HTS Project Manager Erin Clark RN, MS attended the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Planning, Design and Construction (PDC) Summit in Nashville from March 26-28. The PDC Summit brings together architects, contractors, engineers, owners, and clinicians to learn and discuss the latest trends and challenges in hospital and healthcare facility planning. Conference sessions covered a wide range of topics from real estate and master planning to room-specific design features.

A Student Challenge event was held prior to the start of the conference.. ­It included students in undergrad, graduate, and doctorate programs from five universities. Registered nurses obtaining their doctorates were a new addition to this year’s competition. Four teams from each of the disciplines were tasked with developing plans for a neighborhood hospital in Nashville’s up-and-coming Gulch neighborhood. The teams were taken on a mini field trip to a real site and given actual site specifications and project goals. The cross-functional teams, not surprisingly, produced amazing building designs! Having a wide array of voices influence healthcare design is one of the ultimate learning lessons of this challenge.

“It is such a wonderful experience to attend education sessions and discussions in a collaborative environment,” Erin noted. “Being part of the interdisciplinary discussions to create impactful spaces where people receive health care is very inspiring. Events like these foster innovation and push the limits to what we as professionals can do to better the industry so that we can deliver the best care for our patients today and in the future.”