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June 14, 2023

Engaging Programming, Innovative Products, Keynotes, Industry Leaders, Facility Tours, Emerging Leaders, and Networking Events

Charlotte, NC (June 14, 2023) — Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo, one of the country’s largest shows dedicated to healthcare design and facilities, returns for its 36th annual event to the Charlotte Convention Center, September 19-21. This must-attend symposium and expo brings together architects, designers, engineers, contractors and providers to collaborate, share research, hear fresh perspectives and participate in the ever-changing healthcare industry. Attendees will have a chance to sit in on compelling Keynote Presentations, explore 100+ Exhibitors, be inspired by industry leaders at daily Conference Sessions, explore two of Charlotte’s newest Healthcare Facilities, enjoy Networking Events and much more.

“After a hugely successful event in Long Beach, CA, we’re thrilled to bring the 36th annual Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo to Charlotte, NC, one of the top three markets in the country for healthcare construction,” said Jenabeth Ferguson, Vice President, Symposium Director. “Each year, we look forward to bringing together healthcare design’s industry leaders for powerful keynotes, informative sessions, the latest product innovations and new this year, we will be welcoming Emerging Leaders.”

Robust Conference

The Symposium features three jam-packed days of educational and insightful sessions, case-studies and keynotes meant to inspire and improve current and future healthcare facilities. The sessions will span multiple topics including Pediatrics, Behavioral Health, and Community Health, among others that are making an impact on the healthcare design industry. This year’s closing keynote titled, “What is This Thing Called Heart and How is it Relevant to Care | Design | Impact?”, features Susan Black, Principal and Director, Perkins Eastman Black Architects Inc. Black will challenge and inspire attendees with provocative questions, probing an examination into: how can our shared professions and related industries be more impactful; how can an investment in heartfelt determination be not only scalable, one project at a time, but be parlayed into a global phenomenon; and how can these disciplines of ours shake the world?

Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall features the most Innovative products and services in the healthcare facilities industry from some of the country’s top manufacturers and providers. Many exhibitors will launch new products at HFSE, getting in front of important decision makers from healthcare facilities, architecture and design firms. Experience the latest furnishings, technology, flooring, modular and healthcare consulting from WIELAND Healthcare, eVideon, Tarkett, Modular Services Company, ECG Management Consultants, a Siemens Healthineers Company and many more. Don’t miss mini sessions on the Exhibit Floor at the Design Solutions Theaters where the design team galleries come alive in these 15 minute presentations. Back by Popular Demand – there will be two design solutions theaters so double the chance to hear about the latest projects in this exciting format.

Symposium Distinction Awards

The annual program recognizes design teams, projects and individuals who have made a profound contribution to the healthcare design industry. The program accepts submissions of all types and sizes of patient care-related facilities. In addition, it recognizes the best and most innovative new products within the healthcare design & construction industry. All entries are due July 28 and submissions can be made here:

Networking Events

Mix and mingle with new and old friends at daily events including the Grand Opening of Exhibit Floor and Symposium Party, the Ice Cream Social, the Happy Hour and many more fun and engaging events.

Emerging Leaders Welcome

The Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo’s NEW Symposium Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program in 2023 gives recognition to those individuals with less than 10 years (non-consecutive) of experience in healthcare design and construction including research and/or education. The recognition includes attending the 2023 HFSE in Charlotte, North Carolina September 19-21 and participating in all activities surrounding the event.


  • A Full Access registration to the 2023 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo (travel expenses are not included)
  • Welcome breakfast for all emerging leaders to meet each other at the beginning of the event
  • Recognition at the Opening Keynote at the 2023 HFSE
  • Recognition on a display board at the 2023 HFSE
  • Invitation to the VIP Reception at the 2023 HFSE with a chance to network with the HFSE Advisory Board
  • Featured in the October 2023 Leaflet issue

For more information and to apply, visit

Facility Tours

The 2023 event will bring back Facility Tours throughout Charlotte, a beloved tradition that is returning after its hiatus since COVID.

The Atrium Health Union West Campus is a greenfield, 37-acre full-service hospital campus in Stallings, North Carolina, just east of downtown Charlotte. Phase one included 160,000 SF hospital providing approximately 40 beds in two care wings, along with a bridge connected 69,000 SF Medical Office Building (MOB) that includes a satellite Levine Cancer Institute care facility. The hospital design adopts Atrium’s systemwide use of same-handed, acuity adaptable patient rooms that are supported by a 16’ wide double-loaded care corridor approach.

Novant Health’s Ballytyne Medical Center is designed to meet today’s community health care demands and tomorrow’s projected growth needs. The 185,000 SF hospital and 52,000 SF MOB were designed together to complement each other in scale, materiality, wayfinding and programming, as well as, to relate to the surrounding upscale Ballantyne area in Charlotte, NC. Planned as 4 stories plus penthouse, the hospital is initially 48 beds and includes horizontal growth zones for the diagnostic and treatment departments like emergency, surgery, and imaging. The attached Medical Office Building (also designed as Type 1A, Institutional Occupancy) is initially 3 stories for outpatient clinics but planned to expand both vertically and horizontally to allow campus growth up to 150 beds with minimal disruption to the operation of the hospital. Opened in June 2023, this campus was designed by HDR Architecture with engineering services provided by consultants. Attendees will be able to tour the newly opened hospital and MOB and better learn about expansion strategies, built-in flexibility, and lessons learned.

Both tours will take place Monday, September 18, 1-5pm.

For more information or to register, please visit


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.