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Behavioral Health Webinar Day: Webinar 1 - Behavioral Health Behind Closed Doors

When: December 13, 2018
Time: 9:00am Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


This webinar is one of three webinars that are part of Behavioral Health Webinar Day. To buy a pass to all three webinars, click here. 


MedStar Health is using fast-track design to help catalyze a new model of behavioral health, using the reduction of barriers, small house concepts and interior design strategies to create positive environments where patients are positively impacted. Renovations to the existing system facilities include:

  • Inpatient Units: Expanded units for both voluntary and involuntary patients, as well as an inpatient detoxification units. 
  • ED Crisis Units: Crisis intervention units designed for maximum patient and staff safety with compassionate and timely clinical care.
  • Day Programs: Partial hospitalization programs (PHP), as well as intensive outpatient programs (IOP) for patients are critical components.
  • OP Services: A complete range including psychotherapy and counseling; individual and group therapy; psychiatric evaluation and chronic disease management; integrated transitional services with the partial hospitalization program; community outreach program offerings; substance use disorder counseling and rehabilitation.


Learning Objectives

  • Review of the latest behavioral health trends in hospital settings and comprehensive care

  • Discussion about how the use of small house concepts in planning facilitate patient rehabilitation and independence

  • Review of charrette process to demonstrate how to achieve consensus in patient centric planning and design for fast track projects

  • Identify key strategies to eliminate barriers, balance active and passive security measures to empower the patient and create a home­like environment including finish and furniture selection


Presenting Faculty

Shary Adams, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, SmithGroup

Shary Adams is an accomplished medical planner, architect and designer with a broad array of skills who specializes in behavioral health, patient care and emergency department design. She is a principal with SmithGroup, an international architecture, planning, interior design and integrated engineering firm.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, she received a Bachelor’s of Architecture in 1987, and  is a board-certified American College of Healthcare Architect as well as EDAC-accredited. Shary has over 30 years of experience in planning and designing  major  healthcare projects for leading clients including  Johns Hopkins Hospital, MedStar Health, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. She recently completed the planning for 1+- million-square-foot integrated medical centers in the Middle East and China.

Through numerous interviews with clinicians, administrators, and patients, as well as visioning workshops and tours of leading care facilities, her depth of knowledge allows for innovation in addressing complex issues from new care models to evidence-based design choices and patient safety.

Jill Johnson, FACHE, Vice President, Operations, MedStar Harbor Hospital, Regional Vice President, Behavioral Health, MedStar Health

Jill Johnson serves as the vice president of Operations for MedStar Harbor Hospital, a member of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. In this role, she is a key architect of strategies that define the hospital’s growth and drive its journey from good to great. She oversees Clinical Engineering, Clinical Laboratory, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Services, Facility Services, Food Services, Imaging, Physician Enterprise, Protective Services and Safety. Johnson additionally serves as MedStar’s regional vice president for Behavioral Health—a service line dedicated to providing critical patient populations with a range of professional care for behavioral and mental health issues, as well as addiction treatment services.

Kevin Haggerty, Sr. Project Manager, CBRE Healthcare | MedStar Health System, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Kevin Haggerty has been a Senior Project Manager for CBRE and Contractual Director at Medstar Washington Hospital Center for the past three years he has previously held similar positions with Adventist Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente, prior to that he worked at Clark Construction. Kevin holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the University Of Maryland Smith School Of Business. He also holds certifications as a certified healthcare constructor and LEED Accredited professional. He has extensive experience in healthcare planning design and construction and has a passion for solving complex problems through utilization and creation of tools to support and provide clarity and direction – supplying the information to leaders to empower them to make decisions that advance their organizations.