ACHA Quarterly

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ACHA Quarterly – Fall 2022

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Summer Leadership Summit (SLS)‎

July 22 – July 24, Chicago, IL‎
Delivering Better Health Through Design

The Summer Leadership Summit (SLS) is co-organized by the AIA Academy of Architecture for ‎Health and the American College of Healthcare Architects.‎

Technology and value-based care transitions were hot topics among multiple speakers at the Summit. ‎The impacts and future of virtual care, along with big data’s influence on clinical and payment models ‎directed many discussions about facility design trends. The healthcare design event of the summer was ‎filled with insightful presentations from industry leaders, fun prizes, and recognition for promising young ‎professionals in healthcare architecture.‎

FGI workshops:

The 2022 volumes of the Facilities Guideline Institute Guidelines for the Design and Construction of ‎Hospitals, Outpatient Facilities, and Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities are now published ‎and available. Overall, flexibility is a driver that is becoming more important in each edition, as well as ‎the goal to always work towards simplified text in the revisions. One major focus in the 2022 cycle ‎resulting from many pandemic lessons includes integrating emergency procedures into the standards. It ‎was shared that attempts were made to coordinate with CMS and that NFPA has some overriding ‎requirements. In general, FGI is trying to prompt more states to update to the newer guidelines. ‎

ACHA Luncheon, Mary Mayhew, FHA

In looking at where we have been in healthcare and drives for change, we start with lack of data interoperability. Regulations at the state and national level have largely not kept pace with the realities of the consumer and reimbursement model, still mostly pay for service.  It was noted that 3-year-old claims data is being used for current decisions.  Payment systems are still focused on volume, versus quality, and it is difficult to disrupt established business models. Unfortunately, these are the same discussions from 2005.  Using Florida as an example, she pointed to how Medicare’s share of the payment model (75% of state hospital revenues) and their payment restrictions are resisting the ability of care to be re-imagined to focused on population health issues.  Currently, due to this system of addressing chronic illness versus wellness, 20% of the population is driving 80% of the healthcare spend.  Similarly, staffing shortages continue to plague our healthcare facilities; we will soon be short 60,000 nurses, if not addressed. During capacity surges, contract staff increased 320%, which is not conducive to team-based care delivery, further complicated by CMS not adjusting their level of reimbursement.  Improvement and opportunities for change may be found in leveraging telehealth and bedside technology, and also possibly by market consolidation.

Rapid Rise of Virtual Care – Brian Hasselfeld, MD

Coming off the most intense months of the pandemic, virtual care visits have risen dramatically: 1,000x difference from 2019, representing as much as 15-20% in ambulatory care (Johns Hopkins). Mental, behavioral health, and genetics visits are high; ophthalmology is lowest. Convenience (92%) is seen as the most important consumer desire whereby visits are deemed more personal and efficient.  We need to build and plan for early adopters because a physical presence is important.  We can reimagine entire workflow and reeducation in clinical care. One trick will be identifying the right amount of privacy for both patients and providers. Another will be the creation of post-acute care teams and hospitalist/SNF/Long Term Care consult programs for same day consults if providers are not available. Facility support might include virtual rounding, engaging family, enhanced ICU monitoring, and expansion of the teaching mission. From a technology perspective, Hospital at Home will require more devices and new direct-to-consumer patient offerings (apps), which need to find the best and most flexible options.  The future for consumers may be a ‘digital front door’ and this will impact everything from staffing ratios, remote working, and an overall behavioral shift.  This could also force systems to think about new buildings differently (i.e., need for office space) and force a more ‘command center’ approach to service offerings and scalable solutions.

Leveraging Technology for the Sustainable Future of Healthcare- Brian Renzenbrink, Cassandra ‎Moore, Kali Arduini

In this roundtable panel discussion, topics centered on ways new solutions and technology can ‎positively impact healthcare delivery. Innovation may mean keeping up with the change in the world; it ‎may mean finding the right solutions to existing problems. Innovations could include new technologies to ‎allow monitoring of more acute situations. In fact, the installation of cameras for pandemic reasons has ‎yielded opportunities to see more detail or monitor from remote locations. However, similar workplace ‎modifications that contributed to employee burnout are also very real issues. Re-thinking workweeks, ‎engaging call centers, and applying care advocates are among some methodologies that will need to be ‎considered. Robotics are creating a more effective use of space, managing the more mundane roles. ‎Policy changes include payment models around telemedicine and the beginning of payments around ‎outcomes, which ties into the public health emergency but could revert without further advocacy for ‎permanent change.‎

