2019 ACE Summit Faculty
 
David Allison FAIA, FACHA
Alumni Distinguished Professor/Director
Clemson University Architecture + Health Program
Architecture Track: Transforming Healthcare

David Allison FAIA, FACHA is an Alumni Distinguished Professor and has served as the Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture + Health [A+H] at Clemson University since 1990. His teaching, research and scholarship involve the study of various relationships between health, healthcare and the built environment. His scholarly focus is centered on healthy community planning and design, design prototyping and other areas of research related to the design of healthcare environments. The A+H program at Clemson is nationally recognized for the quality of its focused curriculum and consistent emphasis on design excellence within the discipline of healthcare architecture. It is committed to the integration of innovative design with academic scholarship and research in healthcare environments and healthy community planning and design, and it has won numerous national and international awards for its work, and the work of its students, under Professor Allison’s direction. Professor Allison is a Licensed Architect in South and North Carolina. He is a board certified, founding member and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects [ACHA] and currently serves on the ACHA National Board of Regents. He is also a member of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health where he previously served a three-year term on its National Board as well as a term on the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation Board. He is the founder of the annual Architecture for Health Educators Summit held annually as part of the joint AIA/AAH and ACHA Summer Leadership Summit. He is also a cofounder of the annual AIA Academy of Architecture for Health South Atlantic Regional Conference. He was selected in 2007 as one of “Twenty Making a Difference” nationally by Healthcare Design Magazine and identified again in 2009, 2010 and 2012 by a national poll conducted by the magazine as “one of the most influential people in healthcare design.” Design Intelligence Magazine named him one of the nation's 30 Most Admired Design Educators in 2013-14.

Frank Aucremanne
Executive Director
Cleveland Clinic
Capital Equipment Track: Prioritizing Capital Projects

As an Executive Director reporting to the Chief of Operations, Frank Aucremanne is responsible for all real estate, planning, design, construction, and facilities operations and maintenance across the Cleveland Clinic system. The system encompasses over 24 million square feet of facilities consisting of over 200 buildings located across three states and two countries. Frank joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2010 from Naples, Italy, after retiring as a Navy Captain with over 28 years of service. While in Naples, Italy he was responsible for all U.S. Navy facility operations and maintenance across Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. He is a registered professional engineer with 33 years of experience in all facets of facility planning, design, construction, and operations and maintenance. Frank graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering then later went on to receive his Master of Science in Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

Kaitlyn Badlato, AIA, WELL AP
Architect, Researcher
HKS
Architecture Track: Benchmarking and Branding Your Projects

Kaitlyn Badlato is an architect in the HKS Washington, DC office. She was selected as the 2016 HKS Health Fellow, a program for talented recent graduates to conduct a research project of their choice in the healthcare field. Her research has focused on developing a robust benchmarking practice for HKS Health as well as serving as a contributor to the Construction Industry Institute’s Health Care Benchmarking Program. As a designer, medical planner, and researcher at HKS, Kaitlyn has provided design services and benchmarking documents that add value for clients and inform both the decision making and evaluation process throughout the life of a project. Kaitlyn has a Master of Architecture and Master of Construction Management from Washington University in St. Louis and received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Sara Bayramzadeh, Ph.D., M.Arch.
Coordinator and Elliot Professor
Kent State University
Architecture Track: Transforming Healthcare

Sara Bayramzadeh, Ph.D., is the Coordinator and Elliot Professor in the Health Care Design Program at Kent State University. Sara’s research is focused on interdisciplinary efforts to enhance healthcare outcomes through effective environmental design. Such outcomes include efficiency and the safety and satisfaction of both patients and staff. She has extensive experience with psychiatric units and operating rooms design. Sara also advocates for bridging academia and practice for applied design solutions derived from research. She holds a Master of Architecture from Miami University and a doctoral degree in Design, Construction and Planning from the University of Florida.

Renee Burnham, MBA, EDAC
Senior Data and Research Specialist, Healthcare
Gresham Smith
ACE Studios: Gresham Smith: Finding Links Between Population Health and the Built Environment - A Design Thinking Workshop

An industry veteran of over 22 years, Renée Burnham has extensive experience transforming information into powerful insights. As a senior data and research specialist for Gresham Smith’s Nashville Healthcare studio, she draws on her business development and market research background to create useable analyses that support informed, efficient design delivery. Renée earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Middle Tennessee State University, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Lipscomb University.

Frank Cirillo
Vice President, Business Strategy
Acurity, Inc.
Capital Equipment Track: Formulating Concrete Equipment Replacement Strategies
Capital Equipment Track: Prioritizing Capital Projects

Frank Cirillo has over 40 years of experience in all facets of hospital operations and management, including 15 years as Chief Operating Officer of his 30 year management tenure at one of the largest public health systems in the nation. Since joining GNYHA Ventures (and Acurity and Nexera, wholly owned, for-profit subsidiaries of the Greater New York Hospital Association) in 2011 as Vice President of Business Strategy, Mr. Cirillo has led the company’s state, county, and municipal healthcare system group purchasing program initiative, provided counsel and advice to numerous members with Nexera, and developed and implemented GNYHA Ventures’/Acurity’s Supplier Diversity Program.

Mr. Cirillo’s first-hand knowledge of labor-management relations enables him to advise and mentor staff across various GNYHA Ventures business units. He helps public healthcare organizations optimize supply chain operations through their membership in the Acurity/Premier group purchasing program and by supply chain, hospital, and health-system improvement engagements with Nexera, GNYHA Ventures’ consulting company. Adept at policy development, implementation, health provider engagement, and compliance, he has created a unique public provider group purchasing program offering.
In 2016 Mr. Cirillo’s portfolio was expanded. He leads the GNYHA Ventures/Acurity’s supplier diversity program and is a member of Premier’s Supplier Diversity Committee. Currently in this capacity, Mr. Cirillo is heading our cutting-edge and mission driven Small and Diverse (minority and women owned) Business Economic Development HUB Project. When fully implemented the Project will: create 1,000 jobs in Brooklyn, New York; deliver added value to our member hospitals; assist Acurity members achieve internal and external diversity goals; and create wealth and health within the communities our members serve. The HUB will also serve as a New York City central physical location for participating suppliers to: be co-located; consolidate back-office functions; scale their businesses; sharpen their business plans and models; create joint-ventures inside and outside the HUB; and, attract and encourage mission-driven investment in diverse supplier networks.

