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NexCore Joins Thousands of Healthcare Professionals at PDC Summit in San Francisco
Posted March 18, 2013
NexCore Group was represented again this year at the "2013 Health Facility Planning, Design and Construction Summit" (PDC Summit) held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from February 24-27.
As the largest meeting of its kind, thousands of healthcare professionals gathered for a stimulating plenary session and keynote presentations, concurrent breakout sessions in specialty track areas of interest, exhibition hall booths, evening networking opportunities, and pre-conference project tours of innovative healthcare facilities.
Here are summaries of some of the sessions we found of value and interest:
Healthcare Reform: Implications and Challenges
(Opening Keynote)—Paul Keckley, PhD, Executive Director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, has been on the front lines of healthcare reform, facilitating a series of meetings for the White House Office of Health Reform that has become an integral part of the current health reform debate. His advice: right-sizing projects is the key to success; “If in doubt, leave it out.”
Future of the Healthcare Built Environment—
An Owner’s Perspective
(Plenary Session)—Teri Fontenot, President and CEO of Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA, described how their new hospital construction project was placed on hold during the downturn in the economy, and then refined the scope to provide a successful project on a slightly smaller scale. Hospital leaders also let the nurses decide the size and layout of patient rooms during design, with an emphasis on standardized processes and rooms that were laid out efficiently to save steps and wasted motion.
CEO Panel: A Comparative Discussion
—Michele Flanigan, VP of Delivery System Strategy for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, said Kaiser will build fewer new facilities in the future, a controversial direction. Patrick Muldoon, President and CEO of HealthAlliance Hospital in Massachusetts, said hospital design should focus on efficiency of space design and delivery of services rather than enlarging public spaces: ”bigger is not better.”
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
(Closing Keynote)—Dr. Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, author, and associate professor at Harvard Medical School described how checklists can be used to standardize the healthcare delivery process to get improved results, creating a cohesive team to work together as a system—not isolated practitioners.
Tour of Sutter Health Eden Medical Center
(Castro Valley, CA)—This much publicized Sutter Health Next Generation Healthcare Project opened in early December 2012, replacing an aging and seismically non-compliant 178-bed facility with a new 130-bed, 235,000 SF acute care hospital that was delivered in five years compared to the more traditional seven years. The project gained national attention as a leader in applying lean design and construction techniques, an integrated project delivery method (IPD), and building information modeling (BIM) techniques.
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