Strategic Facility Studies: Why your organization shouldn’t invest in capital improvements without one

Recording now available in the ISHE member area

This event has been approved by ASHE for 1.0 Contact Hour (1.0 CEC).

Understanding your campus, facilities, infrastructure, systems, and their performance is crucial to maintaining optimum efficiency, building lifecycles, maintenance costs, patient outcomes, comfort and safety, and more. With strained budgets, especially as a result of COVID-19 impacts, it’s hard to prioritize needs across healthcare systems and campuses. Meanwhile, cutting costs without sacrificing operations, service delivery, and the patient experience is challenging at best but often necessary to maintain financial health. Conducting a strategic facility study is one tool healthcare organizations can use to keep operational expenses in check. What are the actual benefits of strategic facility studies? Why should healthcare organizations prioritize strategic facility studies? What does a strategic facility study include? This session will dive into the benefits, drivers, and outcomes of strategic facility studies and why healthcare organizations should conduct one.

Learning objectives:
• Discover the drivers and demand for strategic facility studies
• Uncover the benefits received from executed strategic facility studies
• Identify sample deliverables that should be expected from strategic facility studies
• Explore how to get started with your own strategic facility study

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Bill Ledger, AIA, ACHA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED AP, Director of Healthcare Design
Craig Scully, P.E., LEED AP, Partner, Lead Mechanical Engineer

Bill is a Board-certified healthcare architect with over 35 years of experience and the director of healthcare design for Design Collaborative. He has been involved in hundreds of healthcare projects for multiple hospitals and health systems, including Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center, Van Wert Health, and Parkview Health. Significant projects for these clients include the Van Wert Health Surgery and Inpatient Expansion, St. Rita’s Medical Center Emergency Department Addition and Renovation, and the Parkview Dekalb Hospital Second Floor Med/Surg Patient Care Unit Renovation. One of the few ACHA-certified architects in Indiana, Bill was the first applicant to pass the board-certification exam in Indiana in 2003 and is the longest active certified healthcare architect in Indiana. Considered a thought leader in his field, he regularly participates in national healthcare design forums and conferences and is a sought after subject matter expert.

Craig is a national award-winning mechanical and plumbing engineer with nearly 30 years of experience. He joined Design Collaborative in 1994 and became a principal of the firm in 2003. With a focus on healthcare mechanical engineering design, his knowledge covers every facet of the acute care environment – from emergency departments to imaging suites to ICU units and more. His experience includes HVAC master planning, facility assessments, renovations, additions, and new construction in support of health system operational and patient care goals. He is driven to always find the most efficient solution for each facility. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.