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WBRC’s Symposium A Success


Rafael Grossmann MD

South Portland, ME – WBRC’s Compass Healthcare Facilities symposium recently featured healthcare futurist, technology innovator, surgeon, and TedX speaker Rafael Grossmann MD, FACS for the keynote address sponsored by Siemens and Cianbro.

The one-day educational event was free to healthcare facilities directors and C-suite executives, bringing together top healthcare and facilities speakers to more attendees representing more facilities than any previous Compass event.

Each year a theme is established for the symposium that is appropriate to the current state of the nation’s healthcare industry.

Some examples of previous years were: “Doing More with Less,” focused on addressing facilities’ issues on smaller budgets; “Disaster Preparedness,” readying facilities for both man-made and natural disasters; “Adapting to Change,” centered on the Affordable Care Act and its impact; and “Surviving the Silver Tsunami,” relating to the aging of both patients and caregivers.


(l-r) Jim Cavagnaro, facilities director, Cary Medical Center, Caribou; Stephen Sanderson, president, APEX Engineering, Inc., Portland; Adam Leonard, PE, senior project manager, RDK Engineers, Andover, Mass.; Jocelyn Boothe, AIA, Architect, WBRC Architects Engineers, Portland, and Shawn Anderson, COO, Cary Medical Center, Caribou


WBRC’s Healthcare Studio founded Compass in 2011 as an outreach to healthcare facility clients. This was the second year that the Maine Healthcare Engineers’ Society was an official part of Compass and the first year at the Portland Marriott Sable Oaks.

Having continually grown in numbers and enthusiasm every year, plans are already underway to solidify the theme for next year’s Compass.


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