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Webinar: What Are You Building and Why? A Guide to the Answers

When: January 20, 2022
Time: 12:00pm Pacific
Price: $65 Individual View/$150 Group View

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar


This webinar is free to our Affiliate+ members.


The overall success of a healthcare project is related to the quality of prior planning. Healthcare facility design requires a detailed understanding of the need for a project, as well as the context within which it will be built. This underscores the critical importance of a Functional Program.  

We know that design is problem solving and the best problem solvers know what questions to ask. With this in mind, The Center for Health Design has developed a functional program Process Guide to facilitate a program that accurately reflects the project owner’s main goals and objectives to facilitate decision making throughout the entire design and construction process. This webinar will highlight how to use our tool and how it can enable design teams to enhance communication, encourage innovation, and highlight both quality and quantity. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of a functional program and why it is critical to a successful design project. 
  • Appreciate how quality and quantity can coexist within a healthcare design project.
  • Evaluate how a functional program can facilitate design team communication and innovation.
  • Define and deliver a functional program to meet regulatory requirements for design & construction.


Presenting Faculty

Tom Jung, Retired Director, Division of Health Facility Planning, New York State Department of Health; Chair, The Center for Health Design Environmental Standards Council

Tom Jung has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare design field, focusing on regulatory compliance and coordination, with 24 of those years intimately involved in New York State’s Certificate of Need Program. He has been a member of the CHD Board of Directors since 2015, and is a founding member of The Center's ESC where he currently serves as chair. He has also been involved with developing the FGI Guidelines since 1997, as a member of the steering committee, Board of Directors, and as CEO. After retiring from NYS in 2011 and limited consulting in 2018, Tom has focused on highlighting the importance and underutilized value of a collaborative relationship with regulatory authorities.


Michael Pomarico, NCARB, ASHE, Principal, Pomarico Design Studio Architecture, PLLC, and HealthRisk Technologies Inc.

Mike Pomarico possesses comprehensive experience in healthcare systems architecture, and related support services. For 37 years Mr. Pomarico has performed Planning, Programming and Architectural Design services exclusively on healthcare projects. Mr. Pomarico has programmed, planned and designed virtually every aspect of the healthcare delivery continuum. Mr. Pomarico created HealthRisk Technologies, Inc., a software company dedicated to the advancement of risk management and monitoring of healthcare construction environments. Mr. Pomarico has mastered the ability to successfully integrate his experience, knowledge of codes and healthcare delivery processes into transformational solutions to ensure life safety and improve the patient and healthcare delivery experience.


Chase Miller, NCARB, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, Director, Planning, BSA LifeStructures

Chase Miller is an architect and healthcare planner who is passionate about making a difference through his work. He was drawn toward healthcare architecture and planning through his wife’s battle with chronic pain and disease, becoming a catalyst for his career. The complexity and connectivity of healthcare environments fascinates him as he supports organizations from strategic facility planning and evidence-based design to programming and pre-design, facilitating their delivery of exceptional care. As Director of Planning at BSA Lifestructures, Chase works with all aspects of planning, from operational and equipment planning to facility and site planning, providing a holistic approach to his work.