Sunday, February 19th
4:00 pm -- 8:00 pm                      Registration
                                                            The Overlook, 6th Floor
5:00 pm -- 7:00 pm                      Welcome Reception
                                                            The Overlook, 6th Floor
Monday, February 20th
7:00 am – 7:00 pm                        Registration
                                                            The Overlook, 6th Floor
8:00 am -- 10:45 am                     Product Showcase Breakfasts  -- Invitation Only.  See Summit Registration for more information.
                                                             Piedmont Rooms, 12th Floor
Enjoy the opportunity to visit with the participating companies and learn more about their products and services.  Representatives will display and describe the latest products and services in healthcare.  A full breakfast will be served.
11:00 am – 12:45 pm                   Lunch N Learns -- Invitation Only.  Registration Required.  See Summit Registration to register and for more information.
Lunch N Learns are in-depth educational forums offering opportunity for discussion of current issues impacting the ACE industry.  These sessions provide the chance for honest and open dialogue about strategies, problem-solving and informed decision making in the changing atmosphere of healthcare architecture, construction and design.  Led by industry leaders, these provider-only sessions are designed to be interactive and provide access to experts from a variety of                 backgrounds and experiences.  Each session will afford ample opportunity for open dialogue with the presenting companies.  Session content begins at approximately 11:15 am with lunch served at 11:00 am.
11:30 am -- 12:45 pm                   Supplier Welcome Lunch
                                                              Peachtree Ballroom, 8th Floor
Join us as we welcome supplier attendees to the 2017 ACE Summit.  Learn more about ways to make the most out of the many opportunities available to you at ACE while you enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch.
1:00 pm -- 2:15 pm                        Architecture & Design Track:  PANEL:  A Look at the Hospital of the Future
                                                              Augusta E & F, 7th Floor
                                                              Moderator:  Mark Webb, Chief Executive Officer of University Children’s Health, University Health System
                                                              Panelists:  Bill Alexander, Healthcare Principal, BSA LifeStructures
                                                                                  Henry Chao, Principal, HOK 
                                                                                  Diane Osan, President & CEO, FKP Architects
Listen to an audio recording of this session here
As technology advances, the way that healthcare is delivered will also continue to advance.  The hospital of the future will be different from the hospital we know today.   Architects are expected to see into that future and design healthcare facilities that are modern, cost effective, and that will stand the test of time.  Designs must also reflect the mission and unique character of each organization.  It’s a tall order.
The future promises streamlined and environmentally friendly designs that showcase improved surfaces that will help minimize injuries and are bacteria resistant.  Revolutionized care processes will include remote video monitoring from specialists in other locations, increased patient interaction, and improved preventative measures.   Changes won’t be only physical though.  The healthcare facility of the future will focus on the health of the community at large as well.  Emphasis will be given to education, wellness programs, and healthy lifestyles.  Preventing illness will be as important as treating illness.  This panel of healthcare architects will take a look at their insights on future hospital design.  They will share current trends, new technologies and design innovations.  The realities of cost considerations will also be addressed.  You will come away with new ideas and a fresh perspective on the designs of the future.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Define the components and processes of hospital design.
  2. Compare trends and new technologies in the design of healthcare facilities.
  3. Outline processes that will improve patient experience in the hospital of the future.
  4. Identify design strategies for cost effective and realistic projects.
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm                       Capital Equipment Track: Successful Strategies and Solutions for IDNs
                                                            Augusta C & D, 7th Floor
                                                            Moderator:  James T. Venker, AIA Senior Director, Facilities Construction and Environmental Services
                                                            Presenter:  Michael Rush, Director, Materials Resource Management, Carolinas Healthcare System
View the PowerPoint presentation here.
Listen to an audio recording of this session here.
Capital equipment needs are ever present in healthcare facilities of all sizes.  Technological advances can make the average lifespan of certain equipment shorter than it used to be and with capital equipment costs on the rise, IDNs must find new ways to stay on budget when purchasing big ticket items (and smaller ones as well).  Whether you are responsible for purchasing capital equipment or selling it, you face challenges in a market where budgets are tight and the demand for excellence is high.
One solution that some IDNs have implemented with success is that of Equipment Aggregated Purchasing Programs.  Using the strength of aggregated purchasing when buying and replacing clinical equipment for multiple hospital organizations can be a powerful tool.  Hear the pros and cons from one IDN that has used this method to create a “Clinical Equipment Review Program”, a capital budget category that is identified, quantified and aggregated over multiple hospitals.  In addition, learn ways that capital construction projects can be combined with other projects, including renewal and replacement equipment, in order to drive for deeper discounts in pricing. 
