SMPS Virtual June 16, 2020 Annual Healthcare Symposium

June 16, 2020
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Zoom Virtual Platform


Thank you to our Event sponsors   










Session Overview

Healthcare facilities are a vital part of our communities. While we can’t gather in person, we still want to maintain our connections at a safe distance. Join us for two brief presentations on healthcare facility strategic planning at two major hospital organizations in Atlanta. What are some of the lessons learned over the last year? Are plans for these facilities changing after COVID-19?

A portion of your registration or sponsorship for this event will go to Feed the Need Atlanta – who are dedicated to feeding healthcare professionals and first responders while supporting local, family-owned restaurants.

featured speakers

Thomas Lemieux
Director, Facilities Development
Grady Health System

Thomas has more than twenty years of experience leading high performing planning, design, and construction teams for large complex construction and modernization projects.  He is a skilled design professional and second generation capital project administrator, and has spent the last 14 years working for nationally recognized academic health systems and gaining a tremendous experience and portfolio of healthcare projects.

Thomas joined Grady Health System in 2019 as the Director, Facilities Development.  Thomas was brought onboard to manage a capital program that will add strength and capacity to the health system by restoring many of the original 990 licensed beds. The hospital currently staff/operates between 700 and 800 beds, many of which are original ward style or semi-private beds.

Soon after joining Grady, the health system had a catastrophic flood impacting 675,000 of hospital space in the West Tower, which is the primary inpatient presence for the main hospital.  Grady was able to mobilize with over 900 contractors to demolish and rebuild the space which would result in making more than 250 beds available in eight months instead of 13 months.

Thomas graduated from Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge with a Bachelor Science in Civil Engineering.  Thomas also graduated from Washington University – St Louis with a post-graduate certificate in project management.  

Deborah Matthews, RN, BSN, MHA, FACHE
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Tanner Health System

Promoted to senior vice president and chief nursing officer for Tanner Health System in 2014, Matthews focuses on professional nursing that positively impacts patient care. She is dedicated to utilizing caring staff, collaboration and best practices to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and employee satisfaction.

In 1985, Matthews joined Tanner Health System as a charge nurse. She was named director of nursing at Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica in 1996. Beginning in 2007, she served as administrator of Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica and then as administrator of Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton. Before being named senior vice president, she also became part of the charter dyad as lead administrative accountability officer in 2012.

continuing education

CPSM CEU's: 1 Hour
Domains: 1, 2

Thank you to our event champions

       Emily Crews, CPSM

Special thanks to Kayla Jimmerson with Wood, Channing McLeod with tvsdesign, and Kris Kirchner with HLG Studio.

sponsorship opportunities

$200 Sponsorship opportunities available!   

Sponsorship benefits include:

  • Complimentary event registration (up to 4 tickets)
  • Logo promotion on all email blasts, social media, and virtual slide
  • Verbal recognition at virtual event
  • Firm name sent to Feed the Need Atlanta as a contributor

Please contact Laura McDonald, CPSM at [email protected] for additional information.