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Wednesday, September 20, 2017  |  8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

From Construction to Operations The Methodist Olive Branch Hospital Story

Mike Burton
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Smith Seckman Reid Inc.
Michael Nolan
Facility Services Director, Methodist Olive Branch Hospital
Clay Seckman
Executive Vice President, Smith Seckman Reid Inc.

In 2010, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare finally received a long awaited CON for an expansion greenfield hospital in Olive Branch, MS, the first new hospital to be built in the state in over 20 years. The business case for the new facility included construction and operating expenses well below industry averages. The owner selected an integrated design and construction team, which utilized the full component of lean processes to deliver the new facility well below budget and ahead of schedule.

The project was the first LEED Gold for Healthcare recipient in the country. The innovative HVAC system selection process yielded a geothermal water source heat pump system, to reduce energy consumption and optimize construction and maintenance costs. Completed in 2013, the new facility now has several years of operations under its belt, with energy performance and overall effectiveness meeting expectations.


1. Understand a new approach to system selection processes, where all impacts of alternative systems are considered and measured
2. Understand the importance of establishing performance parameters before system selection discussions begin
3. Exposure to a relatively new HVAC system concept in the acute healthcare environment
4. Understanding the importance of robust operation/maintenance staff training and orientation prior to facility operation