Building the Hospital of the Future – new Parkland Hospital in Dallas to be subject of Keynote Presentation at UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in August


31 July 2013 – Richardson, Texas, USA – Organizers of the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium being held August 15-16, 2013, in Richardson, Texas, USA have announced an exciting keynote presentation to close the conference – Building the Hospital of the Future. Keynote presenters will be Walter B. Jones, Jr., Senior Vice President for Facilities at Parkland Hospital, and Mike Chandler, PMP, Project Manager for TEECOM at Parkland.  Their presentation will be at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, August 16.

The theme for the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium is “Project Management: Optimizing Value to Stakeholders.”  The conference is again being sponsored by the Project Management Program at The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World Journal.  To register, visit pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

Building the Hospital for the Future: Managing Technology to Optimize Operations and the Patient Experience at the New Parkland Hospital – The New Parkland Hospital project is currently the largest healthcare construction project in the U.S. It is intended to be a flexible, adaptable healthcare facility that will allow it to operate with high efficiency in a patient-centric manner for the next 50 years. This session will explain some of Parkland’s key plans for a rapidly changing, even unknown, future in the context of the latest technology trends and options. It will include a look beyond smart buildings to The Social Building™, and detail the financial and operational implications of these technology systems. Learn about investments that have important staffing, productivity, and quality-of-care benefits such as shortened walking distances for staff, reduced wait times, improved quality of patient safety and care, raised staff productivity, lower building operating costs, and reduced overall facility space requirements.

walter-b-jonesWalter B. Jones, Jr., AIA, LEED, Senior Vice President, Facilities, Parkland Health & Hospital System is responsible for the strategic vision, leadership, and project direction for all new construction and renovation projects for Parkland Health & Hospital System including review and approval of project scope, program, design, budget and schedule. He is specifically responsible for the development of the hospital’s main campus Master Facility Plan and is in charge of the management, design and construction of Parkland’s estimated $1.3 billion new hospital project. He has been with Parkland since 2003 and also oversees the operation and management of the facilities division, including departments in engineering, design and construction, clinical engineering, environmental services, linen services, hospital police, public safety, real estate, and facilities capital contract administration.

Prior to joining Parkland, Mr. Jones was an associate with Howell, Rusk, Dodson Architects in Atlanta, Georgia where he oversaw renovation, master planning, design and construction projects for several hospitals in Alabama and Georgia. Significant projects included the major renovation and expansion of Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, and the Northside Hospital Women’s Center in Atlanta which delivers 18,000 births annually. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Clemson University. He is a registered architect, has been practicing architecture since 1979, and has been a healthcare architect since 1990. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Texas Society of Architects, US Green Building Council, and the Center for Healthcare Design.

mike-chandlerMike Candler, PMP, TCDD, LEED, AP wears many hats at TEECOM’s Dallas office, from fulfilling the lead design engineer position to serving as the Project Manager at the New Parkland Hospital, the largest healthcare construction project in the United States.

With over 20 years of experience, Mike has a proven track record of increasing company growth and revenue.  He is a team leader with a major focus in Project Management, Operations Management, Customer Service, Documentation Development, Bidding and Estimating, and integrated technology expertise.  He has worked in a wide range of organizations including healthcare, government, and private industry.  His ability to confer with all stakeholders including clients’ management and technical staff to implement project specifications and procedures allows him to keep projects both on time and on budget.

The two-day UT Dallas Project Management Symposium will be held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the University’s campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The annual two-day project management conference focuses on topics relevant to industries in North Texas, including information technology, healthcare, telecommunications, public programs, energy, transportation and others.  This symposium has become one of the best regional project management conferences in the United States, and one of the best values for a full two-day professional conference.

The symposium will include an opening ceremony and plenary session, professional paper presentations by 45 different speakers, panel discussions, lunches and coffee breaks, a networking reception and a closing plenary session with keynote speaker.   Attendees can receive 15 PDUs for attending.  If you are a project manager or project management professional living in North Texas or anywhere in the Central United States, plan to attend this world-class symposium.  More information can be found at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in The UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with project management emphasis.

The UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) sponsored Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).  Registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.), the program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and teaching experience. UT Dallas’ PM Program in delivered both on campus and online, and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with more than 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org .

The PM World Journal is an online publication produced by PM World Inc. in the United States, but created by a virtual team of contributors and editors around the world.  Each month, the PMWJ features dozens of articles, papers and stories about projects and project management in different countries and industries.  PM World is a virtual organization reflecting the 21st century reality of a connected world where individuals and organizations worldwide can collaborate for the creation, sharing and application of new knowledge.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.