Healthcare Facilities in our Region

2019 Healthcare Panel

Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Healthcare Facilities in our Region event. We sincerely hope that you found it valuable.

Please join us as we hear from our region’s healthcare facilities on future development on their campuses. Our panelists include:

  • Derek Miller, Director, Facility Planning and Property Management, Kootenai Health 
  • Alex Herr, Executive Director, Regional Real Estate Operations in WA, AK, MT 

Our moderator, Traci Hanegan, PE HFDP, LEED AP, Principal Mechanical Engineer at Coffman Engineers, will  be asking each panelist the following questions:

  • Can you give us an update on strategic/master plans and associated projects? Specifically, what major projects (new building to renovation) are you planning in the next 1-5 years?
  • What trends in healthcare are affecting the way you grow your facility footprint?
  • Are you seeing any areas really growing – e.g. there are a lot more urgent care options now? Will that continue? Or do you foresee another type of service growing?
  • What are the biggest factors you consider when expanding a facility or growing in a new area of town?
  • How are consultants/contractors hired and selected for work?
  • What are the best ways consultants/contractors can stand out among competition?
  • What’s the coolest project from a design and construction standpoint that you have worked on and why?
Thank you to our sponsor - Swinerton BUILDERS!

About our Panelists and moderator
  • Derek Miller, Kootenai Health -- Derek is the Executive Director of Facilities and Support Services at Kootenai Health, in Coeur D’Alene Idaho, where he leads multiple teams, including Housekeeping, Engineering and Planning. Derek has managed over 146 million dollars of construction within the past five years, from coffee stands and business offices to Hybrid OR’s, pharmacies and entire surgery departments. During this time, Derek has facilitated a 24% increase in inpatient beds and shepherded Kootenai Health to becoming the third largest hospital in Idaho.  Derek received his Masters of Business Administration from Ashford University in 2009. Prior to graduation, Derek served over 8 years in the United States Air Force as an instructor, and mechanic. His duty stations included Italy and Spokane. Today, Derek spends his time planning and executing hospital growth as well as participating in a community led, health care corridor plan, that is designed to ensure the vitality and complimentary usage of the area around the hospital.
  • Alex Herr, Providence - Alex has been with Providence since 2015. In his current role as Executive Director for Real Estate Strategy and Operations, he is responsible for all acute and non-acute facilities throughout Washington, Montana (WAMT) and Alaska, including staff in Facilities, EVS, Real Estate, and Design and Construction. He has over 20 years of experience in healthcare and is a proven leader in industry standards, implementation and continual process improvement on complex projects. He graduated from University of Missouri-Rolla with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. Prior to joining Providence, Alex worked for McCarthy Building Companies delivering complex acute care renovation and vertical expansion projects for hospital/health systems such as Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Sentara and Kaiser Permanente. He was responsible for the design and construction of Mission Bay Medical Office Building in San Francisco – Kaiser Permanente’s first certified LEED Platinum building. Alex is also a member of American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and active in Lean Construction Institute (LCI).
  • Traci Hanegan, PE HFDP, LEED AP, Principal Mechanical Engineer at Coffman Engineers - Traci Hanegan has over 23 years of experience designing facilities such as hospitals and laboratories.  She is an ASHRAE Certified Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP) and helped write the ASHRAE Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics, 2nd Ed. Traci serves as the current vice-chair for the ASHRAE Technical Committee for Healthcare Facilities and is the chair of the subcommittee on Infectious Diseases. She’s a frequent presenter for ASHE and ASHRAE on how the built environment affects patient health.        
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