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Cannon Design
Ellis Don
Fengate Real Asset Investments
HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions North America, Inc.
PCL Construction Leaders
Perkins + Will


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April 13 – 15, 2016

Hilton Hotel and Suites, Niagara Falls / Fallsview

Conference theme:
Healthy Environments for Sustainable Care


Wednesday, April 13

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Speaker rehearsals
(Fallsview Casino Resort – Grand Hall A)

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Registration, welcome cocktail reception and dinner
(Myst Lounge, accessible from 33rd Floor of Hilton Hotel)

Thursday, April 14

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
(Fallsview Casino Resort – Grand Hall A)

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Opening remarks
(Fallsview Casino Resort – Grand Hall A)

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION — We the people: Humanizing healthcare by designing for people and evaluating design

Presenter: Dr. Celeste Alvaro, Adjunct Professor, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University

Many factors contribute to the design of a building; budget size, available land, and functionality are the ones that are most often top of mind. One factor that needs to be a higher priority is people. People are the pulse, character and spirit of a building. The psychology of architecture can and should play an increasing role in healthcare design; it would be counterproductive if design were only limited to functional aspects of care delivery. Creating psychosocially supportive environments can restore people's dignity, inspire optimism and increase self-confidence. This is not an abstract idea, it is a conclusion based on science and evaluation. There is a methodological approach and growing evidence that reveal just how the design-built environment affects patients, staff and visitors. Designing for people and evaluating the design are two essential resources in our response to the challenge of modernizing our healthcare infrastructure.

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

Are we solving the right problem?

Presenter: Cliff Harvey, Vice President, Planning, Facilities & Support Services, North York General Hospital

A complex system requires complex problem solving, which begins with investigating the system’s many overlapping and hidden patterns. When seen from multiple perspectives, problems appear through the untangling of the patterns. Solutions emerge when we purposefully re-map new patterns into the environment through smart infrastructure investments. Population health is just one opportunity for telling this story through the use of Big Data to uncover the interaction of health patterns and urban patterns. This session will explore how North York General Hospital has applied this thinking to its capital investment strategy to map out its future investments.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Teck Acute Care: Designed for kids by kids

Presenter: Eleanor Lee, Senior Director, Design and Implementation, BC Children's and Women's Redevelopment Project, Provincial Health Services Authority

The Teck Acute Care Centre, a component of the BC Children's and Women's Redevelopment Project, is the only quaternary care pediatric facility serving British Columbia and Yukon. Set to open in 2017, it's designed and run by adults, but the children's views and opinions on design are taken seriously. Young people feel competent and confident enough in their role as patients to understand the need for collaboration. It is common for designers to ask parents what they think their children may need, rather than asking children directly. While we spend plenty of time talking with parents and adults about what makes a place "family-friendly," there's no substitute for kids' unique perspectives. This session will describe the journey of children and their caregivers in the design for the Teck Acute Care Centre.

11:45 – 12:30 p.m.

Integrated project delivery models: UHN’s partnerships experiences

Presenters: Michael Sheeres, Executive Director, Infrastructure, and Scott Patterson, Director of Planning and Redevelopment, University Health Network

University Health Network has 15 years’ experience with integrated project delivery (IPD) models, incorporating ongoing facilities management along with multi-party agreements, risk sharing rather than risk transfer, and incentives through “skin in the game.” In June 2015, UHN continued its IPD journey with a validation period for a major redevelopment initiative at Toronto Western Hospital. The team was challenged to incorporate new research and clinical modalities into a surgical services and imaging redevelopment initiative in an existing facility while ensuring clinical continuity. The IPD validation period enabled the organization to make necessary decisions on plans and priorities now and into the future.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch buffet

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Panel discussion: Why just sustain when we can flourish?

Panelists: Lyn Baluyot, Partner, Deloitte; Dr. Peter Jones, Professor, OCAD University; Diego Morettin, Principal, DIALOG; Michael Sheeres, Executive Director, Infrastructure, University Health Network

Sustainability often means ensuring our facilities endure years of change, while “doing less bad” environmentally, and keeping up with trends and changes in the global health system. The idea of flourishing is to be an actively healthy organization rather than one that is just “not sick.” It suggests that we guide healthcare toward healthy populations and not just patients, to design facilities to meet the future that is already emerging. Flourishing is about developing and implementing a strategy that creates facilities that support models of care that meet and exceed future population demands, and are flexible enough to meet changing economic and other environmental pressures for decades. Flourishing requires organizations to reimagine and redesign service models and match infrastructure decisions with the capability of flexing to develop “future-proof facilities.”