The new “pay for performance” reimbursement structures have certainly resulted in changes in the healthcare landscape.  Healthcare providers are consequently implementing new quality improvement programs in order to improve processes, increase patient satisfaction and lower cost, all with the end goal of better outcomes in mind.  Engaging suppliers in such programs is an important component in their success.  Learn strategies for involving suppliers as partners in this ongoing effort.  From implementing increased quality measures to adherence to process indicators, collaboration is critical in the success of fee at risk quality improvement programs.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Outline the benefits of aggregated purchasing programs.
  2. Identify successful strategies for discounts in capital equipment purchases.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the Clinical Equipment Review Program method.
  4. Evaluate methods for engaging suppliers in quality improvement programs.
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm                       Engineering, Facilities & Construction Track: Top Trends in Healthcare Construction
                                                            Augusta A & B, 7th Floor
                                                            Moderator: Timothy Mazzei-Williams, Senior Director, Advisory Solutions (Capital and Construction), East Region, Vizient, Inc.
                                                            Presenters:  Russ Alford, Business Manager, Turner Medical & Research Solutions
                                                                                    Larry Rubin, Senior Director Facilities Management, Cleveland Clinic
View the PowerPoint presentation here.
Listen to an audio recording of this session here
When it comes to healthcare facilities, one size does not fit all.  What works for one system may not work for another, even one of similar size and scope.  No matter how big or small your facility is, facility managers and maintenance professionals face a multitude of complex issues on a day-to-day basis. Some of these problems arise from simple, day-to-day operations, while others center around complex and ongoing issues such as safety, compliance and budget concerns.  Being aware of current trends and innovations in healthcare construction is pivotal for those who want to be proactive and prepared.
Environment of Care regulations impact all aspects of the operation of healthcare facilities.  In an effort to comply with an increasing number of requirements, facilities planners and managers must make sure they are completely familiar with the current standards, examine current processes, policies and procedures as they relate to the standards and be prepared to correct areas that are not currently in compliance.   Not surprisingly, it is imperative to understand how these regulations also are driving the design and construction of new facilities as well as their impact on existing structures.  This session will explore those considerations and will also give attention to the most cited requirements.
The second part of this session will explore methods to successfully sync the integration of construction of new facilities with the equipment that is housed within those structures.   Buildings must be designed to be flexible, in order to avoid becoming obsolete in the face of changing patient needs and new technological advances. Healthcare facility designs are evolving rapidly, and the direction of that evolution is difficult to predict with certainty.  Buildings and the equipment that they contain must communicate in order to collaborate on efficient operations.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the Environment of Care regulations that are driving design and construction of new medical facilities.
  2. Analyze the various ways these regulations could impact the future of healthcare construction.
  3. Identify the latest innovations in healthcare construction.
  4. Define best strategies for the seamless integration of equipment and construction.
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm                       Non-Acute Care Track:  Regulatory Pitfalls in Post-Acute Care Design, Construction and Operation 
                                                            Augusta G & H, 7th Floor
                                                            Moderator:  Steven Perry, Associate Administrator, Supply Chain Management, CAMC Health System
                                                            Presenter:  Adam Gill, Associate, Duane Morris, LLP
View the PowerPoint presentation here.
Listen to an audio recording of this session here.
Post-acute care may be the fastest growing segment of the healthcare industry.  In the post-acute care industry, patients are increasingly demanding a more resort-like or home-like atmosphere.  These demands impact the design, construction and operation of facilities.  Additionally, post-acute care facilities must meet the same requirements as conventional long term care facilities.  Owners may also want to future-proof their facilities by incorporating flexible design to provide services yet to be developed.
This session will address federal and state regulations applicable to post-acute care facilities; how patient demands impact facility design; regulatory, economic, and design considerations when constructing a new facility or modifying an existing facility; and the impact of design, patient demands and recent regulatory changes on facility operation.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Outline federal and state regulations applicable to post-acute care facilities.
  2. Analyze patient demands that affect facility design in post-acute facilities.
  3. Define specific opportunities to incorporate flexibility into design plans.
  4. Identify the impact of design, patient demands and recent regulatory changes on facility operation.
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm                       Supplier Strategies Track: PANEL:  Understanding the Equipment Planner
                                                            Augusta 1 & 2, 7th Floor
                                                            Moderator:  Dennis Daar, Managing Partner, MSI
                                                            Panelists:  Gloria Cascarino, Senior Associate/Director of Medical Equipment Planning, Francis Cauffman
                                                                                 Karl Kilgore, Director, Healthcare Planning Specialties, CPI
                                                                                 Scott Vinson, President, Mitchell Planning
Listen to an audio recording of the session here.
The medical equipment planner plays an important role during the design and construction phases of hospital renovation and expansion.  Equipment planners work with hospital administrators, architects, engineers, contractors, the project manager, and medical equipment distributors to plan, specify, purchase, and install the equipment for new construction, expansion of an existing facility or remodeling projects.  Whether the equipment is an everyday item or a large piece of imaging equipment, the equipment planner is involved.   Knowing the things that make equipment planners happy and the things that give them headaches are both important in building a maintaining relationships that solve problems and make things happen.
