2022 PDC Summit

Mar 22, 2022 ‐ Mar 23, 2022


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The PDC Summit is the premiere event for over 2,000 health care and hospital facility senior leadership. No other conference brings health care planning, design and construction decision-makers together like the PDC Summit.


Attendees will automatically earn 1 CEC from ASHE/AHA from each on-demand session

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A certificate of attendance will be provided once the evaluation is completed
(under the CE Information tab) from each on-demand session.


Standard: $295.00
Members: $195.00

Sessions

Community‐Based Health: Improving Telemedicine in Underserved Areas

Mar 21, 2022 1:45pm ‐ Mar 21, 2022 2:45pm

Credits: None available.

Telemedicine has been an increasingly important development during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the pandemic has highlighted the uneven viability and adaptability of existing health care systems. Julie Mendoza and Mario Sanchez of CallisonRTKL conducted a study that investigated the feasibility of applying telehealth technology to medically underserved areas to improve access to specialized care, evaluating novel approaches such as freestanding telemedicine stations in areas where many residents lack internet connections in their homes. Through data collection and observations in Pleasant Grove, a socioeconomically underserved community within Dallas County, Texas, CallisonRTKL identified gas station convenience stores as an important and abundant element within the community infrastructure. This session will discuss how the CallisonRTKL research team was determined to understand how the use of telemedicine in underserved areas can improve access to specialized care. Walking through the details of the study, session attendees will learn more about communities that deal with low levels of health infrastructure, personal mobility, economic resources and access to the internet, and ways to bring health care to these communities.

Learning Objectives:
  • Assess socioeconomically underserved communities to enable equitable access to health care systems.
  • Identify technologies that have been released that are smaller, cheaper and faster to produce than nonmobile medical equipment.
  • Describe that although there are many community health concerns such as health access and quality, social concerns, education access and quality impacts, and neighborhood and built environment challenges, the greatest impact on this community is related to the social determinants of health is healthcare access and quality.
  • Identify the often overlooked opportunity for telemedicine integration within communities
  • N/A
Speaker(s):

Sometimes There’s Nowhere Else To Go But Up!

Mar 21, 2022 1:45pm ‐ Mar 21, 2022 2:45pm

Credits: None available.

Many hospitals are designed for future expansion in anticipation of the ever-changing needs of patient populations. However, what happens when additional floors are needed to meet the needs of a community, and the only option is to build up upon an existing footprint? A vertical expansion to an operating hospital is among the most complex types of health care construction. Learn how VCU Health Children's Hospital of Richmond and Banner Desert Medical Center Women's Tower Expansion design and construction teams coordinated with owners and stakeholders to combine existing facilities with new construction, change existing building occupancy ratings in occupied facilities, and create strategies to communicate the sequence of work to mitigate the impact on hospital operations. All this while keeping staff focused on what they do best: providing exceptional care for patients.

Learning Objectives:
  • Use tools and techniques for sequencing work, elevatoring and deliveries so hospitals can remain fully operational during all phases of a project.
  • Recognize areas of concern in occupancy codes when upgrading to comply with hospital requirements in an active facility.
  • Work with the unique challenges of hospital vertical expansions, including detailing the structure to accommodate future expansion, and helping the team plan for the intended use and functionality of the additional floors.
  • Apply best practices for controlling noise, water intrusion, dust and debris when expanding above a current roofline while mitigating risk to sensitive equipment and patients.
  • N/A
Speaker(s):

Pandemic Plugload Data = NEW NEC Demand Factors

Mar 21, 2022 1:45pm ‐ Mar 21, 2022 2:45pm

Credits: None available.

In 2020, a plug load monitoring project funded by the NFPA Research Foundation was modified (due to the pandemic) to consider patient care areas in hospitals. More than 12 months of data was collected at the branch circuit and panel level at several hospitals across the country. This data provides insight into electrical load during a potential surge event and is, therefore, relevant to the conversation. The data is largely in line with previous research. The results suggest opportunity to change the demand factors and as a result reduce the calculated load design requirement for hospitals. By PDC 2022, we will have published the final peer review paper with the most complete data set (including surge data) and updated the codes. This session will share insight into this research and the implications for hospitals.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the need for actual plug load data in hospitals during a surge event.
  • Describe the approach for conducting this plug load study and analyzing the results.
  • Assess the findings and their implications for hospital owners, engineers and the National Electric Code (NEC).
  • Explain how NEC demand factors are evolving in response to this research.
  • N/A
Speaker(s):
  • Walter Vernon, PE, LEED AP, EDAC, FASHE, Chief Operating Officer, Mazzetti
  • Troy Savage, MESc, Mdiv, Associate | Project Manager, Mazzetti

Level I Trauma Rooms: Challenges and Opportunities in Designing for Safety and Efficiency

Mar 21, 2022 1:45pm ‐ Mar 21, 2022 2:45pm

Credits: None available.

