcare facility.
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Architecture Track: Benchmarking and Branding Your Projects

In today’s healthcare environment, it is an ongoing challenge to provide the best quality care, achieve high levels of patient and staff satisfaction, and realize operational efficiency. Evolving patient care models and advances in medicine directly impact building standards and facility design. Benchmarking can transform the design process into a tool to measure performance, determine baselines, establish targeted outcomes, provide accurate comparisons to industry leaders, and deliver uniform data.  This session will explore an in-depth approach to building a unified brand through owner standards and specifications.  The presenters will delve into the reasons such an approach is vital to improve design and construction standards for cost and consistency and the impact branding can have on acquisitions and system integration.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how to establish and implement owner standards by identifying what is essential.
  2. Analyze methods to inform owner design and construction standards and improve project quality.
  3. Identify what elements are essential to brand and how to design using owner brand standards.
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Capital Equipment Track: Market Influence on Your Capital Planning

Capital planning is a complex process that requires a complete and thorough evaluation of an organization’s current capital assets in addition to an analysis of potential funding opportunities.  Take a deep dive into project funding strategies and the importance of weighing factors such as urgency, impact on quality of care, code compliance, strategic importance, etc.  Staying abreast of capital markets outlook, monitoring key metrics, and adhering to proprietary benchmarks related to quality of care can help your organization effectively utilize capital dollars to provide improved patient care, minimize risk, lower costs, and better achieve your mission.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the information needed to effectively plan a capital project.
  2. Identify regulatory changes that are impacting capital project market conditions.
  3. Analyze trends to help improve project planning decisions.
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Engineering & Facilities Track: Designing for Resilience

Recent natural disasters, cybersecurity threats, and acts of violence have made resiliency a top priority for hospitals and health systems.  The very nature of the healthcare facility makes it vital that it be able to provide services despite any eventuality and often just designing to code does not provide sufficient resiliency for long-term calamities.  All groups involved in the design process must work together to achieve the objectives of creating a  building that is disaster-ready, patient-friendly, flexible, and cost-effective. This session will explore the elements necessary to best prepare a hospital or healthcare facility to provide continuous, effective, and efficient care in any situation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the potential crisis conditions that hospitals and designers must consider when planning for resiliency.
  2. Discuss key requirements of recent legislation designed to improve the safety and privacy of patients.
  3. Formulate action plans based on lessons learned from recent hospital evacuations and disaster situations.
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Evening Business Exchange
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 19, 2019
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.  
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast
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!
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Architecture Track: Transforming Healthcare

Healthcare is in the process of being transformed, with new technology and innovative spaces for caregiving at the forefront. With a consumer-centric focus becoming the new norm, providers are being tasked with the responsibility of managing a broader range of facilities and are changing the way they provide care in those facilities.  Leaning out the process and the operational costs are critical to making these changes effective. Learn more about current trends in healthcare architecture and design, and how transformational spaces such as micro hospitals and the medical village are changing the face of healthcare.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe planning and construction approaches that address today’s emphasis on population health.
  2. Identify how modern facilities can support increased efficiency, lower costs, and improve patient wellness.
  3. Discuss strategies to make healthcare more collaborative and accessible for patients and their families.
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Capital Equipment Track: Capital Equipment Management Strategies

Capital equipment management is a vital component in the ongoing challenge of improving patient outcomes and balancing the highest level of care at the lowest cost.  Acquiring and maintaining the proper equipment is key in upgrading facilities, meeting changing patient needs and maintaining the latest technology.  For many hospitals, purchasing the equipment that best meets their needs, for the best price, and with the best long-term value remains difficult. Learn successful equipment planning strategies that manage expectations, support project budget compliance, and facilitate staff and patient satisfaction.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify capital equipment processes that address the needs of today’s healthcare providers and their changing patient population.
  2. Outline proven processes for successful medical equipment planning – from conceptual design to everyday use.
  3. Examine current trends and forecast future trends in capital equipment planning and efficiency.
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Engineering & Facilities Track: Evaluating Construction and Design Technology

Technology has disrupted many industries.  This session will highlight recent technology advances that are changing the face of healthcare construction and design.  Jacob D’Albora will highlight a recent project by Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the technology that was leveraged to successfully deliver a full design-assist process. Jay Ticer will share strategies and methods to proactively capture the best of new and emerging healthcare technology, while mitigating the risks of disrupting healthcare design and construction projects’ clinical, operational, and financial goals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the potential of new technology to integrate the design team, construction team, and owners.
  2. Identify savings that are possible with the use of new technology and an integrated workflow.
  3. Describe methods of addressing common communication and collaboration issues that are typical in construction projects.
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Architecture Track: Enhancing Community Care

