Janice Stanton and Margaret Sutton Join GS&P’s Nashville Healthcare Studio

Industry Veterans Will Guide Design Delivery Processes, Enhance Value-Added Design Approach

November 14, 2017   |   Nashville ,  Tenn.   |   People

Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that Janice Stanton, RN, MBA, EDAC, Lean, and Margaret W. Sutton, AIA, LEED AP, have joined the firm’s Nashville Healthcare studio. As manager of pre-design services, Stanton will combine her clinical background and business expertise to guide pre-design planning and support informed, efficient design delivery processes. As a senior architect and healthcare principal, Sutton will elevate the firm’s evidence-based, patient-centric design approach. 

“Janice and Margaret both have extensive experience leading hospitals and health systems through planning and research-based processes prior to design. Their knowledge of the evolving healthcare industry, combined with their dedication to providing high-quality, evidence-based design solutions for clients, will make them invaluable assets for our team,” commented James Bearden, AIA, executive vice president of Healthcare, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “Both former GS&P employees, I’m happy to welcome them back to GS&P and look forward to the ways they will enhance the delivery and development of our design solutions.”
 
An industry veteran of more than 30 years, Stanton has assisted more than 100 hospitals and healthcare systems with a variety of planning needs, including master planning, functional and space programming, operational assessments and implementation of performance improvement initiatives. Stanton is a registered nurse with clinical experience in acute impatient care, outpatient ambulatory services and clinical research. She is evidence based-design certified and committed to basing decisions about the built environment on credible research. Stanton earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from California State University, Long Beach as well a Master of Business Administration from Duke University. She is involved with the American Institute of Architects and serves on the organization’s Editorial Review Board.
 
“I’m excited to rejoin GS&P and look forward to using my knowledge of the complex healthcare landscape and years of planning experience to enhance the firm’s commitment to providing value-added design solutions,” commented Stanton. “I believe that pre-design services oil the wheels for great design. By integrating a clear understanding of clinical operations with facility planning analytics, we can more accurately assess client master planning needs before putting pencil to paper. We take the guess work out of the design process and help clients invest confidently in their facilities, creating spaces that support and enhance clinical operations and workflows.”
 
Sutton will draw on her 28 years of experience as a healthcare architect working with hospitals and academic medical centers to focus on strategic planning, helping clients solve some of their biggest challenges. Sutton earned a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. She is a licensed architect in the state of Tennessee and is a LEED Accredited Professional, proficient in sustainable design and dedicated to applying green building principles.
 
“The goal of strategic and facility master planning is to develop tools that ultimately enable our clients to realize their vision. By using planning analytics and facility assessments, we can identify opportunities and develop implementation strategies that align the facility with their mission statement and strategic plan,” added Sutton. “I am excited to rejoin the GS&P team and look forward to using my experience to supplement our planning services.”

GS&P’s dedicated Healthcare staff approach each project through the lens of Value-Added Design. Value-Added Design is a dynamic, holistic framework in which teams explore and define what is important to clients with a focus on key performance indicators: patient safety; operational efficiencies; integration of technology; adaptability/resiliency; healthy, sustainable buildings; and human experience through evidence-based design. This approach gives clients the opportunity to assess and prepare for inevitable market shifts. 

“Janice and Margaret both have extensive experience leading hospitals and health systems through planning and research-based processes prior to design. Their knowledge of the evolving healthcare industry, combined with their dedication to providing high-quality, evidence-based design solutions for clients, will make them invaluable assets for our team.”

James Bearden, AIA, executive vice president, GS&P
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