Prior to joining GNYHA Ventures/Acurity, Mr. Cirillo was a C-Suite leader at New York City Health & Hospitals (NYCH&H) for almost 30 years, serving as Deputy Director then Executive Director and Chief Internal Auditor, rising to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and finally Senior Vice President, Chief Restructuring Officer. At NYCH&H, he led the corporation’s then highest priority clinical and non-clinical operations restructuring project, “The Road Ahead”, in partnership with Deloitte Healthcare Consulting. The project yielded unparalleled quality care improvements and a $304 million cost-reduction and revenue-generating road-map. Starting during his tenure and continuing after his retirement from NYCH&H, the plan has been fully implemented generating additional revenue and reducing expenses well beyond the $300 million annual target goal.

Mr. Cirillo has applied his expertise to several associations and boards, including the Healthcare Financial Managers Association, the Americas Essential Hospitals Association, the Board of NYS Industries for the Blind; and the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management. He currently serves on the boards of the Integrated Delivery Network Summit Board of Educational Advisors and the Architecture, Construction, and Equipment Summit Board of Educational Advisors.


Prior to launching his career at the New York City and New York State Comptrollers’ Offices, Mr. Cirillo attended St. John’s University graduate program and received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the City University of New York–Brooklyn College. While a leader at NYCH&H, he completed a renowned year-long government management certificate program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; was honored as a “Top 40” Leader in Government; and, received multiple awards and honors from numerous industry associations, labor unions, suppliers, hospitals and health systems.

Joe Colonna
Vice President of Supply Chain
Piedmont Healthcare
Thought Leadership Panel

Joe Colonna serves in the role of Vice President of Supply Chain for Piedmont Healthcare, an 11 hospital healthcare system in Atlanta, GA. At Piedmont, the Supply Chain Team works closely with Piedmont’s executives, clinician and business partners to ensure they are supporting the organization’s goals of Quality, Safety and Service, aligned with Stewardship of their resources. Joe is proud of the fact that the Supply Chain Team plays a significant role in the strategic plans of the organization and is seen as a valued partner by their customers. Piedmont’s Supply Chain has been recognized nationally for the Team’s role in supporting Piedmont’s mission, including being named the 2018 Supply Chain of the Year by Healthcare Purchasing News. Joe started his Supply Chain career with United States Air Force in 1985 and his unique blend of healthcare experience comes from working for over 30 years in different aspects of the healthcare supply chain industry, including roles in provider, consulting, distribution and group purchasing organizations.

Sharon Conklin, RN, MBA
Director Healthcare Operations
Catalyst
ACE Studios: Haskell: It's All About the Customer!

Sharon Conklin leads the Healthcare Transformation and Operations Practice for Catalyst, a Haskell Company, and serves as the Director of Operations. She served as a Trauma nurse for 10 years. Trained by Edwards Deming in Total Quality Management (TQM), she brings a proven track record in resolving system-wide optimization, consolidation and integration challenges, reducing operational cost, creating organizational and physician alignment, and maximizing resource utilization.

Dennis Daar
Managing Partner
Medical Strategies International
Supplier Strategies Track: GPO Insights

Dennis Daar has been in the medical supply and device industry for over 38 years. For the past 19 years he has been the Managing Partner for Medical Strategies International, (MSI). MSI is an outsource corporate accounts firm that helps clients develop their National Accounts strategy, then works toward gaining and implementing agreements with GPO's, IDN's, RPC's, Equipment Planners, and Government Sales. Prior, he held senior management positions at Stryker, SSI/Hill-Rom, Inc., STERIS/Hausted, and Skytron. His diverse responsibilities range from developing and implementing National Accounts, Equipment Planning Relationships, Government Contracts, Sales Management Strategies, and International Operations. Dennis is a past Chairperson of the Federation of American Hospitals Exposition Advisory Committee for over 29 years. He has been part of Association of National Accounts Advisory Committee (ANAE), and Past Chairperson of HSCA/HISCI/HIDA, and of HISCI's Educational Committee. Dennis has been both a speaker and has appeared in print on various topics including: healthcare, government sales, sales management, national accounts, and international issues.

Jacob D'Albora LEED AP BD+C
Director of BIM-FM Services/Associate Vice President
McVeigh & Mangum Engineering
Engineering & Facilities Track: Evaluating Construction and Design Technology

Educated and trained as an architect, Jacob D’Albora has embraced and sought to maximize the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) throughout his career. Jacob is an integral part of the team of McVeigh & Mangum Engineering (MME), a full-service, multi-office engineering firm. Together, Jacob and MME serve the AEC community with a passion to not only produce designs and drawings of superior quality in the BIM platform, but also to equip facilities professionals to more efficiently and effectively manage facilities once constructed. This is accomplished through the application of BIM-FM (facility management) strategy. Jacob has established himself as an industry leader in the BIM-FM arena and, through the use of BIM-FM, has provided the resources and training to facilities personnel necessary to facilitate the efficient execution of building maintenance duties and record keeping.

Mark Dixon R.Ph., MHA, FACHE
President
The Mark Dixon Group, LLC
Supplier Strategies Track: Industry Outlook

Mark D. Dixon, R.Ph, M.H.A., FACHE, leads the Mark Dixon Group, LLC which provides medical suppliers and integrated delivery networks (IDNs) consultative assistance in successfully navigating the changes in healthcare. He specializes in providing C-Suite level services to:
• Increase medical supplier relevancy/performance in an era of health reform and value creation
• Implement an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) strategy
• Create durable physician clinical integration network strategies
• Develop and implement improved IDN triple aim results
He speaks regularly at national meetings to bring the voice of the IDN C-Suite to a wide variety of organizations and professional associations. Dixon brings 30+ years of healthcare leadership experience with a proven record of results in developing and sustaining market-leading organizations. Dixon was Regional President for Fairview Health Services where they developed and implemented an ACO strategy. Prior to joining Fairview, Mark was President/CEO of Community Hospitals of Indiana, Inc. in Indianapolis for 6 years and was with Allina Health for 17 years at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis as the chief executive.

