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HCI Welcomes New Board Members with Diverse Healthcare Real Estate, Operations and Education Experience

  by Megan Headley | Oct 18, 2016


The Health Care Institute welcomes three new board members with broad experience in providing facility management solutions and education. Jim Venker, Senior Director, Facilities, Construction & Environmental Services, for Premier Inc.; Fred Lastar, VP Healthcare Solutions, for JLL; and Bill Foulkes, National Vice President, PM Healthcare, for Cumming have joined the board of directors to support HCI in its mission to enhance the skills of facility management professionals within the healthcare industry and further the profession overall.
Venker has served in senior facilities management roles for healthcare organizations since 1990. At Premier, Venker supports the sourcing, promotion and education on the utilization of Premierís Facilities and Construction Services Program in the areas of facilities materials and services, construction materials, infrastructure equipment and non-clinical equipment. Through construction spend and contract utilization reviews, Venker assists members in integrating Premier agreement opportunities into their construction contract document specifications.

For more information, visit Venker's board member page.

Lastar leads the development of solutions for JLLís healthcare clients, including capital planning, plant operations, project management and real estate administration. Solutions include development of the organization staffing model, identifying savings and improvement plans, technology solutions, service delivery processes and tools and the financial analysis that demonstrates the value proposition to our healthcare clients. Lastar previously was Johnson Controlsí Director of Facility Services for Phoenix Childrenís Hospital, where he was directly involved in the hospitalís $588 million expansion. As Dean of the Facilities College at Sodexoís Corporate University he developed an accredited curriculum for training and development of facilities managers.

For more information, visit Lastar's board member page.

Foulkes holds more than 25 years of healthcare program management, development and consulting experience. Foulkes has led teams in the successful completion of medical office buildings, surgery centers, wellness centers, and sub-acute and acute-care hospitals. With his national experience, unique understanding of different project delivery methods and diverse project portfolio, Foulkes is often consulted on matters related to real estate, planning, design and construction.

For more information, visit Foulkes' board member page.