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The Emergency Department - Considerations for Innovation and Strategic Design

When: May 9 - May 10, 2017
Time: 9:00am Central
Where: Chicago, IL United States
What: Agenda
Price: $860 until 3/31/17 (Affiliate members log in to website to get member pricing.)


  • Early bird rate of $860 until 3-31-17
  • Tuesday, May 9, 9:00 am - Wednesday, May 10, 3:30 pm 
  • 11 AIA/EDAC continuing education units
  • Workshop Flyer


Join us for this seventh annual interactive, collaborative, problem-solving experience intended to enable Emergency Department 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. 


Location Information

Event Venue:
The Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603
United States

Room rate: $264.00/night - rooms must be booked by April 7, 2017

Rooms available: 
Monday, May 8 - Tuesday, May 9, 2017

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Click here to make your reservations with the discounted rate or call 1 - 800 - HILTONS  and mention “Emergency Department Building Design Workshop”.

Airport Transportation Options, Hotel Information, Nearby Restaurants 

Learning Objectives

  • Consider concepts and strategies that shape the future emergency department

  • Hear case studies of emergency department design and operations

  • Put learning into practice while working through scenarios with your colleagues

  • Connect with experts that can inform your emergency department

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
National Clinical Governance Board, US Acute Care Solutions, Canton, Ohio
Clinical Professor, Dept. Emergency Medicine, Wright State University
Vice President, ED Benchmarking Alliance
Board of Directors, American College of Emergency Physicians



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


Jon Huddy, AIA, NCARB, MArch, BA Design

Huddy HealthCare Solutions



Michael Pietrzak, MD
Strategic Initiatives Consultant
HKS Inc.


Shari Welch, MD, FACEP, FACHE, EDAC, Practicing Physician, Independent Consultant, Research Fellow

Intermountain Institute for Health Care Delivery Research



Frank Zilm, D.Arch., FAIA, FACHA
Chester Dean Director of the KU Institute for Health + Wellness Design
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.

  • Recent data shows that of the 136 million ER visits per year, over 65% of them are for non-emergency problems.