Facility and Capital Planning

A major facility renovation, expansion, or replacement is a “once in a generation” opportunity. An event of this magnitude and expense should be built on a solid foundation of significant preplanning from both a design and financial perspective. Given the infrequency of these events, many health care administrators lack experience in planning for a major facility development project and are unaware of the significant complexities and steps involved. Wipfli can help you bridge this gap by providing valuable expertise and knowledge from both facility and capital planning perspectives.

Wipfli believes that a successful facility development project is one that is both affordable and provides for the long-term needs of your organization. By completing the predesigned blueprint outlined below, your organization will be well on its way to a successful facility development project:

  • Financial Affordability Studies
  • Financial Examined Forecasts / Feasibility Studies 
  • Lender Selection Facilitation and Capital Advisory Services
    • USDA and HUD Financing
  • Market Assessment and Demand Analysis
  • Master Facility Assessment and Planning
  • Physician Demand Planning
  • Strategic Financial Planning

Featured Expertise

Kelly Arduino

Kelly Arduino has over 15 years of experience in health care with an emphasis in health care finance and strategy. Drawing on her background as an investment banker, Kelly is an unbiased financial advisor for clients including critical access hospitals, independent community hospitals, and senior living facilities, her work centers around helping clients secure capital for large renovation/replacement projects.


John Dao

John Dao leads the market/demand and facility planning service lines at Wipfli. John has broad experience across a wide array of healthcare settings and a solid understanding of efficient health care operations and design, enabling him to efficiently match clinical/business needs with effective, creative solutions.


Kathy LaBrake

Kathy LaBrake has over 25 years of accounting, auditing and consulting experience in Wipfli’s health care industry. Kathy has extensive experience working with community and rural hospitals, including critical access hospitals; medical practices; long-term care facilities and assisted living facilities in the areas of feasibility studies, audit, operational, reimbursement, and accounting assistance.



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Featured Success Story

St. Luke's Health System

Wipfli helped two St. Luke’s Health System hospitals by assessing the market, developing volume projections and identifying key facility needs in one of the most burgeoning markets in the country. With Wipfli’s industry knowledge and market insights, St. Luke’s could prudently plan its services and confidently ensure its facility investment decisions were sound, pragmatic and based on realistic demand, and therefore would provide the most value. The health system was given a solid, quantitative foundation of understanding on which to base its development decisions. Grounded in valid information, St. Luke’s moved securely toward its vision to meet the health service needs of its communities, now and into the future.

St. Luke's Health System
Matt Bell, VP of Strategic Planning

"Wipfli Healthcare Consulting has been an extremely valuable resource in planning new facility development projects for St. Luke's Health System.  Wipfli's customized planning approach was instrumental in helping us thoroughly understand the markets we serve and identify the appropriate facility needs to serve our patients. They are creative, resourceful, accessible and provide excellent value."

John & Mary E. Kirby Hospital
Steve Tenhouse, CEO

“The consultants at Wipfli have proved invaluable to our success and our ability to define and reach our objectives. They are professional, knowledgeable and bring real-world experience to their clients.”