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Kaiser Permanente Small Hospital Big Idea Competition: Experience & Results

In 2011, Kaiser Permanente invited teams of multidisciplinary thinkers internationally to conceptualize new ways to deliver high-quality health care.  Kaiser Permanente called this the “Small Hospital Big Idea” design competition –seeking design concepts for a 100-bed, eco-conscious, patient- and family- and civic-friendly hospital that uses the best in emerging medical technology to coordinate and deliver care to Kaiser Permanente members.   In March of 2012, a team comprised of Perkins + Will, Mazetti Nash Lipsey Burch, and The Innova Group were chosen for one of two winning submissions.  This session will describe the process and parameters of the competition, primary planning challenges and outcomes, elements of the architectural response and engineering/sustainability highlights.

Presenters:  Walt Vernon, Mazetti Nash Lipsey Burch , Wendy Weitzner, The Innova Group, Michael Bardin, Perkins+Will

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the pressures Kaiser Permanente anticipates as a result of health reform and the potential impacts on a facility strategy
  • Summarize some of the key insights to emerge from the thinking of the process, which can help to inform your planning for the future
  • Contrast alternative operational and medical planning alternatives for effectiveness in a small but flexible hospital prototype
  • Evaluate alternatives to achieve zero carbon footprint and other green goals

Michael Bardin is a Senior Associate and Senior Project Designer with the New York City office of  Perkins+Will, Architects. Michael’s twelve-year career has been dedicated to delivering social, economic, and environmental benefits as part of each of the numerous public and institutional projects of which he has been a part, and to leveraging technology to innovate how designers bring value to clients. His work has received recognition from the AIA, WAF, SARA and other national and international award-giving bodies, has been published in several magazines and books.

Walt Vernon is the CEO of Mazetti, Nash, Lipsey, Burch,  a nationwide, full-service consulting and design firm focused on the engineered systems of buildings headquartered in San Francisco. Walt has been working with healthcare clients to plan, design, and operate healthcare facilities around the world for more than 25 years.  Walt served as one of three co-coordinators for the Green Guide for Healthcare and he chairs the Research and Development Committee for the FGI.  He is also the Principal Author for the WHO Book, Healthcare in the Green Economy

Wendy Weitzner is a Partner with The Innova Group, a national healthcare planning firm.  Wendy has been in healthcare planning and operations for more than 25, serving as both a healthcare executive and consultant.  She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a recipient of their Distinguished Healthcare Executive Award.  She is the President of the New England Society for Healthcare Strategy and is on the Board of Overseers for the Boston Architectural College.