Health Care Innovation Workshop (HCI) 2016

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Earn up to 3.5 GBCI CEs, AIA LUs and PDHs! 



Health Care Innovation 2016 is a workshop,

networking lunch and a trade expo! 


Attend the 2016 HCI  to find some "inspiring" moments - with information-packed sessions, networking with fellow healthcare leaders and hearing about innovative strategies that have worked for others, you will leave the HCI Workshop with creative ideas that  will provide an immediate and positive impact on your organization.



To register, click here.



Registration: $30 Early Bird, $40 after 7/8/16.




10:00 AM              Expo opens
11:30 AM - 1 PM   Lunch Panel Presentation
1:30 - 2:30 PM      Seminar 
2:45 - 3:45 PM      Seminar 
3:45 - 4:30 PM      Sponsors Reception


Lunch Panel Presentation: Creating a Healing Space - From the Board Room to the Boiler Room

The patient care experience in the built environment continues to be a source of innovation requiring multiple stakeholders. Come see how progressive health systems engage it's people to create a healing space full of sustainable features, continuous improvement and cultural enablers that empower occupants. Iqbal and Gary will highlight cases like a no-wait ED, bio-mimicry design principles and the use of simple process improvement tools that will help folks in the Board Room and Boiler Room play their part.


Gary Kusnierz
VP Performance Excellence at Ministry Health Care
(Affinity Health System of Ascension Health in Wisconsin)

Gary Kusnierz, over the last several years, has dedicated time and effort to the study, development, and implementation of Lean and Sustainable Principles in healthcare. What started as cutting edge facility design concepts has helped in the organizational deployment and cultural transformation across the hospital system in both Lean and Environmental Stewardship.

Iqbal Mian
Iqbal Mian, Heapy Engineering, HCI, Health Care Innovation
Engagement Manager, Practice Greenhealth

Iqbal manages a portfolio of health care members and develops content and resources on energy conservation, quality and various other topics.  Mian received his Master of Science in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin. Other degrees include Executive Masters of Business Administration International Studies Program and a BBA in Supply Chain & Operations Management. He is a Certified Building Operator, Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Lean Facilitator, ISO 14001 Internal Auditor and versed in energy benchmarking (Utilization, ENERGY STAR, LEED - HC, NC, EB).  Since 2010, Mian led sustainability initiatives first at Affinity Health System, then Ministry Health Care (through expansion) and most recently as a member of Ascension Health. He has developed policy, toolkits, sustainability strategy and rolled out multiple initiatives including energy conservation across the 15 hospitals and 46 clinics within Ministry Health Care.


Seminar I: Creative Healthcare Design - Hospital Project Leadership's Assessment

The $300 Million Grove City Hospital project team will present and assess the creative and innovative strategies employed with having Hospital, A/E Design Team and Construction firm's thought leaders in continuous collaboration throughout the project.  Other examples from projects around the country will be added to this conversation from members of this presentation team.


Joe Ferdelman,PE, HFDP, LEED AP BD+C
Healthcare Practice Leader, 
Heapy Engineering

Joe provides strategic direction regarding integration of new strategies for lean and efficient facility design. With over 20 years of design experience, his insight is a decidedly valuable asset for project teams. 



Chris Lagana, MBA, PMPChris Lagana pic sm
Owner Representative / Planning Consultant, Mount Carmel Health System

Representing Mount Carmel in efforts to expand, enhance and improve the facilities in support of our mission. Utilizing his 20+ years of project planning, management, design and construction experience to guide our strategy and deliver the right project at the right price.


Bernie Sublette, CHC
Project Executive
Hunt Construction Group (An AECOM Company)

His recent duties include the pursuit and subsequent award of the $425m CHI/Baylor Hospital Tower II in Houston, TX. He was also involved in the of project management operations at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - New University Hospital which is a 1.2m SF facility in Dallas, TX. Just prior to the UTSW project, Bernie was one of the first few individuals with “boots on the ground” at the $800m San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). Bernie’s status as a former member of United States Marine Corps made him a good fit at this joint Armed Forces military base. Bernie is currently the lead executive for the new Mount Carmel Grove City replacement hospital located near Columbus, OH. The project consists of just over 500,000 square feet of new construction and a budget of $224M which broke ground late last year.  His career spans 34 years with an emphasis on new healthcare construction, additions and renovations. His strengths include project delivery methods, Lean construction techniques, communica­tion and understanding of subcontractor detail coordination and work plan­ning. He has an ability to clearly see the “big picture” on a project and plan the work accordingly. His management experience coupled with his field operations background suit him well in managing the operations of complex healthcare projects.


Seminar II: Creative Approach for Healthcare Technology Systems Decisions

Providing a robust Technology System foundation with necessary future adaptability, to meet the rigor of rapid changes in Healthcare, required a new approach to the selection, design and procurement of Technology systems.

This panel will discuss a unique process they employed in making strategic decisions regarding Healthcare Technology Systems and Equipment.   They will also present Lessons Learned from the process and discuss what pitfalls can occur without proper planning.


Michaeleen photoMichaeleen Conlee
Executive Director of Women's and Children's Services
Memorial Children's Hospital of South Bend

Michaeleen Conlee, RN, serves as the Executive Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. She oversees the management of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, a Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Childbirth Unit, Mother/Baby, Special Care Obstetrics, Perinatal Education, Car Seat Safety, Mother Matters Depression Program for new mothers, NICU Research, the Neonatal/Pediatric Transport Team, and various outreach programs.  Michaeleen is the current program manager of the Memorial Children’s Hospital expansion project in South Bend.

Michaeleen has also served as a Pediatric Intensive Care Charge Nurse, a Psychiatric Charge Nurse, a Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby Charge Nurse, and an American Heart Association BLS Instructor, among other roles. She received her Nursing degree from Southwestern Michigan College and her Bachelors in Business Healthcare Administration at Indiana Wesleyan University. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree.  In her spare time, she enjoys road trips with her husband and spending time with her children and grandchildren. 

Diane Freel - PictureDiane Freel
Director of Newborn Intensive Care Unit
Memorial Children's Hospital of South Bend

Diane Freel, RN, serves as Director of Patient Care Services for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. In her role, Diane is responsible for developing and implementing the vision and strategy  for the Unit, staffing, budgeting, ensuring compliance with accreditation and licensure agencies and developing policies in an ever-changing and dynamic environment.

Diane is also Six Sigma Black Belt Certified, and has lead project teams to eliminate waste and improve quality by streamlining processes at the hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University, and her Nursing Degree from Memorial School of Nursing. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, gardening and photography.

Nick Larkins 1035Nick Larkins, RCDD, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Technology Engineer
Heapy Engineering

Nick focuses on managing and overseeing multi-discipline advanced technology solutions for projects while integrating audio-visual, security, networks, and medical technologies into educational and corporate environments. His experience integrating healthcare technology systems into the architectural process provides a unique insight into the design process and the integration of diverse systems.




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