Facility Guidelines Institute Appoints Dana Swenson to Board of Directors
ST. LOUIS – The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dana Swenson, PE, MBA, to its Board of Directors. Currently senior vice president and chief facilities officer for UMass Memorial Health Care, Swenson is a leader in the health care industry and an advocate for maintaining the FGI Guidelines as a vital fundamental standard of care for planning and design of the health care built environment.
Swenson joined the 2001 Health Guidelines Revision Committee (HGRC) when he was with the MD Anderson Cancer Center and has been an active member of the committee since. Earlier in 2016, he was elected to the HGRC Steering Committee. In his new position on the FGI Board of Directors, Swenson believes he will be better able to bring the health care facility owner’s perspective to the overall governance of FGI.
“My role as an owner (and an engineer) helps make sure we keep the Guidelines as a design document and not an operations manual. While there are best ways to design, they are not always the minimum need,” he explains. “Strong owner representation and viewpoints are essential to continuing a quality document and reference.”
“Dana brings strong facility management and administration expertise to the board,” says FGI Board President Kurt Rockstroh, FAIA, FACHA. “His service on numerous local, state, and national health care association boards and his facilities and engineering experience with large health care systems and teaching hospitals will make Dana a tremendous asset to the future efforts of FGI.”
The FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction has evolved considerably from the original General Standards that were created by the Hill-Burton Act of 1946. Hill-Burton authorized funds for the construction and modernization of hospitals and health care facilities provided they offered services to those who could not afford to pay for health care. Today, stewardship of the Guidelines family of publications is provided by the Facility Guidelines Institute, whose mission is to establish and promote consensus-based guidelines and publications that are advised by research to advance quality health care.
“The Guidelines provide minimum needs for the built environment,” Swenson says. “Many owners have only one or maybe a few big projects in their careers and the Guidelines gives them a framework to make sure they are meeting at least minimal needs for their organization. What has been exciting is that as the methods of delivering health care have changed, so has the Guidelines changed to allow flexibility and creativity in putting the form around the functions.”
About the Facility Guidelines Institute
Founded in 1998, the Facility Guidelines Institute is a not-for-profit corporation founded to provide leadership and continuity to the Guidelines revision process. FGI functions as the coordinating entity for development of the Guidelines series of documents using a multidisciplinary, consensus-based process and for provision of ancillary services that encourage and improve their application and use. FGI invests revenue derived from sales of the Guidelines to fund research and the activities of the next revision cycle.