Dana E. Swenson, PE, MBA
Serving in his current role since 2004, Dana is responsible for all construction, space planning, real estate, plant operations, public safety, environmental health and safety, food services, and housekeeping, specifically for the flagship Medical Center Campuses and as a resource to the UMass community hospital entities. In addition, he plays a key role in strategic and capital planning, using systems thinking to view and develop health care delivery.
Dana was previously vice president for facilities at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston; director of patient care facilities at the University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; and director of facilities at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont (now University of Vermont Medical Center).
He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, is registered as a Professional Engineer in Electrical Engineering, and received an MBA from Sam Houston State University. Dana began working in health care in 1987 and prior to that performed mechanical and electrical design for commercial and health care facilities. He has served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and holds a rank of Commander in the Reserves.
The Residential Guidelines, created with an interdisciplinary volunteer team, is a milestone document created to support the evolution of long-term care environments and to offer consistent guidance for providers, design professionals, and authorities have jurisdiction. The ultimate goal is to provide the framework for environments that support positive resident outcomes.