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Hebrew SeniorLife: Highest & Best Use Planning of a Major Post Acute Facility in Uncertain Times

Hebrew SeniorLife:  Highest & Best Use Planning of a Major Post Acute Facility in Uncertain Times

We are pleased to be able to welcome Wendy Weitzner, FACHE, and Vice President of The Innova Group as the speaker for our 19 FEB meeting! 

Please join us as Wendy presents a case study on developing the highest and best use for Hebrew SeniorLife's flagship facility.  Hebrew SeniorLife is a national senior services and post-acute leader. HSL needed to determine a "highest and best use" of its flagship facility, responding to local "market velocity" while ensuring they invest limited resources into future successful businesses models.  The session will describe the methods, inputs, and outputs as well as the challenges of a comprehensive and coordinated approach to planning the best use of a healthcare facility in uncertain times.

AIA CEU's have been applied for.  AIA Learning Objectives for this session are:

1.Discuss the fundamentals of post-acute services: types of care, reimbursement models, and the relationship to acute care providers

2. Explore the approach a large senior care/post-acute care provider took to planning under reform

3. Discover a comprehensive/multidisciplinary approach to "highest and best use" planning 

4. Understand the differences between acute and post-acute care and how those differences impact facility planning needs.


Wendy is a Vice President of The Innova Group, and has over 22 years of healthcare experience as an operations-based planner. Her experience as both an administrator and consultant allows her to interface seamlessly among strategic, capital, clinical, and facilities planning. As a consultant, she has developed novel operations and planning solutions for clients ranging from small community hospitals to large academic medical centers in both the private and public sectors.

Prior to joining The Innova Group in 2008, Wendy served as Corporate Director of Real Estate, Planning & Development at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, the National Director of Strategic Facilities Planning at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Principal at Mitretek Healthcare (now Noblis) and Director of Healthcare Consulting for TRO/The Ritchie Organization (now TRO Jung-Brannen).

Wendy holds an MBA from Simmons College, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Management and a Masters in Consulting Psychology from Harvard, and Bachelors in Psychology from Tufts. She is widely published and has presented at numerous conferences. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Healthcare Executive award) and serves on the boards of the Boston Architectural College, the New England Society for Healthcare Strategy, and Women in Healthcare Management.