Healthcare Design Expo + Conference attendees will have the chance to learn about the current challenges—and opportunities—in rural healthcare design through a variety of breakout sessions at this year’s expo, Nov. 10-13 in Phoenix. The sessions will include recent case studies and lessons learned from both the design team and client perspectives.

Here’s a preview of what’s in store:

E14: One System, Two Solutions: Transforming Experience, Efficiency, and Clinical Outcomes in a Rural System

Sunday, Nov. 11,10:45-11:45 a.m.

CentraCare in central Minnesota, along with HGA, embarked on a comprehensive master plan of five critical access hospitals in five communities. Learn how using the triple aim imperative informed the design decisions for two key projects: a new 56,000-square-foot clinic and critical access hospital and a 50,000-square-foot expansion of another critical access hospital 27 miles away.

E27: Thriving, Not Just Surviving: How Sage Memorial Hospital Became an Oasis in the Desert

Sunday, Nov. 11, 1:45-2:45 p.m.

This case study presentation examines the Sage Memorial Hospital in Ganado, Ariz., an independently operated, critical care access hospital on a 100-acre campus. Speakers will discuss the challenges of master planning a campus with historical significance in a remote location on an Indian reservation and the design strategies they implemented to improve recruitment and retention of staff.

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