TAHFM e-Newsletter
February 2015 In This Issue
Events and Education
ASHE Update
Energy Roundup Tips
Your Facilities Management News
Life Safety Services LLC.
Philders Group Intl Inc
Events and Education
Healthcare Facilities Managers consider TAHFM Interlink to be one of the best and most affordable opportunities for learning and sharing in Texas. If you are involved with facility or construction management or operation of a healthcare facility, you can earn up to earn 15 contact hours and 1.50 CEUs!
Everything’s bigger in Texas—including health care construction. Texas has 8.9 million total square feet of new construction of hospitals and clinics. If your Texas health care facility has a new renovation or construction project underway (or slated for the future), plan to attend the 2015 PDC Summit: the trusted conference and trade show for health care planning, design, and construction professionals.
Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) for healthcare construction points to the significance of this problem and importance to understand the issue as it pertains to the professional. The student will gain an understanding of the Joint Commission’s Environment of Care mandates.
Brighton Solutions, Inc.
Specified Technologies Inc.
m Strategic Partners, Inc.
ASHE Update
Rural health networks can apply through April 6 for a portion of $1.6 million in funding to support care coordination strategies to improve outcomes for patients with heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes, the Health Resources and Services Administration has announced. SOURCE: AHA NEWS NOW
By Paul Barr Hospital managers increasingly are looking at ways to minimize the rising cost of water and sewage services. Once a little-noticed part of a hospital’s overhead, water costs are getting more attention in some parts of the country. SOURCE: HOSPITALS & HEALTH NETWORKS DAILY
Energy Roundup Tips
We are excited to be kicking off the third TAHFM Energy Roundup and eager anticipate the 2014 results! The TAHFM Round Up committee successfully increased participation by 20% in 2014, and we now have over 110 buildings competing to save energy and to see who is the best of the best. We've also listened to your feedback and made improvements to the process.
How does your energy management program compare to successful programs of other organizations? The ENERGY STAR Energy Management Assessment Matrix is designed to help you compare your energy management practices to the successful practices of ENERGY STAR Partners. This assessment matrix enables you to evaluate the elements of your program and the level to which each element has been implemented. It also helps you identify the strengths and weaknesses of your program, and target your next steps. To use the ENERGY STAR Energy Management Assessment Matrix, visit the link below.
Visit TAHFM's Energy Roundup Tips webpage for weekly tips to help you increase your building's energy efficiency. Even if you aren't participating in our Energy Challenge this year, it's still information you can use.

Details about the TAHFM Texas Energy Roundup are here, including an overview of the competition and a link to an energy tips webinar.

Your Facilities Management News
By Mark Taylor A series of highly publicized data breaches at U.S. health care organizations have led to multimillion-dollar settlements, public mistrust and the possibility of increased government oversight — and have elevated the need to protect patient information from basement cubicles to C-suite offices. SOURCE: HOSPITALS & HEALTH NETWORKS DAILY
By Shannon Barnet
Researchers have long known that factors such as advanced age and prolonged hospital stay are associated with a greater risk of contracting C. diff., but the size of the patient room has never before been analyzed.
(Note: If the link to Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology within this article does not work, click here instead.)
You can now view the slides from the Equipment Management webinar presented by George Mills, Director of the Engineering Department at The Joint Commission. This webinar only pertains to hospital and CAH programs.
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