This session will discuss how equipment planners help the hospital to make equipment decisions and the specifics of their interaction with architects, engineers, contractors and distributors.  Learn what they look for when selecting the best equipment for their operational needs and what specifications are vital to the design process.  Gain insight into how to use their expertise, extensive product knowledge and experience in planning and implementing projects and how to best share your expertise as well.
Now that you know what you need from them, find out what they need from you!  During the design and construction process, the equipment planner acts as a central source of information and communication between distributors and purchasers.  They are the hub in the wheel that works to keep the project on schedule and to purchase and ensure delivery of the right equipment.  Find out what equipment planners need most from suppliers in order to make the process both efficient and profitable for all involved.   
Learning Objectives:
  1. Review the role of the equipment planner in healthcare equipment planning and purchasing.
  2. Recognize the challenges that hospitals and equipment planners face when procuring new equipment.
  3. Identify top considerations equipment planners take into account when assisting clients with new suppliers.
  4. Establish action plans to work with equipment planners in the most efficient manner.
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm                       Break
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm                       Architecture & Design Track: Improving Patient Experience Through Design
                                                            Augusta E & F, 7th Floor
                                                            Moderator:  Jill Pearsall, Assistant Vice President, Facilities Planning and Development, Texas Children's Hospital
                                                            Presenters:  John Brownrigg, Health Care Market Leader, Pedco E & A Services, Inc.
                                                                                    Craig Zimring, Professor of Architecture, Director, SimTigrate Design Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology
View the PowerPoint presentation here.
Listen to an audio recording of the session here
Today’s consumers are more selective than ever before.  This includes the healthcare patient, who finds him or herself with more options for choosing their care providers than in the past.  Today’s patient expects to receive care in surroundings that are family oriented, comfortable, and inviting.  Entertainment and amenities are becoming the norm instead of the exception.  The design of a healthcare facility is a crucial factor in improving patient experience.  From layouts that save time and reduce stress to aesthetics that put patients at ease and bring a smile, the design process is at the heart of making the patient experience better from beginning to end.
Part 1 of this session will cover the latest innovations in patient-centric design.  Learn about recent successful projects that provide creative solutions to make the patient experience the best that it can be.  From first impressions to checkout and beyond, ensuring that patients and their families are made to feel welcome in healing and peaceful environments is the goal.   
Part 2 of this session will examine the increased focus on wellness in the workplace.  Already a $40 billion industry, (though only 9% of the 3 billion-plus global workers have access to some type of related program), this trend uses building environments as a vehicle to deliver preventive wellness and healthier living to people who typically spend 90% of their days and nights indoors.  Learn about design for healthy environments that use guidelines such as the WELL Building Standard, developed by the International Well Building Institute (IWBI).  These standards take a holistic approach to health in the built environment by addressing behavior, operations, and design and the potential impact on patients and care-givers at access points throughout the Continuum of Care.  Engineering design for healthy environments is a trend that has already begun.  Creating an “Environment of Healing” in buildings of all types will be a temporary differentiator for healthcare systems in attracting caregivers and patients.  In the longer term, all buildings will be designed to provide “Environments of Healing”. 
Learning Objectives:
  1. Recognize the challenges in designing healthcare facilities for today’s patient.
  2. Determine best processes for designs that improve patient experience.
  3. Understand the trends in designing and building healthy environments.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the components of the WELL Building Standard.
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm                       Capital Equipment Track:  Getting Capital Results From Capital Equipment
                                                             Augusta C & D, 7th Floor
                                                            Moderator:  Lisa Ponssa, Executive Vice President, Healthcare Business Media
                                                            Presenters:  Jacob Johnson, Director, Clinical System Engineering/Clinical Technology, Kaiser Permanente
                                                                                    Calvin Sproul, Network Manager, Wireless Technologies, Johns Hopkins Enterprise
View the PowerPoint presentation here.
Listen to an audio recording of the session here
It is vitally important that hospitals purchase needed capital equipment in order to improve patient outcomes and provide the best possible care for their patients. Acquiring the proper equipment helps hospitals upgrade facilities, meet growing patient needs and maintain the highest clinical and information technology. For many hospitals however, purchasing the equipment that best meets their needs, for the best price, and for the best long-term value remains a serious challenge.  
Part one of this session will explore best practices when purchasing clinical wireless medical devices.  As the use of wireless medical devices has increased exponentially, it is imperative that standards are established that determine whether those devices can be supported and will conform to the hospital network.  With so much data being transmitted wirelessly, the majority of which is confidential, the hospital must be aware of the risks and liability issues that will be raised if medical devices are hacked or compromised.   Techniques for evaluation and comparison will be discussed, along with methods for increased security.