AIA/ ACHA / FHER / FGI Update

The AAH has a new structure focusing on sustainability, climate action, inclusion and diversity. There are ‎two under 40 awards, a colleague-to-colleague mentorship program and a Next Generation committee. ‎The Case studies program includes webinars live and on-demand.‎ ACHA Task Force Updates also include Equity and Diversity, Certificant Holder surveys, and ‎coordination with the VA. The Masters Series has included Pediatrics, Real Estate, and Path to Health ‎and will be more regular in terms of accessibility. There are now parallel paths to ACHA certification.‎ The Foundation for Health Environments Research (a recent re-name from the AAH Foundation) ‎conducted a successful fundraiser the previous evening at the Chicago Cultural Center and is launching ‎a new initiative for increased emphasis on research at all levels (the ‘Health Design Research Prize’). ‎

Latest Trends and Novel Systems Approaches in Healthcare 4.0 – Ingrid Vasiliu-Felts, MD, MBA, ‎FACHE, FAPA

The industrial evolution in this country is now version 4.0, transforming from manufacturing into a new ‎paradigm. Similarly, Healthcare delivery is on the precipice of a foundational change, relating to smart ‎and connected care models (termed Health Care 4.0). This seminar identified characteristics, challenges, and ‎opportunities associated with the rapid rise of data informatics and its association with new ‎methodologies in care delivery affecting outcomes. How do we reconfigure Healthcare? Currently, with ‎the explosion of devices, data, sensors and telemedicine, there is a mix of full automation and no ‎automation that does not yet take full advantage of their potential. Trends in deployment of AI and the ‎use of blockchain technologies is recognized by most care givers (76%) yet implementation remains ‎inconsistent. Monitoring of patients at home and employed connectivity of devices including data ‎interaction and ownership are being more widely accepted as mainstream tools. Synchronization and ‎sharing essential data are crucial to success. Some ecosystem trends and directional changes are being ‎noted, such as through precision and sustainable health, and even in architecture (increased use of smart ‎homes, automation, and eco-friendly but connected renovations). Metaverse (not the noun from ‎Facebook) and digital health progressions are revolutionizing life and enterprise – this is not lost on the ‎Healthcare delivery system. The explosion of telehealth / telemedicine and advancement of 5G ‎technologies to render instant decision support is beginning to become more widely accepted by both ‎physicians and patients alike, touching everything. Access to care, however, remains a big problem. In ‎this realm, home, remote, and connected health (home as the new assessment area) can become ‎successful if accuracy and affordably are addressed. Non-traditional design industry thinking (Disney ‎and re-designing a Ped’s ER so the patient would not want to leave) are becoming more accepted as ‎ways to embrace a kaizen approach to re-imagining healthcare. Simply – does anyone ask the patient ‎for their advice or expectations? Barriers to the successful implementation of Healthcare 4.0 will ‎continue to include finance, insurance, sustainability, and the breaking of traditional care delivery ‎models. ‎

Diamond or Dust: Cancer Under Pressure – Melissa Childress

Delving into the recent history of cancer treatment and clinical trials, the speaker highlighted nine macro ‎trends impacting all of healthcare but with significance for cancer care. This includes everything from ‎big data and utilization patterns to mergers, competition and collaborators. Although each of these ‎trends were seen as important to understanding the complexities of the disease, it’s diagnosis, and ‎treatment, there were several that stood out as particularly impactful: 1) Mergers, acquisitions, and ‎impact of private equity could be a game changer in terms of investment opportunities and advancement ‎of technology to deliver more efficient patient care (investors seeing healthcare as recession resistant). ‎‎2) Technology and Research advancing care delivery and outcomes. Genome Sequencing, AI, robotic ‎surgery, hybrid radiotherapy and targeted / molecular therapies were identified as rapidly evolving and ‎highly successful trends. 3) Payment models and their impact on the need to increase quality while ‎decreeing costs. Under current models there is a barrier to limit adoption of new therapies or allowing ‎efficient population health education methodologies such as prevention and screening. Drugs get ‎reimbursed; devices to not. 4) Patient behavior, consumerism and retail changes: getting the patient ‎involved in their care while being conscious of how that will be delivered and to their satisfaction. If this ‎does not happen, expenses will be higher and outcomes worse. How will cancer care institutions and ‎delivery survive? By focusing on capabilities, retention and leveraging research and growth, with an emphasis ‎on consumer-driven expectations.‎

