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    A New Prescription for the Changing Healthcare Landscape

    May 04, 2017
    11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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    Dressler's Restaurant at The Metropolitan
    1100 Metropolitan Avenue #125
    Charlotte, NC 28204

    It’s no secret that the healthcare industry has undergone significant changes in recent years, from the national level down to the local level. Beyond the political forces driving these changes, they bring notable ramifications for future construction opportunities for architects, engineers, and contractors who pursue work in the healthcare sector. Our panel of experts will discuss the current state of the healthcare construction market in the Charlotte region, how a Trump administration repeal or modification of the ACA may effect that in the near-term and long-term future, and how A/E/C firms can best be prepared to pursue and win the next generation of healthcare design projects.


    Rick Peterson, AIA, President/CEO at RPA Design, PC

    Rick Peterson is a founding partner of RPA Design. During more than 40 years of planning and architectural experience, Rick has worked with clients to develop solutions for their facility needs. His broad experience includes a full range of healthcare projects, including nursing care, acute care, ambulatory care, regional community hospitals, rural facilities, medical office buildings, and retirement living. He is a graduate of Iowa State University, and his professional affiliations include NCARB, the AIA’s Academy on Architecture for Health, the North Carolina Healthcare Engineers Association, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, and the American College of Healthcare Executives


    C. Thorn Baccich, Jr., Vice President of Development at Flagship Healthcare Properties

    Mr. Baccich joined the Flagship team in April of 2014 as Vice President of Real Estate Development, bringing with him over eight years of commercial real estate experience. His responsibilities include managing all aspects of new development projects for Flagship Healthcare Properties. Prior to joining FHP, Thorn spent four years as a member of the Real Estate Development and Acquisitions team at Carolinas HealthCare System during a period of rapid growth. With Carolinas HealthCare, Mr. Baccich managed the acquisition and development of multiple new medical office, acute care and parking projects totaling more than $200,000,000 in costs and 400,000 SF. Since joining FHP through the end of 2016, Thorn has led development efforts for 7 projects throughout the Carolinas totaling over 150,000 SF and more than $35,000,000 in costs.

    Melissa Countryman, CHC, Vice President, JE Dunn Construction

    Melissa is Vice President at JE Dunn Construction and oversees the Healthcare and Life Sciences Groups for the JE Dunn Charlotte office. She received her Master’s in Architecture and Construction Management from Virginia Tech and has over 16 years of experience focused on healthcare construction. Melissa’s experience includes active involvement in over $1 billion in medical facilities, ranging from small and critical healthcare renovations to large, state-of-the-art medical facilities. Recent projects of note include the VA Health Care Center Charlotte, Greenville Healthcare Systems ICU Renovation, and Carolinas Healthcare System Teen Room Renovation (pro-bono). Melissa’s leadership and oversight have led JE Dunn Construction to be one of the leading healthcare constructors in the Carolinas.

    Melissa has numerous professional accomplishments including most recently the recognition as a Top 40 under 40 Business Professional by the Charlotte Business Journal. Her contributions extend beyond her role at JE Dunn Construction, acting as a director and mentor in the community as well. Currently, Melissa is preparing to compete in Carolina Breast Friend’s Dancing with the Stars event to help raise funds and support for local breast cancer survivors.

    Bruce Marshman, Director of Development and Construction, Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. (CEENTA)

    Bruce began working with CEENTA in 2001 as a consultant overseeing the renovations of their 90,000 S.F. South Park Medical Office Building. Since joining CEENTA full time in 2006, the firm has grown substantially. Bruce is responsible for all things related to facilities, property management, leasing, land acquisition, design, development, construction, FF&E, space management and purchasing for CEENTA’s 16 locations. Bruce has over 30 years of experience in construction and development since graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Building Science. Prior to starting with CEENTA Bruce worked with Webb Clements, Inc., a program and project management company overseeing merger, construction, and renovation projects for Wachovia, First Union, the YMCA, and the Department of Justice throughout the East coast and California.



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    Cancellations made 72-hours prior to the event will receive a refund. Due to our commitment with the meeting facility for food and beverage quantities, all other cancellations or no-shows will be invoiced for the full cost of the event.






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    Future Meetings

    7 Things Every Professional Services Marketer Should Know

    May 22, 2018
    11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

    JE Dunn
    1616 Camden Road, Suite 400
    Charlotte, NC 28203

    Everything changed for AEC marketing in the 1970’s when the Brooks Act was passed and the AIA Code of Ethics was changed to allow most forms of marketing.

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    The Marketing Information eXchange (MIX): Wine Wednesday

    May 23, 2018
    4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

    Hoppin' CLT
    1402 Winnifred Street
    Charlotte, NC 28203

    Network with your SMPS colleagues and catch up on the current buzz around the Queen City during Happy Hour.

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    Navigating a Rebrand: Before and After

    June 20, 2018
    11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

    JE Dunn
    1616 Camden Road, Suite 400
    Charlotte, NC 28203

    Come hear how a local AEC company implemented a BOLD rebrand after more than 40 years in the business

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