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Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Healthcare Urbanism: Partnership Response to an Evolving Market

Holly Harris, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Designer, Healthcare Planner, SmithGroupJJR
John Siemsen, MBA
Principal, The Innova Group
Pablo Torresarpi, Int'l AIA, LEED AP
Sr. Healthcare Planner, Architect III, SmithGroupJJR
Vladislav Torskiy, MHA, ACHE, AORN, IAIA, Lean Healthcare CP
Health Care Studio Leader | Principal, SmithGroupJJR

The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, serving 8.76 million Veterans each year.  However, the VA is not the sole provider of benefits, services, and resources to Veterans and eligible beneficiaries. The FY 2014-2020 Strategic Plan recognizes that the VA must Enhance and Develop Trusted Partnerships (Strategic Goal 2).

From the perspective of an affiliated partner, this hypothetical study researches one VISN submarket and maps VA and non-VA community based care delivery points that explore non-VA care point affiliations, hypothetical referral patterns, time and travel distances, services that can be provided in relationship to VA capabilities, and the concept of Healthcare Urbanism, ultimately identifying the Public and Private partnership opportunities that can support an integrated network of VA services. 


1. Evaluate existing geographic market of healthcare network
2. Analyze patient demographics and referral patterns in relation to delivery of care
3. Identify opportunities for alternate points of care to best serve the patient
4. Plan for future growth where points of care are non-accessible