How Facility Design Impacts Patient Safety

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John G. Reiling give the 16th annual Lecture "Patient Safety: The Impact of Facility Design" at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Reiling will discuss "Patient Safety: The Impact of Facility Design" during his presentation at noon, May 3, 2007, in the DePalma Auditorium of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, South11th Street between Walnut and Sansom Streets. Following his lecture, Dr. Reiling will respond to questions from a panel of physicians and health care experts.

In 2003, Mr. Reiling oversaw an impressive project to improve patient safety at St. Joseph's with the construction of a new $55 million facility. His building design, which included window blinds that reduced the breeding of germs, slip-proof floors and soundproof walls, has served as a model for other hospitals.

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He subsequently went on to create a safety design plan for the Boca Raton Community Hospital's new $700 million facility in Florida.

Recognized as one of the "50 Health Care Leaders for the 21st Century" by the American Hospital Association, Dr. Reilinghas more than 30 years of experience in healthcare administration in operation of health systems, physician groups and in consulting. He previously served as the president and chief executive of SynergyHealth Inc. and St. Joseph's Hospital in West Bend, Wisconsin.

He is an adjunct member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Dr. Reiling has been the recipient of the Meritorious award from the group Management Association in 1997.

Raymond C. Grandon, M.D., for whom the lecture series is named, earned the doctor of medicine degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1945.

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