SSHC-14 (Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care 2014)

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care 2014 (SSHC-14)
March 25, 2014
Sharonville Convention Center
10 AM - 5:15 PM

10:00 AM - 5:15 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
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM       Panel Discussion – Infrastructure Sustainability
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM       Closing Plenary

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Keynote Speaker

Jeff Thompson, MD, CEO and Chairman of the Boards of Gundersen Health System, and a practicing pediatric intensivist and neonatologist.

Thompson JeffWe are excited Jeff is able to join us as Gundersen will be the first health system to become net zero energy. Jeff’s keynote talk will center on their efforts to become a leader in the delivery of sustainably-based health care.

Jeff has led the culture behind the mass-scale energy shift at the health system. He says the long-term financial, clinical and environmental benefits of an energy independent health system outweigh any of the short-term costs. "As healthcare organizations, our goal is to improve the health of the communities we serve," Dr. Thompson says. "We believe we need to 'look in the mirror' when it comes to environmental factors that affect human disease. We cannot improve the health of the communities we serve without looking at our organization's environmental impact and how that contributes to disease. In addition, rising energy costs directly affect our ability to invest in and deliver patient care, and they contribute to the rising cost of healthcare."

Panel Discussion - Clinical Operations Sustainability 

Stephen Ashkin, President, The Ashkin Group LLC

Stephen Ashkin 4Steve has worked in the professional cleaning industry since 1981 and on the issue of Green Cleaning since 1990. Today he is considered the "Father of Green Cleaning" and the leader of the Green Cleaning Movement.

Ashkin’s expertise is highly sought after based on his knowledge of the issues, fairness in working with competing and conflicting groups, commitment to the cause, and ability to execute and get things done. His work spans the marketplace in an effort to drive tangible benefits measured in terms of increased profitability, while at the same time improving health and reducing environmental impacts.

Ashkin consults for public and private building owners where he is closely engaged with the owners themselves along with organizations such as the US Green Building Council, Building Owners & Managers Association, International Facility Management Association, Practice Greenhealth and US federal, state and local institutions.

Joan Plisko, Technical Director at Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment

Joan PliskoAs the Technical Director, Joan provides environmental sustainability education, technical assistance and networking opportunitites to over 75 Maryland hospitals and health care facilities. She also writes and disseminates case studies on hospital environmental performance and improvement.

Joan organized the Environmental Excellence in Health Conference in Maryland and she publishes a monthly newsletter.

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

John TurenneAs 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.


Panel Discussion - Infrastructure Sustainability

Larry Bagby, Director of Facility and Construction Planning Mercy Health

Bagby Larry photo smallLarry serves as a health care executive with extensive experience in complex organizations: program planning and start-up operations, in-patient services and ambulatory care, research and medical education administration and physician practice management who communicates business issues effectively with clinicians and scientists. Mercy Health partners new West Side Hospital is a 635,000 SF, 250 bed facility on a 60 acre campus.  Hospital services include: medical care, heart care with open heart surgery, cancer center, orthopedics center. women's health center, neurology services and obstetrics / maternity care. The facility's amenities incorporate private patient rooms with unobstructed views to the outdoors, family-centered care rooms, an environmentally friendly design, community center, education center and a campus that includes green space, a water garden and a walking/biking trail. The $200 million hospital opened in late 2013.

Todd Freed, CHC, LEED AP BD+C , Vice President, Hunt Construction

Freed ToddTodd is a Senior Construction Executive with 20 years of experience in managing and helping clients through healthcare construction projects He is responsible for overall strategy development including relationship management, preconstruction, construction, and business development activities.He specializes in Complex Healthcare construction projects with infection control, communication of change, and patient safety.

Karyn Gayle, Vice President – Healthcare, Acuity Brands

Gayle KarynWith more than 14 years of experience in the lighting industry, Karyn is keenly focused on understanding and improving the visual experience of those in the healthcare industry in a sustainable, energy-efficient manner. 

A strong advocate for the role that advanced lighting systems play in enabling optimized environments for patients, caregivers, staff, and families in healthcare facilities, she works closely with Acuity Brands R&D and product design teams to ensure the company is leading the healthcare industry through technological advancements, evidence-based design principles, and the voice of customer insights.


Closing Plenary (Presented by Shaw Contract Group)

Michael Murphy, Co-Founder and Executive Director - MASS Design Group

Michael Murphy PhotoMichael Murphy is the executive director of MASS Design Group.  Since leading the design and construction of the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, Michael has become a thought leader in architecture and healthcare design. Michael regularly speaks to a variety of audiences on how architecture can improve people’s lives, and sits on the boards of the Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Committee and the Center for Healthcare Design, among others.

An architect by training, Michael was recently listed in the Atlantic Monthly as one of the “Greatest Innovators of Today.” Under his and Alan’s leadership, MASS has been named finalists for the TED Prize, The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and Buckminster Fuller Challenge, and received the World Architecture News Burro Happold Award, The Architectural League of New York: Emerging Voices Award, Healthcare Design Changemaker Award, the Curry Stone Design Prize, and Contract Magazine ‘Designer of the Year’, among others.

Michael also works to spread MASS’s design philosophy through a variety of mediums. Michael is a Rainer Arnhold Fellow with the Mulago Foundation, a member of the Social Venture Network, and along with Alan is published in the Huffington Post, Journal of Architecture, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.  MASS’s first book, Empowering Architecture, was published in 2012 as a reflection on the Butaro Hospital design process.  MASS has been featured in Wired Magazine, the New York Times, Fast Company, and the Boston Globe, and in architecture publications including Mark, Architectural Record, Detail, Domus, and Lotus, among others.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.


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