Join Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) was established in Cincinnati in September 2019. Jonathan Hunley was appointed as the organization’s $500 million infrastructure improvement project for the next five years. The organization includes 35 hospitals and more than 15 million square feet of infrastructure improvement projects. area. Some of these tasks include the construction and expansion of central public facilities to meet peak demand, and the implementation of strategic partnerships through the overall maintenance and replacement plan with the national building envelope supplier to address the entire roof portfolio of all emergency hospital campuses of BSMH.
In his role, Hunley represents BSMH in establishing relationships with department heads, construction and engineering companies, contractors, and consultants for all infrastructure projects, and supervising projects from inception to completion. His priorities include assessing and evaluating the infrastructure needs of each facility, and prioritizing projects based on set standards around regulatory compliance, energy efficiency improvements, and patient experience. As a member of the BSMH Sustainability Committee and Patient Safety and Certification Committee, Hunley aligns his work with the organization’s strategic goals to implement new policies that affect changes in the scope of the network, including infection control and temporary life safety measures, and sustainable development plan.
Most importantly, within a few months of work, his focus shifted to including helping 35 facilities prepare for the surge in COVID-19 cases and ensuring the health and safety of occupants. For example, he used the recommendations of ASHE and ASHRAE to develop a set of internal guidelines for the facility management team for temporary emergency settings. He also has an impact on the national and international levels, voluntarily joining a working committee of the World Health Organization to develop COVID-19 hospitals for developing countries; as a member of the National Fire Administration Electrical Committee, he is responsible for notifying the national emergency power system building codes; in ASHRAE He provided insights and reviews on ASHRAE 170 at the National Healthcare Technical Committee, which will set the American National Standard for future healthcare facilities.
As stated in his HCD 10 nomination, Hunley “never satisfied with the status quo-always looking for strategic opportunities to improve the practice of medical facility management and infrastructure planning.”
What do you like best about your job?
I like the flexibility and control gained when building infrastructure programs at BSMH. I was commissioned to develop and maintain this program, and I got all the resources I needed. I have been able to use the intellectual value of my career and create something from scratch. It is well worth seeing its success.
What industry challenges do you hope to solve?
There is a lack of flexible preparation in our facilities because it is related to the different disasters/events that affect them. These incidents manifest themselves in many ways, and the industry seriously lacks the ability to face them head-on. This is also accompanied by heavy financial commitments. Many of us need to better understand where in our facilities should be invested wisely and where should not be invested.
What have you learned in the past year?
Through full-time remote work, we learned how to use technology to work efficiently and reduce our travel and life to the market before the pandemic.
What do you expect to be the next major trend in healthcare design?
I think both of them are about to break free. The first is smart technology and the Internet of Things (IoT). I think you will see the health system begin to migrate to these types of systems to automate more functions in the hospital. SMART Technology has had a positive impact on the patient and employee experience, and successfully alleviated patient safety issues such as patient falls. Another trend is to use prefabricated/modular structures. I know this is not necessarily a new trend; however, I believe its use will increase construction to help solve the problem of available manpower.