The Digital Eye in the Sky: Better Health through Real-Time Insights and Responses – Shannon Allen, BS, ‎BSN, MBA, RN

Technology will continue to play a central role in the future of holistic health of individuals and ‎populations. The current state of healthcare delivery remains a sick/ episodic model, with long and ‎chronic diseases driving many deaths. Social determinants of health are becoming more widespread in ‎their understanding and the need to proactively address, but diagnosis and access to care remain ‎challenging, particularly in remote areas. The current state was seen as non-sustainable, particularly ‎considering current spending growth and the shortage of healthcare workers. This includes a large ‎number (30%) of nurses who are considering leaving the profession. Some emerging trends that affect ‎this digital shift (the Pandemic actually helped) include increase in virtual consults, program shrinkage ‎and cuts, hospital departments becoming re-evaluated for flexibility (the waiting room no longer a trusty ‎buffer), and people advocating for their own health. Rises in the proliferation of the internet of things ‎‎(IoT) and cloud computing, AI, and patient generated health data are all contributing to the need for ‎directional oversight on digital technology. These technologies and advancements will help with ‎specializations and treatment protocols but may also contribute to clinician burn-out if not managed ‎properly. The digital health market is projected to increase to $549B by 2030, with significant AI/IoT ‎applications across cancer, neurological disease and cardiology. These uses should be seen as ‎augmenting, not replacing, but rather integrated, predictive and continuous in their application. The ‎reality of this digital overlay is that there will be winners and losers, those looking to better consolidate ‎and shift to a highly integrated and augmented environment coming out on top. Barriers are in the ‎confidence of the data, ownership, privacy and security, interoperability, accessibility and education. ‎There should be no haphazard applications.‎

From Brick & Mortar to Click & Order: Healthcare’s Shifting Site-of-Care Landscape – Daran Gaus, ‎MBA, Lt. Col (USAF)‎

With the shifting site of care landscape, baby boomers aging and the commercial insurance burden, ‎value-based care adoption and the implications for design become critical. There are currently 10,000 ‎Baby Boomers aging into Medicare every day, with insolvency becoming increasing ever closer and ‎possible (currently estimated 2028). With the current fee for service system, it is safer to overprescribe ‎than underprescribe, and there is a tendency to funnel the problem to the higher acuity / revenue ‎generators. Breaking that mold is difficult, although there are signs of change. Shifting to a value-‎based care model with preventive medicine and team-based tech-enabled coordinated care and an ‎alternative payment model does hold signs of promise. However, there is no “one size fits all.” ‎Segmentation will drive the models, with non-traditional (retail) and employer-based delivery becoming ‎more prevalent. Implications for design would be the emergence of the ‘payvider’ (i.e. United Healthcare ‎being the largest provider, yet not existing in Hospitals), and the continued increase in virtual care, ‎particularly Behavioral Health. Non-traditional care settings and delivery, with a reliance on technology ‎‎(including required infrastructure upgrades) will ramp up. Existing acute care settings will likely become ‎more focused on centers of excellence and innovation hubs. The new front line is becoming the home, ‎with many downstream implications, including older, sicker patients with longer stays for those in the ‎hospital, but more hybrid models of total care.‎

A final key highlight of SLS was the opportunity for ACHA and AIA-AAH to recognize our Next ‎Generation Scholarship Recipients, Catherine Tran, Jackson Reed, AIA, LEED GA and Emily McGee, ‎Assoc. AIA, LEED GA. All three scholarship winners received complimentary registration to the event and ‎an invitation to our ACHA luncheon. Congratulations to these up-and-coming healthcare design leaders! It ‎was a pleasure to welcome them to SLS!‎

Also, during SLS, we held our first ever ACHA Referral Prize Drawing. The winners, Certificants Alisa ‎Rice, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LSSWB and William Downing, AIA, ACHA, each submitted referrals to people ‎within their networks who are eligible for ACHA certification. A prize of $275 was awarded toward each of ‎the winners’ SLS registration fee for next year. We are grateful for all those that participated in this year’s ‎drawing and for all the nominations we received! Your referrals will help us connect with additional ‎healthcare architects that may qualify for Certification. ‎

