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Webinar: Mitigating Ligature and Self Harm Risks in Hospital and Healthcare Settings

October 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Program Overview

Safety for behavioral health patients and a focus on mitigating ligature risk has been front and center by the Joint Commission and CMS in recent years. To provide the safest possible care, hospitals and health systems are seeking more effective strategies to address the environmental risks associated with the care of patients at risk for suicide and self-harm. At this webinar, we will focus on specific steps and actions that hospitals can take in order to develop the safest possible environment for patients.

Learning Objectives

Leaders from Care New England Health System along with expert architects in healthcare design will describe:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Key JC Standards
  • Product Design Considerations
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Current Trends
  • Project Planning and Example

Approaches to a compliance checklist will be discussed, including one based on the Facilities Guidelines Institute.

Recommended for:

Chief Nursing Officers and Managers, Chief Risk Officers and Risk Managers, Facility Engineers, Compliance Officers, Behavioral Health Care Directors and Managers, and ED Directors and Managers


Jim Carroll 
Jim Carroll is the director of facilities at Butler Hospital in Providence, RI. Jim is responsible for maintenance, plant operations, grounds, and security of 700K square feet on 110 acres.  Founded in 1844 in Providence, RI, Butler Hospital, a member of Care New England, is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, seniors and adolescents.  Butler is affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Jim began his career at Butler Hospital as a boiler operator in 1990 and has had many roles at Butler including environment of care coordinator, facilities compliance manager, assistant director of facilities and currently, the director of facilities beginning in 2013.  Jim has been instrumental in developing and implementing the life safety, emergency preparedness, and environment of care programs for Butler Hospital. Jim has a BS in business management from New England Institute of Technology and is an active member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), New England Healthcare Engineers Society (NEHES), and Rhode Island Healthcare Engineers Society (RIHES). Jim is a board member of both RIHES and NEHES and also received special recognition through NEHES receiving the chapter leadership award for his work in revitalizing the Rhode Island Chapter.

David Duncan
Dave Duncan is the system vice president of facilities, support services, real estate, design and construction at Care New England, a comprehensive healthcare system in Rhode Island affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. With over 30 years of expertise leading large and complex, multi-site facilities, David currently oversees all operations and fiscal management of more than 2.5M square feet of facilities assets across five hospital campuses, including Women & Infants Hospital, Butler Hospital, Kent Hospital, The Providence Center and 150 offsite locations. Prior to Care New England, David was the corporate vice president of facilities and support services for HealthAlliance Hospitals of the UMass Memorial Healthcare System, where he led major projects consolidating hospital campuses, building a replacement hospital, creating a regional comprehensive cancer , and numerous ambulatory care centers. David has a BS in industrial technology engineering from Central Connecticut State University and is an active member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineering. He also serves on numerous boards throughout Rhode Island, including The Providence Foundation and Ronald McDonald House of Providence.

Kevin Neumann, AIA
Kevin Neumann, AIA is a partner at E4H Environments for Health Architecture. He brings more than 30 years of expertise and strategic vision to hundreds of healthcare projects. He is committed to continually improving the planning and design process and has a strong track record of high-quality, energy efficient projects that maximize operational efficiency. His long-standing relationships at leading academic medical centers are a testament to Kevin’s passion for integrating patient-centered care and lean work flow into the creation of sustainable ambulatory and acute care environments for health. Regional clients include Mass General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Newton Wellesley Hospital. His recent behavioral health work includes an inpatient psychiatric unit at UMass Medical Center which incorporates the latest in safety, code, and patient-centered, evidenced based design for mental health. Kevin has a bachelor of architecture and bachelor of science-building science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dale Taglienti, LEED AP
Dale Taglienti, LEED AP is a partner at E4H Environments for Health Architecture. Dale is a prominent New England healthcare planner and designer, his 25 years of healthcare expertise provides clients with expert solutions to their design challenges. His lean mindset and incredible energy make his live-design sessions a productive and enjoyable experience for clients, who repeatedly request his expertise for a variety of complex healthcare projects. Dale has completed a diverse array of behavioral health projects in Massachusetts and beyond, and is a leading authority in regulations, having presented regionally on Department of Public Health compliance check lists, Facility Guidelines Institute guidelines, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems design guides, and the Office of Mental Health. Dale manages long-term relationships with hospitals throughout New England and has written and presented nationally on lean design, behavioral health, life safety, and code compliance.

Cost of Webinar:
MHA Member – $195
Non-Member – $245


October 29, 2019
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Vanessa Larson
(406) 442-1911