SOURCE: SmithGroup


November 08, 2011 10:51 ET

SmithGroup Hires Petra Horna as Director of Healthcare Business Development

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2011) - SmithGroup, one of the nation's leading architecture, engineering, interiors, and planning firms, announced it has hired Petra Horna to lead business development efforts for its San Francisco and Los Angeles Health Studios.

Horna makes the move to SmithGroup from EwingCole's Washington, DC office, where she served as Director of Healthcare Business Development since 2008. Additional prior experience includes work as an account executive with The Orchid Group in Vienna, Virg., an integrated marketing communications firm assisting clients in the real estate development arena. Horna also held the role of marketing manager with Global Development Partners, LLC in Washington, DC.

Horna graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She has been active in the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

In her new role, Horna will serve in a business development leadership role and will be responsible for identifying marketing opportunities for the firm's California offices, cultivating relationships with SmithGroup's existing client base and strategic new client targets in the healthcare arena.

"California's healthcare market is poised for significant growth in coming years," said Bill Diefenbach, FAIA, LEED AP, director of SmithGroup's Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. "Adding Petra to our team will ensure that current and future hospital partners are aware of the level of expertise SmithGroup brings to the table, from health facility planning and design to integrated project delivery."

Horna is a native of the Czech Republic and currently resides in Oakland, Calif.

With 10 locations and 800 employees across the U.S., SmithGroup's California portfolio includes work with clients such as Providence Health System, Cisco Systems, NBCi, and projects across University of California campuses. Among the firm's most noteworthy recent healthcare projects are the multi-phase 907,000-square foot Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center Replacement Hospital, currently underway in Los Angeles; Cathedral Hill Hospital in San Francisco, the 1.16 million-square foot replacement hospital for California Pacific Medical Center, a Sutter Health Affiliate; and the $430.8 million Alameda County Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement project, a multi-phase design-build effort with Clark Design/Build of California slated for completion in 2017.

SmithGroup is one of the largest architecture and engineering firms in the U.S. and composed of client industry-focused practices serving the healthcare, workplace, education, and science & technology markets. SmithGroup ranked #1 for design quality based on design awards won and #2 overall in Architect magazine's 2011 annual best firms ranking. A national leader in sustainable design, SmithGroup has 354 LEED professionals and 67 LEED certified projects.

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