As the old saying goes, ‘what isn’t measured doesn’t matter.’ This is certainly true when determining the effectiveness of capital equipment purchases. Measuring its impact on patient outcomes is a top priority.  Determining how the equipment performs relative to patient safety, energy efficiency, quality of results, and staff and patient satisfaction is key.  Learn methods for measuring performance of capital equipment and how to quantify the results in order to accurately determine return on investment.
Learning Objectives: 
  1. Examine the trends in healthcare systems capital equipment purchases.
  2. Discuss the challenges that health systems face when making capital equipment purchases.
  3. Formulate standards for the purchase of clinical wireless medical devices.
  4. Describe ways to validate the decision for equipment purchases by accurately measuring the impact of the investment.
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm                       Engineering, Facilities & Construction Track: Best Practices for Managing Facilities and Construction
                                                            Augusta A & B, 7th Floor
                                                            Moderator:  Mike Reid, Vice President - Construction, Capital, and Facility Services, Intalere
                                                            Presenters:  Cindy Nuesslein, Principal, Mazzetti
                                                                                    Gary Orton, Vice President, Director of Healthcare Mid-Atlantic, Gilbane Building Company
View the PowerPoint presentation here
Listen to an audio recording of the session here
With an aging population that is increasing the demand for healthcare, in addition to technology advances that make facility spaces obsolete faster than ever, most facilities are facing renovations and/or expansion in the near or somewhat near future.  Even when the end result is worth the hassle, undergoing construction in an occupied, fully operational hospital is no fun.  In addition, hospitals are unique work environments which provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to a wide variety of patients, many of whom are physically and emotionally vulnerable.
Hear from presenters who have experienced multiple renovations as they offer their advice on how to navigate around the many—and very significant—obstacles involved with expanding and renovating hospitals.  Learn specifics on devising plans to solve the many challenges that present themselves during renovations --infection control, noise and vibration problems, disruptions to patients, staff, and visitors, emergencies, safety, parking—the list goes on and on.  Hear concrete action plans for how to handle the unexpected problems that will inevitably crop up as well.  Most importantly, discover best practices for making staff and visitors excited about the project, instead of inconvenienced by it.
The mission of healthcare providers is to keep patients healthy.  The mission of facilities management is to keep the building healthy.  From environmental services to security, from IT to maintenance, from HVAC to food service – the day-to-day management of healthcare facilities is an enormous undertaking and a sizable piece of the budget as well.  Discussion will also emphasize new solutions for streamlined procedures that improve processes and help ease tight budgets.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify best practices for making renovations in the least disruptive fashion possible.
  2. Analyze potential obstacles that occur when expanding or renovating healthcare spaces.
  3. Define the latest trends in management of healthcare facilities.
  4. Compare processes that have the potential to improve and streamline hospital procedures.
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm                      Non-Acute Care Track:  PANEL:  Trends Shaping the Future of Non-Acute Care                     
                                                           Augusta G & H, 7th Floor
                                                           Moderator:  Jeremy Adams,  Vice President - Healthcare Portfolio Solutions, JLL
                                                           Panelists:  Charles Black, Chief Executive Officer, Real Estate Strategies, Inc.
                                                                                Albie Shaffer, Vice President, Facilities Management, Post Acute Medical
Listen to an audio recording of the session here.
More and more health systems are choosing to expand their investment in non-acute care avenues of service.  The impact of shifting policy changes, an aging population, and new technology are just a few of the factors driving the rapid increase in non-acute care facilities.  While there will always be a need for acute care, new technology is making it possible to provide more types of procedures than ever before in non-acute facilities, including joint replacements and other surgical procedures that were once confined to the Hospital OR.   In addition, the exponential growth of elderly patients who need rehabilitation, physical therapy, dialysis, etc. has resulted in more facilities offering such care outside the traditional hospital setting. 
In this session, three experts will describe the trends they are seeing in non-acute care today.  They will address the current needs facing systems and the different strategies to address those needs.   They will also share best practices for preparing for the future of non-acute care – an arena in which consumers traditionally have more choice and the competition is often fierce. 
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the key drivers influencing the increase in non-acute care patient care options.
  2. Identify the trends directly affecting providers in the non-acute care space.
  3. Define the best methods to position your organization as a leader in non-acute care offerings.
  4. Differentiate between which procedures are or are not best suited for non-acute care facilities.
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm                       Supplier Strategies Track: PANEL:  Best Practices for Collaboration between ACE Suppliers and Providers
                                                            Augusta 1 & 2, 7th Floor
                                                            Moderator:  Patrick Duke, Managing Director, Global Workplace Solutions, CBRE
                                                           Panelists:   Jeffrey Homme, Senior Planner,  Shen Milsom Wilke, LLC
                                                                                 Lance Mendiola, Vice President, Facilities Management and Construction, CHRISTUS Health
                                                                                 Douglas Scholl, System Director, Facility Planning, Ohio Health
Listen to an audio recording of the session here.
