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Tuesday, September 19, 2017  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Attracting millennial clinicians – design to recruit and retain talent

Brian Henry
Clinical Instructor of Surgery and Clinical Practice Physician, The University of Vermont Medical Center
Regan Henry, Phd, AIA, LEED AP, LSSBB
Research Director, Environments for Health

Statistics show there is a disconnect between millennial clinicians’ expectations and what options are available in today’s healthcare job market. This disconnect is illustrated through the increasing rates of turnover of hospital staff across the United States. In 2016 the national rate of Registered Nurse turnover was 17.1% annually. Physician retention is no better. The aggregate turnover rate for Physicians in the first three years of employment is 25%. High clinician turnover is a problem for many health systems as it impacts both the consistency and quality of care and is a considerable financial expense. With the rate of baby boomer retirement on the rise, the need to attract and retain new talent will only intensify. For these reasons, there is a credible business case for focusing energy on the retention of millennial clinicians through the design of new spaces and programs tailored to meet their needs and lifestyle.


1. Identify the delta between expectations of millennial clinicians and the existing opportunities in healthcare employment
2. Explore ways in which a health system may design facilities and develop programs to attract and retain millennial clinicians
3. Investigate the business case for focusing energy and money on the design of facilities and programs to attract and retain millennial clinicians
4. Review examples of best practices in design and analyze for how they respond to millennial expectations