KSHE Update
President's Message

Hello Kentucky!

 It was sure good to see you all at the Healthcare Coalition Conference in Lexington! The Conference was a complete success because of the support of our many members and vendors. Chad Hymas, our opening Speaker, started the Conference with a program which was absolutely awesome. He touched everyone’s heart with his opening talk thus securing a standing ovation from the attendees. Guest Speakers James Kendig of the Joint Commission, KHA President Michael Rust, and ASHE Region 3 Representative Shay Rankhorn provided informative and useful information in which to run our businesses better. The many Educational Sessions provided attendees with the tools necessary to improve their operations. The Trade Show was the best I ever saw with Vendors giving it high praises. Everyone enjoyed Casino Night, as did I (even though I went Bust!) I talked to as many individuals as possible and heard nothing but positive feedback. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to join over 400 healthcare professionals and industry partners at the 2017 HCC. I truly hope we exceeded your expectations and brought value to your time.


I will see you in Owensboro for our 2018 HCC program!

Jack Merrill CHE, CHFM, CHPA, CHC
President, KSHE


KSHE Update
Mike Canales, KSHE Education Board Member
Last month, we announced some excellent educational opportunities being held in Owensboro and Lexington. We also made a big announcement regarding the release of CHT version 2.0. During this issue, we would like to share some very important updates.

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Owensboro Health

A Certification Program for Healthcare Facility Contractors

The Certified Healthcare Contractor (CHC) is now a one-day course with the Certified Healthcare Technician course or 6 contact hours in healthcare engineering now serving as a pre-requisite. If you are re-certifying as a CHC, you still need to take the CHT and attend the CHC, but you will not be required to re-take the CHC exam. You may also submit 12 contact hours in healthcare engineering to re-cert as a CHC.

Email info@kshe.org for more information.


December 7, 2017, Baptist Health Lexington Education Center

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services adopted of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101. This presentation will highlight the impact of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101 and the rationale behind the changes from the 2000 edition. The presentation will focus on new suite provisions, changes in egress requirements, smoke barriers, and other changes that affect health care design. It will also include some common deficiencies found in existing health care facilities.


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