Carolyn Duffner
Content Marketing Manager
GWS Healthcare
ACE Studios: GWS Healthcare: Challenge Accepted: Applying Tools to Successfully Manage Healthcare Projects

A passionate storyteller at heart, Carolyn Duffner has facilitated hundreds of workshops and presentations in her career in various roles, including as an educator, content writer, and consultant. She has written, edited, and published educational materials for a variety of purposes. Serving as a facilitator in the GWS Healthcare session, she is excited to help lead an engaging, collaborative workshop at the ACE Summit.

Melissa Edwards AIA
Partner
PhiloWilke Partnership
Architecture Track: Enhancing Community Care

Melissa Edward’s passion for healthcare architecture lies in the importance of the community and the impact a healthcare facility can have on an area. With 15 years’ experience throughout the nation, Melissa is a firm believer in the benefits of collaborative practice models and the incorporation of technology. These ideals are inherent in all aspects of her delivery process and design approach. By integrating building systems, implementing sustainable design principles, and drawing from her extensive construction knowledge, Melissa provides a unique perspective to community care solutions. Placing a high importance on client satisfaction, Melissa is 100% dedicated to navigating her clients through each project while planning for the longevity of their institution. The combination of these elements and her community-focused sensibilities has distinguished Melissa as a neighborhood healthcare expert.

Rebecca Gayden
Vice President, Sourcing Operations
Vizient, Inc.
Capital Equipment Track: Capital Equipment Management Strategies
Supplier Strategies Track: GPO Insights

Rebecca Gayden is vice president of sourcing operations. In this role, she has leadership responsibility for the capital, imaging, facilities, and construction portfolios. With a healthcare background spanning nearly 20 years, Gayden has served in numerous management positions since joining Novation (now Vizient) in 2005. Most recently Gayden served as senior director in sourcing operations, and has provided leadership across a broad range of areas including Provista’s diversification strategy. Gayden previously worked in healthcare consulting as an equipment planner for over 11 years, where she served as project manager on projects ranging in size from small ambulatory surgery centers to 1 million square foot replacement facilities. Gayden holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Sacramento.

Michael Gerhardt
Senior Director Energy, Construction, and Facility Management
Intalere
Supplier Strategies Track: GPO Insights
Engineering and Facilities Track: Healthcare Facilities Benchmarking
Engineering and Facilities Track: Renovation, Reuse, and Decommissioning

Mike Gerhardt leads the Energy, Construction, and Facility Management team at Intalere. This team provides consulting support to Intalere members to reduce costs and improve quality related to capital equipment, construction, facility and energy management technologies. Collectively the five individuals on his team have over 130 years of healthcare, supply chain, and construction experience. Individually, Mr. Gerhardt has more 30 years of healthcare industry experience, ranging from Biomedical Engineering leadership to Facility Management Consulting. Over the course of his career he has been recognized as the 2006 Outstanding Fee for Service Consultant at a large group purchasing organization and in his current role at Intalere he was recognized as the 2014 Senior Director of the Year. Having spent half of his career working directly for healthcare providers, he has a connected and aligned perspective on helping healthcare organizations improve their quality and maintain a healthy bottom line so they can continue the critical mission of caring for patients. He has a passionate interest in sustainability, reducing energy costs and human impact on the environment. Mr. Gerhardt received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati OH and also holds an Associate Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Cincinnati State University.

Lamont D. Gill
Security Consultant
Healthcare Professional
Engineering & Facilities Track: Designing for Resilience

Lamont Gill currently works as a security consultant and healthcare professional. Mr. Gill has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix, and a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of New England. He is a veteran of 20 years in the U.S. Naval Construction Force, serving as a Non-Commission First Class Petty Officer. As a "SeaBee", Mr. Gill has served in several commands, which include Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 21, Naval Special Warfare Group 2, and Naval Construction Regiment 7. Mr. Gill has done two deployments under Presidential recall Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and retired from the military in January 2015.

Mark Haney, FACHE, EDAC
Senior Vice President for Real Estate, Facilities and Development
WellStar Health System
Thought Leadership Panel

Mark Haney, FACHE, EDAC is Senior Vice President for Real Estate, Facilities and Development for Wellstar Health System. Over his 40 years with WellStar, Mark has held several Senior Executive positions from Hospital President to Corporate Executive. During his tenure with WellStar, Mark has had oversight of Real Estate, Construction and Facilities for over 15 years. As President of WellStar Paulding Hospital, Mark led the WellStar Paulding Hospital Replacement Hospital Project as a Pebble Project member and as an inaugural member of the Joint Commission Resources/Herman Miller Safe Health Design Pilot. Mark has a Master of Health Administration, Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. Mark is a Past-President of the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives and has served as a member on several ACHE Regents’ Advisory Councils. From a community perspective, Mark is on the Board of Directors and Chairman for Chattahoochee Technical College, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Paulding County Economic Development, Inc., a not-for-profit public-private economic development effort in Paulding County.
Mark and his wife, Vickie, live in Marietta, GA and have 4 children, and 6 grandchildren.

Kevin Haynes
Senior Consultant
FMI Corporation
Capital Equipment Track: Market Influence on Your Capital Planning

As a senior consultant with FMI’s Research Services Group, Kevin Haynes provides a broad range of services to clients nationwide, including contractors, building product manufacturers, construction material producers and suppliers and industry-related associations. Kevin’s primary responsibilities include the management and execution of research projects, involving primary and secondary research methods. Leveraging the experience and knowledge gained from working with his family-owned construction company in Central Pennsylvania, Kevin has helped numerous clients on strategy engagements and market assessments. He has led several of FMI’s Market Perceptions Studies. This in-depth customer satisfaction and loyalty assessment provides unparalleled insight and understanding of the factors that most influence an owner’s contractor selection and/or recommendation and the contractor’s position relative to its competitors. In addition, Kevin has worked with clients to explore business opportunities in new geographic markets. Prior to joining FMI, Kevin was a Teach for America corps member and taught eighth grade North Carolina History and English. He served in this highly acclaimed national service corps by committing to lead and manage a classroom for two years in an under-resourced rural school district. Kevin received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University, where he graduated with distinction. He majored in Sociology and received a certificate in Markets and Management.

