ASHE PDC Summit 2023

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January 27, 2023

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How Duke Health Generated Power Through Collaboration
Bringing together a cross-disciplinary team of experts in architecture, building, engineering, and operations, this presentation will highlight the ingenuity behind Duke Health’s new emergency power generation and storage facility, which balances myriad demands from reliability and sustainability to quality of care and patient expectations. Panelists will walk audience members through the collaborative, highly iterative design approach and provide insight into how the innovations and lessons learned can be applied to healthcare facilities worldwide to address some of the most challenging problems in the sector today.

March 13 from 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Kenyon Worrell with Tony Baldassari (Duke Health), Scott Martin (Duke Health), Mike Dare (Robins & Mortin), and Chase Davis (RMF Engineering, Inc.)


Impact on Staff Communication and Teamwork In Med-Surg Unit Design at Indiana University Health
This session investigates how the built environment supports or inhibits staff communication and teamwork by exploring the Indiana University Health West Vertical Expansion project, post-occupancy. We evaluate how the patient unit impacts staff communication patterns and teamwork on two distinctly different units with the exact same footprint within the same building. We will also demonstrate how the incorporation of acuity adaptable rooms impacts staff work while maintaining flexibility.  

March 13 from 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Chase Miller, Zahra Zamani, Jen Worley with Kapri Ames (IU Health)


Leveraging Discrete Event Simulation to Evaluate Clinic Design Outcomes
There is a growing trend for hospital systems to develop and reuse malls primarily established in diverse neighborhoods. This presentation highlights a case study for adaptive reuse of a mall reimagined as a “one-stop-shop” of health, wellness, and activity facilities. The city and the health care system’s dual ownership of the project created a synergic partnership for improved health through a new wellness and recreation campus. Discrete event simulation (DES) evaluated and informed future design decisions using current process data. Findings demonstrated that a centralized registration system improved staffing resources and space allocation. DES explored the effects of transforming several underutilized exam rooms into telehealth rooms or subdepartment waiting. In addition to improved space utilization, segregating the waiting areas for pediatric patients from adults creates playful experiences, offers a sense of security for children, encourages social interactions, and improves patient and family satisfaction. The result showed that such alterations did not substantially affect patient wait for exam rooms. In conclusion, DES was an effective tool for evaluating the impact of design alternatives on performance-driven outcomes for the future state of the outpatient clinic. Additionally, DES provided an experimental setting to test design scenarios and improved architect-owner communication.  

March 15 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Tim Spence, Zahra Zamani with David Lenart (Columbus Regional Hospital), and Tanner Tyree (Columbus Regional Hospital)