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PDC Summit To Feature Key Updates on Timely Topics

CHICAGO, Ill. – Registration is now open for the 2013 International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction, which features important updates on key developments over the past year. The PDC Summit, designed to bring together health care executives, facility professionals, design professionals and construction professionals, will be held in San Francisco Feb. 24-27.

The latest developments in healthcare reform will be discussed by featured presenters Paul Keckley of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and Teri G. Fontenot, president and CEO of Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge and 2012 Chair of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees. Keckley, a health economist and policy expert, has been on the front lines of healthcare reform. Fontenot will discuss healthcare reform as it relates to the physical environment, including the owner’s perspective of taking on new construction projects during economic downturns.

Harvard physician and well-known author Atul Gawande will close the Summit with a plenary session on his most recent book, “The Checklist Manifesto.” Gawande argues that simple checklists can dramatically improve efforts in many fields, including healthcare.

Another session at the PDC Summit will discuss the lessons hospitals learned from Hurricane Sandy. The “superstorm” wreaked havoc for healthcare facilities on the East Coast, and learning about what went right—and wrong—can help those involved with the planning, design and construction of healthcare facilities prepare for future disasters.

In addition to timely educational programming, the PDC Summit offers optional tours of five healthcare facilities near San Francisco: UCSF Mission Bay, Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center, Kaiser Oakland, Sutter Eden Medical Center and the new tower at John Muir Medical Center.

Early-bird registration rates are available until Jan. 15. Visit www.pdcsummit.org for more information and to register.

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Posted December 7, 2012

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