With the addition of Paul Fisher, AIA, as Healthcare Director, MCF is poised for continued growth in the Healthcare sector.
Paul’s background includes over 35 years specializing in healthcare architecture and design. During this time, he has shown exceptional abilities assisting diverse clients on the full range of healthcare projects, located in the Pittsburgh region, nationally, and internationally.
Responsible for the development of a broad range of healthcare project types, his primary role has been healthcare planning, coordination, architecture, and design. This includes project development ranging from facility master planning, early conceptual studies, test fits, project phasing, space programming, schematic design, design development, equipment coordination, and overall coordination through to construction completion. Some specialty focuses have included many LEED Certification processes, Lean Design (Lean Six Sigma, Lean 3P, Toyota Lean Principles), Planetree Certification, as well as Public-Private Partnerships (P3) competitive design process.
National and International Experience
Nationally, Paul’s experience includes many noteworthy clients including Kaiser Permanente, Trinity Health, Dignity Health, Henry Ford Health, UPMC, Allegheny Health Network, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn Highlands Healthcare, and University Hospitals. Internationally, has worked with major health systems in Canada, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jordan, India, Germany, and China.
An interesting sample of projects include a 42,000 SF Outpatient Care Center in Kapolei, Hawaii, a winning solution for a P3 competitive design for an Acute Rehab Hospital in Toronto, Canada, a 900-bed hospital in Amman, Jordan, that if built would be the world’s tallest hospital, and a large 3,000- bed/60-Operating Room hospital expansion to a major medical university in New Delhi, India.
Health System Employment
A significant aspect of Paul’s background includes a period of direct employment within a major national health system. It was this experience that gave him a strong working knowledge for the complex operational, regulations, and the staff and patient-experience issues related to this market segment. It was also this period that gave him direct exposure to the highly stressful, traumatic, and even joyful events that happen daily in the Emergency, Surgery and Critical Care Units of the healthcare environment.
Covid Response Expert
At the early stages of the Covid Pandemic, Paul was instrumental in the development of multiple facility evaluations and final development for many Alternate Care Facilities (ACF), which are essentially temporary Covid hospital installments. Not only was this unknown territory for all healthcare systems, it was also something few architects ever needed to develop. While personally on-site, he was the healthcare expert for a 402-bed ACF in Memphis, Tennessee. Working with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the team converted a complex former newspaper assembly building, designed and constructed in a short 28-day period. Following this experience, Paul, along with 3 other experts, presented a national Healthcare Design featured webinar titled “Covid-19 Lessons Learned: Outpatient Clinic Design in a Post Pandemic World”.
What especially stands out when looking at his background is Paul’s exceptional experience as a healthcare design specialist who is committed to ensuring detailed and accurate responses to all type and size of clients in the healthcare sector. He is recognized for developing collaborative solutions, working with all stakeholders throughout the design process. This includes client leadership, facility and operations staff, caregivers, patient focus groups, special consultants, and the full design team.
MCF is delighted to have Paul on our team serving in this important role and partnering on projects with top regional systems and beyond.