It comes as no surprise that there has been a significant amount of change in the architecture, design, construction and renovation of healthcare facilities in recent years.  State-of-the-art innovations in efficiency, patient care, and sustainability, to name a few, have resulted from new imaginings of clinical design and technological advances in treatment.  This panel brings together three healthcare executives from different perspectives to discuss what they are seeing in healthcare construction today.   
With differing perspectives, these experts from the architecture, capital equipment and engineering viewpoints answer the questions suppliers want to know.   They will outline what they believe are the latest trends and the greatest challenges in supplier-provider relationships.  They will also share best practices for collaboration in order to implement new methods to lower costs, accelerate the project timeline, provide high-quality building materials and ensure patient and stakeholder satisfaction. 
Learning Objectives:
  1. Define the architecture and design challenges facing hospitals and health systems today.
  2. Identify ways providers and suppliers can work together to develop strong partnerships.
  3. Describe the key drivers influencing construction, capital equipment and facilities decision makers.
  4. Compare collaboration methods designed to lower costs and move up completion dates.
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm                       Break
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm                       Architecture & Design Track: Designinging for Preparedness: Considerations, Challenges, and Solutions
                                                            Augusta E & F, 7th Floor
                                                            Moderator:  Ric Goodhue, CMRP, Equipment Planner/Capital Coordinator, Purchasing Department, CaroMont Health
                                                     Presenters:  Travis Cowie, Associate Principal, HKS, Inc.
                                                                             Ryan Felton, Project Director, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
                                                                             Sheri Mitchell, Associate, HKS, Inc.
View the PowerPoint presentation here.
Listen to an audio recording of the session here
Before the design process begins, there are a myriad of factors that must be carefully considered.   Designers are challenged with creating a facility that is able to meet the needs of each and every patient that comes through its doors.  In addition to providing spaces for optimum healthcare, the building must be designed to have safeguards in place to ensure the safety of patients and the staff in all situations.  It must be designed in the most cost effective manner with the most state-of-the-art equipment.   Without a magic wand, it’s a real challenge to meet the many demands a new project or renovation brings with it.
One of the most important of these demands is the need for facilities to be designed to be crisis ready.  While natural disasters are certainly included in the list, they are no longer the primary focus when planning for the possibility of a crisis.  Designers must consider other types of emergency situations as well, including infectious disease outbreak, an active shooter situation, bomb threats, and more.  Learn best practices for designs that recognize and address the many potential types of crisis and how best to prepare for them.
Getting the most out of your capital budget is vital with healthcare budgets stretched thinner than ever before.  Part two of this session will address the challenges of design development and budget management and offer solutions that will enable you to spend smart money now in order to avoid spending wasted money down the road.  Topics will include how to keep the numbers realistic, how to accurately identify costs and risks, the importance of keeping the project team involved and informed, and how to fully utilize available resources.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of the numerous types of emergency situations for which healthcare facilities must be prepared.
  2. Explore the challenges in designing a facility that is truly crisis ready.
  3. Identify budget strategies and best practices that may be addressed in the design process.
  4. Learn strategies for drafting capital budgets that adequately address project scope and long-term needs.
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm                      Capital Equipment Track:  Medical Equipment Planning, Procurement and Logistics:  A Case Study
            Augusta C & D, 7th Floor
             Moderator:  John Sdanowich, Director of Capital Sourcing, Domestic & International, HealthCare Supply Chain Innovations
                                    The Johns Hopkins Health System
             Presenters:  Alan Bell, Regional Director, Planning, Design, and Construction, Ascension Health
                                     Daniel Kromis, Managing Partner, HSG
View the PowerPoint presentation here.
Listen to an audio recording of the session here
Slated to open in 2017, the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas will be one of the newest teaching hospitals in the country.  Equipped with the latest in technologically advanced medical equipment, and with innovative plans that allow for easy implementation of new equipment in the future, the Dell Seton Medical Center is attempting to seamlessly integrate the relationship of IT/IS & Medical Equipment Planning Procurement and Logistics. 
In this session hear from the Regional Director of the design and construction team about this latest marriage of technology and equipment in healthcare design.  Learn about the obstacles that were faced in the design, planning, and construction of this state-of-the-art facility.  The presenters will share what this new facility will be able to offer its patients and their observations on the best methods for equipment planning and procurement.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Analyze the key strategies necessary when purchasing new equipment.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the challenges faced when implementing new technology into design plans.
  3. Formulate methods for maximizing benefits and cost savings when planning new equipment purchases.
  4. Compare trends and market indicators that will impact technological advances in healthcare equipment.
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm                      Engineering, Facilities & Construction Track: Construction Planning and Finance in Today’s Healthcare Marketplace
            Augusta A & B, 7th Floor
            Moderator:  Mike Reid, Vice President - Construction, Capital, and Facility Services, Intalere
            Presenters:  Brian Bozeman, Executive Director, Adams Management Services, Inc.