Suzen L. Heeley IIDA, LEED AP
Executive Director, Design/Construction
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Thought Leadership Panel

Suzen L. Heeley is the Executive Director, Design+Construction at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York City. She is responsible for design of an ongoing $2 billion capital program, comprised of new construction and renovation projects in over 30 locations throughout the New York tri-state area. Her past work in architectural/design consulting and as an Owner's representative, includes innovative healthcare, environmental, interior, and exhibit design for Fortune 500 corporations and healthcare organizations. She has been honored with achievements from The Center for Health Design, Modern Healthcare, Pioneering Women, Contract Healthcare Environment Awards and Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year in Healthcare. An activist for forward-thinking, patient-centered healthcare design innovation, she has served on The Center for Health Design Environmental Standards Council, lectures nationally to advocate for healthcare design, and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards for Healthcare Design and Contract Magazine. As a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, Suzen is an active participant in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s Market Transformation Group, Healthy Building Network and MSK Green Team, promoting sustainable, environmentally responsible design that responds to the connection between health and the built environment. MSK has been named by Practice Greenhealth as one of the Top 25 sustainable hospitals in the nation.

Diane Hughes
Director of Emergency Prepraredness
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Engineering & Facilities Track: Designing for Resilience

Diane M Hughes has been in the healthcare industry for almost 24 years. Diane has been heavily involved in the American Society for Healthcare Engineers and has been a member of multiple committees during her career. She has also actively been involved in the Arkansas Association for Healthcare Engineers and has held the position of President twice. She is an active member of National Fire Protection Association and participates in the HealthCare Committee. Diane is also a former Joint Commission Life Safety Code surveyor and was also an Emerging Leader for Region 7. Most recently she spent 2 years in Doha, Qatar as the Executive Director of Fire and Life Safety for eight hospitals under Hamad Medial Corporation. Diane recently returned to Arkansas and accepted the position of Director of Emergency Preparedness at UAMS. She also owns and operates her own consulting company, Hughes Global Consulting. She specializes in mock surveys involving Life Safety and in Emergency Management. She has a BS in Healthcare Management and is a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional. She has her SASHE from ASHE and is completing her Master’s Degree.

Samantha J Jacques PhD, FACHE
Director, Clinical Engineering
Penn State Health System
Capital Equipment Track: Formulating Concrete Equipment Replacement Strategies
Engineering & Facilities Track: Evaluating Construction and Design Technology

Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE is the Director of Clinical Engineering at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She works closely with Facilities and Finance on equipment planning, expansion efforts and capital planning for the Penn State Health System. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the AAMI Standards Committee. Prior to Penn State, she was Director of Biomedical Engineering at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Jacob B Johnson MS CCE
Director of Clinical Technology
Kaiser Permanente
Capital Equipment Track: Formulating Concrete Equipment Replacement Strategies

Jacob B. Johnson is the Director of the Northern California Clinical Systems Engineering Program responsible for the strategy, assessment, implementation and integration of annual Medical Technology Capital Plan ($150M/annually) at Kaiser Permanente. He manages 25 Clinical Engineering staff in support of 19 Clinical Specialty Technology Planning Committees driving replacement of aging technologies, new capacity, and innovation. He previously served as Program Manager for Enterprise Wide Medical Device Integration and Privacy & Security programs across 7 regions, 42 Hospitals and 610 office buildings. He is also the Co-Chairman of KP Northern California Medical Device Privacy & Security Committee and led the development of CSE Center of Excellence responsible for designing services and processes. He is the former Education Committee Chairman for the American College of Clinical Engineering. Jacob received his M.S. in Healthcare Technology Management from Marquette University & Medical College of Wisconsin and his B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of Nebraska.

Arthur M Jones Registered Architect
Construction Project Manager
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Architecture Track: Understanding Patient Needs in New Construction

Arthur Jones, AIA is a Construction Project Manager with Planning, Design and Construction at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Arthur oversees Capital projects on UMMC’s campus. Before coming to the owner’s side at UMMC Arthur worked for the architecture firms RTKL in Washington, DC and JBHM in Jackson, MS. At RTKL Arthur concentrated on Healthcare and Scientific Research projects working for the University of Virginia and the National Institutes of Health. While working on projects for NIH, Arthur was brought in as an IQD contractor for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease focusing on laboratory planning and space allocation. While at RTKL, Arthur also worked on a number of local hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic area. Upon returning to Jackson, Mississippi Arthur worked as a project manager and specialized in Construction Administration for JBHM. That period of employment allowed for travel around Mississippi and Tennessee and worked on projects as varied as a PTSD Wing at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis to working with the Mississippi Development Authority to design and acquire new gantry cranes for Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, MS to the renovation of multiple elementary and secondary schools in the Delta region. Arthur is enjoys travel and education. He studied Art and Architecture in Rome, Italy and studied the Spanish language in Antigua, Guatemala. He enjoys visiting locations where Architecture and Archaeology meet. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Arthur lives with his wife Deedee, twin sons William and Jojo, and his three dogs Amos, Trixie, and Shadow. He has A BA in Art from the University of Dallas and a Bachelor in Architecture from Mississippi State University. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Licensed Architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Dave Kistel
VP Facilities & Support Services
Lee Health
ACE Briefing Session
Architecture Track: Enhancing Community Care
Supplier Strategies Track: Improving Collaboration Among Project Stakeholders

Dave Kistel is Vice President of Facilities & Support Services at Lee Health in Lee County, Florida. He is a graduate of Furman University. Dave is responsible for the integrated facilities and support service operations of a multi-hospital system including four acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals with a total of 1,557 beds, 3 million square feet of physical plant, one nursing home, and over fifty (50) outpatient / physician office sites. His division includes 65 employees and five departments: Facilities Management Administration, Plant Operations, Facilities Planning & Design, Construction, and Environmental Safety.

