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Mar 2018
Mar 2018


Music City Center 201 5th Ave S Nashville , Tennessee 37203
Tel: (615) 401-1400
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2018 PDC Summit - International Summit & Exhibition On Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction






$300 - $1,050


Event Overview:

The PDC Summit brings together senior leaders working in all disciplines of health care planning, design, and construction to learn, network, and discover ways to create value for the health care built environment. Attend the 2018 PDC Summit to connect with colleagues in the field and learn innovative strategies to increase flexibility for the future of health care.

More than 3,200 senior leaders from hospitals, design firms, and construction companies attend every year.

Choose from more than 70 education sessions.

100% of all conference revenue is reinvested into the mission of optimizing the health care environment.

Earn up to 2.3 CEUs (23.25 contact hours) in just 4 days.



Now more than ever, the quantity and quality of your social network is critical in order to access and leverage connections and information. The PDC Summit is the one unique conference that has a balanced representation of the full health care planning, design, and construction team. Through blending perspectives, the PDC Summit program offers a collaborative approach to building and renovating health care facilities.


Hospital Administrators
New construction and renovation of a health facility is a major investment. Senior administrators with responsibility for the design and construction of health facilities should attend to gain insight on the strategic outlook for the health care physical environment and assess how to maximize operational efficiency through design.

Whether you want to learn what's new in the FGI Guidelines or hear case studies on evidence-based design, the PDC Summit provides architects with timely information that will affect health care facility PDC now and in the future. Assess the long-term outlook as well current trends and innovations for architects by hearing from a variety of top field professionals, including architects and those in the health care C-suite.

Interior Designers
Interior designers provide a unique perspective to health care planning, design, and construction. Attending the PDC Summit will give interior designers the technical knowledge needed to provide health care facilities with sustainable designs and design for effective patient healing environments.

Construction Professionals
Whether you're attending the Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) Exam Review Course, listening to a case study presentation on Lean methodologies, or networking with prospective clients at one of the receptions, health care construction professionals will walk away from the PDC Summit with valuable knowledge and business connections.

Health Care Facility Management Professionals
Maximizing the efficiency of design and construction projects is critical to a health facility's bottom line. Facility managers and engineers working to optimize the physical environment of health care facilities will gain insight from the PDC Summit on innovative operational strategies that compliment design and construction initiatives.

Exhibitor Information:

Reach leaders and decision makers at the most trusted industry event for health care planning, design, and construction.
Whether your company is interested in strengthening relationships with current customers or meeting prospective customers, the PDC Summit connects you with key leaders and decision makers in health care planning, design, and construction. This is an especially important time to reach leaders since many hospitals are undergoing major projects and responding to shifts in the health care climate, as this 2017 construction survey explains. PDC Summit exhibitors can take advantage of more than seven hours of dedicated exhibition time and the opportunity to discuss long-term strategy with senior-level professionals in the field.

About ASHE:

With more than 12,000 members, ASHE is the largest association devoted to professionals who design, build, maintain, and operate hospitals and other health care facilities. ASHE members include health care facility managers, engineers, architects, designers, constructors, infection control specialists, and others. While our membership is diverse, ASHE members share a dedication to optimizing health care facilities and creating and maintaining safe healing environments. ASHE, a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association, is a trusted industry resource that provides education, regulatory guidance, networking, advocacy representation, and professional development for our members. ASHE is committed to our members, the facilities they build and maintain, and the patients they serve.

About the AHA:

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA.

Through our representation and advocacy activities, AHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters. Our advocacy efforts include the legislative and executive branches and include the legislative and regulatory arenas.

Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.


Mar 25   

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) Exam Review Program*

Managing Life Safety: The 2012 Edition*

8 – 10 a.m.

AIA/AAH Deep Dive: IPD Deep Dive...What are the Proven Results?*

9 – 10:30 a.m.

ACHA Exam Prep Seminar*

9 – 3 p.m.

Safety First! Proactive Design and the Online CHD Safety Risk Assessment Toolkit V2.0*

11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

AIA/AAH Facility Tour: Centennial Medical Center

3:30 – 5 p.m.

AIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2018 Jury Judging

5 – 6 p.m.

AIA/AAH Academy Update

6 – 8 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Mar 26   

7 – 8 a.m.

AIA/AAH Sunrise Forums

Emerging Professionals Forum

Medical Equipment and Technology Forum

8 – 9:30 a.m.

Farsighted: Making Creative Decisions In An Uncertain World

8:15 – 8:3 a.m.

Networking Break


CONCURRENT SESSIONS I | 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.


Ten Things We Hate About Health Care–and How to Fix Them


Collaborative Partnering: Training the Next Generation


Test Your Code Knowledge: An Interactive Q&A Discussion of Regulatory Codes


Hospital to Hub...A New Lease on Life


Improving the Patient Experience for People with Mental Health Issues Through the Built Environment


Interviews with Sustainable Health Care Icons


10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.



CONCURRENT SESSIONS II | 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.


