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The International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC Summit) will bring together senior leaders working in all disciplines of health care building on March 17-20 in Phoenix to learn, network and discover ways to create value for the health care built environment. 

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Who attends PDC Summit?

Hosted by the American Society for Health Care Engineering in collaboration with the American Hospital Association (AHA), Academy of Architecture for Health of the American Institute of Architects and the American College of Healthcare Architects, the event attracts an integrated audience of more than 3,500 C-level executives as well as design, construction and operations professionals, with more than two-thirds of attendees returning to the event each year.

Additionally, the exhibition features a wide variety of solution providers serving the hospital planning, design and construction community. 

With a theme of “Connect the dots: Collaboration in health care planning, design and construction,” the conference will feature more than 70 educational sessions providing up to 33.25 continuing education credits with learning tracks on collaborative construction methodologies, improving the human experience, site of care, solutions for mitigating risks, and regulation and compliance. 

In addition to the educational sessions, the PDC Summit will feature entertaining and thought-provoking general sessions, including:

“Keynote: Embrace Your Awesomeness.” Business speaker Brad Montgomery is an expert at helping people get more out of themselves and those around them. His session will discuss ways to boost productivity, creativity and innovation. It will teach attendees to harness the power of their own awesomeness in hands-on experiences they’ll remember and implement. Attendees will leave the event ready to take responsibility, excel and make things happen.


“Alignment of Priorities in Health Care Design.” This panel, led by health care consultant and architect Vincent Della Donna, will explore perspectives on health care design priorities and how population health and value-based care will affect the future hospital campus. The panel will discuss interesting polling results collected from design and clinical audiences at leading conferences in the field over the past three years. Attend this session to get a better understanding of the various perspectives on the future of health care.

“Compliance with Accreditation.” In addition to complying with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ conditions of participation, health care facilities may also need to navigate requirements from various accrediting organizations. This session by The Joint Commission’s Mark G. Pelletier, R.N., will cover the accreditation organization’s approach to improving health care for the public by evaluating health care providers and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

“Cybersecurity and Vendor Risk Management.” In this session, AHA’s John Riggi will discuss the steps that AHA is taking to help hospitals ensure reliable and secure access to data. There are many potential entry points for hackers to access health care facilities, and hospitals should prepare for cybersecurity risks as a key component of business continuity frameworks.

“The Basics of Grassroots Advocacy.” Legislators are called to weigh in on numerous issues, from health care to energy to farm policy and more. Although lawmakers may be experts on one or two issues, it is impossible for them to master every topic likely to come before Congress. Elected officials rely on good staff work, outside expertise and, most importantly, constituent input to effectively represent the people of their district or state. That’s why they need, and want, to hear from you. In this session, Erik Rasmussen, AHA’s vice president for legislative affairs, will provide an update on the pressing issues facing Congress and policymakers and how the November mid-term elections might impact hospitals and health systems. He also will discuss best practices for establishing and nurturing relationships with elected officials and their key staff members and how you can share your organization’s story for maximum effect.

Fully 100 percent of all PDC Summit revenue is reinvested into the mission of optimizing the health care physical environment.

Plan to attend the PDC Summit to network with top professionals in the field and get the information you need to maximize value in the health care built environment.