It is finally here! Our 2016 conference program was unveiled earlier this week. Have you checked it out yet? I am very excited about this year’s program and hope you take some time to look over the amazing sessions we have put together. Some of our “fan favorites” are back like John Balzer with Froedtert, Jim Lennon with HKS and Frank Pitts with architecture+. We have folks from Stanford Health Care, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Kindred Healthcare and Dignity Health coming to share their stories and expertise with us in September.
At our January advisory board meeting, I asked the group to identify topics they felt we must address at this year’s event. I then took it one step further and formed committees to find the best way to tackle these topics. One of those topics was behavioral health and the committee took my challenge, ran with it and the result is a series of sessions we have entitled Monday is Mental Health Day!
We will have a series of sessions on Monday at this year’s Symposium that start with the patient’s perspective, continue with the provider’s perspective and then share case studies of good design examples in the behavioral health environment. And finally a discussion forum where all the presenters will come together to answer questions in a lively discussion with the attendees.
We are working with the Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit organization working to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. A representative will be at the Symposium to tell their story but also share what the organization is doing to start the conversation around the country. Our annual raffle will benefit Bring Change 2 Mind and cap off Monday is Mental Health Day!
This is just one example of the education you will receive by attending this year’s event. You can see the entire program at a glance by clicking here. Keep in mind we have yet to announce our keynotes or facility tours . . . so stay tuned!
Jenabeth Ferguson Vice President, Symposium Director Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo
P.S. Have a thought about the Symposium? Please feel free to contact me at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.