Latest Posts

Workscapes Contribution to the 11th Annual Tampa Bay Healthcare Symposium

May 4, 2021

Last week was the 11th Annual Tampa Bay Healthcare Symposium, put on by the American Institute of Architects of Tampa Bay. Workscapes very own Steven Zanetos is on the board for this event, and this year, CEO Elizabeth Dvorak lead a breakout group with one of the panelists, Everett Simmons from Moffitt Cancer Center. This event is targeted to healthcare design and construction and included thought-leaders from around the country complemented by local healthcare representation.

The theme for this year’s event was Tampa Bay Healthcare State of the Systems, focusing on the past years changes and lessons learned in the Tampa Bay healthcare’s-built environment. Other panelists alongside Everett Simmons included representatives from some of the top Tampa Bay healthcare systems, such as Tamara Rice with Tampa General Hospital, Dave Kistel with Lee Health, Deana Nelson with Lakeland Regional Health, Jordan Smith with Advent Health, and Guillermo Ramos with BayCare.

Panelists had the opportunity to share their response to the pandemic and its influence on the future vision for their organizations. The symposium served as a great place for local general contractors, architects, designers, and engineers in healthcare to be educated and updated on current trends. Among the topics discussed were telehealth, technology, futureproofing healthcare campuses, trends within mental health such as the lack of funding and the shocking statistic that 61% of those suffering from mental health issues go untreated, the implications of removing the Certificate of Need such as increased access to expand to more underserved communities. Other topics covered were diversity equity and inclusion, retrofitting existing spaces, inventory management and control, and creating elastic, adjustable spaces (for more on this, check out our recent blog on why an elastic interior is crucial to tackle the changing needs of your workspace here).

In the breakout group, Everett Simmons from Moffit Cancer Center also discussed how due serving a largely immune-compromised patient base, there were already infection prevention procedures in place prior to the pandemic. The transition of protocols during COVID-19 wasn’t as large of an undertaking, noting the main changes in procedure were primarily aimed at contractors and not full-time staff.

With the best of the Tampa Bay healthcare system sharing lessons learned from the pandemic, those in attendance will be much better equipped for future crisis.

Categorized in:

This post was written by Scott

Comments are closed here.

Get Connected

Join our networks and stay in touch.

Read Our Testimonials

Hear what our customers have to say

“Aakash Patel, Chris Melvin and the rest of the Elevate team simply delivered. The connections Aakash made led to valuable relationships for me and new clients for RevStar. You can’t fully appreciate what Elevate can do for your business until you experience it first hand. I personally recommend their services to anybody looking to grow their network and business within the Tampa Bay community.”

Ken Pomella, PMP – CEO, RevStar Consulting

“If you’re looking to dive into the who’s who of Tampa Bay, Elevate, Inc. is the only way to go. Elevate worked closely with Tampa Bay Plumbers to help us get our foot in the door with the right business and community circles to help us grow. We appreciated Aakash Patel & Chris Melvin’s professionalism, attention to detail, and willingness to go over and above to provide us a quality service. The contacts through Elevate are numerous and professionally beneficial and the staff is always available to us. We enjoyed working with the Elevate team and will definitely keep them in mind for our future business needs.”

April Diemer – Tampa Bay Plumbers

“Working with Aakash and his team at Elevate was a great fit for our growing organization. His team helped us connect with key influencers across the region and identify opportunities. Together you work to define your goals and who you’re targeting and through their connections and network they can make warm introductions to the decisions makers you need to connect with.”

Chon Nguyen – Founder & CEO, Newgentek

“Elevate, Inc’s. business relationship building process and their specialized one-on-one client service has opened doors and created potential opportunities that we wouldn’t have been able to create on our own. If your business would benefit from business relationship building introductions, I highly recommend Elevate, Inc.”

Gary LoDuca – Founder & Owner, Thoughtful Advisors – 401(k) Plan Designs