Presenters will share findings from a collaborative project between Kent State University and Cleveland Clinic on Level I trauma rooms. The project examines four issues that can compromise efficient and safe care: workflow, interruptions, technology integration and sensory stimuli. Trauma resuscitations consist of procedures that require immediate action for diagnosing & stabilizing injured patients. In a complex environment, maintaining an efficient workflow is challenging. Interruptions can contribute to errors that can cost a patient’s life. Effective technology integration can facilitate task completion. Finally, excessive sensory stimuli, such as noise, can hinder efficient care. Systematic literature reviews, focus groups and multidisciplinary design thinking sessions were utilized as a deep dive to understanding problems in trauma rooms. The next phases of the project included design and development where the research team integrated research into a design studio to develop design variations for the trauma room. To evaluate the design, a full-scale physical mock-up and an augmented reality application were developed and utilized for scenario-based simulations with clinicians. The analysis revealed overlaps among the four categories of issues under study. Findings from this study will inform stakeholders on design strategies that allow for a holistic user-centered design in support of safety and efficiency of care in trauma rooms.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify design issues in Level I trauma rooms that lead to adverse events and inefficient care.
  • Identify work system components that support or impede the role of the physical environment in improving safe and efficient care in Level I trauma rooms.
  • Recognize complex interrelationships among workflow, interruptions, technology and sensory stimuli in Level I trauma rooms.
  • Examine the design strategies that can be applied to trauma rooms and similar complex environments such as ICUs and ORs.
  • N/A
Speaker(s):

Moving the Needle Toward Environmental Sustainability and Decarbonization

Mar 21, 2022 3:15pm ‐ Mar 21, 2022 4:30pm

Credits: None available.

With health care accounting for 10% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, environmental sustainability and decarbonization of health care are at the forefront of the climate action conversation. Climate deadlines and calls to action dominate the evening news and legislative agendas. However, the idea of decarbonizing the entire health care sector is more than a little overwhelming. Hospitals and health systems have a vested interest in the climate conversation not only because of climate change’s impact on public health and critical health care delivery infrastructure, but also because the complex energy and resource needs of hospitals and health care systems directly contribute to the health care’s carbon footprint. In this session, AHA and ASHE health care sustainability experts will provide an overview of the complex concepts of environmental sustainability and decarbonization through the AHA policy lens, demonstrate tasks to empower attendees with practical ways to get started, and provide perspective on changing culture and engaging teams to work together in a joint effort to move the needle.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe key concepts pertaining to the complex subject of environmental sustainability and decarbonization of health care.
  • Explain the American Hospital Association’s policy perspective.
  • Discuss effective strategies to begin to build momentum toward achieving targets and goals.
  • Demonstrate methods for influencing culture, desiloing organizations and engaging cross-functional teams.
  • N/A
Speaker(s):
  • Kara Brooks, MS, LEED AP BD & C, Senior Associate Director, Sustainability, American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE)
  • Mark Howell, JD, Senior Associate Director Policy, American Hospital Association

Codes and Standards Forum: Connecting the Dots Between Code Revisions and Planning

Mar 22, 2022 7:00am ‐ Mar 22, 2022 8:00am

Credits: None available.

Revisions to codes and standards are a necessary progression to ensure that facilities stay up to date with best practices and technology. Determining what the changes are and how they apply to the built environment is the cornerstone of any construction project. The design of spaces needed to provide the best patient care has also changed due to a variety of reasons, including code and operational changes. This forum will discuss some of the code changes and progression for health care environments and how that could affect the initial planning and strategies to create a successful project.

Learning Objectives:
  • Familiarize attendees with changes to the International Building Code (IBC) and Life Safety Code that better align the documents for compliance with CMS regulations and Conditions of Participation.
  • Examine requirements of suites per the applicable codes and how they are beneficial.
  • Illustrate how suites can be useful when utilizing the new patient care unit provisions in the 2022 FGI Guidelines, within the allowable parameters of the Life Safety Code and IBC.
  • Discuss the 2022 FGI Guidelines requirement for Individuals of Size and where these requirements are required in different facility types.
  • N/A
Speaker(s):
  • Theresa Harris, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Director of Healthcare Planning, Isgenuity
  • Rob Masters, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP, Principal, CannonDesign
  • Jeff O'Neill, AIA, ACHA, CHFM, Senior Director of Facilities, Pennsylvania Hospital

Emerging Professionals in Healthcare Design & Construction: NEXT GEN Forum

Mar 22, 2022 7:00am ‐ Mar 22, 2022 8:00am

Credits: None available.

