Erin Couch

Standards and Design Director
Providence St. Joseph Health

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Erin has been with Providence St. Joseph Health since 2015 in the role of Standards and Design Director for PSJH Enterprise. PSJH is one of the largest health systems in the U.S. with 51 hospitals, 1,085 clinics, 119,000 caregivers, and 8 healthcare partners. Erin is directly responsible for the direction, implementation, and updating of the PH&S Recommended Acute Care Standards as well as providing oversight for the Physician Division/Real Estate and Construction System Standard for Clinics.

In addition, Erin provides high level strategy, design, and architectural advice for all system ministries in conjunction with the Real Estate Strategy and Operations (RESO) Planning and Enterprise Councils. Other responsibilities include collaboration with system vendor partners and coordination with PSJH’s other shared service providers including Supply Chain, EVS, Facilities, IP and Ergonomics, Security, and Equipment planning. Specific planning and design oversight include the University of Providence, Great Falls, Providence St. Patrick’s MOB in Missoula, Reed’s Crossing in Oregon, hospital planning in southern California, and a multitude of acute and clinic projects across the Alaska and Washington regions.

Erin‘s career as a healthcare architect spans over 30 years with a focus on projects in Oregon, Washington, and California. Projects include clinics in urban and rural sites, critical access and acute care hospitals, as well as medical office buildings, ambulatory surgical centers, and facility planning for many healthcare entities. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and is a registered architect in the State of Oregon. Erin is also a member of the American Institute of Architects, a member and Past Chair of the Architecture for Health Committee, and a working member of PSJH’s Oregon region Health Housing Initiative.

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