Dan Russell
Principal | Senior Healthcare Planner

Dan’s decade-long healthcare background is grounded in medical planning. With large healthcare endeavors such as replacement hospitals and master plans to renovations for such spaces as emergency departments, surgical suites, inpatient units, imaging and medical offices, Dan’s expertise spans facilities across the country. He is skilled at leading stakeholder/user meetings for initial visioning, functional and space programming and planning, as well as the coordination of interior and exterior design to ensure intent and continuity.


Today’s emergency departments are plagued by overcrowding and long patient wait times. Motivated to expand their facilities in cost-effective ways and improve operational efficiency, health systems are seizing upon tools and techniques to resolve this issue. In this video, Dan Russell, Principal & Senior Healthcare Planner at Array Architects, reveals how one NY-based emergency department leveraged Lean Six Sigma techniques ahead of their expansion to help identify the root cause of hospital inefficiencies and improve patient throughput.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand current and future process mapping
  • Learn how the Gemba Walk is used to analyze existing problems
  • Learn how patient process data is used to simulate optimum programs
  • Understand the impact of data driven planning on right-sizing expansion projects