2015 Interlink Speakers
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Barry Angevine
Sales Representative • Eaton

Mr. Angevine has been a Sales Representative in Houston area for a little over 1 year. He has previously worked as inside sales for same division for 2+ years.

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Meeting the Latest Building Code Requirements for Commercial Lighting Controls

Most healthcare facility managers are aware of the basic tenets of lighting and lighting control. However, this dynamic arena has experienced rapid changes in a short amount of time. This discussion will cover how building codes transition from voluntary practices to mandatory requirements that are enforceable by law. It will explore the most recently released versions of ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1, IECC, and Title 24 and LEED. The most recent changes to lighting controls requirements contained within each new standard will be explained and clarified as well as detail their adoption status or applicability throughout the U.S. Lastly, it will describe strategies on how healthcare facility managers, engineers and designers can most effectively achieve compliance with building codes and earn LEED credits.


Craig Ayers
Director of Facility Engineering • Memorial Hermann Northeast

Craig Ayers has held numerous leadership positions in healthcare facilities management for over 35 years. Currently, he is the Director of Facilities Engineering at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital. Craig’s facility at Northeast has attained the Energy Star label and has received the ASHE E2C award for 25% energy reduction. The Northeast campus continues to be an Energy Star ranked facility. Craig has held similar positions at HCA as Director of Engineering and Security at the Bayshore and East Houston campuses in the Houston area as well as Director of Plant Operations at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas. His leadership positions have included facility engineering, clinical engineering, security, and construction management of more than $200-million in capital projects.

Craig attended Ohio University, where he received his Master of Health Administration degree in 2011. Craig holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from LeTourneau University is a Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager (CHFM), a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) and is a Certified Pool and Spa Operator (CPO).

Craig has served three years on the Board of Directors for Keep Longview Beautiful and one year as president. He received the Shooting Star Award from Good Shepherd Medical Center and spent several years as part of their Chaplaincy Program.

Craig and his wife Carrie reside in the Baytown area with their son Christopher with one daughter living in Ft. Worth.

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Operating Room HVAC Unoccupied Setback – Year 2 Outcomes; Quality and Energy Success

Energy conservation for healthcare facilities continues to be a topic of interest due to the amount of cost savings that can be accomplished. With some simple, low cost strategies such as unoccupied modes for HVAC systems, energy savings can quickly be achieved while maintaining the appropriate Infection Control safeguards and TDSHS code parameters. Surgery suites have usually been “hands off” when it comes to utilizing unoccupied modes; however, with some careful planning, an unoccupied setback can be engineered to provide a higher level of control and quality of the surgical suite environment. For the past two years, the surgical suites at Memorial Hermann Northeast have utilized a night setback mode with virtually no complaints or concerns from physicians, Infection Preventionists, or staff. Visual indicators, overrides, and pressure monitors assure the proper operation of all of the suites in all situations as well as maintain a safe, high quality environment. In fact, we argue that initiating this Performance Improvement project actually improved the clinical environment by providing increased instrumentation for the proactive review of critical temperature/pressure and relative humidity parameters. In this session we will discuss the strategies used to design and engineer the night setback mode as well as ideas on occupancy sensing, visual operating mode indicators, overrides, and room pressure monitors.

Learning Objectives:
(1) The attendee will understand the concepts of the night set back features for surgery areas, as well as have a working knowledge on how the system should be engineered to provide optimum benefits and patient safety.
(2) The attendee will be able to articulate the cost savings with the deployment of night setback features for surgery as well as the improved clinical environment created by adding additional instrumentation.
(3) The audience will gain a working knowledge of how to calculate the cost savings and return on investment associated with a night setback project.


Robert Bartels
President • Safety Management Services, Inc.

Mr. Bartels is President and founder of Safety Management Services Inc. a nationally recognized healthcare consulting company, has been a consultant to the healthcare industry for nearly 40 yeas. He has assisted hundreds of hospitals in preparing for accreditation surveys and completed hundreds more Statements of Conditions. He is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on the Physical Environment, was a consultant and clinical faculty member for The Joint Commission and served on NFPA 101 Life Safety Code Committee. Mr. Bartels is a CHFM, CHSP, FASHE, and CHEP.

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CMS Impact/Influence on Recent TJC Surveys

This program will focus on a review of how recent changes to the CMS - Joint Commission relationship has affected surveys, survey process, and survey outcomes, as well as the profound affect it has had on Facility Directors.


