Healthcare Design Webinar Schedule


COVID-19 Lessons Learned: International Insights
Wednesday, June 17, 4 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. PDT

As the U.S. continues to manage the COVID-19 crisis in its healthcare facilities while also beginning to consider how the pandemic will reshape design going forward, many lessons can be gleaned from solutions delivered overseas. In this webinar, experts from international design studios will shed light on approaches to pandemic response, including COVID-19, in China, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates. They’ll also explore the effectiveness of those measures during the COVID-19 outbreak and discuss the unique ways these countries are working to reduce risk and transmission going forward.

In this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand international policy and response to epidemics/pandemics, including COVID-19, in China, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates.
  • Learn the unique ways these countries responded to COVID-19 in healthcare built environments, including the effectiveness of the solutions and lessons learned that could be applied in the U.S.
  • Identify strategies to reduce the risk of transmission such as screening centers, movement restrictions, curfews, contact tracing, etc., that have been successful in these countries and have influenced the design of spaces such as emergency departments and triage areas.
  • Hear about international plans for future pandemics and how they’re inspiring healthcare design projects and telehealth solutions.

Speakers are:

  • Alex Wang, Managing Director of Greater China, Principal, HKS Inc.
  • Jeanine Mansour, Associate, Director of Healthcare Planning Projects, Leo A Daly
  • Maria Ionescu, Senior Medical Planner, Stantec
  • Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, editor-in-chief, Healthcare Design (moderator)

This webinar is free and approved for 1 AIA HSW credit (live event only). REGISTRATION COMING SOON!


COVID-19 Lessons Learned: Improving the Surge Response
Friday, June 19, Noon EDT/9 a.m. PDT

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, healthcare organizations across the country rapidly activated spaces on existing campuses as well as off-site to increase capacity for the patient surge. Ultimately, millions of dollars were spent on projects that were largely unused, thanks to social distancing flattening the curve. However, as we look ahead to a potential second wave in the fall or to future epidemics/pandemics, is there a better way to respond to patient surge? In this webinar, healthcare design experts will review the design solutions delivered to support COVID-19 patient surge, the lessons that will guide us in responding smarter and more cost-effectively next time, as well as how this new knowledge should shape the planning of future healthcare buildings.

In this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand the surge response in the built environment to support COVID-19 patients, including how existing spaces were transformed for treatment and alternate care sites were delivered, and what pain points emerged.
  • Identify what was learned through the process of planning, designing, and building surge sites to apply lessons for future pandemic scenarios, including how to deliver spaces faster and more cost-effectively.
  • Hear ideas on how to avoid alternate care sites by focusing surge response planning on existing facilities while also balancing the desire to keep some spaces operational for traditional services throughout a crisis.
  • Apply lessons learned to the planning of new projects and design of projects-in-progress so that new buildings can accommodate future epidemics/pandemics.

Speakers are:

  • Julie Kent, director of facilities planning and integration, Trinity Health
  • Sam Burnette, senior designer and principal, ESa
  • Randy Keiser, national healthcare director, Turner Construction
  • Paul Strohm, senior vice president, director of healthcare, HOK
  • Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, editor-in-chief, Healthcare Design (moderator)

This webinar is free and approved for 1 AIA HSW credit (live event only). REGISTRATION COMING SOON!



COVID-19 Lessons Learned: Advocate Aurora Health Response and Reactivation
After working to manage COVID-19 patient surge through the delivery of alternate sites and temporary structures, Advocate Aurora Health is now in the process of reactivating acute and non-acute sites where programs and services were temporarily on hold during the height of the crisis. The healthcare system is now considering ways to provide safe environments and care that meet patients’ expectations, including social distancing across spaces such as check-in, dining, infusion, and rehabilitation spaces, among others. In this webinar, a panel from Advocate Aurora Health will explore how the organization adapted its built environments to support the demand and safe patient and caregiver experience during the pandemic across Illinois and Wisconsin at 26 acute care hospitals and approximately 500 non-acute clinical care sites and six major support centers.

Understanding and Solving COVID-19 Healthcare Building Systems Challenges
In the healthcare design response to COVID-19, one of the biggest hurdles to clear is delivering fast, effective building systems and infrastructure. As we see the industry roll out solutions like temporary structures and field hospitals, retrofit existing healthcare space to negative pressure rooms, and convert alternate sites like convention centers to house COVID patients, innovative solutions to MEP, HVAC, and other critical systems are necessary. To help guide the industry through this process, Healthcare Design magazine will bring together a panel of healthcare engineers to share an inside look at what their organizations are delivering right now, including case study examples. They’ll explore best practices that have emerged from their efforts and offer insight on how the industry should approach building systems going forward to be better prepared for the next COVID-19 surge or a future pandemic.

COVID-19: Lessons From New York
In late March, the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) assembled a coalition of architects, engineers, and builders to help hospitals and other healthcare facilities identify and evaluate unused space that could be quickly activated to increase surge capacity to treat COVID-19 patients. The directive was to assist with the identification and assessment of sites to meet demand for the 140,000 acute care and ICU beds that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo anticipated the state would need within three weeks. The resulting task force worked with shared purpose and urgency to accomplish many facility assessments and recommendations within that timeframe. In this webinar, you’ll hear from some of its members on how the task force was organized, how the assessments and recommendations were accomplished, and what lessons were learned through the process that will help guide design professionals doing similar work in other states.

Response Time: Healthcare Designers Help Combat COVID-19
The healthcare design industry is on the front lines of battling the COVID-19 pandemic, collaborating with hospitals and health systems to implement numerous built environment solutions to support the ongoing patient surge. To better understand where we stand as an industry, as well as the realities of what providers across the nation and world are facing, Healthcare Design magazine will bring together a panel of healthcare leaders from global design firms to share the challenges that exist today, how their firms are responding, and the best practices that are emerging. This webinar will explore solutions being implemented to support testing and triage via temporary structures, conversions of existing healthcare spaces to accommodate ICU isolation care, and how alternative care sites from hotels to convention centers are being reimagined as COVID-19 treatment facilities.

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