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Thursday, September 19, 2019  |  8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Swimming Upstream: Redefining Healthcare through Non-Traditional Facilities

Zachary Benedict
Principal, MKM architecture + design
Jeremy Fortier, PMP CHC LEED AP
Planning Design and Construction (PDC), Ascension - Medxcel
Matt Sparling, AIA, LEED AP
Principal, MKM architecture + design

Less than twenty percent of population health drivers are a result of clinical care or our genetic makeup. The remaining determinants result from the socio-economic factors that frame our everyday lives. In order to impact health and well-being beyond the limitations of conventional healthcare strategies, facility design will need to focus their efforts more upstream - taking a more innovative look at how they can engage the communities they serve in new and sustainable ways. This presentation will outline empirical research on the impact nontraditional care settings can have on clinical outcomes (e.g., public libraries, cafés) and describe their ability to supplement population health management strategies. Facility administrators and architects will share some best practices in envisioning these nontraditional settings as well as share a case study illustrating Ascension Health’s partnership with Kroger grocery stores to provide preventive care to marginalized populations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Outline the factors that define social determinants of health and explain the need for healthcare providers to consider effective upstream solutions.
  2. Present research assessing the impact nontraditional care settings can have on population health management (esp. in rural communities).
  3. Discuss the unique strategies Ascension Health is pursuing (i.e., Kroger grocery store) to broaden their capacity to impact community health.
  4. Define best practices for the planning, design, and operation of effective nontraditional care settings and their impact on facility management.
SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH