Strategic Health Facility Planning

Successful facility planning is an extension of the strategic planning process. MPG’s planning services begin with a review of your current strategic plan, including new programs and services, staffing plans, business plan and physician needs. Current market trends and a regional demand analysis will serve as the basis for "right sizing" your health facility projects. MPG will assist in the prioritization of facility projects to meet your strategic goals and planning horizons.

Campus Master Planning

During the difficult and uncertain period of the 1990’s, many hospitals abandoned their existing Campus Master Plans. It’s time to rediscover the value of Master Planning as a strategic tool to convert the hospital campus of the past into the medical center of the future. A Master Facility Plan will allow you to:


  • Develop and prioritize your campus planning concepts
  • Accommodate a variety of facility & strategic planning scenarios
  • Correctly position campus utilities, roadways, and infrastructure
  • Establish long-term facility planning costs, operational issues, site impact and market opportunities
  • Plan for seismic renovation or replacement of obsolete facilities.

Planning for Outpatient and Ambulatory Care Services

Outpatient care is the future of healthcare. Successful health facility plans must accommodate new freestanding ambulatory care programs and hospital-based outpatient services. For freestanding ambulatory care facilities, MPG will assist you with site selection, demand planning, "right sizing," and conceptual space planning for your new or renovated facility.

For hospital-based outpatient programs, MPG can provide conceptual plans to renovate underutilized inpatient facilities, creating new, accessible and functional Outpatient Service Centers.

Functional Space Programming

Functional Space Programming is really a process of resource investment. MPG Space Programs will determine adequate space requirements and help link those physical spaces to maximize staff efficiency and patient satisfaction.

MPG uses a variety of space programming tools, spreadsheet technologies, and "benchmarking" standards to achieve the best fit between space availability and staff productivity. The functional space programming process is client-focused and often involves a multi-disciplinary team of planners, medical specialists and client user groups.


Without space programing and "right-sizing"of departments, hospital facilities can grow to become a sumo wrestler in the chorus line.

Facility Evaluation and Utilization Audit

An Evaluation Audit can provide useful information on an existing facility’s structural, operational and architectural condition. These facility evaluation studies may cover issues of code compliance, future expandability, utilization of existing space, traffic surveys, building utilities, neighborhood and environmental issues.

Operational Restructuring of Healthcare Facilities

Facility planning is oftentimes an essential component of reengineering the patient care process. MPG works with its clients to explore new service delivery models by redesigning "patient pathways," clinical protocols and integrating new information technologies.


Facility planning protects your financial balance.

Facility Planning Workshops

Planning workshops can be an important first step in determining the scope of a new facility-planning project. These workshops are facilitated by Don McKahan and they initiate a process of strategic visioning and planning for the future. Techniques used for these sessions include "storyboarding," scenario building, and Delphi tecniques. Workshop topics have included

  • "Future Search" Organizational Planning Workshops
  • Planning the Hospital of Tomorrow
  • Creating a new Ambulatory Care Facility

Team Building

McKahan Planning Group is a small consulting firm with the ability to provide additional planning services through a large network of associated professionals. This consulting concept allows us to reduce the cost of our planning services and provide a team customized to meet the specific needs of your project.

MPG often associates with architectural and design firms, assisting them to better serve their healthcare clients. In other cases we may call upon the special talents of health system planners, operational, communications and equipment planners estimators, programming and simulation consultants, as well as demographic specialists to forecast future hospital demand.