This year the Symposium will be held in Orlando and we are looking forward to spending time and exploring this great city. Like of all of you, we have been heartbroken by the recent events in Orlando. We look forward to being there this September to demonstrate that while it is certainly not business as usual, we stand with Orlando.
Our opening keynote will serve a shining example for not only the people of Orlando but our entire audience that you can persevere in the face of tremendous adversity. Rebekah Gregory is one of the survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing. She was a self-described simple small town woman and mother whose life was forever changed by that day in April 2013. Her speech, Through the Eyes of a Patient; How healthcare professionals impact recovery from a trauma patient's standpoint will not only inspire but also teach great lessons on disaster response.
It is always our intention with the opening keynote to inspire you and remind you why the spaces we design and build are so very important. Whether we hear from a patient or family member or clinician, this is the time to put aside deadlines and change orders and budgets. This is the time to remember that more often than not the spaces we design are occupied by people in their scariest moments of life.
The lessons you can learn from the thought leaders at the Symposium – not just the speakers but your fellow attendees – can help to design spaces that not only efficiently allow the delivery of healthcare but also comfort the patients, families and staff spending time in those spaces. We try to bring you those lessons in many formats – inspiring keynotes, traditional conference sessions, interactive discussion forums, theaters on the exhibit floor and of course lots of networking events. Whatever your preferred method of learning you will have that opportunity at the Symposium.
Be sure you register for this year’s Symposium before July 22nd when our early bird deadline expires. By registering you will have the fortune to hear Rebekah’s story, learn many lessons from our education and perhaps even more importantly demonstrate to Orlando that we stand with them.
I look forward to seeing you in Orlando this September!
Vice President, Symposium Director
Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo
.S. Have a thought about the Symposium? Please feel free to contact me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.