“My passion and highest priority is to use my clinical skills and expertise to reduce/remove wasted planning and design time and effort so that the end-result is streamlined, efficient, functional and visionary.”

An Intuitive Perspective

Incorporating perspectives from a clinician with a wide variety of experience in multiple settings sets the stage for more productive team interaction by setting the baseline closer to reality and practicality which will decrease costs in the long run, increase patient and staff satisfaction, decrease adverse events incorporating intentionality and a foundation for future growth and adaptability maximizing financial resources. Aligning patient care and clinical workflows with technology, healthcare industry regulation and construction code requires inside knowledge to have successful communication, coordination, and facilitation.  This alignment is the most important aspect in a successful construction project.

Planning Stage Involvement

Being involved during the planning stage of the healthcare project, I am able to put my insight and experience to its greatest benefit.  My “assessment” skills include an eye for process and efficiency, use of space, including impact on workflow of the users for the entire spectrum from nursing, providers, technology (including IT, EMR & equipment), facilities, biomed, EVS, patients and families, supply chain, vendors, waste, and regulatory impact throughout the interface of clinical and construction requirements.

Healthcare Design & Facility Planning

Advisory / Consulting Services

Operational Planning/Workflow Design:

  • Work with owners and project team from project conception through creation including visioning, discovery, assessment and development to support strategic, operational, functional and space planning business goals

  • Apply clinical and administrative experience and expertise for pre-design and transition planning to define the future state for both clinical and non-clinical applications

  • Conduct activities to support the project within established budget, schedules, timelines and milestones: provide operational expertise to support the institution’s concepts, strategies, principles, and information for the assigned project(s).

  • Provide assessment of process and efficiency, use of space, impact on workflow of the end-users while partnering with client and project team to align patient care and clinical workflows with technology, healthcare industry regulation and construction code

  • Provide support / assistance with activation and transition activities utilizing Lean Six-Sigma and Lean methodologies to drive process improvement and cost-reduction initiatives to improve workflows, patient outcomes and efficiency.

  • Partner and develop new business and relationships as clinical resource and advisory services between design team and clinical staff

Clinical Planning and Transition/Activation Support:

  • Clinical liaison/resource support to project team and owner’s representative, design and construction teams, architects, contractors, and consultants facilitating quality and supporting clinical related issue resolution during the construction of the capital project.

  • Partner as clinical resource and advisory support with activation and transition activities including move-in process including the coordination and installation of medical and IT equipment, furniture, signage; collaborating with leadership on education, training and orientation activities; and facilitation of post-occupancy issues.

Unique Qualifications & Background

My background is in the procedural and clinical settings of hospitals, surgery centers, sterile processing, and physician clinics as well as non-clinical settings such as the construction and business industries. I have even worked with new physicians fresh out of residency setting up their practices and clinics from scratch giving me more insight into operations and gaps within our industry. I have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, certification as an ambulatory surgery center administrator and have been a manager in a variety of settings throughout my career. My involvement with the built environment goes back to my childhood. My dad was a builder and then I married a contractor where we worked on projects together while also building his business. Because of that insight and experience, I was put into roles where my clinical background, along with my business and construction knowledge, made it easy for me to be a resource and liaison closing the gap between clinical and the design team.

I am not unique in being on the receiving end of design horror stories, but most design errors occur because of a lack of vision and effective communication. Incorporating perspectives from a clinician with a wide variety of experience in multiple settings sets the stage for more productive team interaction by setting the baseline closer to reality and practicality which will decrease costs in the long run, increase patient and staff satisfaction, decrease adverse events incorporating intentionality and a foundation for future growth and adaptability maximizing financial resources. Aligning patient care and clinical workflows with technology, healthcare industry regulation and construction code requires inside knowledge to have successful communication, coordination, and facilitation. This alignment is the most important aspect in a successful construction project.

Being involved at the beginning of the healthcare project, I am able to put my insight and experience to its greatest benefit. My “assessment” skills include an eye for process and efficiency, use of space, including impact on workflow of the users for the entire spectrum from nursing, providers, technology (including IT, EMR & equipment), facilities, biomed, EVS, patients and families, supply chain, vendors, waste, and regulatory impact throughout the interface of clinical and construction requirements.

Medical Room 

Areas Managed:

  • Hospital Surgical Services & Procedural Areas

  • Ambulatory Surgery Center

  • Sterile Supply / Instrument Sterilization & Storage

  • Physician & Surgeon Offices / Clinics

  • Associated Vendors and Contractors

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