Public Private Partnership Delivers a Medical Village


Strategy for Construction in the Middle of Nowhere


Neighborhood Health Care: Developing an Ambulatory Network


How Performance-Driven Health Care Is Shaping the Use of Facility Design Standards


Redefining Rehab


Navigating Compliance with CMS Adoption of ASHRAE Standard 170 2008 Addenda


AIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2018 Overview and Winner Presentation


2:45 – 3 p.m.

Networking Break


3 – 4:15 p.m.

The 2018 Guidelines: Are You Ready for Change?

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Networking Break

4:30 – 6 p.m.


Mar 27   

7 – 8 a.m.

AIA/AAH Sunrise Forums:

Codes + Standards Forum: Programming + Planning

Professionals in Healthcare Organizations

8 – 8:15 a.m.

Networking Break


CONCURRENT SESSIONS III | 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.


Improving Patient Short Stay Environments


Putting Competition Aside: Architects Collaborate to Eliminate HAIs


Designing and Specifying Fire and Smoke Doors


Rethinking Rural Health Care Facilities as Community Engagement Portals


The Single-Bed Patient Room: A 10-Year Review


Ultimate Adaptability: Planning and Design Amid Federal Uncertainty


Going It Alone: The 2018 Outpatient Guidelines


9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Innovations in Health Care: Flexibility

10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.


1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

The Surveyors' Perspective: Understanding How Joint Commission Surveyors Conduct Hospital Surveys

2:45 – 3 p.m.

Networking Break




Achieving Creativity in Health Care Design


Balancing Form and Function in Today's Psychiatric Facilities


Ripple Effect: Creating a Community-Centric Health Hub


Intermountain's Center for Disaster Readiness: Biosafety and Biocontainment Lessons and Principles


Mobile Vision: Perspectives of an AHJ and Manufacturer


Challenging the Status Quo in Surgery Design


Population Health and the Quadruple Aim


4 – 4:10 p.m.

Networking Break


CONCURRENT SESSIONS V | 4:10 – 5:10 p.m.


Legionella in Health Care: The Importance of Water Management


From Old Med/Surge to New Behavioral Health–How Hard Is it Really?


Impact of Connected Care on the Built Environment


The 2018 Guidelines: Demystifying Imaging, Operating, & Procedure Rooms


3D Cameras for Hospital Construction and Facility Management


The Health Facilitator


Gender and Cultural Equity in Healthcare PDC: An Honest Discussion

Mar 28   

7 – 8:15 a.m.

Avoiding Disaster: The Texas Medical Center Story

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.

Networking Break


CONCURRENT SESSIONS VI | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.


Patient-Centered Programming: Form, Function, Economy, and Time


Infection Prevention: Collaborations in Design and Construction


FGI and ACEP: New Ideas in Emergency Design


Cardiovascular Service Line Design: Improving Patient Care Delivery


Without Interruption: Rebuilding an Occupied 482-Bed Patient Tower


9:30 – 9:40 a.m.

Networking Break


CONCURRENT SESSIONS VII | 9:40 – 10:40 a.m.


Behavioral Health for the ED: A Safe Space


Enhance the Patient Experience with Technology


A Team's Journey to Improve Safety, Quality, Efficiencies, and Communication


Implications of Recent OR Research on Standard 170


Sterile Processing Department Design and HVAC Considerations


Improving Patient Care: The Intersection of Culture and Evidence-Based Design


10:40 – 10:50 a.m.

Networking Break


CONCURRENT SESSIONS VIII | 10:50 – 11:50 a.m.


Cracking the Code: Deciphering Workplace Stress for RNs


Amazon's Convenience Culture Impacting the Health Care Environment


The Future of Building Automation and IoT Integration in Health Care


Who's on First? Person-Centered Focus Promotes Sustainable Communities


1 – 2 p.m.

Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) Exam Check-in

2 – 4 p.m.

CHC Exam

Keynote Speakers

Steven Johnson

Author of The Ghost Map, Where Good Ideas Come From, Wonderland, and others; host and co-creator of PBS series “How We Got To Now”

Farsighted: Making Creative Decisions In An Uncertain World

Drawing upon Johnson's research into the history of innovation and adaptive problem-solving, and his upcoming book on long-term decision-making, this talk will explore several case studies of path-breaking insights and decisions from history, from John Snow's investigation of the cholera epidemic of 1854; to the strange connection between Thomas Jefferson and the first vaccines; to visionary decisions made by urban planners and military strategists. This session will use these historical narratives to explore the tools and strategies that help us find the most inventive solutions to the problems any organization faces.

  • Understand the importance of diversity and multi-disciplinary thinking in creative decision-making
  • Discuss the importance of mapping and learning from "blind spots" in past decisions
  • Explain the technique of "full spectrum" decision-making for managing choices that involve complex, multivariable systems
  • Learn the importance of storytelling in predicting outcomes, particularly the "pre-mortem" technique for challenging overconfident decisions


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