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Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc.

Design with Patients in Mind

2017 Summit Planning Committee

Walter Vernon, PE, MBA, JD, LEED AP, EDAC, FASHE

Company: Mazzetti

Title: CEO, Principal

Walt has been working with - partnering, consulting, advising - healthcare clients for more than 30 years. Walt was one of the 3 co-coordinators for the Green Guide for Healthcare, the nation's first Green Healthcare rating system. He co-authored the

IEEE/ANSI White Book, the international standard for Electrical Systems in Healthcare Facilities. He co-chairs the ASHRAE 189.3 committee, which is currently writing a model national green building code for healthcare facilities. Walt also chairs the Research and Development Committee for the Facilities Guideline Institute (FGI), the body that writes the Guidelines for Healthcare Construction, which is the model licensing code for most states in the US. He represents the US to the International Federation of Healthcare Engineering.

Scott Zanardo, AIA, AAH

Company: Zanardo Architects, PC

Title: President

Scott Zanardo, AIA, has over 40 years of experience and began his own practice dedicated to the design of the healthcare community. Mr. Zanardo is an award winning architect and focuses on the patient and staff healing environment, paying close attention to details. Zanardo Architects, PC, mission statement is “Disciplining clients through 

defining clarity, envisioning harmony, and designing creative solutions. His experience with in-patient facilities include NICU, LDR, and Surgical suites. Outpatient facilities include a full range of providers practice designs, ambulatory surgery centers, and medical office buildings for physicians and developers. Zanardo Architects, PC, assisted with the design of the NICU mock-up for the PCD group.

James M. Hunt, AIA

Company: Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, LLC

Title: Director

James Hunt, is a practicing architect and facility management professional with 38 years of experience with behavioral healthcare design and operation. He was director of facilities management for the Menninger Clinic for 20 years. He is co-author

of the "Design Guide for the Built Environment of Behavioral Health Facilities" that is published by the Facility Guidelines Institute ( He speaks and publishes articles frequently. He is president of Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, LLC, an organization that has consulted with behavioral health facilities and architects designing them on improving patient and staff safety in 30 states and Canada

George C. Smith (Delegate)

Company: Grady Health System

Title: Facilities PM

George is a healthcare facilities architectural and construction

project manager representing healthcare providers, caregivers, patients, and family members in projects in hospital, clinical, and support settings since beginning his career 

with Emory Healthcare (then Emory University Hospital), in 1988. With the Grady Health System, since 2000, he has developed and implemented projects ranging from campus master planning to facility signage and wayfinding, most recently completing the design oversight for the nationally recognized Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, expansion of the Level 1 Trauma Center, relocation of neighborhood health centers to state of the art facilities, and the historic refurbishment of the Phillip Shutze designed Goddard Memorial Chapel.

Esther Shavon

Company: E'FLOMAE

Title: Founder/Creative Director

Esther Shavon, photographer, artist, and surface designer, is the Founder and Creative Director of E'FLOMAE, a creative studio and lifestyle brand. E'FLOMAE-Interiors division provides design and art for healthcare, hospitality, and corporate environments. In addition to her passion and knowledge of art and design, Esther also has over 15 years of progressive experience in the health care arena as a direct care physical therapist, healthcare educator, and consultant.

Kimberly Newton McMurray, AIA, EDAC, MBA

Company: Ward Scott Architecture

Title: Principal

McMurray brings to Ward Scott Architecture 32 years of leadership experience in healthcare and academic medical campus architecture, with a focus on master planning, strategic facility development, programming and project management of multi-million dollar projects. McMurray has a decade of experience from the owner’s perspective within education and medical planning,

thereby embracing a unique perspective and response to client needs; applying her knowledge of clinical operations, evidence based design, lean operational planning and conceptual design to architecture. McMurray is active within the community as a business leader. She also contributes to her profession on a national level, currently as Board of Directors and Vice President of Design with the Institute of Patient Centered Design.

Tatyana Lemon, IIDA, LEED AP, NCIDQ

Company: Boulder Associates Architects

Tittle: Interior Designer

Tatyana is an interior designer in the healthcare industry where she specializes in designing behavioral health facilities, such as such as eating recovery centers, memory care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and behavioral health hospitals. She has been working in healthcare design with Boulder Associates Architects since 2006, after 

obtaining her bachelor's degree in Interior Design from Colorado State University. She uses an innovative design approach to create safe, aesthetically pleasing, patient-centered healing spaces for patients, their families, and staff, and carries her projects through to post-occupational evaluations to ensure her designs are effective in the built environment.

Sandra Jungers, RN

Company: The Bimeco Group

Title: Clinical Consultant

Sandra is the President and Clinical Consultant for The BIMECO Group, Inc., where she is clinically involved in the Women's and Infant areas of care. She has been a nurse since 1973 when she graduated with an Associates Degree in Nursing. She then pursued her BSN and went on to get her Master's in Education. During her nursing 

career she was a bedside nurse, Clinical Educator, Clinical Coordinator and taught for 6 years as a clinical educator in an Associates Degree Nursing program. Her educational endeavors in the care of mother and baby has gained her recognition on the subject of Neurodevelopmental Care for our neonate in the NICU and the impact of Family Centered Care Design on the family unit. She has had the privilege of teaching in England, Scotland, France and Tokyo on the Impact of Neurodevelopmental Care. She has been married for 35 years and is the proud mother of a son and daughter.

Kiana Ayers, RN

Registered Nurse, Company: Emory

Registered Nurse, Healthcare

Atlanta, GA

Kiana Ayers is the lead educator for Powerful Petals; a community based breastfeeding education program, providing support and education for moms in the community and the workplace to initiate and continue breastfeeding for as long as mother and baby desire. The goal of this program is to increase

awareness, increase access to support and provide a warm, supportive environment for mothers while breastfeeding.

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