Pathology Relocation and Renovation Project

 

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Christine Baker 

What is your role?  
I’m the project manager within Pathology for the PRR Project.
 
What does that mean?
I facilitate and orchestrate all of the project tasks for the Pathology Department related to planning,design, and activation, and work closely with our partners in Facilities, on campus, and in thedesign team to ensure we are on track.

Tell us a little about your background
I’ve been a project manager or a people manager for my entire career—17 years now!  For about half of that time I managed projects within the Air Force, both overseas and stateside.  The other half of my career has been managing projects here at UMHS.  Over the last 4-5 years I have been increasingly interested in design projects, specifically around the methodology of the best way to apply lean design tools.
 
Inspirations
Beautiful space, my kids and my husband
 
Indulgences
Daily yoga, strong coffee and long walks outside

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Laurie DaForno

What is your role? 
I’m the Project Architect for the PRR Project.
 
What does that mean?
I work closely with members of Pathology to plan and design the new spaces at NCRC and within UH.  Simultaneously, I help generate the documentation for the project so it can be cost-estimated to ensure it remains on budget, and ultimately built according to codes and UMAEC/UMHS standards and best practices.  A great deal of my job involves coordination with other professionals.  
 
Tell us a little about your background
I’ve been working as an architect for 17 years now, minus a two-year hiatus when I returned to graduate school to pursue a Masters in Architecture.  I started my career in New Jersey working on public school buildings, and after moving to Boston in 2006 I began working at TK&A, focusing more on healthcare architecture and laboratories.  I really enjoy working on large, long-term projects with highly technical equipment and complex processes.  I recently obtained an online Master’s Certificate in Six Sigma, and look forward to participating in the lean events coming up.   
 
Inspirations
Nature, history, a challenging problem
 
Indulgences
Long Saturday bike rides, giant cookies

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Kathy Derkowski

What is your role?
I am the Logistics Coordinator for the PRR Project.
 
What does that mean?
My responsibility is to lead the Pathology team’s effort for Supplies and Specimen Transport for both NCRC and the UH Pathology Projects.  I work with the team to implement lean supply strategies.  These strategies include replenishment, storage, and visual management.  I also work with the team to develop a transportation system to transport specimens from origin to both UH and NCRC.  This includes timing, packaging, and transport.
 
Tell us a little about your background
I earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Logistics from Central Michigan University and a Masters of Management from Walsh College.  I have spent 20 years in the automotive industry specializing in in-bound freight planning, work station optimization, and Lean implementation.  I was a member of GM Lansing Grand River’s start up team, responsible for developing both inbound and outbound freight scheduling.  I enjoy working with teams to optimize their work flow, improve efficiency, and eliminate waste.
 
Inspirations
Family, A Good Book, The Great Outdoors, Asking Lots of Questions and Learning New Things

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Duane Newton, PhD

What is your role?
I’m the Clinical Activation Director for the Project
 
What does this mean?
I will serve as a liaison between the project management team (including architects, contractors, facilities) and the laboratories relocating to NCRC.  I will work closely with the laboratory leadership, operations managers and move captains to support coordination of the activation of the new laboratories, as well as facilitate communication between the laboratories and project team to help insure a successful transition to our new space.
 
Tell us a little about your background
I joined the Department in 2002 as a faculty member in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory.  I am currently the Director of that lab, and also serve as the Associate Director of Clinical Pathology.  In these roles, I have had numerous opportunities to work with faculty and staff throughout the Department to solve problems of common interest, and work to maximize the quality of care we deliver to our patients.  I have really enjoyed expanding these interactions as part of my work on the PRR Project, and am really excited about the new opportunities I will have to work with everyone in my role with the Project Team.
 
Inspirations
My kids are amazing…they are so talented and push me to be a better father and person
 
Indulgences
Dark beer, pizza, and very soon (hopefully) a really nice triathlon bicycle

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Taylor Pfershy

What is your role?
Industrial Engineer Fellow

What does that mean?
The Fellowship is a 1 year position and I am part of the Program and Operations Analysis department as well as the Facilities department, but all my time is devoted to the PRR project. I am assisting in the Lean Design effort on the PRR project, as well as the Supplies and Specimen Transport Projects for NCRC. 

Tell us a little about your background
I graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2016 with a B.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering. I have been working for UMHS in the Program and Operations department since January 2016 and joined the Facilities department in May 2016. I was a Project Manager Intern for Quicken Loans during the summer of 2015 and I’ve had classes in both Lean and Supply Chain at U of M.

Inspirations
My family…. And of course Jim Harbaugh

Indulgences
Michigan sports, gooey mac and cheese and a good movie


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Mary Pinegar-Koster

What is your role? 
I'm the Design & Construction Manager from UM Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) acting on behalf of UMHS Facilities for the PRR Project. 
 
What does that mean?
The Short Answer: 
I'm responsible (in conjunction with Christine Baker) for keeping the project within scope, on schedule and within budget.  
 
The Detailed Answer:
During the Design Phase I administer the contracts for the architects and engineers and manage their interactions with Pathology, maintenance/ facilities personnel and all other University/City/Regulatory entities involved in providing input to the design. During the Construction Phase I perform similar functions with the contractors, commissioners and maintenance/facilities and other University/City/Regulatory entities as necessary to complete the construction, get building systems operational/commissioned and the new spaces sign-off on for turnover to Pathology for activation and move-in. 
 
 
Tell us a little about your background
I have an almost 25 year work history that revolves around design and construction.  The past 16 of those years have been with AEC, working predominately on UMHS Projects (Cardiovascular Center and the Children's & Women's Replacement Hospital to name a few).  Prior to that I proudly hailed from the once venerable Detroit architecture and engineering firm, Albert Kahn Associates, where I started as a Field Representative and worked my way into Project Management. 
 
Inspirations
My grandparents, my husband and my step-sons
 
Indulgences
Dark chocolate, scuba diving and naps

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Brendon Weil

What is your role?
Lean Facility Design Coach

What does that mean?
I will be a partner and facilitator to you in integrating the Lean Philosophy and Tools into the Facility Design Process.

Tell us a little about your background
Worked at U of M in a Lean Coach Role for over 9 years, coaching and mentoring leaders from around UMHS in process redesign, management system integration and leadership development.  Combined with close to 13 years of healthcare experience related to Operational Analytics, Problem Solving and Continuous Improvement.

Inspirations
My wife and kids

Indulgences
Coaching Travel Softball, Michigan Football, Nature Photography