A Page principal has been honored with a
nomination for a national award given annually to an individual
or organization that has made a significant impact on the
healthcare industry. Kurt Neubek, FAIA, EDAC, was submitted for
a Changemaker award, given annually by The Center for Health
Design. Kurt is Page’s firm wide Healthcare Practice Leader.
Nominees come from a wide range of healthcare industry roles
from design professionals, product manufacturers, healthcare
practitioners, facility owners, researchers, educators, authors,
association leaders, etc. The winner will be announced at the
Healthcare Design Expo & Conference,
which will be held November 10-13 this year in Phoenix.
A leading member of the
Health Care Institute (HCI), an
alliance partner of the International Facility Management
Association, submitted Kurt for consideration. The nomination
was a joint collaboration with another industry leader from
Corporate Realty, Design & Management Institute, which designs
and delivers educational content.
Kurt has an extensive global resume, having programmed, planned
and led the design of tens of millions of square feet of space
for a diverse array of building types. A recent notable
achievement was helping client Texas Children’s Hospital meet a
time-sensitive challenge to create a
pediatric special isolation unit
during the global Ebola outbreak that reached Texas in 2014.
Michael Wood, MD, CHC, MSM, ARRT, Immediate Past President of
the Health Care Institute, who initiated Kurt’s nomination,
referenced that project in his submission. “Not only did Kurt
provide a steady hand in the entire process, from the initial
request of ‘can we do this?’ to the ultimate construction and
occupancy of the unit 14 months later. One of the key indicators
of the success of this design effort have been the continuous
requests and constructs of this design in many acute care
centers across the U.S. and world,” Wood said.
Another significant accomplishment was the effort to help the
non-profit Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston build a
single-user facility designed to meet their unique needs. Their
budget was limited so Kurt rallied third-party team members,
vendors and local A/E/C industry members who donated
furnishings, construction materials and services. The result is
project that makes lives better.
He also has been commended for his generosity in sharing lessons
learned and expertise at national conferences and local industry
chapters alike. Jill Pearsall, Vice President Facilities
Planning & Development and Real Estate Services for Texas
Children’s Hospital, says, “Kurt’s public speaking is
informative and typically eye-opening, bringing innovative
thoughts and approaches to nagging industry challenges.” His
interest in processes and traits that cross industries are
evident in presentations like
Getting Decisions That Stick
Kurt has presented as part of HCI’s Facility Management track at
Healthcare Design Expo and at
numerous HCI-sponsored Healthcare Facility Summits.
Kurt also has previously achieved another unparalleled level of
professional prestige, elevation to Fellow of the American
Institute of Architects (AIA) which only three percent of AIA
members achieve. He was certified EDAC in 2010 and encourages
Page and industry colleagues to follow suit. He is also a Fellow
of the Healthcare Facility Institute, LEED Accredited
Professional, a Lean specialist, and Six Sigma Black Belt.
The organization granting the award, The Center for Health
Design, is a non-profit that works with a diverse healthcare
community to advance best practices and empower leaders with
quality research that demonstrates the value of design for a
safer, healthier tomorrow.
To learn more about the award and past winners, visit