Third Annual Healthcare Symposium

Join us for an insightful keynote address discussing the role that research plays in the design of healthcare spaces.  Jennifer DuBose will discuss how the most informative and useful research is discovered during a project, and how that research provides results targeted to the project stakeholders and their goals.

The keynote address will be followed by a moderated panel of healthcare facilities representatives discussing not only how research influences their recent and current projects, but also the best ways to work with their healthcare systems.

More than 100 industry attendees enjoy this conference each year, so be sure to register for your seat or sponsorship soon!

Keynote Speaker

Headshot - Jennifer DuBose (website)

Jennifer DuBose

Associate Director

SimTigrate Design Lab at Georgia Tech

Jennifer R. DuBose is the associate director of the SimTigrate Design Lab and a senior research associate with the College of Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is responsible for the operations of the Lab as well project development and research. Her research focuses on evidence-based and sustainable design for healthcare facilities projects. Current projects include a rigorous literature review on the impacts of and solutions to sleep disruption in hospitals. She is also conducting original research on the design of integrated care team spaces for outpatient clinics and is leading a large project on this topic for the U.S. Army. She recently completed an analysis of nurses’ perceptions and needs regarding lighting on the inpatient unit. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, several book chapters, and has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings.

About the SimTigrate Design Lab

Work at the SimTigrate Design Lab helps transform the healthcare experience for patients, families and medical providers. They are an interdisciplinary team that uses research and simulation to look for ways to improve the medical experience, quality, patient safety, and ultimately improve patient outcomes. As a unit of the College of Design at Georgia Tech, the work in the SimTigrate Design Lab supports the College’s strategic plan to strengthen work in healthcare design. The lab also brings together many disciplines across the campus, enhancing the College’s strong interdisciplinary environment.


Panel Speakers

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Carlos Washington

Construction Manager | Facilities Services

Northside Hospital

Carlos has more than 14 years of experience in the healthcare industry including five years with Northside Hospital. As the Construction Manager with Northside Hospital, Carlos oversees a team of seven senior project managers, and is responsible for a significant construction budget. His areas of expertise include construction administration, strategic planning and space planning, capital budgeting, and project management. Carlos is a strong believer in communication between team members: he knows that communication and attention to detail is what makes his projects successful.

Carlos earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Kennesaw State University. He is a member of the Georgia Hospital Association and the American Society of Healthcare Engineering, as well as the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

Carlos and his wife Victoria have been married for ten years and they reside in Marietta with their two beautiful daughters. His hobbies include reading, exercising, traveling, and playing golf.


Rudy Lonergan, RA, EDAC, CHC, LEED AP BD+C

Director of Facilities Development

Northeast Georgia Health System

Rudy is an architect with many varied and unique experiences in the design and construction industry.  During his tenure as Director of Facilities Development at Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville, GA he has successfully managed the planning, design, construction process and delivery of more than one-half billion dollars of complex healthcare projects.

A recent signature project Rudy lead for the Health System is a Greenfield 100 bed hospital in Braselton, GA utilizing numerous Lean construction principles including Integrated Project Delivery (IPD “Light”).  The highly innovative and sustainable project uses a geothermal heating and cooling system and many other Green initiatives to make it the first in Georgia and one of only ten in the country to gain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Healthcare Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Rudy received his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Polytechnic State University. He is a strong advocate for improving the patient experience through evidence-based design, maintaining environmental health and creating sustainable environments.


Hal Brodnax

Director of Construction 

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Hal has more than 16 years of experience in the healthcare industry including over 5 years with Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), where he serves as the Director of Construction. Hal’s team is responsible for the facilities planning, design, development and construction at CTCA’s Southeast Regional Medical Center (SERMC). From the inception of the campus, Hal has been integral in the more than $175 million of design and construction projects on the CTCA SERMC.

Hal earned his Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and is a Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC)  the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).


Joe Collins


Collins Project Management

Joe Collins is the founder and President of Collins Project Management, a firm that specializes in representing and supporting organizations in the delivery of planning, design, and construction projects.  Joe started his career working for a national Design/Build firm where he gained a broad perspective on the challenges and opportunities faced by both design and construction professionals.  Since 1987 he has devoted his career to working as an advocate for facility owners and seeking innovative ways to improve the project delivery process.

Projects for not-for-profit healthcare institutions account for approximately 50% of the firm’s annual volume. Joe has appeared as a guest lecturer for the American Society of Healthcare Engineer’s annual conference and the Healthcare Roundtable, and has authored articles for Health Facilities Management and Surgical Services magazines.



Frankel_smallMatt Frankel, MBA, CPSM

Business Development Manager

JE Dunn

Matt Frankel is an A/E/C sales and marketing thought leader and trainer. He has extensive experience as a consultant, coaching clients to help their teams procure billions of dollars of project work. Most recently, he was the chief relationship builder and lead trainer for a communication skills training firm based in Atlanta. While there, he successfully managed the firm’s marketing and sales efforts to achieve record revenues and ensure value-added, long-term relationships with clients.

Prior to that, Matt spent a decade leading the marketing and sales training efforts for Gresham, Smith and Partners, a top-100 design firm with significant experience designing healthcare facilities around the world. He joined SMPS in 2006 and served as co-chair for the 2010 SMPS Southeast Regional Conference in Nashville. He is also an instructor for the SMPS National Roadmap to Certification immersion course held annually in Atlanta.


Event Schedule:

7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration & Networking
8:00 – 8:30 AM      Breakfast
8:30 – 9:15 AM      Keynote
9:15 – 9:30 AM      Networking
9:30 – 10:15 AM    Panel Discussion
10:15 – 10:30 AM  Q&A


CPSM CEUs:  1.5 hours
Domains Covered:  1, 2, 3, 4


Event Pricing:

SMPS Members – $55.00
CPSM Registration – $50.00 (with promo code)
Non-Member – $80.00
Walk-in – $90.00



Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Lisa Roberson, CPSM at, for additional information


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June 20, 2017
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