John Cook
Director, Facility Management Services;• Houston Methodist Houston

John Cook serves as Director, Facilities Management Services at Houston Methodist Houston located in the Texas Medical Center. He is responsible for providing engineering services for twelve medical buildings which include hospital, ambulatory, and research occupancies all totaling 5 million square feet. Mr. Cook has cross-functional management expertise in the strategic planning, development and operations of health care facilities and comprehensive delivery systems. He combines leadership success in Integrated Health Care Delivery, Project Design and Implementation, Budgeting & Cost Reduction, Project & Time Management, Plant Operations, Contract Negotiations & Conflict Resolution, Regulatory Reporting & Compliance, and Engineering Services Management. He has thirty- eight years of leadership experience in the maintenance field, in which thirty were spent in both profit and not for profit healthcare institutions. He holds a Master degree in Global Management, a Certified Plant Engineer, and is a Certified Hospital Safety Professional.

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Michael Crowley
Vice President • Jensen Hughes

Mike Crowley holds a BS in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA from The University of Houston. Mike is a licensed professional engineer in 5 states. Professional organization involvement includes Fellow in Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Membership and activity on NFPA Technical Committees including NFPA 101 - Healthcare Occupancies and Means of Egress, and NFPA 99 – current Correlating Committee Chair, among others. He is a Life Safety Code and NFPA 99 instructor for NFPA. In addition, he is a Senior Member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers. Mike has authored numerous technical articles and made presentations at various conferences and symposiums. He is Vice President Development and healthcare practice leader. Mike provides consulting to architects, facility managers and building owners around the world.

   


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Status of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 2012 Edition and Beyond 

NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 2012 editions will become CMS requirements. This presentation will review the major changes and updates for adoptions. NFPA has issues Tentative Interim Amendments (TIA) for issues in NFPA 99 and NFPA 101A.

Codes & Standards Updates

The complexity of Healthcare codes, standards and best practices can often lead to apparent conflicts in the design, construction, and regulatory world. Thus, the healthcare facility manager is often conflicted with the best approach to maintaining the Physical Environment that satisfies the letter of and the intent of regulations. TAHFM has invited panelists from the Design, Accreditation, and Code Consulting industry to discuss and debate some of the current hot topics in the healthcare arena which should assist the facility manager with understanding the bigger picture and intent of our Physical Environment – and how to meet the intent of the various AHJ’s who survey and regulate a healthcare facility.


Dennis Ford
Program Director, Healthcare Facilities • University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)

Dennis Ford has served in Health Care Facilities Engineering for over 20 yrs. He received his degree in Civil Engineering through the Air Force ROTC program and started his career at Eglin AFB Regional Hospital as a Clinical Engineer. While in the Air Force, Dennis served in facility management roles and also at Headquarters where he led the development of a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) currently used at all military hospitals (DMLSS-FM). Before arriving at UTMB in Galveston, TX, Dennis served as Director of Facilities at Baptist Health System in San Antonio and had previously served as a healthcare facilities management consultant. Today, Dennis is managing the healthcare facilities program at UTMB Health, which is expanding from 2 MIL SF to 4 MIL SF as new hospitals and clinics are built and activated.


 


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Transition from Construction to Maintenance: Using Technology to insure a Survey Ready Hospital

The University of Texas Medical Branch is building two new hospitals (257,000 and one million sq. ft., respectively), both of which will be completed in 2015. The owner defined data necessary for the hospitals to be Joint Commission Environment of Care (EOC) survey ready on Day One, as well as data needed to ensure a smooth transition from construction to operations and maintenance. The data was defined during design, standardized during construction, and used during commissioning. This formed the basis of our building information management (BIM) system. This session will enable attendees to:

•List requirements for new hospitals to be survey ready on Day One in relation to the EOC standards of The Joint Commission.
•Identify requirements for a smooth transition from new hospital construction to operations and maintenance.
•Assess the use of BIM for a new construction project as it relates to owner requirements for operations, maintenance, and regulatory compliance.
•Describe 
the benefits of BIM as a Lean construction tool.


John Franks
Director, Facilities/Safety • CHI St. Luke's Health

John was born and raised on the East side of Houston. He began his working career as a carpenter in Union 1226, in Pasadena. He worked his way up from apprentice to General Foreman. In 1989, John accepted a Supervisor of Construction Services position with ST. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. In the next 19 years, John put his construction experience to use on a number of major projects, including 350,000 sq ft of expansion projects and dozens of major remodels. In 2008 John accepted a Director of Facilities/Safety position at St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital. Construction continued as The Woodlands added a West Bed Tower, Surgical, NICU and Women's services expansions, and then a vertical expansion that added 90 additional Patient beds.

