KSHE Update
President's Message
By Joe Taylor
 
My, what incredible times we are living in! I’m certain that the ONLY think top of mind for you now is the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on you, your loved ones, your work family, and our patients. Today we are being asked to think and act “out of the box” like we never have before. The Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers is one of the top ASHE chapters in the country, and we intend to lead and to support all of you during these trying times.
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Education and Training
The Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers is now accepting applications from students attending or who have been accepted into a Kentucky based University or College in either a 2-year or 4-year undergraduate program.
 
Recipients receive $500 per semester for up to 8 continuous semesters. When considering the selection of the recipient of the KSHE Scholarship, priority will be given to relatives of KSHE Members. Secondary consideration will be given to relatives of healthcare employees. Third in the selection process will be any eligible student.
 
Click the button below for more information and to submit your application. Please email info@kshe.org with questions.
 
Application deadline is Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
 
As KSHE continues to assist their communities of healthcare facilities professionals in their efforts to provide quality service and reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are striving to provide as much information as possible. We encourage everyone to review the provided resources on how you can do your part in elevating emergency preparedness and infection prevention.
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Kentucky Hospital Association
The Kentucky Hospital Association’s Hospital Day allowed hospital leaders from across the state to interact with state legislators in Frankfort on a number of topics.
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By Mike Canales
 
Greetings KSHE Members,
 
Hard to believe how much can change in a month. By time you read this update, you will have been immersed in a national crisis for several weeks now! We know so much energy is being spent preparing and responding on what is and/or may happen. The education you all are getting on pandemic is invaluable and will become a part of your professional knowledge for the rest of your careers. As a KSHE Board, we want to do anything we can to bring value and support to you our members. As a result, we are pulling together several industry professionals to bring updates and create a weekly dialogue for you our most valuable resource. Please check out a few more details below on this and other education opportunities.
ASHE Update
American Society for Health Care Engineering
 
There has been a number of question regarding Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance (ITM) during this pandemic. We have also received questions regarding fire drills. ASHE is currently working with CMS and the various accrediting organizations to develop national guidance on these issues. In the interim, we will provide you with a template that was developed with input from TJC, that will provide you with some relief from these requirements until such time national guidance is provided.
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More than 400 facility management professionals responded to the wide-ranging 2020 Hospital Construction Survey.
Healthcare Facilities Today
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Organizations who would like to participate in the Energy to Care Awards and Chapter Challenge now have until the end of April to update utility bill data in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. If you need assistance, please reach out.
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The orientation of technicians and contractors in healthcare is a patient safety issue that we should all be talking about. Help us get the word out, and let us know how Safe Day One has helped your facility. Please share your experiences with us at info@safedayone.org and follow us today!
 
 
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