Engaging and unifying the next generation of health care design & construction leaders will equip them to lead the advancement of the healthcare built environment. We would like to invite you to join us in a conversation about and with the next generation of our profession. This forum is intended to spur interaction between the future leaders of our profession and to unite them as a force for improving the future of health care design & construction. The forum discussion will also link these future leaders with the current leaders of our profession to create opportunities for mentorship and continued growth.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify issues relevant to developing future leaders in health care design & construction.
  • Discuss how emerging design professionals can contribute to the professional dialogue in healthcare architecture, engineering, construction, research & nursing.
  • Evaluate resources available to emerging professionals in healthcare design & construction.
  • Discuss opportunities for emerging professionals within the field of healthcare design & construction.
  • N/A
Speaker(s):
  • Southern Ellis, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Medical Planner, Vice President, HKS
  • Jacob Richie, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Designer III, Associate, Perkins & Will
  • Victoria Villarreal, AIA, EDAC, Senior Project Engineer, Equipment Planning, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Suites: Design Challenges and Creative Solutions

Mar 22, 2022 8:15am ‐ Mar 22, 2022 9:15am

Credits: None available.

Review the requirements for patient care suites based on NFPA 101, Life Safety Code and the International Building Code, then hear firsthand how suites were added to a design concept at Frederick Health Hospital to avoid major design and construction delays. In this session, the changes and updates to suite requirements in the 2012 edition of NFPA 101 and the 2015 and 2018 editions of the International Building Code will be outlined and potential risks associates with suites will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
  • List the advantages of suites for a health care facility.
  • Identify the differences in suite requirements between NFPA and ICC codes.
  • Assess potential facility layouts to determine if creating suites is feasible.
  • Describe the challenges creating a suite can pose on a facility.
  • N/A
Speaker(s):

The Crossover Medical Office Building

Mar 22, 2022 8:15am ‐ Mar 22, 2022 9:15am

Credits: None available.

The delivery of health care is evolving quickly and constantly. Expectations for ambulatory care and the types of treatments that are possible in the outpatient setting are particularly dynamic. As care migrates away from the traditional hospital, the ambulatory environment must anticipate sicker patients, more complex procedures, and higher demands for resiliency and reliability of technology. For all these reasons, the hospital-owned ambulatory care center is crossing over to look and perform less like a traditional medical office building and more like an outpatient hospital. This means robust standards for infrastructure, including highly reliable electrical systems, enhanced infection prevention, and high-performing exterior envelopes. This session will focus on the importance of planning for future flexibility within an ambulatory setting. The case study will focus on the core-and-shell planning process for a new outpatient facility housing multiple types of health care services including ambulatory surgery, faculty practice and cancer treatment.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify types of technologies that will impact the planning of a clinical environment.
  • Develop infrastructure planning strategies to accommodate future health care program requirements.
  • Identify space planning techniques to strategically plan for future health care workflows.
  • Assess cost-effective strategies for implementation while considering the total cost of ownership for the building.
  • N/A
Speaker(s):
  • John P. Koch, PE, Associate Partner, JB&B
  • Pamela Ward, AIA, LEED AP, CHC, VP of Ambulatory Program Development, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
  • David Tepper, AIA, SCUP, ULI, Principal, Ennead Architects

Supply Chain Impact on Health Care Project Delivery

Mar 22, 2022 8:15am ‐ Mar 22, 2022 9:15am

Credits: None available.

Come to a panel discussion about perhaps the greatest contemporary threat to on-time completion of health care construction projects: supply chain disruptions. Hear three representatives of leading organizations explain how to anticipate, manage and mitigate such risks. Discover which contracting models hinder or help solving the problem. Learn about planning techniques to identify your company’s vulnerabilities to this risk and to start reducing those exposures through a collaboratively developed risk register. The panel members will discuss the ways that supply chain disruption drives up insurance claim costs, the proactive practices of a national general contractor that manage and mitigate the impact of the issue, and the effects of on a health care organization when its projects are delayed. Attendees will receive useful takeaways to help in applying this knowledge after the summit.

Learning Objectives:
  • List the impacts of supply chain disruption on health care construction projects.
  • Take proactive steps to manage or mitigate the impact of supply chain disruption.
  • Describe the responsiveness of different project delivery models to supply chain disruption
  • Implement a collaboratively developed risk register in managing the impacts of supply chain disruption.
Speaker(s):
  • Mike Bruskin, Vice President, Director of Procurement, Turner Construction Company
  • William Franklin, P.E., PMP, Senior Risk Engineering Consultant, Zurich Resilience Solutions | Risk Engineering
  • Matt Keahey, National Vice President - Operations, Medxcel