Steve Lewey
Senior Vice President
GWS Healthcare
ACE Studios: GWS Healthcare: Challenge Accepted: Applying Tools to Successfully Manage Healthcare Projects

Steve has been in the Healthcare transition space for 15 years. Serving as the primary project executive in over 10,000,000 square feet of transition space, and providing leadership oversight of over 20,000,000 square feet of space, Steve’s work has touched numerous hospitals and communities. He has also traveled globally to speak about challenges and best practices in healthcare move management and activation.
Driven by innovation, Steve’s education in lean processes helps him assist in clients’ transitions while focusing on patient-centric risk management. He is particularly skilled at integrating multiple disciplines into streamlined project plans.

Lesa Lorusso
Healthcare Director of Research & Innovation
Gresham Smith
ACE Studios: Gresham Smith: Finding Links Between Population Health and the Built Environment - A Design Thinking Workshop

Lesa Lorusso is a firm-wide resource at Gresham Smith, strengthening healthcare planning and design through research and innovation. She collaborates with the healthcare team to facilitate human-centered design and development and implementation of research strategy and scalable tools for knowledge sharing among healthcare planners and designers. She implements design thinking strategies throughout the healthcare practice and advises the Gresham Smith team on evaluative methodologies regarding healthcare facilities. Key roles involve identifying opportunities for evidence-based design research, leading strategic implementation of research projects, and developing external collaborative partnerships.

Sara Marberry EDAC
Writer, Speaker, Marketing Consultant
Sara Marberry, LLC
Thought Leadership Panel

Sara Marberry, EDAC, is a knowledge expert and opinion leader in healthcare design. A frequent speaker, blogger, and tweeter on current trends, she is the author/editor of five books and a regular contributor to healthcare design industry publications. Sara is also a strategic marketing and business development consultant, working with companies and organizations in the healthcare and design industry. A founding board member of the nonprofit Center for Health Design (CHD) in 1993, Sara was instrumental in its growth and development, serving in various volunteer, consulting, and staff roles. Sara served as CHD’s Acting President in 1999 and as its consulting Director of Communications for more than 14 years. She has spoken at many national conferences and meetings, including the Children’s Hospital Association International Facilities & Capacity Conference, NeoCon World Trade Fair, American College of Healthcare Executives Congress, Healthcare Design, Planetree Conference, and the Joint Commission Conference on Quality & Safety.

David Martin, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, BD+C
Director, Architecture
FreemanWhite
ACE Studios: Haskell: It's All About the Customer!

David has been with FreemanWhite, a Haskell Company, for over 18 years and currently serves as the Director of Architecture. To David, successful projects require not only thoughtful planning and preparation coupled with careful execution, but also a keen understanding of the project’s operational needs, financial constraints, and schedules. David excels at complex endeavors, keeping multi-disciplinary teams in sync to perform at their peak. His talents include exceptional focus, organizational skills, and the ability to manage small details without losing sight of big-picture objectives.

Jerry A. McKinney
Consultant
JM Consulting
Engineering and Facilities Track: Healthcare Facilities Benchmarking
Supplier Strategies Track: Improving Collaboration Among Project Stakeholders

Jerry McKinney's hospital career began with Hospital Corporation of America in 1979. He had over 14 yrs in Material Management with HCA hospitals in New Mexico, Arkansas, and Texas and also began specifying equipment and managing the annual capital equipment budgets for each of these hospitals. In 1992 he accepted the role of Project Manager at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. While there, several critical care additions including ED, NICU, ICU, Surgery, and PACU were completed. In 1997 he accepted a Corporate Material Management/Capital Equipment position with Community Health Systems. During 18+ years with CHS he had responsibility for both routine capital and for all corporately managed capital projects. Corporately managed projects included renovations, expansions, and full hospital replacements. He developed and implemented CHS procedures and processes including the creation of a refurbished equipment acquisition program all of which are used by CHS today. In August of 2015 Community Health Systems announced plans to spinoff 38 hospitals and Quorum Health Resources into a new company. Quorum Health Corporation was born on April 29, 2016 and Jerry was selected to be the Senior Vice President of Material Management and Chief Purchasing Officer. His role encompasses responsibility for the full scope of supply chain activities, and all capital purchases.

Lance Mendiola CHSP, CHFM, CBO, MS
Vice President, Facilities Management and Construction
CHRISTUS Health
ACE Briefing Session
Engineering & Facilities Track: Designing for Resilience
Capital Equipment Track: Prioritizing Capital Projects

Lance Mendiola is the Vice President of Facilities Management and Construction at CHRISTUS Health. Lance started his career in healthcare and construction in 1991. He is responsible for CHRISTUS Health's Facilities Management, Construction, Real Estate and Emergency Management. Lance graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology with a concentration in construction management and a Master of Science in Public Safety with a concentration in Emergency Management from Capella University. He is a veteran of the United States Army with a 26-year career and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer III with multiple combat tours. In this career, he was a Power Generation, HVAC and Engineer Warrant Officer. Lance currently manages a portfolio of facilities in seven states and internationally (Chile, Mexico and Colombia). With over 20 million square feet of facilities, over $650 million in active construction and nearly a billion in construction planning, he relies on a solid team of facilities and project management professionals. Lance is married, a proud dad, a new grandpa and resides in Trophy Club, Texas.

