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Design impacts the healing environment. What are the best methods for serving patients' needs in a welcoming setting while attracting and retaining high-quality healthcare professionals? How do you flexibly design across all scales, factoring in varied patient volumes and future technological advances?

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Committee Chairs
Sarah Markovitz AIA /
Bob Peterson AIA /
The Healthcare Facilities Committee is part of the Design Commission.


To view the presentation given at the January 17, 2018 meeting by Monica Nakielski, Senior Program Manager of Sustainability...
GEMBA WALK – THE SECRET WEAPON FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT Sponsored by the Lean Construction Institute -  ...
Hebrew SeniorLife:  Highest & Best Use Planning of a Major Post Acute Facility in Uncertain Times We are pleased to...
Please join us as the TRO|JB design and planning leaders of the 1,200 bed Jahra Hospital in Kuwait present the project and...
The Main Building Addition at Boston Children's Hospital, often referred to as "Skinny Binney" is a 116,000...
We are honored to have Jim Ansara, Founder & Chairman of Shawmut Design and Construction, Philanthropist, Volunteer, and...
In 2011, Kaiser Permanente invited teams of multidisciplinary thinkers internationally to conceptualize new ways to deliver...
In 2011, Kaiser Permanente invited teams of multidisciplinary thinkers internationally to conceptualize new ways to deliver...
At our September meeting we had an opportunity to learn about the new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown,...

Past Events

January 17, 2018 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Sustainability at Partners Healthcare

Monica Nakielski, Senior Program Manager, Sustainability, Partners HealthCare will provide an introduction and overview of sustainability at Partners and its affiliate hospitals. The presentation will demonstrate the importance of a systems approach in disease prevention and the role health systems and hospitals play through their furnishings and building material purchases. Monica will include a Case Study of the new Partners headquarters at Assembly Row and will focus on chemicals management using a six classes framework and approach.

The presentation will help us understand the health and environmental concerns associated with the six classes chemicals in furnishings and building products and analyze gaps in knowledge related to their safety, efficacy, and performance. Opportunities for making purchasing decisions based on the current evidence of safety, effectiveness, and cost of chemicals in furnishings and building products will be explained.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

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November 15, 2017 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Robotics, Digital Health, Machine Intelligence and the Future of the Hospital At no other time in the modern history of healthcare has change and...
October 18, 2017 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

A Bottom Up/Top Down Approach to Ambulatory Master Planning

John Muir Health includes two medical centers and over 30 outpatient sites of care in Contra Costa County, CA. The Innova Group is leading integrated strategic facility master plans for the hospitals and the ambulatory network that incorporate current strategic initiatives, operational demands, regulatory requirements and major end-of-life investments through 2030. The plans will coordinate and optimize facility capital investments resulting in an integrated and actionable, phased year by year capital plan.

September 20, 2017 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Rush University Medical Center Transformation Project

John Moorhead AIA will be sharing the insights gained from a 25-plus person design team that was co-located to a site office with members of the client team, program management team, construction management team, and the engineering disciplines.

Rush University Medical Center was looking to re-position themselves in the Chicago healthcare market and believed that having a campus that was on equal footing with their high standard of caregiving was vital. Being the medical center of choice as well as the employer of choice meant they needed to address the aging facilities on their piece of the Illinois Medical District on the west side of Chicago. They also saw this project as a moment of transformation, and wanted to signal the community of their ability to provide 21st century medicine. 

John was a member of the Perkins + Will project team for Rush University Medical Center and is now a Principal and Design Director at TRO.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

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June 21, 2017 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Exeter 2020 – Go Slow to Go Fast Exeter Hospital is a 100-bed community hospital that is serious about employing lean principles. Before...
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