Marte Lauvsnes

Marte is the project and development hospital planning manager for Sykehusbygg, the Norwegian Hospital Construction Agency, Norway.

Previously, Marte was a hospital planner and research manager for the hospital planner group in SINTEF Health Research. The SINTEF Group is the largest independent research institution in Scandinavia, and SINTEF Health Research adopts a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare delivery, economics and quality.

Trained as an intensive-care nurse, Marte has continued her education in management, economics, pedagogic and research methods. After 18 years as a nurse working in neonatal and adult intensive care, and as head nurse in a rheumatology unit (Europe’s first Planetree unit), she became hospital planner at RIT 2000, working on a new university hospital in Trondheim, St Olav’s Hospital. After five years of programming and planning, including taking on the role of chief of programming at RIT 2000, she continued as a hospital planner at Medivi, and, from 2004, in SINTEF.

During her 17 years in hospital planning, Marte has largely been working on projects for the hospital regions and health directorate, in both strategic and detailed planning. This work has mostly involved activity analysis and forecasting, programming, area planning, and evaluation of physical solutions in the context of patient experiences, safety, staffing, flexibility and medical innovation. She has also been working on the development of methodology and tools for hospital planning. In addition to Norwegian projects, Marte also worked on planning projects in Denmark, Latvia and India, and has a broad network of hospital planners internationally.