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Community hospitals increasingly have a daunting new responsibility of building sustainable facilities that provide their citizens with the best possible care and are operationally efficient, while carefully splitting the capital budget between necessary existing facility and equipment upgrades and the occasional new building. In suburban and rural regions where donors are local businesses and citizens, not multi-national corporations, how does the conscientious community hospital ensure their new facility will maximize its “green” investment benefits within their means while continuing to balance the ever present drive for new technologies and efficiencies. In this transitional yet progressive time in the healthcare marketplace, facility design and construction integration methods and tools, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) and integrated Project Delivery (IPD), are making sustainability goals, including evidence based design initiatives, achievable at mammoth healthcare facilities worldwide. In a translation of these new initiatives to a community scale, in Napa Valley, California, the LEED Gold-registered Advanced Surgical and Diagnostic Pavilion at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center embraced this approach to accomplish the health system’s sustainability goals at minimal cost.

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  • Learn a process and timeline for making cost effective sustainable design decisions
  • Understand how a BIM-enabled IPD can facilitate sustainable design and construction initiative implementation
  • Follow the workings of a BIM-enabled IPD team structure and its communication protocols
  • Learn to track and fulfill sustainability goals from initiation through the end of construction


Carrie Rich, Inova Health System
Telephone: 202-624-8384
Carrie Rich serves as the Director for Vision Translation at Inova Health System in Northern Virginia. While the mention of “vision” in healthcare often conjures thoughts of optometry, Ms. Rich’s role is to guide development and implementation of the overarching future goals for Inova Health System. Working alongside the executive leadership team, Ms. Rich believes in a top-down, bottom-up approach that engages professionals throughout the organization to achieve behavior change and performance improvement. Prior to joining Inova Health System, Ms. Rich served as the Healthcare Specialist at Perkins+Will, an international architecture firm specializing in sustainable healthcare facility design. Ms. Rich developed and teaches a Healthcare Sustainability curriculum for higher education. Today, Ms. Rich is partnering with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and other national professional development organizations to disseminate the sustainability curriculum. In the community, Ms. Rich translates sustainability principles to develop tools for underserved populations. Ms. Rich co-developed a sustainability checklist in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers as well as designs for sustainable communities for elderly underserved populations through a global nonprofit organization called Ibasho. Ms. Rich serves on the board of the National Capital Healthcare Executives, Teens for Technology, and is chair of Everybody Eats, an up-and-coming nonprofit restaurant committed to sustainable, nutritious foods.

Jamie Huffcut, Perkins and Will

Cindy Barr RN, EDAC, Capital Link
Cindy Barr is a project consultant with Capital Link, a non-profit organization that provides capital-related technical assistance to health centers and Primary Care Associations on a national basis. Since 2005, Ms. Barr has specialized in assisting health centers translate program and staffing objectives into functional spaces organized utilizing the operational model most effective within their community. Ms. Barr can work with health centers from pre-planning through activation of new, expanded or renovated facilities. A nurse by training, Ms. Barr has extensive experience in both health care delivery and health center facility management and functional space programming. Prior to joining Capital Link, she was Operations Director for Shenandoah Valley Medical System (SVMS) in Martinsburg, WV. In this capacity she held primary responsibility for Program and Facilities Development, including the expansion of three satellite service sites and the transition of five service sites to one 48,000 SF consolidated ambulatory care facility. Prior to her role as Operations Director, Ms. Barr was the Director for Shenandoah Maternity Center, a midwifery-model comprehensive perinatal service operated by SVMS. Ms. Barr has also worked as an acute care staff nurse, nurse educator and in various roles in campus and long-term care facilities.

Gina Chang, CO Architects
Telephone: 323-525-0500
Gina Chang, Associate, CO Architects has 10 years of experience in healthcare architecture in California. Chang joined CO Architects, a nationally recognized architecture firm, specializing in healthcare, academic, science and technology architectural planning, programming, and design, in 2006 as a Project Manager and Medical Planner for the 360-bed, 760,000-square-foot Palomar Medical Center West hospital in San Diego County, the largest single building under construction in California today. She is currently serving as the Project Manager for the Advanced Surgical and Diagnostic Pavilion at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

Karen Vegas, AIA, LEED AP, St. Joseph Health System (SJHS)
Telephone: 707-251-1819
Karen Hu Vegas, AIA, LEED AP is the Director of Construction for the St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California. SJHS is an integrated healthcare delivery system with fourteen acute care hospitals in California and Texas. Prior to joining SJHS, Karen’s professional architecture career included Biopharmaceutical, High-Tech, Commercial and Healthcare projects. Karen is a licensed architect in the state of California, with a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign. She and her husband, Martin, reside in Napa with their two young sons.

Kathleen Smith, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, LEED , Davis Langdon’s Sustainability Group
Telephone: 206-343-8119
Kathleen Smith has over 20 years of professional experience working as a project architect/manager and sustainability consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest. She currently leads Davis Langdon’s Sustainability Group and manages sustainability services nationwide. She is a skilled manager, facilitator, educator, and consultant with expertise in sustainable design and construction in commercial, residential, healthcare, and institutional sectors. Kathleen received a Permaculture Consultant’s Design Certificate from the Permaculture Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kathleen is the co-author of the book “Rebuilding Community in America” and the recently published book, “Northwest Green Home Primer.” Since 2003, she has been a Faculty Member with the US Green Building Council where she teaches 7 different workshops. She has worked around the country and in Mexico and Japan on a variety of projects incorporating sustainable strategies and integrated, participatory design processes. Kathleen has served as a sustainability consultant and LEED project manager and numerous healthcare projects including Palomar Medical Center West, Pomerado Hospital, Laguna Honda Hospital, and UCSF. She is currently serving in this capacity on the Advanced Surgical and Diagnostic Pavilion at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

Jonathan Hoffschneider, Perkins + Will
Telephone: 202-264-8343

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