Yearly Archives: 2016

Clinical Technology Solutions: Offering More Options to Hospital Owners

Clinical Technology Solutions (CTS)

The moment a patient steps into a hospital, clinical technology and information technology are integrated throughout every aspect of the patient care experience.

Imagine the technology ecosystem of a hospital as a pool of clear water. Now, imagine new technology dropped into that ecosystem. The first ripple changes to the ecosystem of the hospital is the easiest to see, whether it be impact to an individual system or a space. It’s the second, third or fourth ripple affecting other systems that unbalance healthcare operations.

Specialists who understand the staggering amount of technology solutions in the market and advise on alternatives to fulfill each unique facility’s design are invaluable. Hoefer Wysocki’s Clinical Technology Solutions (CTS) team provides a wide array of options to hospital owners. Our CTS team approaches planning holistically. We incorporate key clinical and technical strategies, weaving them into the design of the healing environment.

Hoefer Wysocki understands how technologies impact each other. This is not limited to an individual system or space, but incorporates the overall clinical technology strategy. Our approach combines the oversight, process, leadership and strategy with the innovation of industry-leading manufacturers. Our CTS team transcends the traditional silo-based technology design approach. This allows for vision, innovation and the application of a clinically-centered technology.

Hoefer Wysocki President Raises $42K for Local Nonprofit

BBBS Most Wanted Auction NonProfit Blog

Rob Welker, president and partner at Hoefer Wysocki, successfully raised more than $42,000 for the nonprofit organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBSKC).

Rob was among 38 honorees in BBBSKC’s “Most Wanted” campaign. Honorees are recognized for being movers and shakers who are making a big difference in their profession and in their community.

The “Most Wanted” campaign concluded on December 3 with a live auction at the Midland Theatre, where Rob was recognized as the campaign’s top fundraiser. Hoefer Wysocki was proud to support Rob as he surpassed his goal of raising $30,000 for the nonprofit organization.

BBBSKC has served more than 20,000 at-risk youth in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Serving more than 1,700 youth each year, BBSKC provides children facing adversity with one-to-one, life-changing friendships with adult mentors.

BBSKC believes that youth who have a positive adult influence in his or her life are better able to reach their full potential. Children and youth in the program are 75 percent more likely to graduate, and report higher self-esteem, improved academic performance and better attitudes toward education.

Congratulations to Rob and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City! A big THANK YOU goes to the following companies who contributed to Rob’s campaign:

Bob D. Campbell & Company Lane 4 Property Group, Inc.
Canyon Stone Legacy Development
CBC Real Estate Group Lockton Companies
CBRE Mark One Electric
Clemons Real Estate ME Group
Centric Projects Mid-America Contractors, Inc.
Cushman & Wakefield Occidental Management Real Estate Development
Drexel Technician Group OTB Destination
Dunway Associates Sain Associates
Excel Constructors Smith & Boucher
First National Bank of Omaha Specialized Engineering Solutions
Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors Truss Advantage
Hoefer Wysocki US Engineering Company
Jacobson Construction US Federal Properties Company
JE Dunn

Congrats to Newly Certified Interior Designer, Jessica Motz!

Jessica Motz, newly licensed NCIDQ interior designer

Jessica Motz, Hoefer Wysocki Interior Designer

We are proud to announce that Hoefer Wysocki employee Jessica Motz has passed her NCIDQ exam and is now a certified interior designer.

Jessica has a Masters of Interior Architecture and Product Design degree from Kansas State University. She has been with the firm since 2013. She is one of seven certified interior designers at our firm, and one of more than 25,000 total interior design professionals who have passed the exam and earned the NCIDQ certificate.

Qualified candidates take the NCIDQ exam in three sections, and must successfully pass each section within a specific time frame. Once certified, NCIDQ-certified designers have been educated, trained and examined to protect public health, safety and welfare.

Jessica has achieved the highest qualification, meeting the interior design profession’s legal and regulatory standards established by over half of the U.S. and Canadian provinces. Congratulations, Jessica, on this monumental achievement!

Pay It Forward on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

As Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday quickly come and go, it’s easy to get swept up in the commercial side of the holidays. Take a break this season by giving back on #GivingTuesday to nonprofits who lend a helping hand to those in need.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year-giving. Since its inception in 2012, #GivingTuesday has evolved into a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year, and a growing catalog of resources.

At Hoefer Wysocki, we believe in giving back to our community. We do this by supporting a variety of events and charitable organizations. Here are some of the organizations we support that will benefit from donations this holiday season:

*indicates official #GivingTuesday partner

Let the giving begin!

Talking About the Future of Healthcare

Hoefer Wysocki CEO and Partner Mitch Hoefer moderates the 2016 Health Care Summit, presented by MetroMediaWire.
Our CEO, Mitch Hoefer, moderated the 2016 Health Care Summit presented by MetroWireMedia.

The forum, which included panelists from the healthcare design and construction industry, focused on the future of healthcare, especially after the previous night’s election. What is absolutely certain is that change is happening on all levels of healthcare from hospitals and patient care, to doctors, to insurance.

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The continuing the trend of moving toward more patient-friendly designs, including the concept of micro hospitals, which Kansas City’s St. Luke’s Hospital is looking to employ. Micro hospitals serve two purposes; convenience for patients being closer to their homes, and more personalized care.
  • Part of the consolidation of healthcare systems includes continued major investment in becoming more integrated with technology, especially within their own network to better share patient information and tracking of records.
  • How the aging population is driving up healthcare costs through chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc. This is also increase the cost per square foot of construction in medical facilities.
  • Architects and engineers are being asked more and more to be more cost effective in the facility design. New software (for example, upgrades to 3D design software and virtual reality) are enabling the architects and engineers to immediately see the cost changes as a building is being designed and modified.
  • Virtual reality technology is becoming more prevalent when designing a building and enabling the end user to see the facility before construction begins.
  • The Affordable Care Act—yes, there are problems, but the ACA did do one thing right, and everyone agreed, that the ACA lead the movement toward healthier living to prevent illness.
  • In-company services are becoming more and more popular, e.g. Burns & McDonnell offers employees a pharmacy, clinic, daycare, etc., on-site and facilitates wellness programs with its employees. That is an increasing trend for companies that can afford it.