August 2015 In This Issue
Events and Education
Member Spotlight
ASHE Update
Energy Roundup Tips
Your Facilities Management News
Life Safety Services LLC.
Philders Group Intl Inc
Eaton
Events and Education
September 12, Arlington
TAHFM and Sterling Barnett Little invite you to join us at the Sterling Barnett Little Suite at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for the Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics.
 
September 18, Austin
This course presents a business case for HFCx. A methodology is presented for developing a business plan that allows the health care organization’s executive leadership to evaluate the value and the return on investment of embracing the HFCx process.
 
New Date! September 18, Dallas
The TAHFM Wack 'Em and Stack 'Em Sporting Clays Tournament allows us to support our mission to assist our membership in professional development through support, education and collaboration.
 
September 21 - 22, Austin
The 2015 COAA-TX Fall Workshop will be a unique opportunity to network with colleagues, learn best practices and help improve industry performance.
 
October 9, San Antonio
This session will explore ways to ensure a quality workforce is established and maintained through a comprehensive and personalized education and training program. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive audience participation sample training session.
 
October 22, Houston
ICRA training: A one-day intense workshop: "The Fundamentals of Infection Control in Healthcare Facilities during Construction." This class is mandatory for Texas and fills quickly! Register today to ensure a seat!
 
October 29, Houston
TAHFM is excited to announce our next always fun, always popular, 5th Annual Wack 'Em and Stack 'Em Sporting Clays Tournament. Registration will begin at 12:00 p.m., tournament to begin at 1:30 p.m. All proceeds raised at this year's shoot will support our educational and technical assistance mission to assist our membership in affordable professional development.
 
Member Spotlight
The TAHFM Annual Strategic Planning Retreat gathered the Officers and Directors, the regional representatives and CMP Management team members to discuss the expectations and strategies for the upcoming year.

Under the leadership of Mike Hatton, discussions included an update ASHE Region 7 activities and opportunities, a presentation on Joint Commission Compliance updates, issues and strategies for success, and the TAHFM Energy Roundup Program future. A new process for networking events were presented and implemented. Requirements for obtaining the Platinum Elite chapter award were discussed and strategies were brainstormed.

The TAHFM Board of Directors established goals for the upcoming year to include a renewed focus on redefining the scholarship program, increasing involvement in the TAHFM Energy Roundup, and improving our communications strategies.
 
Anne DiNardo, Healthcare Design
After operating for more than 10 years, the Child Life Zone at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston was starting to show some wear and tear. "With thousands of patients and families using the space over the years, it was well loved," says Mary E. Tietjens, child life manager at Texas Children’s Hospital.
 
Brighton Solutions, Inc.
Specified Technologies Inc.
m Strategic Partners, Inc.
ASHE Update
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
ASHE is holding a free webinar Sept. 8 to discuss the latest information about an important Federal Communications Commission decision that will allow unlicensed devices to operate on the same channel as the Wireless Medical Telemetry Service used by hospitals.
 
American Society for Healthcare Engineering via Health Facilities Management
To help facility staff comply with the top eight physical environment standards cited by the Joint Commission, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), Chicago, and the Joint Commission, Oak Brook, Ill., are collaborating to provide valuable online resources.
 
Energy Roundup Tips
Timothy Angerame, Medical Construction & Design magazine
In today’s difficult economic climate, when financial savings are critical to every healthcare institution, facility managers demand even more from energy systems while looking to spend less.
 
Michael Gilmore, Medical Construction & Design magazine
Energy efficiency is a pressing area of concern in the modern healthcare industry. On one hand, unlike many other industries, hospitals have stringent health and safety requirements that make energy reduction difficult.
 
Jeff Ferenc, Health Facilities Management
When Metroplex Adventist Hospital, Killeen, Texas, experienced a substantial drop in its energy use, the local utility company, Oncor Electric Delivery, decided it was time to investigate.
 
Absolute Testing Services
Sika Corporation
Tecni-Quip Carts
Your Facilities Management News
Marc Filippino, Health Facilities Management
Maintaining a career in health care facility management requires constant adaptation. The field is expanding, there is always new technology to learn, and facility managers must stay abreast of new regulatory and economic developments to succeed.
 
Joseph A. Glaski, MBA, SASHE, ASHE via Inside ASHE magazine
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering moving to the 2012 edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code®. If and when the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code is adopted, hospital facility managers will have to comply with the annual fire and smoke door inspection requirement. (This story originally appeared in the Summer 2015 edition of Inside ASHE, copyright ASHE 2015.)
 
Jeff Ferenc, Health Facilities Management
As if there weren’t enough to tackle with keeping day-to-day operations and the supporting infrastructure in top working order, things can get even more challenging, as they say, if there is a merger or acquisition in your present or future.
 
 
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