Outpatient expansion is the new healthcare frontier, allowing greater patient access, new market entry, better care coordination, and proper utilization. Multidisciplinary ambulatory facilities are becoming increasingly looked to as an alternative treatment option for patients with multiple chronic and complex conditions.  These facilities provide coordinated care for patients that ensures optimal health outcomes and reduces hospital admissions.  They are often located in community settings to improve access for patients and enhance community-based services.  The development of the micro-hospital is another trend that offers faster access to care, increased time with physicians, more convenient locations, and improved patient experience.  Explore the ways these outpatient trends are making healthcare more available and affordable.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how micro-hospitals can meet the needs of smaller communities and patient populations.
  2. Outline the ways that multidisciplinary ambulatory facilities can enable patients to optimize their health and reduce hospital admissions.
  3. Discuss design methods that improve the coordination of care in outpatient settings.
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Capital Equipment Track: Prioritizing Capital Projects

Creating a strategic facilities plan can be like navigating a minefield.  Limited funding must be wisely allocated and plans often must cover the next 5 to 10 years (or longer), making it difficult to achieve an actionable annual budget.  In this session, the panelists will share keys to successful capital project prioritization, sharing strategies that support project budget compliance, improve efficiency, and eliminate bias.  Ensure that you are funding the projects that make the most sense for your capital plan and available budget by applying the best, most effective processes and setting realistic goals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain actionable steps to rank and prioritize projects and balance funding among categories.
  2. Describe methods of garnering the input of all stakeholders during the planning process.
  3. Identify best practices for collaboration in the capital project planning process.
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Engineering and Facilities Track: Healthcare Facilities Benchmarking

Benchmarking has become a common component of most comprehensive facility quality improvement plans.  When voluntary and active partnership between all stakeholders is included in the benchmarking process, it becomes a proactive and beneficial approach to capital planning.  Breaking down the silos among different participants in the process is key.  Such collaboration helps ensure transparency at every level, provides facts and statistics to support key decisions, and results in improved outcomes.  This panel of three facilities managers will delve into the ways benchmarking is giving their organizations increased performance visibility, reducing operating expenses, and improving energy management and sustainability.  Discussion will also include how to identify facility cost drivers and how to reduce OPEX without impacting patient safety, HCAHPS scores or facility life.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the hallmarks of successful benchmarking in healthcare facilities management.
  2. Identify best practices for assessing strengths and weaknesses via benchmarking against other facilities.
  3. Specify the ways that benchmarking can help you make your case for capital investment and resource allocation.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Inspirational Keynote - Keeping the Humanity in Healthcare

Having served as a caregiver to both her husband, ABC’s newly appointed co-anchor Bob Woodruff who suffered a traumatic brain injury after he was hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq, as well as to her father as he battled and ultimately succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease, Lee Woodruff brings strength and compassion as she reminds audiences that the things people value most in healthcare are those that are free to provide and take little time.  Through these trying experiences, Lee Woodruff, co-author of In An Instant, the #1 New York Times best seller, recounts her story of how life can change in an instant for us all. Woodruff’s stories of respect and kindness by healthcare professionals are reminders that the human side of healthcare is just as important to the patient and their families as the medical treatments they receive.  In a time when so many aspects of the healthcare experience are being automated and digitized, maintaining human connections with patients and their loved ones is as valuable and powerful as the most expensive medical device.

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
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)
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.
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM Reverse Expo - All Access
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 ACE Summit Reception

March Madness is around the corner, so tonight Basketball is the name of the game!  Join other ACE attendees for fun, food, and drink as we wind down a productive day at the ACE Summit.  Wear your favorite team’s apparel and join the excitement as we celebrate hoops mania!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM Registration
The Registration Desk is open Wednesday from 7:00 am - 10:00 am.  
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM ACE Studios Workshops
ACE Studios are in-depth workshops for the entire ACE audience of health system and GPO executives, healthcare suppliers, contractors, architects, planners, and engineers. ACE Studios are designed to provide attendees with guided exercises, simulation experiences, an examination of actual costs of projects, and a discussion of challenges faced and current initiatives in healthcare today.  Breakfast will be available for ACE Studio attendees.