Melissa Mercado
Medical Equipment Planner
Geisinger Health System
Capital Equipment Track: Capital Equipment Management Strategies

Melissa Mercado is a Medical Equipment Planner for Geisinger Health System located in Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey. She is part of an integrated equipment planning team responsible for the planning and procurement of medical and non-medical equipment for new expansions and renovations. Acquiring knowledge alongside a diverse set of clinical, technical and administrative leadership teams has helped Melissa and her team position a program that continuously evolves sourcing strategies to align with the business strategies of the health system. This innovative approach has built an equipment planning program that was recognized by two industry leaders. In 2016 Gartner choose Geisinger as a finalist for its annual Healthcare Supply Chain Innovator Award and in 2017 Geisinger received the annual Premier Supply Chain Innovation Award. These awards recognize supply chain innovation initiatives that increase efficiency, improve patient care, and reduce costs in healthcare. Melissa Mercado started her career with Geisinger’s clinical engineering company, ISS Solutions, as an MRO Sourcing Specialist. She left to work as a Senior Buyer Analyst for a polymer manufacturer for a year before returning to Geisinger in her current role. Melissa received her B.S. in Business Administration and is pursuing her MBA from Misericordia University.

Victoria Navarro, MBA-HCM
Director of Planning, Design and Construction
Advocate Aurora Health
Architecture Track: Benchmarking and Branding Your Projects

Victoria is a Regional Leader for Greater Milwaukee and for South Chicagoland in the Planning, Design and Construction Department at Advocate Aurora Health. Advocate Aurora is an integrated health care provider serving communities in both Illinois and Wisconsin. With a comprehensive array of health care resources and access points, Advocate Aurora has a broad portfolio of offerings from primary and specialty care, to hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories and home care. Advocate Aurora has more than 500 locations, including 27 hospitals and is among Illinois and Wisconsin’s largest private employers with more than 75,000 employees and providers. In her role, Victoria provides strategic direction and oversight to both system-wide and regional capital construction projects. Victoria spent the majority of her professional career in the planning, design and construction of healthcare facilities. During these 20 years, Victoria has served as senior associate and healthcare planner for national architectural firms providing the highest level planning expertise to healthcare clients. As a design and construction leader for two large healthcare systems, Victoria has delivered $1 billion in forward focused capital projects, including the first LEED Healthcare Gold Certified hospital in the Midwest that standardized facility operations and room design using modular and prefabricated construction as well as complex multi-phased acute care projects which are contracted using an integrated form of agreement and shared risk and reward. She has earned the trust of hospital leadership with her knowledge of clinical operations, industry best practices, evolving technology, integrated project delivery methods, and lean construction principles. She has a master’s of business administration in healthcare management from Loyola University of Chicago and a bachelor of architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Jill S.M. Pearsall RA, NCARB
Vice President, Facilities Planning & Development and Real Estate Services
Texas Children's Hospital
Architecture Track: Benchmarking and Branding Your Projects
Supplier Strategies Track: Improving Collaboration Among Project Stakeholders

Jill Pearsall is the Vice President of Facilities Planning & Development and Real Estate Services at Texas Children’s Hospital. She has leadership responsibility for real estate strategy, transaction and acquisition, facilities planning, project management and on-going support programs of artwork/signage, interiors/logistics, space management, and facilities information. Jill is a licensed architect in Texas and California and holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Jill joined Texas Children’s Hospital in 2002 and has remained intimately involved in planning, developing, and executing over 5 million square feet of new construction and managing over $2.4B of work. She serves on several organizational committees, including Environmental Safety, Emergency Management, Facilities Executive, Executive Space Management and Capital Management. Jill is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Prior to switching to facilities management and joining the healthcare industry, she practiced commercial and institutional architecture in both California and Texas.

Daina Pitzenberger R.N.
Senior Vice President
Transwestern
Architecture Track: Understanding Patient Needs in New Construction

Daina has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry as a Registered Nurse and the past 10 years as a nurse planner and business developer for the architecture, construction, and project management industry. Daina is an accomplished business development strategist with extensive experience in strategic account management. In her role as Senior Vice President of Project Management and Construction Services, Daina focuses on building Transwestern’s Project Management Solutions nationally. Daina works closely with the Healthcare Advisory services group nationally to enhance the growth of project management services across the nation. With extensive Healthcare experience, she brings healthcare operational, compliance and capital project experiences for every type of a healthcare project. She began her career working in nursing homes, and hospitals as a Hospital Supervisor and CNO for Maternal Child Health and Pediatric Services. She moved into development of a national home health care and infusion company developing offices across the nation. From this experience, she worked closely with hospital development strategists and physicians to operate and grow a national healthcare durable medical equipment franchise with a focus on cancer and chronic disease. Daina is a Licensed Registered Nurse. She has been a member of the COAA organization for several years and serves on the Texas management committee. Daina’s education includes Iowa State University in Interior Design and Pre-Nursing, and Marshalltown School of Nursing with certifications in nursing specialties and healthcare compliance.

George Reed
Director of Clinical Engineering
WakeMed Health and Hospitals
Capital Equipment Track: Formulating Concrete Equipment Replacement Strategies

George Reed is the Director of Clinical Engineering at WakeMed Health and Hospitals where he oversees medical devices lifecycle management, biomedical device integration (BMDI), and medical device security. George has been in this role for 16 months. He has 34 years of experience in the Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) field with various roles and experiences, including leading large programs at Thomas Jefferson Health and Hospitals, University of Maryland Medical Center and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well Healthcare Technology Management Sales. George began his career in the US Army where he was a biomedical trained technician and received an Associates in Biomedical Instrumentation, a Bachelors in Organizational Management, and a Masters in Healthcare Administration.  George has given multiple lectures for AAMI, MD Expo, NCBA and Leadership Summits on multiple subjects, including alarm management and metrics for HTM  departments. He is also Co-Chair on Medical Device Security for the North Carolina Health Information and Communication Alliance (NCHICA).

Whit Robinson AIA
Chief Administrative Officer, Facilities, Capital Management and Hospital Services
University of California San Diego Health
Capital Equipment Track: Prioritizing Capital Projects

Whit Robinson holds degrees in Interior Design, Architecture and Urban Planning from various Florida universities. He spent 21 years in the Navy, with facilities related tours of duty across the world, including foreign and domestic assignments. After retirement in 2013, he worked as a regional executive for Jacobs in Houston, Texas; Executive Director for Facilities Planning, Design and Construction at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; and is currently the Chief Administrative Officer for Facilities, Capital Management and Hospital Services for UC San Diego Health. Whit Robinson holds professional licenses in Architecture and Interior Design, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is married to Kathie Guerra of Pompano Beach, Florida and is the proud father of twins Naomi and Caldwell.

