KSHE Update
President's Message
Jack Merrill
Schools are letting out, families are headed off for vacations and life is becoming busier as we approach summer. It is a grand time of year for most and I particularly am looking forward to family time, cook-outs and golf.

There is also much happening at your KSHE Chapter and I have two very important announcements to share with you all....
KSHE Update
University of Louisville Event and Conference Center – Shelby Campus, 7/21/2017
Online registration is available until: 7/14/2017. For more information, contact KSHE at info@kshe.org or call 844-625-1200.
University Club of Kentucky, Lexington - 9/26/2017
Online registration is available until: 9/19/2017. For more information, contact KSHE at info@kshe.org or call 844-625-1200.
Hyatt Regency Lexington & Lexington Conference Center, Lexington, Kentucky
The Healthcare Coalition Conference is considered to be one of the best and most affordable opportunities for learning and sharing in Kentucky. The Healthcare Coalition Conference 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. This program will be approved for contact hours & CEUs through ASHE!
Naylor Association Solutions
Kentucky Spotlight
The Lane Report
After eight years of regulatory hurdles and legal obstacles, the long-awaited $24 million Boonespring Health Care & Rehabilitation center will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 10:30 a.m. May 11 at the project site at 10250 U.S. 42 in Boone County, Ky. (near St. Timothy Church in Union, KY).
Elizabeth Adams, UKNow
Shriners Medical Center donors, patients, medical center staff and doctors, and UK HealthCare leaders dedicated the new Lexington Shriners Medical Center during a ceremony on May 21.
Charles A. Mason, Bowling Green Daily News
Dr. Joshua Honaker, medical director of the Norton Group, said Friday that Norton Children’s Hospital is "a gem" for Kentucky.
HFL News and Spotlight
Mike Canales
Greetings from the Healthcare Facilities Leadership program at OCTC. With the new monthly newsletter and format, the HFL program will be expanding its content to include a wider variety of subject matter related to the HFL program, students success stories, industry trends, and professional development. As part of my job as program director for the HFL program, I gather and research a wide variety of industry related information and trends that I often incorporate into the HFL coursework. I also continue to expand connections with a growing number of healthcare organizations and support organizations that bring emerging issues and technologies to my attention. I often think it would be great to share this information with other HFM professionals.
ASHE Update
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
Proposed changes to NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 will be voted on during the NFPA Conference and Technical Meeting June 4-7 in Boston. One key issue that will be up for a vote is allowing smoke compartments to be a maximum of 40,000 square feet instead of the current 22,500 square feet. ASHE supports this move because it will provide more flexibility, promote healthier environments, and improve the patient experience of care. ASHE has created resources on the proposals up for a vote.
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
Full implementation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) emergency preparedness rule is expected in November. Hospitals currently accredited by The Joint Commission will likely be in compliance with most of the new Conditions of Participation, but there are potential compliance gaps. A webinar May 22 will identify these gaps and provide ways for health care organizations to meet CMS requirements. The webinar is free to ASHE members and $125 for non-members.
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
NFPA 101A methodology provides alternative compliance solutions for health care facilities, which can save costs and time under certain conditions. ASHE has updated a helpful FSES tool that can help health care facilities determine whether their level of fire safety is equivalent to that prescribed by NFPA 101: Life Safety Code®.
Your Facilities Management News
Beth Burmahl, Health Facilities Management
While the career path for facilities managers has never been clear, those who entered the field decades ago most likely shared some similar credentials.
Bill Siwicki, Healthcare IT News
Accenture finds 73 percent of healthcare execs say the Internet of Things is poised to upend industry, but only 49 percent think their organization’s leaders understand what it could mean.
Sandy Berreth, RN, MS, CASC, Outpatient Surgery
Medicare surveyors are cracking down on building safety. They've been enforcing the 2012 editions of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Health Care Facilities Code and Life Safety Code since last November.
Sustainability Spotlight
Christy Fetsch, KSHE Co-Sustainability Liaison, Trane
Higher patient experience ratings in HCAHPS survey results are linked with higher profitability. Relationships between the physical environment and patient satisfaction scores have been studied and proven to be connected as well. It can then be reasoned that physical environments can impact profitability. Knowing this, there is value in considering energy efficiency to positively impact the physical environment and increase profitability. Implementing a comprehensive energy strategy can help hospitals and healthcare networks drive business outcomes that can aid in efficient facilities to best serve their patients. In today’s environment, hospitals are striving to provide the best patient care while facing limitations in CapEX and OpEX spending. Creating a comprehensive approach to how the facility is managed and narrowing in on how energy efficiency can create comfortable environments that yield financial results. A comprehensive approach should include how the facilities are using energy, how they are purchasing that energy (both gas and electric), and how they are managing the data associated with the energy. A facility could begin their journey by first looking at and evaluating their utility bill data. One such opportunity is to participate with KSHE in the ASHE Energy 2 Care (E2C) program. E2C can provide a simple way to benchmark one or more facilities against the industry average, as well as provide helpful tips on how to start small.
American Society for Healthcare Engineering
Russell Regional Hospital in Kansas started with small efficiency improvements and ended up earning an ENERGY STAR score of 100. A new Energy to Care success story shows how the hospital tapped into staff enthusiasm and made strategic investments to become more efficient. The hospital reduced energy use by an amazing 43 percent between 2013 and 2016.
Cathryn Jakicic, facilitiesnet.com
Paperless, recycled building materials, excellent public transport links...these are all things that help to make a building friendlier to the environment.
Don’t forget to renew your KSHE membership! You can contact KSHE Headquarters at info@kshe.org and request your membership invoice. We value your membership and hope to see you at the 2017 Healthcare Coalition Conference later this year. Be sure and renew today to get the Member Rate when you register for the HCC.
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