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Monday, December 6, 2021  |  11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Pandemic Resilience

Sean Collins, AIA, LEED AP
Executive Director, Facilities Planning, Design and Construction, CEDARS-SINAI
Moe Goudarzi, PE, HFDP, LEED AP BD+C
Western Healthcare Business Leader, ARUP
William Scrantom PE
Principal/National Healthcare Leader, Arup
Jason Schroer
Principal / Global Practice Executive, Health, HKS Inc.

Owners are trying to do the right thing based on past experiences, but with all the information and disinformation swirling from vendors, governments, media, and NGO’s how can they respond effectively and in real-time?


This is a two-part session starting with real-life experiences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and followed by an orientation to the guidance document by HKS/Arup and ASHE titled the Pandemic Resilient Hospital.


By early 2021, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA found itself having survived several waves of the pandemic. They found a way to redeploy clinicians not typically focused on viral or respiratory diseases, they created a COVID Line Team to unburden their ICU clinical staffs and took advantage of their own Special Pathogen Response Team (trained for Ebola response) to mention a few.  But they also had to address their physical infrastructure in real-time from spaces to systems to keep ahead of the pandemic.  Here again Cedars-Sinai established a team of experts and this time it included industry partners like Arup.


The Surge Task Force was tasked with quickly determining the best course of action for modifying existing spaces and MEP systems in response to patient volumes and infectious / non-infectious patient populations. Several examples will be shared as part of this session.  Which worked and which were less effective, what were the other considerations?


During the same time HKS and Arup were finding many other hospital clients experiencing similar levels of confusion over what to do physically in support of protecting patients and staff during surges. Thru the HKS/Arup collaboration with a large Texas academic medical center they came up with an idea.  The client was CommonSpirit Health’s CHI St Luke’s, and they were also feeling the same pressure to make the right decisions and fast.  HKS/Arup realized the urgent need for guidance in the marketplace to sort thru all the noise.  What to consider when developing a new facility, not one-size fits-all prescriptive solutions, but relative advice. In this session we will go thru the process to establish the document and describe our intent for its use.


1. Relate the pandemic experiences at one of the country’s largest academic medical centers to your own
2. Benefit from hearing Cedars-Sinai’s solutions and lessons learned
3. Learn how to use the Pandemic Resilient Hospital guidance document in your planning discussions
4. Hear how to avoid the creation of an expensive stranded asset