Billings Clinic VP of Facility Services receives HCD 10 Award
Mitch Goplen one of ten national recipients of Healthcare Design magazine's highest honor
Billings, MT — Mitch Goplen, Vice President of Facility Services at Billings Clinic, recently received the highest honor in facility management from Healthcare Design magazine. Ten individuals from throughout the nation were selected as recipients of the HCD 10, a peer nominated award given to professionals who represent the most exciting, inspirational and influential healthcare work of the previous year.
Overseeing more than 1 million square feet of facility space, Goplen has been responsible for more than 20 expansion and renovation projects at Billings Clinic over the last two years. Armed with extensive knowledge of design and construction, he’s an advocate of evidence-based design in the planning process and a supporter of The Center for Health Design’s Pebble Project, registering two current Billings Clinic projects under the research initiative.
Under Goplen’s leadership, Billings recently opened the first phase of a 13-room operating suite and a center for breast health. In alignment with best practices around safety and with focus on reducing hospital-associated infections during construction, Goplen makes infection control practices a priority on all projects, involving all consultants and contractors in the education process.
Goplen continues to manage rigorous projects in 2014, with numerous expansion and renovation projects at the hospital, clinic sites, and affiliate hospitals, including the recent completion of a 24-bed ICU, and an outpatient cardiac center and new inpatient cardiac unit scheduled to open in March. This spring will also mark the completion of an expanded family birth center that includes two new ORs and an expanded and renovated NICU, followed by continued renovation of surgical services and an expansion of surgical suites. He’s also overseeing construction of a new hospital in Livingston, Montana, and four new Billings Clinic ExpressCare retail clinics.