October 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
November 13, San Antonio
In this first of a series of basic skills and educational development for the healthcare facility professional the curriculum will provide an overview of codes, standards, and best practices that are designed to better orient the future healthcare leader to the regulatory knowledge and basic physics associated with managing a complex healthcare facility.
 
February 4–5, Fort Worth
Dubbed "the stamp of approval" by many employers, the ASHE Health Care Construction (HCC) Certificate proves to health care organizations that you have been properly trained to work in a health care construction environment — making you the desirable candidate for the job.
 
April 3–6, 2016, Westin Galleria Dallas
Health care facilities managers consider Interlink to be one of the best and most affordable opportunities for learning and sharing in Texas. Interlink consistently delivers top-notch educational content, hours of continuing education credits, as well as ongoing opportunities to discuss emerging issues and best practices with colleagues, vendors, and consultants. Mark your calendars now for next year’s exciting multi-day event!
 
Jamie Morgan, Health Facilities Management
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) has posted its webinar "Critical WMTS Update: What You Need to Know" online.
 
Member Spotlight
Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University
The Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University is conducting a new search for multiple Lecturers, or Assistant or Associate Instructional Professors, non-Tenure Track. The Department is seeking new teaching professionals who are interested in a full time academic career in teaching and service in construction methods and materials; building architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems; estimating; scheduling; project controls; and the technology involved with these subject areas including building information modeling (BIM).
 
D Healthcare Daily
According to U.S. News and World Report, Texas counts 10 of the nation’s 189 most connected hospitals for electronic health records. And of those, a whopping eight are in North Texas.
 
Carrie Feibel, Houston Public Media
The CDC has designated 55 hospitals nationwide as future "Ebola treatment centers." Two of them are in Texas: UTMB in Galveston and Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) in Houston. TCH has built an entirely new unit, an 8-bed biocontainment wing at its facility in Katy.
 
Brighton Solutions, Inc.
Specified Technologies Inc.
m Strategic Partners, Inc.
ASHE Update
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
The Energy to Care benchmarking and awards program run by ASHE reached an important milestone recently when the 1,000th facility joined the free program. Since 2009, hospitals participating in the program have tracked more than $67 million in energy savings.
 
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
ASHE is now accepting proposals from those who want to present sessions at the 53rd ASHE Annual Conference in Denver July 10-13, 2016. All abstracts must be submitted to ASHE by Oct. 31. Join the roster of prestigious speakers, and submit your session abstract before the deadline.
 
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
ASHE is working with several other organizations to address issues related to temperature, humidity, and ventilation requirements for hospital operating rooms and sterile processing departments.
 
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
ASHE has posted additional resources on its Focus on Compliance website to help round out information on managing utility systems. ASHE and the Joint Commission are working together to provide compliance resources on a variety of Joint Commission requirements, starting with EC.02.05.01, utility systems.
 
Energy Roundup Tips
Jeff Ferenc, Health Facilities Management
Elmhurst (Ill.) Memorial Hospital is participating in a new utility program that makes data readily available so the hospital can take steps to cut energy use.
 
Beth Burmahl, Suzanna Hoppszallern, and Jamie Morgan, Health Facilities Management
When it comes to environmental sustainability, hospitals across the United States are making considerable strides in lopping off what industry experts call the low-hanging fruit — the less costly and labor-intensive measures that often show significant energy and cash savings.
 
Absolute Testing Services
Texas F.S.S
Tecni-Quip Carts
Your Facilities Management News
Andrew Kireta Jr., MCD magazine, September/October 2015 issue
As I’m flying across the country writing this, I’m again reminded of the different sections of the flight safety briefing. The part that stands out goes something like this, "In case of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the panel above your seat. Reach up, grab the mask fully extending the plastic tubing, place the mask over your nose and mouth and breathe normally." What if we actually have to use the masks?
 
Jeff Ferenc, Health Facilities Management
Despite an abundance of studies examining the impact of patient-room cleaning, disinfection and cleanliness monitoring on health care-associated infections (HAIs), one of the most important questions has never been answered: Which methods are best for preventing infections?
 
Jamie Morgan, Health Facilities Management
Although the proposal period is now closed, the public can still review proposals to two Facility Guidelines Institute Guidelines: The Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities and the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care and Support Facilities until Oct. 26, with the option to add opinions to either strongly support or disagree with what is being proposed based on evidence from the field.
 
 
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