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September 7, 2022

Sophia Lapat
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Healthcare Leaders will converge September 27-29 to the Long Beach Convention Center

Long Beach, CA (September 7, 2022) – Each year at Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo, one of the country’s largest and leading shows dedicated to healthcare design and facilities, architects, designers, engineers, contractors and providers gather to collaborate, share research, hear fresh perspectives and participate in the ever-changing healthcare industry. HFSE is pleased to announce a powerful lineup of Keynote speakers headlined by Liz Ogbu, Founder + Principal, Studio O, Oleksii Iaremenko, Deputy Minister for European Integration, Ministry of Health of Ukraine, and closing Keynote, Jessica Gutierrez-Rodriguez, Executive Director, Facilities Management & Operations, University of Texas Health San Antonio.

“This year’s Symposium Keynotes will offer meaningful insight into the defining trends that impact the healthcare facilities industry and explore broader topics impacting the current climate and community at large from the global crisis in Ukraine to spatial and racial justice,” said Jenabeth Ferguson, Vice President, Symposium Director. “The ever-popular Keynote presentations are always a huge draw at HFSE and this year is no exception with a diverse and remarkable line-up.”

Keynote Presentations:

Tuesday, September 27, 9:15am
The opening Keynote, Liz Ogbu is a designer, urbanist, and spatial justice activist, and expert on engaging and transforming unjust urban environments. Her multidisciplinary design and innovation practice, Studio O, operates at the intersection of racial and spatial justice. She collaborates with/in communities in need to leverage design to catalyze sustained social impact.

Wednesday, September 28, 9:15am
Oleksii Iaremenko, Deputy Minister for European Integration for the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, has 16 years of experience in health policy formulation and management and five years of experience in technical assistance in implementing health care reform, including financing and management. Iaremenko will discuss the reform of the Ukrainian Health system that started in 2020 from access to medicine, finances, medical care, humanitarian aid and clinical personnel levels. Attendees will learn about the Ukrainian Health system adaptation and functionality during the war in 2022, including health institutions and personnel loss. Iaremenko will discuss the Ukrainian Healthcare recovery plan that will be submitted for approval to WHO/EIB and World bank at the end of September.

“We’re honored to welcome Oleksii Iaremenk to this year’s Symposium who will shine a light on the ever-evolving situation in Ukraine and bring attention to the healthcare crisis that is affecting Ukrainians,” added Ferguson. “Many of our HFSE Board members have ties to Ukraine and we are thrilled to bring this timely discussion to our attendees.”

Thursday, September 29, 11am
The closing Keynote, “Leading with Heart”, will inspire attendees looking to cultivate environments that not only take great care of users, but actually inspire the full spectrum of users to improve their lives. Jessica Gutierrez-Rodriguez is a Healthcare Facilities Executive, former hospital CEO, Electrical Engineer, Symposium Advisory Board member of more than a decade, and recipient of the Symposium Founder’s Award. She will challenge and inspire attendees with her gripping personal account of blazing a courageous heart-centered leadership trail through the domains of health, healthcare, and design. In the face of countless obstacles, Jessica will describe how she has developed her leadership approach to transcend these challenges and create a highly successful career for herself – as well as for many other individuals.

“Leading with heart requires honesty and transparency,” added Gutierrez-Rodriguez. “It’s not about being nice and non-confrontational. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. One must provide constructive criticism with good intentions and love. I look forward to sharing my insight with attendees at HFSE, September 29.”

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The mission of the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo is to create a multi-disciplinary environment that inspires you to evoke change and the advancement of a better delivery of healthcare through the physical space. Competitors, clients, and colleagues come together as friends to collaborate, share research, hear fresh perspectives and participate in the ever-changing conversation of your industry.