                                    Alan P. Richman, President and CEO, InnoVative Capital, LLC
View the PowerPoint presentation here.
Listen to an audio recording of the session here.
In a number of regions of the United States, healthcare construction is on the rise.  Projects such as clinics, ambulatory care centers and other sources for routine care are being built at a swift rate, as well as traditional hospitals and other in-patient care centers.   While the need for an increase in the number and types of facilities is evident based on the growing (and aging) population, planning and finding the resources to fund those projects is not an easy task. 
Part 1 of this session will focus on the basics of project planning.  Planning is an ongoing process that requires creating an action plan and setting clear long-term goals.   Learn how to identify needs, opportunities and risks in order to develop a project timeline that is both realistic and manageable. 
This session will also explore the details of a number of construction financing options, including the USDA’s Community Facilities Program, FHA Section 242, fundraising opportunities and bonds.  Discussion will center on what you need to know about the construction finance process, from the first feasibility study to the final payment.   Discover straightforward and practical tips for deciding which options will work best for your system and your project.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Analyze the evolving complexities in healthcare construction planning and finance.
  2. Distinguish the steps necessary when creating a viable project plan.
  3. Identify the various methods of financing healthcare facilities.
  4. Describe the process of determining which financing options are best depending on the situation.
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm                      Non-Acute Care Track:  PANEL:  Equipment Planning for Non-Acute Care Facilities
                                                           Augusta G & H, 7th Floor
                                                           Moderator:  Jerry McKinney, Senior Vice President Material Management/Chief Purchasing Officer, Quorum Health
                                                           Panelists:  Wade Byerly, Principal, MERC
                                                                                Rodney Cadwell, Associate Principal, Vizient, Inc.
                                                                                Terri Wallace, Project Manager, Construction Services, Adventist Health System
Listen to an audio recording of the session here.
The number of non-acute care facilities such as outpatient clinics, treatment facilities, surgery centers, and rehabilitation facilities is on the rise.  These types of construction projects are inherently different than typical hospital projects.  Specific considerations must be taken into account when purchasing equipment for these smaller, more specialized projects versus those required in hospital settings.   There are often different regulatory considerations for these types of projects as well.
In this session, presenters will share the challenges they are currently facing in capital equipment procurement for facilities such as outpatient surgery centers, stand-alone ambulatory care centers, and senior living complexes.  Discussion will include the unique logistics that must be considered in the planning, procurement, installation and execution of capital equipment in the non-acute care facility.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss the inherent differences between construction of acute and non-acute care facilities.
  2. Outline the unique challenges of capital equipment purchases for non-acute care facilities.
  3. Identify the keys to successful equipment planning in the non-acute care space.
  4. Define how to set priorities for equipment planning through all phases of planning from conception to installation.
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm                       Supplier Strategies Track:  A Market Analysis for ACE – What It Means for Suppliers Today and Tomorrow
                                                            Augusta 1 & 2, 7th Floor
                                                            Moderator: Josh Morita, Senior Director of Business Development, Healthcare Business Media
                                                            Presenter:  Kevin Haynes, Senior Consultant, FMI Corporation
View the PowerPoint presentation here.
Listen to an audio recording of the session here
Today’s changing healthcare landscape places a greater emphasis on improving the quality of patient care and reducing overall costs, particularly within hospitals. A number of regulatory and marketplace forces, such as hospital profitability, consolidation trends, shifting ownership patterns and changing federal reimbursement policies, create a significant need to identify additional ways to improve patient outcomes, drive quality, lower costs, and make the best possible use of existing and new facilities.  Not surprisingly, these factors will change the nature of healthcare architecture, construction and engineering in the future.
The session will help you become better prepared for what’s on the horizon.  Discussion will include the market outlook for spend within the areas of architecture, construction, capital equipment and engineering sectors of healthcare.  Learn how providers are facing the pressures that the current environment is placing on them and the changes that are resulting in the way they think, plan and spend.  Trends regarding the types of projects and equipment most likely to be funded, mergers and acquisitions, and more will help you prepare for the challenges that lie ahead. 
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the trends forcing change in healthcare construction.
  2. List the ways these factors are changing the way providers approach the buying process.
  3. Analyze the outlook for spend in the area of healthcare construction.
  4. Outline specific methods to position your organization as a trusted solutions provider.
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm                       Evening Business Exchange Reception
                                                            AmericasMart, 6th Floor
Enjoy food and drinks as you wrap up an insightful day of educational opportunities with this unique networking program.  The Evening Business Exchange features architects, equipment planners, and contractors hosting healthcare executives, GPO executives and healthcare suppliers.
