September 21-23, 2021
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Top 3 Things I'm Looking Forward to

Jenabeth Ferguson, Vice President, Symposium Director

From the Desk of the Symposium

It may feel too early but there is a crispness to the air reminding us that fall is right around the corner and the long summer days are dwindling. Of course that also means the Symposium is close, in fact itís just over 3 weeks away. In what has now become an annual August tradition, I am going to share with you my top 3 things I am looking forward to this year:

1. Austin! I am not going to lie but I am super excited to be in Austin. Iím a sucker for really good BBQ and live music so Iím pretty sure Iíll be right at home on 6th Street. Almost daily I get an email from someone who discovered another great thing they want to do in Austin while we are there Ė in fact I think Iím meeting Susan Black at the Congress Bridge to see the bats! A fun destination is important but also a thriving healthcare construction industry is vital and Austin puts us smack dab in the middle of the $15.8 billion healthcare construction pipeline in Texas.

2. Stacey Changís keynote! There is so much talk nowadays about reinventing healthcare. There is a bold effort to build a model for a modern health ecosystem arising out of Central Texas and we will be right there. The Design Institute for Health, a joint collaboration between the College of Fine Arts and the new Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, was founded in 2015 to apply new creative approaches to age-old system issues, and is developing new health capabilities in clinical environments, in the community, and in educational curriculums. Join us on Tuesday morning to hear what Stacey has to say.

3. The Symposium Jamboree! Nothing brings me more pleasure than seeing all our participants networking and sharing their expertise and experiences with each other. Weíve been very fortunate to have Humanscale sponsor our Tuesday night party in recent years but this year they are pulling out all the stops to celebrate our 30 year history.

As this is my last column before we all gather in Austin, let me take a few more minutes of your time to point out 5 sessions that you need to be putting on your schedule. These sessions came from our May Advisory Board meeting when I asked the board members to put together their sample schedules.

Patients and Family Advisors, a RX for effective programming and design.

ZIP Code Health: How Research and Design Can Impact Community Health

Unexpected Parallels: What Healthcare Can Learn from the Financial + Retail Industries

Attracting millennial clinicians Ė design to recruit and retain talent

Becoming a More Balanced, Diverse, Inclusive, and Collaborative Healthcare Design Community

There is so much happening at this yearís Symposium that will help you connect with the real thought-leaders and top business minds in our industry. Be sure you have registered for your conference pass.

I look forward to seeing in you Austin!

Jenabeth Ferguson Vice President, Symposium Director

Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

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