Healthcare Facilities Design Summit 2023

Château Élan Winery & Resort, Braselton, GA (outside Atlanta)
December 3, 2023 - December 5, 2023

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Healthcare design has transformed over the years and Opal Group’s Healthcare Facilities Design Summit is addressing pertinent issues in the design and construction process of hospital and health systems. Industry leaders will come together to discuss the challenges and solutions involved in the design and construction stages while utilizing new delivery methods to create more efficient facilities.

This program is an invitation-only event that provides unparalleled face-to-face meetings with Executive Directors and Vice Presidents of Facilities, Construction, and Capital Planning of the largest hospitals and healthcare systems in the nation.

The Healthcare Facilities Design Summit presents you with the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with the heads of hospital facilities working on the largest new construction and renovation projects. These senior leaders are looking to collaborate with the most innovative solution providers to learn about their products and how they can be applied to their projects.

The Summit Experience

Current as of November 29, 2023

2:00 pm

Registration Opens

3:00 pm

Wine Tasting & Food Pairing

5:30 pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception

6:30 pm

Panel: The Three D’s – Development, Design and Documentation


Holly Jordan, FCSI, CCS, SCIP, LEED AP BD+C, North American Director of Specifications, Associate Principal, Perkins&Will

Martin Kimmel, Co-Founder & President, Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site

Veronika Ruf, Vice President, Construction Management, Sunrise Senior Living

Jay Whisenant, AIA, CCS, CSI, Specifications Leader, Vice President, CannonDesign


Bill Roper, Western Regional Manager, ISE Logik

7:30 pm

Dinner Reception

7:15 am

Itinerary Pick-Up & Breakfast

8:00 am

Facility Resiliency and Extreme Weather & Climate Anomalies

Presented by

Dave Kistel, Vice President of Facilities & Support Services, Lee Health

Kevin Taylor, Vice President | Facilities, Construction & Real Estate, City of Hope

8:45 am

The New Front Door of Healthcare

Presented by

Danni Gallagher, Vice President of Construction, CVS Health

9:20 am

One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments

10:55 am

Designing a Greener Future: An Introduction to Building Automation for Net Zero Carbon

Presented by

Gary Harvey, Director of Business Development and Operations, Delta Electronics

11:30 am

Revitalizing Existing Structures: Creative Design and Renovation Approaches

Presented by

Julie Frazier, Director of Healthcare Planning, Principal, Perkins&Will

12:05 pm

One-on-One Meetings

1:05 pm


2:05 pm

Enhance Energy Performance with Net Zero Design

Presented by

Cory Pouliot, Senior Director, Facility Operations, Boston Medical Center

2:45 pm

One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments

4:20 pm

Panel: Post-Construction Design Challenges and Enhancements 


Dale Grandlic, Vice President, Facilities Management, Rush University Medical Center

Kenneth Monroe, Senior Director of Healthcare Facility Operations, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

Alex Vigliarolo, RA, AIA, Director, Design & Construction, Northwell Health

Daniel Waters, Director- Capital Asset Management Program & East Region, University Hospitals –Sodexo Healthcare, North America


Crystal Vaughn, Senior Healthcare Designer, Associate, LS3P

5:05 pm

One-on-One Meetings & Happy Hour

7:00 pm


7:45 am


8:15 am

Panel: Strategies for Continuous Improvement and Future-Proofing Facilities


Kevin Cheng, Director of Construction, City of Hope National Medical Center

Mandy Hansen, Sr Director, Planning, Design & Construction, Seattle’s Children’s Hospital

Elizabeth Sullivan, Assoc. AIA, LEED GA, EDAC, Assistant Vice President, Architecture Facilities Services, Northwell Health


Andrea V Hyde, AAHID, MDCID, International Healthcare Design and Planning Consultant, Hyde Inc

9:05 am

One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments

10:40 am

Managing Discontinued or Modified Products in Healthcare Projects

Presented by

Jamey Basinger, PE, Director Planning, Design & Construction, Atrium Health

11:15 am

Panel: The Impact of Rising Inflation, Construction Costs, Wages, and Interest Rates are Affecting Design

Presented by

Travis Cowie, AIA, LSSYB, LEED AP, Studio Practice Leader, Senior Living, Principal, HKS

Mike Haijsman, Director of Facilities Management, UCHealth

Martin Kimmel, Co-Founder & President, Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site

12:00 pm

Closing Luncheon

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Château Élan Winery & Resort
100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, GA 30517

The Healthcare Facilities Design Summit is an invitation-only program for planning, design & construction administrators from hospitals and health systems. Qualified participants receive complimentary registration to the Summit, inclusive of lodging and conference meals. Solution providers and manufacturers are able to participate through sponsorship.

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  • Population Health Strategies
  • IT Applications to Provide Remote Clinical Support
  • Managing Aging Population
  • Home Health Movement
  • A Look at the Future of Healthcare Facilities
  • Behavioral Health Infrastructure
  • How to Manage Large Capital Projects
  • Efficient Space Utilization
  • The Year Ahead: Design Trends
  • Innovations that Help Manage Rising Costs
  • Health and Patient Safety
  • And More to be Announced!
  • Prescheduled One-to-One Meetings:
    Each participating solution provider and attendees will have pre-summit access to our matching software that allows you to completely customize your meeting agenda. The password protected website provides the information needed to make your selections on who you want to meet with.

  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities
    We strive to maximize your face-to-face time by providing a multitude of avenues to engage the senior executives in attendance. The agenda incorporates cocktail receptions, networking lunches and a specially selected offsite dinner at a nearby venue. Leverage the meeting’s relaxed atmosphere and after hours networking activities to build strong personal relationships with current and future clients.

    The summit is very well organized. The list of participating vendors is great. Lots of important information I can bring back to my team. Kudos to the Opal team, did a great job overall. Administrative Director

    Adventist Health System

    So far the best of these types of events I’ve attended. Great, relevant speakers. Perfect size event. Executive Director Facilities Development & Construction

    City of Hope

    I enjoyed the summit very much. Met some great people & learned about a lot of trends. Facilities Planning

    UC San Diego Health

    This is a very efficient format. I have gained more applicable knowledge than the last three conferences I attended. Senior Engineer

    Banner Health