ACHA Quarterly – Spring 2022

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President’s Message – Angela Mazzi, FAIA, FACHA

What a great time to be a healthcare architect!  2020 was a huge disruptor, but disruption is the catalyst for change. It requires our creative skills to think beyond the status quo and imagine what’s possible.  Healthcare design has been spotlighted in the mainstream media as we reexamine sites of care, safety protocols, stress, and burnout.  We’re using this opportunity to showcase ACHA as an organization of thought leaders. It is my goal to provide opportunities for certificants to be engaged in initiatives that are impactful and relevant within and outside of the world of healthcare and harness our collective expertise.

So far, we have a lot to celebrate.  We started 2021 with an article published January 6 in the Business section of the New York Times that featured four of our certificants and highlighted the importance of the built environment in fostering healing.  We’ve also had several certificants publish articles in major healthcare publications- our Communications and Outreach Committee is making sure these get posted to our social media channels.  If you haven’t already, read these articles and drop the writers (your ACHA Colleagues) a note. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@ACHA_Info) and join our LinkedIn Group (American College of Healthcare Architects) so you don’t miss valuable information and networking opportunities. 

We also continue to look for ways to promote the importance of Certification. Our Career Path Committee is exploring strategies to enroll young professionals as candidates and help them along the path to certification. For the first time, Certification applicants can choose whether to text first or have their portfolio reviewed first and are expecting a record number of applicants thanks to our Fellow’s Challenge where we asked each Fellow to identify three people and help them move through the process.

It’s important to the Board to develop more ways to harness your talents and promote our expertise as a collective through ACHA channels. We are also building connections with allied organizations like the Beryl Institute and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), while continuing to strengthen our partnership with the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE).

One example is the Future of Healthcare Task Force (my pet project), which includes representatives from all three of these organizations.  I’m proud of the work this group is doing to advance a new healthcare paradigm that focusses on improving access to care and can’t wait to present their findings at this year’s Summer Leadership Summit.  The two deep-dive workshops we held allowed 20 additional certificants to participate in this groundbreaking effort. Look for us to pivot to more task force and workshop-based initiatives in addition to the work standing committees.  We want to give all of you a chance to be engaged, even if you only have a few hours to devote each year.  Certification is far more than a few more postnominal initials.  Contact us to learn how we can help you leverage your skills and expertise while connecting to fellow thought leaders and influencers in healthcare architecture.

ACHA Certificants Making an Impact!

As an ACHA Certificant you know (and your clients know) – we are at the heart of change in the industry. Check-out these news items reporting on the activities of your ACHA colleagues:

  • ACHA Certificant, Scot Latimer Read a new report from @Gensler on the biggest trends reshaping offices and health spaces, such as expanded flexibility and design encouraging collaboration, including insights from (via @Fast Company).
  • ACHA Certificant, Diana Anderson, will serve as a keynote speaker at the upcoming Heapy Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care‘s March 25 online event – presenting on data and evidence-based design research highlighting the importance of the built environment in medical care.
  • ACHA Certificant, Jason Schroer – How do you build a pandemic-resilient hospital? According to experts like Jason, the approach involves seven key principles: versatility, surge ready, support of well-being, clean air and surfaces, isolation, flow, and digital innovation. Read more here.

If you are not making news at the moment, then share what you do see and what news you do hear about your fellow ACHA Certificants via social media sites such as Linked-In or Twitter. And remember to mention that you too are an ACHA Certificants, and we all are on the Move!

Don’t Wait for ACHA Certification

As ACHA Certified healthcare architects, we all have friends, colleagues and even clients who share our passion for healthcare design, and share our experience and talent to make great things happen in the industry.  Help them take that next step by reaching out to them to consider heathcare design certification through ACHA via either pathway, Candidate or Applicant.

The processes have never been easier.  Don’t delay sharing this information with those you would be honored to call ACHA colleagues.

