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Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo Brings Defining Conference Back to Chicago for 22nd Annual Show

Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo Brings Defining Conference Back to Chicago for 22nd Annual Show

Anticipated Expo Highlights Trends Impacting Healthcare Field and Developments to Promote Industry Growth

Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo 2009
The premier event exploring healthcare facility design, Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo (HFSE), once again welcomes the thought-leaders, trend setters and industry authorities behind designing, planning, constructing and managing the medical facilities of tomorrow to its annual conference at the Navy Pier in Chicago. Taking place September 30 – October 2, 2009, the conference features nearly 60 informational sessions and case-based presentations, networking events, keynote speakers and facility tours as it continues to draw much-needed attention to the critical relationship between a facility’s physical layout and the staff, patients and families within its walls.

One of the conference’s most anticipated features is a three-part workshop entitled, Exploring the Manufacturability of Healthcare Environments. Led by David Chambers, Director of Planning, Architecture and Design at Sutter Health, the workshop will challenge research & development representatives from select healthcare manufacturers to collaborate, solve a problem associated with healthcare and potentially advance technology used in the healthcare environments of the future. Also a Research Fellow at the Rice University Building Institute, Chambers will discuss his research topic entitled: “A Manufactured Facility Model” and the proceedings will be published by the Rice University Building Institute. All attendees will be welcome to attend a presentation of the findings, recommendations and best practices discussed during these sessions on Thursday, October 1.

“A collaborative effort between our professionals is crucial, particularly today as many healthcare organizations are pursuing substantive upgrades to their capital programs,” explains Jenabeth Ferguson, Event Director for the show. “Demand for high value solutions in healthcare is unprecedented and this workshop presents an excellent opportunity for manufacturers to come together and participate as consortiums committed to solving the needs of healthcare organizations with high value solutions.”

In addition to the workshop, attendees will have their choice of almost 60 presentations categorized by one or more of the following nine focus areas:

Master Planning
Design & Construction
Evidence-Based Design
Sustainability
Technology
Guest Services
Professional Services
Building Systems
Operations
With more than 75 percent of this year's sessions featuring speakers from a hospital or healthcare center, attendees will be able to process results and findings based on both researched and applied programs. For the second year in a row, Anshen + Allen and the IFMA Healthcare Council will bring Green Patient Lab 3.0 (GPL 3.0), an exhibit designed to elevate awareness of green materials and technologies that are economically viable, readily available and appropriate for use in intensive healthcare settings. The GPL 3.0 also shows how to create a healing environment that improves the quality of life for patients, staff and family by utilizing best practices and evidence-based design concepts. In addition attendees can further explore GPL 3.0 in the closing session “Greening the Patient Experience: Lessons Learned from the Road.” Presented by Suzanne Drake, LEED AP, IIDA, Senior Associate, GPL Project Manager, Anshen+Allen and Marty Waldron AIA, ACHA, Principal, GPL Principal in Charge, Anshen+Allen, attendees will be educated on the latest advances, findings and lessons discovered by the producers of the first full-scale idea and research demonstration lab of its kind.

“With the ongoing success of our show and our drive to continually raise the bar, our audience knows they can expect a high-level experience from our conference program,” said Ferguson. “The addition of workshops like the ‘Exploring the Manufacturability of Healthcare Environments’ is how HFSE is continuing to be the place the entire industry comes together to solve the problems of today and plan the facilities of tomorrow.”

A complete speaker roster, session details and event / registration information can be found at http://www.hcarefacilities.com/

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