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Infection control and the Facility Manager - Regulations, Requirements, Best Practices

With all of Healthcare’s AHJ’s emphasis on Infection Control, the FM’s roles and responsibilities for infection
control are ever expanding. Construction projects today are increasingly budget and time constrained, making this area a potential minefield for non-compliance. Infection control for construction today means FMs must have an increasing awareness of Infection Control measures as they relate to construction, as well as to day-to-day operations. CMS, TJC and DNV all have increased their scrutiny on FMs in the IC regulations.

In this Seminar we will review regulations, requirements, and Best Practices, along with a few examples of when things go wrong. At the end of this seminar the student will:

  • Have a working knowledge of infection Control procedures for construction
  • Know pressure differentials and air changes in required areas, and how they relate to one another to prevent infections
  • Be able to communicate the role of infection control for normal operations for the FM
  • Meet all AHJ requirements of a fully-functioning infection control program for facilities

Codes & Standards Updates

The complexity of Healthcare codes, standards and best practices can often lead to apparent conflicts in the design, construction, and regulatory world. Thus, the healthcare facility manager is often conflicted with the best approach to maintaining the Physical Environment that satisfies the letter of and the intent of regulations. TAHFM has invited panelists from the Design, Accreditation, and Code Consulting industry to discuss and debate some of the current hot topics in the healthcare arena which should assist the facility manager with understanding the bigger picture and intent of our Physical Environment – and how to meet the intent of the various AHJ’s who survey and regulate a healthcare facility.


Mark Fratto
Principal • Fratto Engineering, Inc.

Mr. Fratto graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1981 while working for Magill Cloyd Consulting Engineers. With the exception of a short stint as an engineer in the oil industry, he has been designing building electrical systems for a variety of building types ranging from schools to hospitals since that time.

In the mid1990’s Mr. Fratto accepted a position to manage the Dallas office of a Houston based consulting engineering firm. That experience led to the opening of Fratto Engineering, Inc. in 1997.

Fratto Engineering Inc. (FEI) was founded as a C-Corporation in Arlington, Texas to provide Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing consulting engineering and design services to the institutional client. The firm opened with a total of three employees and today, even with the economic down turn, is categorized as a medium size firm with 14 employees and the ability to utilize additional contract staff as needed.

The firm continues to realize measured and disciplined growth much of which has been achieved as the direct result of additional assignments from an expanding roster of first class clients.

We are recognized in the design community for providing quality Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing engineering services on time and within budget.

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Codes & Standards Updates

The complexity of Healthcare codes, standards and best practices can often lead to apparent conflicts in the design, construction, and regulatory world. Thus, the healthcare facility manager is often conflicted with the best approach to maintaining the Physical Environment that satisfies the letter of and the intent of regulations. TAHFM has invited panelists from the Design, Accreditation, and Code Consulting industry to discuss and debate some of the current hot topics in the healthcare arena which should assist the facility manager with understanding the bigger picture and intent of our Physical Environment – and how to meet the intent of the various AHJ’s who survey and regulate a healthcare facility.


Anne Grady
Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author • Anne Grady Group

Anne Grady is an entrepreneur, author and expert in personal and organizational transformation. With a master’s degree in organizational communication and over fifteen years of experience, Anne has helped lead organizations toward changes that build teamwork, increase productivity and reduce stress. Her topics cover the entire spectrum of conversations that organizations need to have to be engaged, productive & profitable.

Anne provides keynote addresses, presentations, and professional development sessions for groups of all sizes around the world, and her work has been featured on CNN, ESPN, FOX Business, MSN, NBC, CBS, Bloomberg Radio, Investor’s Business Daily, US News & World Report and more.

With humor, passion and straight talk, she grew her business as a nationally recognized speaker and consultant, while raising her special needs child. Anne shares the lessons she has learned in her new book, 52 Strategies for Life, Love & Work.

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Leading in Turbulent Times: Success Strategies that get Results

Our current business environment presents us with more complex challenges than ever before and has forced leaders to re-examine traditional approaches to leadership.  What once worked to motivate, engage and inspire others has changed significantly. Understanding personal motivation, defining the attitudes and behaviors that are expected of top performers, and developing a system where people choose accountability, creates a group of high-performing, empowered individuals.  This session is an opportunity to understand human behavior, improve communication and  tap into each individual to achieve maximum results.

