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The Emergency Department - Considerations for Innovation and Strategic Design Workshop

When: May 11 - May 12, 2016
Time: 12:00pm Central
Where: Chicago, IL United States
What: Agenda
Price: $895
  • 1.5-day workshop
  • 2-hour networking event
  • 1 lunch & 1 breakfast
  • 11 AIA/EDAC continuing education units


Join us for this seventh annual interactive, collaborative, problem-solving experience intended to enable ED professionals to employ proven physical design strategies and methodologies.

Designing a new or renovating an existing emergency department is a high stakes opportunity.  Today, more than ever, emergency department directors balance a range of competing priorities, including;

  • increased volume and patient acuity
  • primary care staffing shortages
  • overcrowding
  • delayed “up-stream” throughput, and other system bottle-necks

These challenges are coupled with the need to continually adapt to ever changing technology, ensure emergency preparedness and deliver in an era of accountable care.

Taught by nationally recognized experts, this workshop uncovers and offers a review of design methodologies, benchmark challenges inherent in today’s emergency departments, how to quantify and measure those challenges and explore innovations, processes and facility-based solutions. You will obtain insight into optimal patient flow, research-based process, design interventions and strategies that improve clinical outcomes, quality of care, and patient safety and satisfaction. 


**Recent data shows that of the 136 million ER visits per year, over 70% of them are for non-emergency problems.


Event Venue:

Merchandise Mart
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654
United States

Location Information


Lodging Information

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North
350 West Mart Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60654

Room rate: $209.00/night

Rooms available: 
5/10-5/12, 2016

Click here to make an online reservation

Telephone Reservation: 855-268-0372 - mention “The Center for Health Design” to receive the discounted rate.

Who Should Attend

  • Emergency department directors,  physicians, nurses and managers
  • Healthcare facilities and planning executives
  • Hospital executives with emergency department oversight
  • Healthcare architects, planners, designers, and consultants


Presenting Faculty

James J Augustine, M.D., FACEP
Clinical Professor, Dept. Emergency Medicine, Wright State University
Vice President, ED Benchmarking Alliance



Jon Huddy, AIA, NCARB, MArch, BA Design
Huddy HealthCare Solutions



Angela F. Gardner, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor
Chief of Operations, Quality and Patient Safety
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern


Philip LiBassi, FAIA, ACHA
Westlake Reed Leskosky   



James Lennon, AIA
Design Team Leader
HKS Inc. Team ED



JoAnne McDonough, MD, MPH
Chair of Emergency Services
Ellis Medicine 



Michael Pietrzak, MD
Strategic Initiatives Consultant
HKS Inc.



Jason Tracy, MD, FACEP 
Chief of Emergency Medicine
South Shore Hospital 



Travis Tyson, AIA, NCARB 
Healthcare Facility Planner 
Cleveland Clinic 

Marvina Williams, RN, Lean Black Belt 
Senior Medical Planner, Senior Associate

Mike Williams, MPH, HSA
The Abaris Group



Frank Zilm, D.Arch., FAIA, FACHA
Chester Dean Lecturer
University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design, and Planning




Did You Know?

  • There are 136.3 million visits to U. S. Emergency Departments each year.

  • The average ER trip costs 40% more than what most Americans spend on monthly rent.

  • You can print a workshop flyer here.


Cancellation policy: All requests for refunds must be received via email no later than 4:30 pm PDT, 21 days prior to the event.  No refunds will be given after that time.  An administrative fee, (10% of the registration cost) will be charged for all refunds. Registrations made within 21 days of the event will not be refunded.  Substitutions of attendees may be made at any time without charge. We reserve the right to offer qualified substitute presenters in the event of an emergency, illness, etc. If a particular presentation has to be cancelled, attendees are still responsible for the full amount of their registration fees. Every effort will be made to immediately notify registrants of changes or cancellations. There are no exceptions to this refund policy.