National Magazine Features State Health Department's Thomas Jung as Among 20 who is Making a Difference

ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 18, 2008) - Thomas M. Jung, a registered architect who is Assistant Director for the Division of Health Facility Planning at the New York State Department of Health, is featured in the article, "20 Who Are Making A Difference," in the December 2008 issue of Healthcare Design Magazine. This annual feature highlights 20 professionals in the United States who were nominated by their peers as making a significant difference in advancing the design of health care facilities.

Healthcare Design Magazine is published by the Center for Health Design, a not-for-profit organization in Concord, Calif., that conducts research and advocacy for health care design and construction. The article notes: "Tom Jung has devoted his 25-year career to the common sense, appropriate, and reasoned development and implementation of health care codes. He has consistently integrated meaningful information from the field into development of new guidelines and regulations."

"We extend our congratulations to Mr. Jung on receiving this special, national recognition," said state Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "His outstanding work and breadth of knowledge is not only recognized by his peers in the field of health care architectural design and construction, but by his colleagues in the Department, as well. Throughout his career, Mr. Jung has pushed for quality and the best way to achieve solutions, while keeping in mind its effects on the health of the community."

Since 1995, Mr. Jung has directed the planning, architectural design and construction components of New York State's Certificate of Need Program, overseeing the review and approval of annual funding for health care capital work. Previously, he served in the Division as Director of the Review & Analysis Group, Director of the Bureau of Architectural & Engineering Facilities Planning, and Health Facilities Planner.

Among his many professional involvements, Mr. Jung is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' national revision committee for the development of construction and design guidelines for health care construction. He also chairs the Construction Standards Advisory Group (CSAG), an ad hoc group of more than 80 volunteers from the design, construction, and administrative fields of the New York State health care industry, which reviews and updates State health care construction regulations.

"Mr. Jung has gained the utmost respect from his peers throughout the nation," said James W. Clyne, Jr., the state Health Department's Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Health Systems Management. "He has achieved the right balance of policy making, while encouraging an environment of innovativeness among other architects and clinicians who are planning and designing solutions to problems in health care facilities."

Mr. Jung is the recipient of the President's Citation from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, in recognition of his leadership and the work accomplished by the CSAG, and has been honored by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health for his many years of professional contributions to the New York State health care delivery system. He is a contributing author to Building Security: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design (McGraw Hill), and plans to contribute to a second edition of the book scheduled for release in 2010.

Mr. Jung received his bachelor's degree in environmental design and planning and his master's degree in architecture from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a resident of Albany, N.Y.