Tuesday, February 21st
7:00 am – 5:30 pm                        Registration
                                                             The Overlook, 6th Floor  
7:00 am – 8:00 am                        Breakfast
                                                             Augusta Ballroom, 7th Floor
8:00 am – 12:00 pm                     General Session
                                                             Peachtree Ballroom, 8th Floor
8:00 am – 9:30 am                        Welcome and Opening Keynote
                                                             Executive Leadership – Michael Massimino, Ph.D.
                                                             Former NASA Astronaut, Columbia University Engineering Professor
Duke Ellington once said, “A problem is your chance to do your best.” This quote certainly applies to Dr. Michael Massimino as he faced life-threatening challenges performing the most intricate repair ever attempted in space during the last servicing mission of the Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Massimino’s career has led him to view Engineering as an Art, which he teaches at Columbia and to work on engineering projects that view design and engineering in a socially responsible manner. His unique life experiences combined with a natural gift of storytelling allows him to convey his scientific and engineering thoughts in a captivating manner. 
9:30 am – 9:45 am                        Break
9:45 am – 10:45 am                     Healthcare Keynote
                                                            Andrew Busch
                                                            Healthcare Economist
The Affordable Care Act brought seismic change to the healthcare industry and with the new U.S. President promising to overhaul, if not repeal it, 2017 promises to be a year of uncertainty.  Leading healthcare economist Andrew Busch will discuss how these changes will impact you during his Keynote at ACE 2017. Andrew is an expert political economist focused on future growth. He was an outside economic advisor to the Bush (43) White House and to the McCain Campaign. Andy has met and advised US Treasury Secretaries including Hank Paulson and Tim Geithner and continues to advise the top staffs in Congress.  From appearances on The Larry Kudlow Show to Mornings with Maria Bartiromo, Andy’s objective research helps audiences and clients understand the political economy and how it impacts future growth.  As a realistic optimist, Andy sees potential good economic solutions coming out of bad political problems. By using a combination of humor, anecdotes and stories, he helps audiences understand the political economy and what changes will mean for businesses, jobs and lifestyles. As a journalist, an author and researcher, Andy does a deep dive on research to bring you an objective view into this world. Andy has spoken and advised the US Treasury, top Congressional committee staffs, and Fortune 500 companies. From healthcare to energy to technology, Andy has the unique ability to see broader trends and bring them into your world.                  
10:45 am – 11:00 am                   Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm                   Keynote
                                                             Inspiring Others – Freddie Ravel
                                                             Composer, Pianist and Educator
Inspiring others is a gift that can enrich the lives of everyone to whom you are connected. Grammy-Nominated Performer, Freddie Ravel will inspire the ACE Summit audience with his ‘Keynote Concert’ as he engages you with the Four Foundations of music – Melody, Harmony, Rhythm and SCORE. Freddie will leave you inspired, ready to overcome obstacles, with a better understanding on how to connect with others and a new understanding of the power of song to increase your productivity. An executive attendee from Morgan Stanley remarked about Freddie’s talk, “We implemented his valuable lessons immediately.”  We feel certain ACE attendees will do the same. 
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm                     Lunch
                                                            Augusta Ballroom, 7th Floor   
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm                        Michael Massimino Book Signing
                                                            The Overlook, 6th Floor
Meet Dr. Massimino and recieve a signed copy of his new book, Spaceman.  Suggested donation is $25.  All proceeds go towards the Achilles International Foundation, which works to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement. 
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm                       Provider and Sponsor-Only Access to Reverse Expo
                                                            AmericasMart, 6th Floor
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm                       Reverse Expo
                                                            AmericasMart, 6th Floor
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm                       ACE Summit Reception -- A Taste of Bourbon
                                                            Peachtree Ballroom, 8th Floor
Kentucky is the home of the ACE Summit and of Kentucky bourbon!  Join us for a relaxing evening as we learn more about the unique history and flavor of one of Kenutcky's most famous exports.  Enjoy Kentucky-inspired food and beverage while you network with old friends and make new connections.                                 
Wednesday, February 22nd   
7:00 am – 10:00 am                      Registration
                                                             The Overlook, 6th Floor
7:00 am – 8:30 am                        Breakfast
                                                             Augusta 1, 2, & 3, 7th Floor
8:00 am – 12:00 pm                     Facilities Planning Summits
                                                             Augusta C & D and Augusta E & F, 7th Floor
Hospitals and healthcare systems host the ACE Facilities Planning Summits  providing attendees you with all the details of upcoming projects.  These Summits allow an open exchange with all participants concerning the design, building and out-fit of new construction projects and larger capital equipment plans.  This is an ideal opportunity to get all the project details………in one place, at one time.
8:00 am -- 9:00 am                       Lee Health
                                                             Augusta E & F, 7th Floor
View the PowerPoint Presesntation here. 
