Walter Jones Jr. AIA, LEED, EDAC

Senior Vice President, The MetroHealth System

Walter Jones is a national leader in patient-focused design, collaborative design processes, and a “process-neutral” concept for adaptable design for health care facilities. During his career of over 30 years in healthcare design and project leadership, Walter’s visionary leadership has led the design and development of projects which have resulted in innovations adopted by the healthcare design community as best practices.

Since 2014, he has provided the strategic vision and leadership for the planning, design and construction of the transformation of the main campus of The MetroHealth System, the public health care system in Cleveland, Ohio, and the anchor institution on the city’s near west side. The transformation is a nearly $800 million capital initiative announced by Dr. Akram Boutros, MetroHealth’s CEO, in May of 2014 and is committed to creating and environment of excellence for care delivery, education and research in support of MetroHealth’s mission and extension of more than 180 years of service to the community.

Prior to his work at MetroHealth, he served for 11 years as Senior Vice President of Facilities Planning and Development for Parkland Health and Hospital System where his responsibility was for the development and construction of Parkland’s $1.3 billion, 865-bed hospital and medical campus.

He is an architect by training and experience, receiving his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his master’s degree in Architecture from Clemson University. He is LEED certified in sustainability and EDAC certified in the principles of evidence-based design.

He is active in contributing to, advocating for, and advancing his profession and community as a frequent speaker about important and relevant health care design issues, and as a member on several boards including Healthcare Design Magazine Advisory Board, The Institute for Patient Centered Design, Cogence Alliance, The Healthcare Infrastructure Research Institute, and The Built Environment Network of the Center for Healthcare Design.