ACHA Quarterly – Winter 2021

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Launching the Next 20 Years:  Presidential Reflections

As we near the end of the year, we reflect on 2020 and look forward to 2021.  We made it through, and for many of us it may have been a struggle at times, personally and professionally. This year has changed our thinking and feelings about ourselves, our relationships, us as a nation and our place in the world.  It has changed the healthcare industry and how we respond to the instantaneous changes that happen.  Thank you to everyone who has responded with compassion, patience, and duty.  We thank our healthcare workers and healthcare architects who responded in crisis.  We thank all that stand for social justice, equity and diversity as ACHA stands with you. 

For ACHA, 2020 has been a year of recalibrating as we marked our 20th anniversary as an organization:

  • We revisited our bylaws, policies and procedures.
  • We launched a new recertification and data management software to help us be more efficient and effective.
  • We restructured some of our committees by introducing the new Career Path Committee and finalized all committee charters.
  • We are reimagining the Education committee into a Continuing Competence committee, asking what it means to stay competent.
  • We shifted our mindset around portfolio submittal and exam sequencing, nudging potential candidates to take the next step towards certification.  
  • We started our first annual “Town Hall” virtual meetings to stay connected through these times and solicited your thoughts around value. 
  • We launched our new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force to consciously look deeper into our own organization with greater purpose and intent.  

Although we couldn’t be together like we have enjoyed in the past, we have made strides to move ACHA forward into the future.  We look forward to a new year with hope and welcomed anticipation. 

2020 was more than just a celebration of a milestone anniversary.  It was a chance for us to highlight ACHA Certificants as industry leaders and leverage our network.  Twenty years ago, our organization was much smaller and largely comprised of change-makers who were also cohorts.  Since then, we’ve grown and seen two new generations become certified.  Because of this, we have to think differently about cultivating and leveraging our network to continue to promote thought leadership. The dreams our founders had of healthcare design being recognized as a specialty have been realized. As we look to add more value to certification, we are continuing to forge new alliances within the healthcare industry and find opportunities to promote all of you as the voice of the industry.  If 2020 was a foundational year, 2021 is our opportunity to build on that foundation.  We will be shifting to more targeted strategies, including our task force and workshops on the Future of Healthcare and greater calls for engagement and participation from all of you. Look for more Town Halls and member profiles so you can get to know one another better.  Above all else, we want to hear from you—please let us know how we can help you advance your credential as a Certified Healthcare Architect.We wish you and your loved ones the happiest of Holidays and look forward to working with you to advance ACHA into the next 20 years.

​Vince Avallone
2020 ACHA President
​Angela Mazzi
2021 ACHA President

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The 2020 (Virtual) Inauguration of ACHA Fellows

The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has announced its Class of 2020 Fellows, who were elevated to Fellow status in the College at the 2020 Annual Meeting last November.

Fellowship status was founded to advance the unique qualities of the profession of healthcare architecture by demonstrating and celebrating achievements of national significance. While there are nearly 400 colleagues in the United States and Canada who are ACHA board certified healthcare architects, there are only 49 ACHA Fellows as designated by the credential FACHA.

Here are the stories of the two individuals elected for 2020:

Abigail Clary, AIA, FACHA – CannonDesign Chicago, IL)

Abbie’s uncanny ability to see the unique possibilities within each design challenge is her gift. She has built and led the best teams in the country in the unruly task of delivering design solutions that catapult beyond precedents and find the humanity in the detail.

Bestowing the FACHA Medal to Abbie are her Mother & Father.

William C. Ayars, AIA, FACHA, Perspectus Architecture Cleveland

Bill has brought his heart and soul to a career dedicated to the advancement of healthcare design with an architects-patient centered design philosophy. This became a personal initiative when he was able to share his own experience in therapy settings with a critical eye for opportunities to enhance and improve personal dignity and providing best-in-class environments for the leading national healthcare systems.

Bestowing the FACHA Medal to Bill is his Wife Susan.

If you know of a Board Certified ACHA Certificate Holder who has practiced within the specialty in an exemplary fashion for ten years or more, they are eligible for nomination for ACHA Fellowship. The deadline for consideration of eligible candidates for nomination in 2021 is July 1, 2021. Application materials, information on the process of election and even a recorded webinar on the fellowship nomination and election process – can be found on the ACHA website under Awards/ACHA Fellowship.

Congratulations to the 2020 ACHA Fellows and good luck to the 2021 Fellowship Candidates!

