Neil A. Halpern, M.D., MCCM, FACP, FCCP, has been appointed to The Facility Guidelines Institute’s board of directors. Dr. Halpern is chief of Critical Care Medicine and medical director of Respiratory Therapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and professor of medicine and anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College, both in New York City.
Dr. Halpern is a prolific author, clinical researcher and speaker specializing in innovations in ICU design, advanced ICU informatics, use and cost of critical care in America, integration of advance practice providers in critical care and point-of-care testing. He is an adviser to several ICU informatics and point-of-care testing companies; a member of the board of directors of the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network in New York and president of Critical Care Designs, an ICU design and management consultancy. His 20-bed adult medical-surgical ICU received the 2009 ICU Design Citation award, given to an in-service critical care unit that successfully combines “humanitarian delivery of critical care” and functional design.
During his tenure on the FGI board, Dr. Halpern hopes to bring greater focus to informatics as an integral component of managing the healthcare environment—one that is ubiquitous in every aspect of care whether the patient is at home, in an operating room or in an ICU.
“I have spent years designing ICUs, writing about and speaking about ICU design,” said Dr. Halpern. “I look at joining the FGI board as a culmination of my efforts where I will hopefully be able to positively impact a great number of healthcare environments, patients and families.”