Idea Exchanges

For two years, lockdowns and travel restrictions have prevented the gathering of peers and thus the ability to talk and learn from one another. The ACE Summit is excited to get back together where we kick off the week with industry-focused Idea Exchanges in an open, collaborative forum for you to engage with your peers. Lunch will be provided between the first and second sessions for the Idea Exchange attendees.

Adapting to Remote Communication
Session Leader:
Josh Morita  

The transformation of the healthcare industry has brought a tremendous amount of change. As technology is integrated into healthcare delivery models, the use of remote communication has become more of a standard practice. In this Idea Exchange, attendees will explore best practices when it comes to remote communication. Participate in an interactive conversation with industry leaders as you develop a strategy on how to utilize this growing practice. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify and discuss areas of design, construction, and maintenance impacted by remote communication.  

  1. Evaluate if today’s facilities should be designed with an overreaching vision for the implementation of remote communication. 

  1. Discuss how remote communication correlates with improved patient care.  

  1. Analyze the key challenges your organization has faced with remote communication. 

Capital Equipment Forum 
Session Leader: Brent Petty

As capital equipment projects resume, adapting to new challenges and demands can prove to be difficult. New strategies are needed to successfully navigate the transformations within our healthcare system. Participate in an interactive discussion that focuses on the major trends and issues you’re seeing within the capital equipment planning process. Structured as an open-forum discussion, join healthcare leaders from across the nation as we seek to develop the strategies needed to effectively manage capital equipment needs.  

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Describe new challenges impacting the management of capital equipment projects resume.   

  1. Identify the new operational challenges that are likely to stay and impact projects in a post-pandemic environment. 

  1. Outline processes for objectively prioritizing capital equipment needs during the planning process.  

  1. Compare examples of successful capital equipment planning strategies implemented by your organization. 

Consolidated Services Centers (CSCs) Forum
Session Leader: 
Michael Langlois

In recent years, hospitals and health systems have looked at possible ways to strengthen their operations and reduce the complexity within their healthcare distribution systems. Once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, these challenges were no longer possible to ignore, and strategies had to be developed. For some, CSCs have been adopted to combat this complexity and achieve high levels of performance and innovation. Join us in an open-forum discussion on some of the lingering issues we’re seeing within the healthcare industry, and how CSCs are being used to solve them.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the major challenges that have impacted your healthcare distribution system pre- and post-pandemic.
  2. Compare various strategies that have been used to combat the complexities in managing healthcare distribution.
  3. Develop an understanding of how Consolidated Services Centers are being used to achieve high levels of performance across the healthcare industry.
  4. Outline strategies for determining the most viable solutions for your healthcare distribution and operations teams.

CSCs Warehouse Construction
Session Leader:
Michael Langlois

In an effort to minimize spending and improve the healthcare distribution process, many hospitals and health systems have chosen to take matters into their own hands with self-distribution through CSCs. Of course, there are countless considerations to be measured before implementing a CSC into your supply chain distribution system. One of the key areas to focus on will be the construction of your distribution warehouse. Join this discussion that will cover all areas of consideration when implementing a CSC into your system and how to best facilitate the construction of your warehouse.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Classify the key areas of analysis when evaluating your Consolidated Services Centers construction needs.
  2. Outline strategies for evaluating what services will be housed within your CSC and how they will determine various construction decisions.
  3. Determine best practices for evaluating the complex real estate considerations of your CSC construction.
  4. Evaluate the various pros and cons of self vs. 3rd party-operated systems and determine how these will factor into construction needs for your facility.


Facility Planning Forum 
Session Leader: Michael Gerhardt

The ability to adapt has always been a fundamental trait when determining the successfulness of a facility planner. We saw this put to the test as COVID-19 rapidly changed the priorities of hospitals and needs of patients. There’s been a transformation in the healthcare delivery system that’s shifted how facility planners are developing strategies for the future. We invite you to join facility leaders in an open-forum discussion on how they’re adapting to the trends affecting their planning strategies. Collaborate ideas and provide solutions to challenges you're facing as you look to plan the future of the healthcare infrastructure.  

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Classify the changes in hospital priorities and patient needs that are having the largest impact on facility planners. 

  1. Identify examples of how these changes have directly impacted your organization. 

  1. Outline best practices for tackling the new challenges facility planners face in the long-term planning of healthcare infrastructure.  

  1. Explore the benefits of collaboration between organizations when planning the future of healthcare infrastructure.  

Transition Planning 
Session Leader: Brent Petty

While designing the facilities of the future it is important to understand that the transformation of healthcare doesn’t start and stop with the construction of a building. Just as important as the construction itself, the transition and activation of healthcare facilities requires significant planning to ensure success. Join this discussion on best practices when transitioning facilities that will provide you with the tools to acquire the greatest return on your investment.  

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify key areas to focus on when planning the transition of facilities. 

  1. Discuss challenges that impact the successful transition of facilities. 

  1. Analyze strategies used to acquire the greatest return on your investment.  

  1. Outline best practices from start to finish when transitioning into a new healthcare facility.