Basic Tools for Facility Planning

COURSE ID: SLN562

Course Overview

The process of designing a healthcare facility has a special mission: to have a positive impact on its many users—including patients, families, visitors, nurses, physicians, and other clinical and non-clinical staff—while simultaneously fostering cost-effective operations. To achieve the best outcomes, it is important to involve a variety of stakeholders. An informed group can help to ensure a more efficient working process with architects and engineers, and can contribute to stronger, more broadly-based and more cost-effective decisions.

This course—the fifth in the six-course certificate program "Healthcare Facilities Design: Strategy & Innovation"—introduces the must-know concepts and related terminology of healthcare facility planning. The course touches on those aspects of capital improvement projects that a manager or stakeholder might encounter in a healthcare setting, including working from a budget to estimate potential sizing of facilities, estimating costs, and recognizing key features of architectural and engineering drawings. At the conclusion of the course, you will be a more intelligent consumer of information and a more effective participant in the healthcare facility planning and design process.

This course will be beneficial to current or prospective hospital board members, physicians, medical directors, hospital and healthcare executives, nurse managers, and others healthcare mangers and leaders expecting to play crucial roles in a facility-planning project.