A New Model of Outpatient Care
Dave Kistel, VP of Facilities & Support Services with Lee Health, will discuss the innovative (two-phase) Coconut Point Health Village in Bonita Springs, which will focus on a new model of outpatient care, emphasizing prevention, early intervention and a total health model.  Hear insights on the future of healthcare, urgent care centers, and the concept of bedless hospitals driven by incentives to offer services in lower-cost settings that emphasize value-based programs.
Learning Objectives:
1.            Assess the components of outpatient care models.
2.            Distinguish the innovative features changing the face of outpatient care.
3.            Compare and contrast trends in outpatient care resulting from the demand for lower-cost options.
4.            Identify the role that value-based programs play in the planning and construction of outpatient  care facilities.
8:00 am -- 9:00 am                       Premier, Inc.
                                                             Augusta C & D, 7th Floor
View PowerPoint Presentation here
Connecting the Dots in the Facilities, Construction & Environmental Services Purchasing Process
Join James T. Venker, AIA, Senior Director; Facilities, Construction & Environmental Services at Premier, Inc. as he leads an educational session focusing on connecting the dots and establishing relationships. Jim will focus on how to leverage the Premier Capital portfolio as a Premier Member and a Premier Supplier. 
Learning Objectives:
1.            Compare and contrast the Facilities, Construction & Environmental Services purchasing process.
2.            List three strategies to establish productive relationships.
3.            Discuss methods of positioning your organization as competitive and innovative.
4.            Analyze effective tactics to drive savings and increase growth.
9:00 am -- 9:15 am                       Break
9:15 am -- 10:15 am                     CHRISTUS Health
                                                             Augusta C & D, 7th Floor
View PowerPoint Presentation here. 
The Philosophy of IDN Capital Programs
Join the CHRISTUS Health team as they discuss how to drive understanding around the philosophy of IDN Capital Programs. This will include a discussion on how to integrate your supplier strategies to add value to IDN Capital Programs. In addition, the value of IDN contracting will be explored as well as how to best leverage IDN relations.
Learning Objectives:
1.            Demonstrate a working knowledge of IDN Capital Programs.
2.            Establish methods of integrating supplier strategies in order to provide value to IDN Capital Programs.
3.            Discuss the value benefits of IDN contracting.
4.            Formulate strategies to leverage and enhance IDN relations.
9:15 am -- 10:15 am                  Maury Regional
                                                          Augusta E & F, 7th Floor
View PowerPoint Presentation here
The Capital Approval Process of the Future
Roger Larkin, the Administrative Director, Supply Chain for Maury Regional Health will provide a description of their previous Capital Approval Process and will then demonstrate how Maury Regional Health transformed that process into a Lean, progressive, nimble new Capital Approval Process for the future.  Hear specific details on how implementing the Lean methodology on the Capital Approval Process also resulted in a positive impact on hospital processes across the board. 
Learning Objectives:
1.            Explain and outline the Capital Approval Process.
2.            Discuss the Lean Principles that caused Maury Regional Health to question, explore and make changes to the Capital Approval Process.
3.            Identify the components of the new CapEx Capital Approval Process.
4.            Analyze the impact this process will have on the future of MRH and its potential impact on your system. 
10:15 am -- 10:30 am                  Break
10:30 am -- 11:30 am                Beaumont Health, CHRISTUS Health and Parallon
                                                           Augusta C & D, 7th Floor

Join representatives from Beaumont Health, CHRISTUS Health and Parallon in a collaborative Q & A roundtable session that allows an open forum for you and your colleagues to ask questions, share insights and get insider tips on capital contracting.   Enjoy interactive peer-to-peer discussion, share your experiences, and learn from others in this informative and interactive conversation.  
Learning Objectives:
1.  Discuss the latest trends in the area of capital contracting.
2.  Analyze the benefits of being proactive instead of reactive throughout the contracting process.
3.  Identify three unique challenges present in the construction of healthcare environments.
4.  Compare and contrast the various methods of managing a successful healthcare construction project.
10:30 am -- 11:30 am                  Signature Healthcare
                                                             Augusta E & F, 7th Floor
View PowerPoint Presentation here
Unconventional Financing and Relationship Building for the Smaller Healthcare Institution
John Duraes, Director of Facilities & Engineering at Signature Healthcare, will provide their unique financing strategies and use of the LEAN (3) P (Production, Preparation, Process) for building a new state-of-the-art Cancer Center. He will also share capital expenditure and borrowing strategies, as well as provide team communication techniques to include community involvement and healthcare partners.
Learning Objectives:
1.     Evaluate planning strategies to design a new Cancer Center.
2.     Review the roles of Developers, Architects, Engineers and Financial Institutions.
3.     Discuss an overview of the financing process.
4.     Discuss partnering with other leading local Healthcare Institutions to accomplish goals.