In late March, the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) assembled a coalition of architects, engineers, and builders to help hospitals and other healthcare facilities identify and evaluate unused space that could be quickly activated to increase surge capacity to treat COVID-19 patients. The directive was to assist with the identification and assessment of sites to meet demand for the 140,000 acute care and ICU beds that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo anticipated the state would need within three weeks.

The resulting task force worked with shared purpose and urgency to accomplish many facility assessments and recommendations within that timeframe. In a webinar to be hosted by Healthcare Design magazine at 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 28, you’ll hear from some of its members on how the task force was organized, how the assessments and recommendations were accomplished, and what lessons were learned through the process that will help guide design professionals doing similar work in other states.

The panel includes:

  • Durward Rackleff, RN, Senior Director, Quality and Patient Safety, Legal, Regulatory, and Professional Affairs, GNYHA
  • Peter Romano, President, Peter J. Romano & Co.
  • Wayne Striker, Peter J. Romano & Co.
  • Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Editor-in-Chief, Healthcare Design (moderator)

Featuring insights from the assessment team of:

  • Brenda Smith, Practice Leader, Associate Principal, Perkins and Will
  • David Dubrow, Director of Mechanical Engineering, Jacob Feinberg Katz & Michaeli Consulting Group
  • Mitch Green, First Vice President, AECOM Tishman

The webinar will be held at 4 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, April 28; there is no charge to attend. Please go here to register.

Healthcare Design anticipates high demand for this event. If you can’t get into the live webinar, an on-demand webinar will be posted about 15 minutes following the live session for free download, viewing, and sharing at You can also access the on-demand webinar through your registration link.