Daryl Schroeder
Industry Expert
Engineering and Facilities Track: Renovation, Reuse, and Decommissioning

Daryl Schroeder is an experienced senior leader in complex, large hospital operations. He recently retired from Allina Health System where he led both hospital and system-wide services such as bio-med, construction, pharmacy radiology, emergency department, facility services, food services, and social services. While at Allina, he was an experienced large construction project leader and owner, overseeing the construction of a $173 million inpatient tower addition in 2005. He also served in the United States Coast Guard and was an instructor at Lake Superior College. He has served on the ASHE Board and as an officer in several local state healthcare professional organizations. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Technology and a Master’s Degree in Safety and Health from the University of Minnesota.

John G Sdanowich
Healthcare Consultant
Consultant
Capital Equipment Track: Market Influence on Your Capital Planning
Supplier Strategies Track: Improving Collaboration Among Project Stakeholders

John Sdanowich is a veteran of 27+ years in health care finance, operations, and supply chain strategic sourcing and vendor relationship building. He has a successful record in the development of corporate supply chain strategies, negotiations, and alternative financing solutions. John’s experience includes team building, mentoring, and coaching of staff/team integration. He is an expert in capital sourcing with a strong background in cash flow improvements. During his time with the Johns Hopkins Health System he was the Director of Capital Sourcing for Nobilant and The Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, Maryland. John created an integrated capital department, with three units, creating policies, procedures, and workflows to enhance the capital strategic sourcing process. He was with Johns Hopkins for more than 27years, 17 of those years as the Capital Administrator, responsible for the financing and negotiations of all health system medical equipment and service contracts. John had oversight for the capital sourcing for the 6-JHHS hospitals and the sourcing of the other 12 GPO hospitals, totaling over $900 million in capital spend. The sourcing included the total cost of ownership, all consumables and services, as well as capital acquisitions. His focus on equipment is the technology, life-cycle-management and the obsolescence risk of the medical equipment. John’s approach includes reviewing the changes in vendor’s medical equipment, evaluating products at the factory and with senior management in research and development, to access the most economically feasible acquisition methodology. He was also responsible for making financial acquisition decisions for JHHS that included lease-buy analysis and related finance polices. John co-chaired the RFID Committee, tasked with finding a real-time location solution for tracking equipment, patients and employees, which was installed in the two new clinical towers. John also worked in the Department of Emergency Medicine as the Assistant Administrator and as a Management Engineer, working on the re-engineering of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The main focus of the restructuring was in the departments of Surgery and Medicine. John has published: A White Paper, “Life-Cycle Financing for Capital Investments”, “Strategies to Maximize your Capital Dollars”, in Medical Imaging/MedAssets.Com Forum, and “How to Create a Capital Process to Maximize Investments”, in Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology. John is a regular speaker at the IDN Summit, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the ACE Summit. He is a board member of The John Carroll School and the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union.

Spencer Seals
Vice President, Construction and Real Estate
Cook Children's Healthcare System
Architecture Track: Understanding Patient Needs in New Construction

Spencer Seals currently serves as the system Vice President of Real Estate and Construction for Cook Children’s Health Care System. Spencer has responsibilities for all Real Estate activities, planning, design, and construction for all on-campus and off-campus locations that make up Cook Children’s. Cook Children's Health Care System is one of the country's leading integrated pediatric health care systems. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the not-for-profit organization includes a nationally recognized medical center, physician network, surgery center, home health company, health services company, health plan, and health foundation. Most recently, Spencer operated as the Owners Representative for the largest expansion in Cook Children’s 100-year history. That project, formed and executed as an Integrated Project Delivery, garnered success for its timeliness in delivering with a complex schedule, budget savings, and overall project excellence. Spencer received Bachelors of Science degrees in Psychology and Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah and his Masters in Health Care Administration from Trinity University, located in San Antonio.

Kyle Skeldon
VP Business Development
GWS Healthcare
ACE Studios: GWS Healthcare: Challenge Accepted: Applying Tools to Successfully Manage Healthcare Projects

Whether in-patient or outpatient, patient-focused or behind the scenes, surgical or non-surgical, planning or construction, Kyle’s 17 years of diverse healthcare industry experience give him a unique understanding of project scopes and client needs. His dedication to analyzing and understanding client challenges has led to numerous organization-wide efforts to develop and improve processes that better respond to project needs. Always looking for ways to add value, Kyle’s work never strays from a strong focus on the client.

Clayton Smith
Senior Director, Facilities & Support Services
Moffitt Cancer Center
Engineering and Facilities Track: Healthcare Facilities Benchmarking

Clayton Smith’s background includes 12 years of experience in healthcare facilities management as well as 10 years in construction management and design. He currently is the Senior Director of Facilities and Support Services for Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida where he oversees a campus of 3+ million SF of Healthcare, Research, and Business occupancies. He earned his bachelor’s degree in construction management from Missouri State University and his MBA from Webster University. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager. He recently was a contributor on the ANSI/NEBB standards for new and existing building commissioning and is working with the ASHE taskforce to develop tools for Healthcare Facility Managers.

Dave Smith
Director of Facilities Management
Kettering Health Network
Engineering and Facilities Track: Renovation, Reuse, and Decommissioning

Dave Smith is an accomplished Operations Executive in Healthcare with a broad range of experience in both profit and non-profit environments. He has experience in planning, program development, facilities management, regulatory compliance, budgeting, strategy and servant leadership. Prior to joining Kettering, he served as Regional Director of Facilities Management at Mercy Health in Springfield, OH. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Youngstown State University and an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Dayton.

Dee Stephens, RN
Clinical Expert
Catalyst
ACE Studios: Haskell: It's All About the Customer!