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Everything in perspective: Determining the logical path forward for organizational capital planning

Presenter: Dr. Manuel Hernandez, Principal and Health Practice Leader, CannonDesign

Hospitals across Canada struggle with balancing and prioritizing capital needs against limited available resources. With no major influx of capital funding coming in the foreseeable future, hospitals are challenged to do more with less and prioritize investments to focus on delivering the highest and best value to patients and to those funding the system. Sometimes the highest-value investments are infrastructure investments, and sometimes they involve care model innovation, process redesign, technology or workforce investments. This session will focus on employment of a logical framework to objectively assess organizational need and properly prioritize ongoing capital investments to best support need across facility and non-facility horizons using case examples from organizations that have done so successfully.

3:30 p.m.
Closing remarks

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Cocktail reception and dinner
(Myst Lounge and Watermark Restaurant, 33rd Floor of Hilton Hotel)

Friday, April 15

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
(Fallsview Casino Resort – Grand Hall A)

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Opening remarks
(Fallsview Casino Resort – Grand Hall A)

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Neuro-architecture: A translational design process using brain-based design principles to add value to healthcare design

Presenter: Dr. Eve Edelstein, Director, Human Experience Lab, Perkins + Will

Informed by a deeper understanding of medical research, clinical-based healthcare design principles have potential to sustain and enhance both environmental and human health. The growing field of neuro-architecture interprets neuro-scientific findings into brain-based architectural principles, using emerging virtual reality simulations and wearable biosensors to reveal the influence of the built environment on the brain, body and behaviour. This session will describe a practical translational design process that incorporates results from multiple stages along the path of clinical research and practice, including the biological basis of health and disease to interventions that measurably improve the health outcomes of individuals and the public. Both patient and staff involvement are critical features of all stages in this translation. Examples from built projects and completed original research will consider principles for design that flex to meet the varied needs of the most fragile patients and most gifted care providers, while enhancing outcomes and demonstrating the value of research-based design.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Panel discussion: Transitioning from construction to operation

Panelists: Danny Giacomel, Vice President, EllisDon Capital; Rick Russell, Principal, Agree Inc.; Robert Savage, Vice President, Redevelopment, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care; and Sean Wiley, Senior Vice President, AFP Operations, Infrastructure Ontario

This panel will examine how healthcare public-private partnerships in Ontario are managing the shift between the construction of facilities and their operation. The panelists will provide the various perspectives of a healthcare executive, a healthcare facility developer/constructor/facilities maintenance organization, the provincial government’s infrastructure agency, and a facilitator who has designed and facilitated workshops and team-building activities to help partners anticipate common difficulties and iron them out when they arise.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Curb appeal: Moving to ambulatory care

Presenters: Bryan Darrell, Director, Healthcare Project Services, Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Management; Heather Francis, Director, DGH Health Services, Provincial Endoscopy and Nursing Resource, and Karen Mumford, QEII Senior Director, Nova Scotia Health Authority

In the next 20 years, the way healthcare is provided will change at an accelerated pace. As practitioners in healthcare infrastructure, are we keeping pace with these changes? The healthcare budget represents 48% of Nova Scotia’s government spending. When replacing Victoria General Hospital’s aging Centennial Building in Halifax, the question was raised, “Is there another way?” One option being pursued is already taking place at Dartmouth General Hospital, located across the harbour from Halifax. It is a 150-bed facility with four operating rooms and a growing ambulatory care program. In Nova Scotia, acute care facilities average $750 per square foot to build, compared to $300 for clinics. In an environment of tight dollars, ambulatory clinics have a great deal of curb appeal. This session will explore the issue from both the infrastructure development and clinical perspectives.

11:30 a.m.
Closing remarks

11:45 a.m.
Lunch buffet (Fallsview Casino Resort – Grand Hall A)

Conference ends

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