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Health Quality - High Performance Health Facilities: Designing in a State of Change
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When: Third Wednesday of every month
From 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM
Where: 218-844-0840 access code 493732#

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High Performance Health Facilities...Designing in a State of Change with Ron Smith

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"Change happens” in healthcare organizations, more so today than ever before. And healthcare facilities are highly complex systems with multiple domains of Clinical Care Delivery, Health IT/Informatics, and Physical Space each having an impact on successful organizational outcomes. Space is designed by architects and engineers with intentionality on the part of the design team to help the organization meet specific performance goals.

In such a complex system, how can a design team know that a particular design solution will provide the organization with a platform for high performance? And what happens when a building is completed and occupied, and the organization changes how it works—or technology changes how information is accessed and shared? Even small changes in one domain can result in latent conditions in the other domains that contribute to reduced performance.

Our guest caller, Ron Smith, will talk about an emerging design process that brings the domains together to create a shared set of performance goals and design criteria by connectingSpace design thinking, Care design thinking and Health IT design thinking in an interdisciplinary team, making them transparent across all three domains, and provides a way to keep the design intent alive and connected to the front line.

Ron Smith, AIA, ACHA, LEED® AP, is a Board Certified Healthcare Architect, and President/CEO of Design at the Intersection, LLC, a consulting firm working with healthcare executives and organizations with a commitment to leading design at the intersections of multidisciplinary knowledge, to create high performing facilities for health. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he has over 25 years of Healthcare project experience, is an active leader in the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, serving as its 2011 President. Ron is a member of several national councils and work groups on research and design for healthcare quality and safety, and is an Affiliate Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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