Many hospitals and health systems are enhancing their facilities to help achieve important goals such as improved community health, better patient outcomes and more affordable care. The International Summit & Technical Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction – better known as the PDC Summit – is a collaborative event that brings together hospital leaders, architects, construction professionals, designers and facility directors. The educational sessions, unique networking opportunities, and robust trade show prepare hospitals for success with their next new construction, renovation or expansion project. 

This year’s PDC Summit – a program of AHA’s American Society for Healthcare Engineering with support from the American Institute of Architects Academy of Architecture for Health and the American College of Healthcare Architects – will be held March 25-28 in Nashville. Registration is now open at

Key topics that will be covered at the 2018 PDC Summit include construction and renovation; the patient experience; behavioral health; population health; regulation and compliance; and safety and quality. Keynote speaker Steven Johnson, author and host of the PBS series “How We Got To Now,” will be discussing how to make creative decisions in an uncertain world. His session will explore insights from visionary decisions throughout history, discuss the importance of diversity and multi-disciplinary thinking in decision-making and provide strategies to find inventive solutions to challenges faced by complex organizations like health systems.

PJ Andrus is the executive director of ASHE – a professional membership group of the AHA. With more than 12,000 members, ASHE is the largest association devoted to professionals who design, build, maintain, and operate hospitals and other health care facilities. ASHE members include health care facility managers, engineers, architects, designers, constructors, infection control specialists and others.

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