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Virginia Pankey AIA, LEED AP, EDAC

Behavioral Health Practice Leader
"We are all affected by behavioral health issues whether it is our journey or that of someone we love. Creating a therapeutic environment can welcome, nurture, and empower those who need healing."

Virginia is a leader in the planning and design of healthcare projects with a focus on behavioral health and acute care.

Based in HOK’s St. Louis studio, Virginia has been profiled in Healthcare Design Magazine and other publications for her expertise in behavioral health design. A frequent speaker on healthcare planning and design, she has led workshops, panel discussions and presentations for the Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI); Washington University in St. Louis; American Society for Health Care Engineering; Planning, Design and Construction Summit; Healthcare Design Conference + Expo; and the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Health. Her speaking topics have included behavior health codes and standards, med/psych facilities, behavioral health crisis units and more.

Virginia is an active member of FGI, serving as a co-chair of its Behavioral and Mental Health Topic Group, a member of its Health Guidelines Revision Committee, and a past chair of its Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Unit Topic Group for which she co-authored a white paper titled “Design of Behavioral Health Crisis Units.”

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