Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care (SSHC-13)

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2013


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On March 26, 2013, Heapy Engineering and Wright State University will co-host the Third Annual Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care (SSHC-13), an education and networking event for the Health Care and related industries

  3.0 AIA/HSW LUs, 3.0 GBCI CEUs, 3.0 PDH's, 3.0 CME's* 


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM     Networking/Trade Expo
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM     Keynote Luncheon             
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM       Networking/Trade Expo
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM       Panel Discussion – Clinical Operations Sustainability
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM       Panel Discussion – Infrastructure Sustainability
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM       Sponsors Reception/Trade Expo             

Keynote Speaker PowerPoint

     If interested in receiving a copy of the presentation, please click here to notify Lori Dahm.

Panel 1 Clinical Operations Sustainability

Panel 2 Infrastructure Sustainability



Keynote Speaker

Timothy P. Jones, President and CEO, Northern Berkshire Healthcare

Tim Jones color croppedPrior to joining Northern Berkshire Healthcare, Tim Jones was the chief operating officer and administrator at Metrowest Medical Center - Leonard Morse Hospital, (which won the top environmental award from Practice Greenhealth, the Environmental Leadership Award).  This is the premier Award recognizing health care facilities that exemplify environmental excellence and are setting the highest standards for environmental practices and sustainability in health care.

Tim earned his Master's degree in business education from the California State University and he has worked in various health care positions including the administrative director of St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. He is also on the Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Bay Community College Foundation and MetroWest Accountable Health Organization.

He has a clinical background, expertise in hospital operations, and a strong experience in collaborative relations with medical staff, management, and union employees. He is very experienced in quality improvement programs and the cultural changes necessary to maintain those improvements. Tim has spent most of his career focused on safety and creating teams that understand how to improve and create exceptional outcomes for patients.



Judith Focareta RN, MEd, LCCE, Coordinator, Environmental Health Initiatives, Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Judith CroppedJudy Focareta is a maternal-child nurse. She holds a master’s degree in health education with a specialty in environmental health.  She has been active in both local and national environmental groups including being a Charter Member of the Jacques Cousteau Society and having owned and operated a “Green” Bed and Breakfast.  Judy coordinates the sustainability and environmental health education initiatives at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  In this role she oversees the creation of educational materials and classes on environmental health for staff and consumers.  She also teaches a comprehensive class on environmental health for childbearing families. Magee has been awarded the highest environmental achievement award presented by Practice Greenhealth, recognizing the Magee staff for its leadership in the application of environmental health education and clinical practice as well as waste reduction efforts, a commitment to healthy foods in health care as evidenced by organic vegetable gardens, and greening of the OR.  Judy has been a presenter at national conferences on topics related to environmental health and published articles in the Journal of Childbirth Education and The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Major David Zajac, Chief of Logistics and the Chair of the Sustainability Committee, Evans Army Community Hospital.


His passion is leading sustainable change and balancing the social, economic and environmental impacts within healthcare organizations.  He has already led his team toward an annualized savings greater than $500,000 directly related to sustainable efforts with a goal of greater than $1 million annually.  He was previously an Army Health Facility Planning Agency Program Manager and has successfully managed a diverse capital investment portfolio of health care projects totaling greater than $2 billion through his Army career.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology (Environmental) from Norwich University, and a Master of Science degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University. 

 John D. Turenne, President and Founder, Sustainable Food Systems

PhotoAs a nationally recognized leader and innovator in sustainable food practices. In his role as Executive Chef at Yale University and in the creation of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, John recognized the impact of food service decision-making on the world around us. His consulting company is on the cutting edge in developing best-practices tailored to benefit both the planet and the bottom line for clients.

John and his team at Sustainable Food Systems have worked with visionaries across the country who have had the desire to make positive changes to the way they do business. Sustainable Food Systems brings those ideas and desires to reality through careful assessment, planning, teaching and development.



Kenneth Knight, Director of Facilities Services, TriHealth Cincinnati

Ken croppedAs the Corporate Director of Facilities, he is responsible for planning, design, construction and maintenance for two hospitals (Bethesda Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital), two nursing homes, ten outpatient facilities and 16 doctors’ office buildings. He has served on the board of directors for ASHE, past president (and one of the founders) of Ohio Society for Hospital Engineering and past chairman Ohio Hospital Association Energy Conservation Committee. TriHealth was awarded the 2011 Green Business award for Policy/Nonprofit Organizations. This is an annual award presented by The Business Courier and U.S. Green Building Council Cincinnati Regional Chapter.

Brian Garbecki, PE, LEED AP, Healthcare COE Leader, Vice President, Gilbane Building Company

photoAs a vice president with Gilbane Building Company and the firm’s healthcare center of excellence leader, Brian Garbecki partners with healthcare clients and project teams to develop and implement high-level strategic facility plans. A national leader in healthcare construction and currently ranked the #2 Green Contractor by Engineering News-Record, Gilbane has built more than 25 healthcare buildings that are LEED certified or seeking LEED certification. Brian will discuss lessons learned from past sustainability successes in healthcare infrastructure as well as best practices for considering sustainability goals related to master facility planning and other long term capital plans.

Roy Gunsolus, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C , Principal & Director of Sustainable Healthcare, HKS Architects

Roy Gunsolus pic

Roy has managed the design of over 5 million SF of health care projects, including the SMDC Duluth Clinic First Street Building in Duluth, MN, the largest US health care project to receive LEED Gold. He is responsible for educating the firm’s healthcare staff and directing their imple­mentation of sustainable initiatives. HKS has 347 LEED AP’s and is involved with over 125 LEED projects, of which 59 (12 Health Care) have achieved certification (over half receiving LEED GOLD).

S pecializing in healthcare facilities, his projects include six green field hospitals, a multitude of additions and renovations, outpatient facilities, cancer centers, and associated medical projects. His most recent projects include Presbyterian Hospital of Flower Mound, Texas, a 180,000 SF satellite hospital that recently earned LEED Silver certification, and Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, FL, a 200,000 SF satellite hospital currently striving for LEED Gold certification.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, (BS and Masters in Architecture), Roy has delivered speeches on sustainability at several conferences and has served as a guest lecturer on sustainability at Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at ArlingtonRoy has also written several articles for professional journals including Health Facilities Management and Medical Construction and Design magazine.

*Wright State University (WSU) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. WSU designated this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.





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