The 2019 Healthcare Facilities Forum, hosted by AIA California had a sold out crowd on October 3 in the Steelcase showroom which is atop the former Transamerica Building with sweeping views of the Los Angeles skyline.

Our President, Craig Beam moderated a panel with the topic of “Transformation & Challenges of Academic Medical Centers. The panel included Joel Swift Director of Facilities Planning & Development at UC Davis, Peter Hendrickson Associate Vice Chancellor, Design & Construction at UCLA, Brian Pitt Campus Architect and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Design & Construction Services at UCI and Helen Wilmont Vice President of Facilities Services and Planning at Stanford.

Each of these academic campuses are in the process of planning for significant increases in capacity for their medical centers and schools of medicine. Stanford will be opening a replacement hospital within the next few weeks and represents a $2 Billion investment in its future. Once open, the university will start a renovation of the former hospital. UC Davis is looking to utilize a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to help fund its Medical Center campus in Sacramento while UCI is in the midst of planning a new hospital on its main campus in Irvine and UCLA is studying the addition of a new bed tower in Westwood.

Academic Medical Centers are more complex compared to community hospitals in that they have the added functions of teaching and research as well as clinical enterprise. The panel discussed the challenges of managing multiple stakeholders throughout a process that is often decades long.

In addition to Craig’s panel, Mark Gamble, Chief of Advocacy and Operations at the Hospital Association of Southern California gave an overview of policy and regulatory issues that are affecting the state with a special note of the rise of the need to address the mental health issues in our community.

Another panel looked at how healthcare systems are planning for a more diversified delivery system with the shift to outpatient care and Sunil Shah Vice President of Facilities Strategy at Kaiser Permanente discussed Kaiser’s design program for 2020.

This annual event includes the recognition of a “Lifetime Achievement Award” which was given to Derek Parker, FAIA, a retired partner from Anshen +Allen Architects and his career includes the design of over 50 major healthcare facilities across the country.

Petra was honored to be present among of such a prestigous group and to have been part of the day!

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