Facilities & Construction Track

Rapidly changing hospital priorities, patient expectations, and rising construction costs have deeply impacted all stakeholders in healthcare facilities and construction. As hospitals reevaluate their priorities and needs to provide better patient care, construction plans and projects will need to be modified to meet these new expectations. In this track, we will explore how to navigate healthcare construction post-pandemic and discuss strategies for building facilities for the future.

Facilities Master Plan Strategies 

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderator: Michael Gerhardt

Panelists: Dale Locklair & Jill Pearsall

Developing and updating facilities master plans can be a complex and daunting task. In today’s healthcare environment, facility leaders are often updating these long-range master plans every few years, particularly following major legislative changes, reimbursement shifts, internal leadership turnover, and crises. Hear from a panel of healthcare executives as they outline key considerations when updating your master plans post-pandemic and discuss strategies to develop dynamic plans. These leaders will also offer practical approaches to align your facilities plans with your health system’s strategic business plan, operational improvement initiatives, planned IT investments, and financial resources.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the factors impacting healthcare facility planning.
  2. Discuss new planning considerations that align with changes in hospital priorities and patient needs.      
  3. Explain the benefits of considering alternative patent populations when developing facility master plans.
  4. Develop strategies to integrate technology into current and future facility plans.

About the Panelists

Dale Locklair
Full Name
Senior Vice President, Planning & Facilities Management
Speaker Bio
Dale Locklair, MBA, FAHRMM, CHEP, CMRP has over 40 years of project development and management experience. He spent his 16-year healthcare career with McLeod Health where he served first as the Director of Real Estate and then as the Vice President of Procurement before serving over nine years as the Senior Vice President of Planning and Facilities. He considers it a privilege to have recruited, worked with, and mentored many of talented people within the Institution’s legal, regulatory compliance, supply chain, real estate, planning, design, construction, and engineering departments within his division. Dale’s responsibilities included strategic planning for facilities, including the development and buildout of the system’s regional medical center campus master plan, planning and development of its coastal campuses and one of the earliest consolidated service/distribution centers serving the institution’s supply chain in healthcare. During his career with McLeod, he led the real estate and facility strategic planning, construction, and renovation of over $1 billion in projects and he managed over 3.5 million square feet of hospitals and medical buildings.

Prior to joining McLeod, Dale served as Senior Project Manager for the Sports, Entertainment, and Recreation division of Burroughs & Chapin Company where he led development and construction of projects within the U.S. and Canada that included major portions of Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, SC, along with numerous NASCAR SpeedParks, ESPN X-Game Parks, Water Parks, and a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Dale counts it an enormous privileged to have work with and been a consultant to Pete Dye for the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island for the 1991 Ryder Cup and to have played key roles in the restoration and preservation of over 60 acres of environmentally sensitive frontal dunes along the beaches of South Carolina.

Locklair earned a B.S. degree from Clemson University and MBA from Colorado State University. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma, International Business Honor Society and the Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management and is the recipient of the Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX) Supply Chain Leadership Excellence Award, the 2013 McLeod Spirit of Hospice Award, and the 2003 Employee of the Year, Corporate Support Division, Burroughs & Chapin Company.
Jill Pearsall
Full Name
Senior Vice President
Texas Children's Hospital
Speaker Bio
Jill Pearsall is the Senior Vice President of Facilities Planning & Development and Real Estate Services at Texas Children’s Hospital. She has leadership responsibility for real estate strategy, transaction and acquisition, facilities planning, design and construction, project management and on-going support programs of artwork/signage, interiors/logistics, space management, and facilities information for Texas Children’s facilities inventory of over 100 locations and 12 million square feet. Jill is a licensed architect in Texas and California and holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

Jill joined Texas Children’s in 2002 and has remained intimately involved in planning, developing and executing over 5 million square feet of new construction and managing over $2.9B of work. She serves on several organizational committees, including Audit and Compliance, Capital Management, Digital Advisory, Emergency Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Executive Space Management, Facilities Executive, and Financial Planning.

Jill is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Prior to moving into facilities management and joining the healthcare industry, she practiced commercial and institutional architecture in both California and Texas.