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CHA Hollywood Presbyterian

June 16, 2021 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

Free – $20.00


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Renewing a Hollywood Star, HPMC’s Commitment to Providing Community Healthcare

AIALA Committee: Healthcare

This is a virtual event. Zoom log-in information will be emailed to registrants 24 hours in advance from events@aialosangeles.org. If you do not receive a confirmation 24 hours prior to the event, please email events@aialosangeles.org.

CES Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW

CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center

The new Acute-Care Services Replacement Hospital Building (ACSRHB) in Los Angeles is the first major effort for CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (HPMC) to broaden this vital safety net hospital’s reach to local, multicultural communities of the city. What began as a response to the state-mandated seismic retrofit has presented the facility an opportunity to further its commitment to its neighboring underserved communities. By relocating essential services like emergency, dietary, and inpatient nursing, along with birthing and neonatal care services to a new building including a full replacement of the central utility plant, HPMC is resetting its campus for the future. HPMC will maintain its overall bed capacity while creating an improved supplemental infrastructure for flexible future planning and possible expansion.

Designed by KMD Architects, this 175,000-SF project reorients the hospital’s main entry and emergency drop-off areas. The project provides a revitalized 9-Operating Room surgical suite, a modernized birthing space with Labor / Delivery / Recovery services and an adjoining 19-bassinet NICU, and an upgraded 33-bed Medical/Surgical Unit. The Emergency Department, a Level II-designated trauma center, focuses on an enhanced care environment to improve both service efficacy and patient experience.


Lari María Díaz, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC – Healthcare Principal, kmd architects
Lari is a Healthcare Principal with over 25 years of experience leading and planning a diverse range of healthcare projects. She has extensive experience in developing and implementing functional space programs in complex facilities and campuses. Lari’s diverse background, passion for problem solving, ability to streamline project communications and complete project goals ensure quality results for her clients. Lari received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Oregon and a Masters of Architecture Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.


Charles Parks – Senior Medical Planner, kmd architects
Charles is a senior medical planner and programmer with a strong architecture, design and technical background. He focuses on creating highly efficient patient-centered healing environments, with additional expertise in programming and planning medical research facilities, laboratories, pharmacies and long-term care facilities. Charles received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Design from the School of Architecture, Clemson University, and his Masters of Architecture (Architecture + Health Concentration) Degree, Clemson University.


Omar Bárcena – Project Architect, kmd architects
A licensed Architect with over 18 years of professional experience, Omar has managed and executed projects both domestically and abroad. His breadth of experience includes projects that cover several occupancy classifications, building types, permitting processes, and regulatory agency approvals, ranging from hospitals, high rises, museums, condominiums, high-end residences, social housing and parking structures. Omar’s strengths are in Project Management, Construction Document preparation, consultant coordination, permitting, and Construction Administration. He received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and attended Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Val-de-Seine in Paris, France under the Cal Poly International Exchange program.


Fiona Siu, EDAC – Medical Planner, kmd architects
As a Medical Planner, Fiona is multi-faceted, having managed multiple projects simultaneously from early pre-design through construction administration and consistently collaborating with OSHPD, county, and city agencies in project review processes. Along with her strong technical background, she has been involved in a spectrum of healthcare planning, including behavioral health, surgical suites, emergency services, birthing services, radiology, and medical office buildings. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California.

Learning Objectives:
+ Explore available opportunities for providing flexibility in future planning and expansion
+ Collaborate with facility and users to develop a vision for future facility and model of care
+ Understand existing campus plan and infrastructure on a congested site to provide and minimize necessary departmental adjacencies and improve patient outcomes
+ Use of phasing, incremental projects, and a collaborative review process to streamline approvals for state, county, and city agencies and to advance project delivery


June 16, 2021
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm PDT
Free – $20.00
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AIA|LA Architecture in Healthcare Committee
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