Deborah Sweetland Joins HKS as Vice President

Sweetland-DeborahDALLAS — HKS, Inc. hired Deborah Sweetland, MBA, FACHE as vice president with the Clinical Solutions & Research (CS&R) group. She will focus on strategy, operations and facility planning while working with the CS&R group in tandem with HKS’s healthcare practice.

Sweetland is a senior healthcare executive with 25 years of clinical, operational and strategic planning, and healthcare facility and process improvement experience in a variety of healthcare settings. Her background includes physician and board relations, lean process improvement, and design and strategy execution. She has developed specialized experience in real estate development, and planning, designing and constructing healing healthcare environments. 

Most recently, she served as master facility planning executive for a $150 million construction and renovations project for Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis. Other projects include a 48-bed intensive care unit and a freestanding 60,000-square-foot medical home clinic, which received LEED Silver certification.

Sweetland graduated with a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy as well as a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare from the University of South Florida. She also earned a master’s degree in construction management from the University of Minnesota.

HKS, ranked among the top healthcare-specialized architectural firms by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture, understands and embraces holistic healthcare. Operating from 23 offices throughout the United States, Latin America, United Kingdom, Middle East, India and China, the firm focuses on innovative design, process and delivery. Through a focused visioning approach, HKS collaborates with each client to evaluate transformational concepts that support and improve the patient/family experience, operational efficiency, the latest in technology and future flexibility.  For more information, visit


Posted April 13, 2011

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