Dee is an expert in supply chain implementation, operational efficiency, physician preference negotiation and implementation, materials management, ambulatory and surgical services, performance improvement, and financial management. Dee has been a director of surgical services, administrator, and clinical resource manager for various healthcare organizations throughout her tenure and currently serves as a Project Manager for Catalyst, a Haskell Company.

Cheryl Stoddard
President and CEO
CR2 Engineering
Capital Equipment Track: Market Influence on Your Capital Planning
Architecture Track: Transforming Healthcare

An Executive leader with 25 years in healthcare capital project experience, Cheryl Stoddard has served as a senior executive in the areas of operations, healthcare facilities design and construction, supplier management and business development for multiple leading healthcare-­related companies. She has a successful record of creating sustainable revenue pipelines and market share growth while maximizing operating margin and net income. Cheryl has served as the Director of Facilities, Planning, Design & Construction Contracting for The Resource Group (a wholly owned subsidiary of Ascension), responsible for developing the contracting strategy to support standardization of equipment and materials for capital projects. She also served as the Vice President of Capital and Construction Solutions for MedAssets Inc., now Vizient. During her 9-­year tenure at MedAssets, she incubated a business model for the GPO market by deploying a programmatic approach to major capital projects for GPO members. This hands-­on approach provided a collaborative platform made up of people and technology that delivered high returns for MedAssets and their members. Cheryl holds a Master’s of Engineering Management Degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.S in Engineering and B.S in Communications/Journalism from Southern Illinois University. She is a leader in the Long-­Term Volunteer Program for Habitat for Humanity, and an active member of ASHE – The American Society of Healthcare Facility Managers, Architects, Designers, Constructors, and Infection Control Specialists.

Mike Swick
VP Capital Equipment Planning
GWS Healthcare
ACE Studios: GWS Healthcare: Challenge Accepted: Applying Tools to Successfully Manage Healthcare Projects

With over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry and a background in engineering, Mike has held positions with medical equipment manufacturers, medical equipment service delivery companies, and multi-facility hospital groups. His work focuses on the total equipment life cycle - from assessment to procurement, delivery, installation, and certification. He has provided medical equipment planning services for new hospitals, hospital additions, hospital renovations, and outpatient facilities.

Joshua A. Theodore B. Arch, ACHE, EDAC
Vice President, Global Health Practice Leader
LEO A DALY
Architecture Track: Enhancing Community Care

Joshua Theodore guides strategy, business development and overall design excellence for LEO A DALY's health practice worldwide. Approaching 30 years in the industry, he has gained a broad perspective from the planning and implementation of all types of health facilities in more than 15 states, the United Kingdom, Middle East and Caribbean. Joshua is driven by a passion for designing health facilities that function exceptionally well for clients and help them reduce costs. His most satisfying projects are those in which both communities and health systems can be proud. Chief among Joshua’s goals is guiding health clients in a way that allows them to continue their mission - whether that involves patient-centered and family-centered design, incorporating evidence-based design or integrating the latest technological innovations into their facilities. He focuses on the big picture, connecting with colleagues around the globe to leverage LEO A DALY’s health facility expertise across markets and disciplines.

Jay Ticer CMRP
Associate Principal, Global Medical Equipment Planning Lead, Director, Healthcare Practice
Shen Milsom & Wilke
Engineering & Facilities Track: Evaluating Construction and Design Technology

Jay Ticer serves as an Associate Principal with Shen Milsom & Wilke, and serves as the Discipline Lead for medical equipment planning as well as the Global Healthcare Practice Area leader for consulting services. He is a Certified Materials and Resource Professional and a member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers and the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management. Jay received his education from the United States Army Department of Nursing Services and the United States Navy Fleet Hospital School. Having been directly involved in the healthcare environment for over twenty-five years, he brings a wealth of first-hand experience to SM&W’s medical equipment planning consulting services. Jay has provided leadership and consulting services for numerous equipment planning projects ranging from tertiary care medical centers in the middle and far east, to the construction of an award-winning 300,000 square foot specialty patient care tower in New York.

Paul Torres
Biomedical Engineering - Advisory Board Member
Texas A&M University
Engineering and Facilities Track: Renovation, Reuse, and Decommissioning

Paul Torres has been actively involved with asset management and healthcare decommissioning since 2000. With a main focus on serial or continuously decommissioning systems, he has set-up and/or managed disposition/decommission programs for over 3,600 hospitals, both stand-alone and system providers. While he is commercially responsible for executive management and project oversight, he is representing the non-commercial effort and strategy side of decommissioning with ACE. He is a Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board Member at Texas A&M University and Chairman of the Board of the BMES Industry Advisory Council. He is a lifetime member of the CIAC - Texas A&M Construction Industry Advisory Council.

Patricia T. Van Holt
Director of Technology Acquisition & Planning
Advocate Aurora Health
Capital Equipment Track: Capital Equipment Management Strategies

Patricia is a healthcare leader with over 35 years of experience at Advocate Health Care. In her current position she serves as the Director of Equipment Planning and Procurement. In this role, Patricia is responsible for creating a highly reliable division of supply chain and clinical engineering, in addition to developing strategic vision and core strategies focused on creating additional capital capacity. Her primary focus involves developing intelligence capability to better drive evidence-based use of equipment and technology, ensuring that every clinical and non-clinical delivery channel is properly equipped to deliver safe and effective care to Advocate’s patients and associates.

James Timothy Venker AIA
Senior Director; Facilities, Construction & EVS
Premier, Inc.
Architecture Track: Understanding Patient Needs in New Construction
Supplier Strategies Track: GPO Insights

James Venker has been instrumental in the development of Premier’s Construction program and collaborates in the negotiation of many of the agreements within the facility's portfolio as well as several construction web tools. He provides construction and facilities expertise to Premier members and their facilities teams, and assists members in capital contract utilization. His responsibilities include the promotion, education and utilization of Premier’s Construction Services Program in the areas of construction materials, infrastructure equipment and non-clinical equipment. Additionally, Jim provides construction spend and contract utilization reviews, assists members in integrating Premier agreement opportunities into construction contract document specifications, and works to assist contracted suppliers in addressing member needs.