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ACHA Annual Meeting During the New Normal

Our typical ACHA Annual meeting this year was held in an untypical fashion, being entirely virtual. Several hundred of us gathered together on a Tuesday afternoon last month on laptops & i-phones to continue the time-honored tradition of honoring our achievements and successes in the College and displaying the comradery we all share.

We began with a traditional Meet & Greet, using technology to create smaller break-out room chats to catch-up with friends and colleagues from Maine to California and all places in between. Talking in our smaller groups about life in the new normal, some working in the office part-time, some working from home full-time, all sharing our personal stories while many wore our professional pins and medals to connect us as a professional organization in ways in which technology can’t.

Rejoining the larger group session, 2020 President Vince Avallone led us through a report on the events and happenings in the College during 2020, including the following key highlights:

  • The election of Angela Mazzi, FAIA, FACHA as the 2021 President of the Board of Regents.  Angela assumes this role as of January 1, 2021 and succeeds Vince elected in 2020.
  • Recognition and thanks to the 2020 ACHA Board of Regents and staff at the Kellen Company for their distinguished service and dedication during this challenging year of communication and fellowship.
  • Vince also reported on the status of the 2020 Campaign which almost doubled the amount of Certificant Applications in 2020; the achievements of the Continued Competence Committee and the new Career Path Committee to help continue growth and development of Certificants in 2021 and the newly established Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce (EDI) helping us to maintain responsible practices and stewardship in the industry.
  • Reporting out on the success of the Townhall Discussions, the smaller-group virtual gatherings held throughout the Fall.  Attended by 22% of the College in 16 meetings, the Townhalls focused on how practices, and people were feeling during this difficult time, and how the ACHA at this 20-year milestone of achievement can help.
  • Vince included a virtual Shout-Out to the New Certificant Class of 2020, our largest to date with 46 new Certificants.
  • The announcement of Abigail Clary and William Ayars who were elevated to Fellow Status, achieving distinction in their work and congratulations to them!

We also held a Moment of Silence in remembrance of the Certificate holders that have passed this year, to honor their commitment and service to the profession and included in that moment of silence our prayers and thoughts to those families and friends that have been seriously impacted by the COVID Crisis.

As we look towards 2021, a new year of growth, opportunity and new ways to remain connected and continuing our traditions during the New Normal and well beyond – stay safe, stay healthy and be well!

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ACHA Quarterly – Fall 2020

When WFH Becomes Learning from Home

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There has been no equal in recent times that has significantly altered the way we live, and the way we work as much as the COVID-19 pandemic has. Yet, every day we see examples of how we can continue to do both (living and working) in successful and safe ways so that we can accomplish and even excel in the profession we practice.

The most immediate example that many of us in the ACHA have directly experienced, is the impact the pandemic has had on the annual AAH/ACHA Summer Leadership Summit (SLS). This year may have easily been the 1st summer that the SLS did not happen, however, it became the first year the event occurred live, via virtual videoconference.

Typically held in-person in Chicago for as long (or almost as long) as the ACHA has existed, this year’s SLS explored resilient strategies employed by healthcare leaders in response to rapidly evolving care delivery and business models, including:

  • changing care models
  • helping staff to thrive and deal with stress
  • medical professional mental health/burnout and the impact on quality care
  • unique challenges to rural, marginalized populations and critical access care

The SLS online modeled the format of the familiar in-person event and consisted of two parts. Part one offering individual and paired speakers presenting specific topics of interest. Part two continuing with a robust panel discussion including live Q&A and observations from the participating audience.

  • Donald Donahue, PhD, University of Maryland
  • Paul DeChant, MD American Association of Physician Leadership
  • Dian Ginsberg, American Association of Physician Leadership
  • Judith Heerwagon, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Christopher Kane, Phoebe Health
  • Alan Morgan, National Organization of Rural Hospitals
  • Patricia Schou, Illinois Rural Health Network

Many firms involved in healthcare design, and almost all our healthcare clientele have promoted design information and other best-practice information to our industry colleagues and the general public at large through similar virtual venues. There are even more virtual learning and knowledge sharing opportunities to come, such as:

And remember, virtual events are easier to record, to share, and to re-broadcast (i.e., on demand), resulting in more people learning, participating, and sharing knowledge and experiences when compared to physically attended events. So now is the time to not only learn more about how and what we need to design for future healthcare facilities, but to also share those lessons learned and stay true to vision of the ACHA in transforming healthcare through better built environments.

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