           

Anne Guglielmo
Engineer, Department of Engineering • The Joint Commission

Anne Guglielmo is an Engineer in the Department of Engineering at The Joint Commission. She serves as one of five engineers providing support for the Life Safety, Environment of Care and Emergency Management standards. In this role, she provides interpretation of standards, reviews equivalency and extension requests, reviews survey reports, conducts Intracycle Monitoring calls, serves as faculty for educational programs, and conducts on-site surveys.

Ms. Guglielmo joined The Joint Commission in 2010 and has 15 years of experience in Fire Protection Engineering. Prior to joining The Joint Commission, she worked as a Fire Protection Engineer in the Design and Construction Industry. In this role, she was responsible for reviewing plans for fire protection and life safety code compliance, design review, field survey and documentation, preparing and presenting project submittals, energy code compliance modeling, and project equivalency identification and preparation.

Ms. Guglielmo is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM), a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED A.P.) She is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), International Code Council (ICC), and sits on the Technical Committee for NFPA 80, 101 and 101A. Ms. Guglielmo is also a member of the ASHE membership committee and is a taskforce champion.

Ms. Guglielmo received her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, specialized in Fire andLife Safety Engineering, from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois.


Marshall B. Heins
Senior Vice President & Chief Facility Services Officer • Memorial Hermann

Marshall B. HeinsMarshall B. Heins, Senior Vice President & Chief Facility Services Officer for Memorial Hermann. Mr. Heins was appointed to his current position in January 1998. His system-wide responsibilities represent great diversity and include Architecture, Real Estate, Construction, Supply Chain Management, Food Services, Clinical and Facilities Engineering, Sterile Processing, as well as Environmental Services, Laundry Services, and Property Management. Mr. Heins received this appointment after serving Hermann Hospital in a similar function (November 1994 - December 1997) as Vice President of Facilities & Real Estate prior to the November 1997 merger of Memorial and Hermann.

Mr. Heins previously served as Vice President of Facilities & Real Estate at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas (May 1991-October 1994). Prior to joining St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Mr. Heins was employed by Hines (May 1985-May 1991) in various roles of Property Management, Leasing, Construction Management, and Project Management.

Mr. Heins completed his undergraduate coursework in Business at the University of Houston (BBA Finance) and his graduate coursework in Business at Houston Baptist University (MBA). Mr. Heins is a member of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), receiving his CPM designation in 2000 and has held a Texas Real Estate Broker’s License since 1985. As a fellow of the Rice Building Institute, Mr. Heins has participated in numerous symposia and publications.

Mr. Heins is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and currently serves on the Board of Directors and is President Elect of the Houston Chapter. Mr. Heins has written manuscripts that were published by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), articles for numerous industry publications, spoken at national conferences, and belongs to a variety of industry organizations. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Thermal Energy Cooperative (TECO), the largest utility generation plant in the United States and has managed development of over $4 billion of healthcare, medical office building and commercial real estate projects. Many of these projects have been recognized for energy conservation, innovation, architecture, operational efficiency and historical preservation. .

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Briseida Hernandez
Student • Texas A&M University

Briseida Hernandez is currently a Sophomore in Environmental Design major with a minor in Facilities Management at Texas A&M University. She serves as the Architecture department's Undergraduate Representative for the Student Health Environments Association(SHEA) and also as an Executive Officer for the American Institute of Architecture Students(AIAS). During the summer of 2014, she completed an internship with Memorial Hermann Health System where she discovered her passion for healthcare design.

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The Inevitable - Technology Takeover in Healthcare Facilities

Architecture technologies and techniques to make 21st century healthcare flourish in existing facilities.

Additional Presenters: Xin "Lucy" Bai Ph.D. Candidate, Texas A&M University Graduate Assistant, Center for Health Systems & Design President, Student Health Environments Association (SHEA)


Eric Herrera
Director of Engineering • Memorial Hermann Hospital

Eric Herrera holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Houston and a Master in Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University. He is Certified Healthcare Facility Manager, Certified Plant Maintenance Manager and Certified Healthcare Safety Professional.

Eric is currently employed as Director of Engineering for Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. He is currently serving as Board member for the Houston Area Association for Hospital Engineering. He has been an active member with TAHFM for the last couple of years serving as Regional Representative and working in several committees with TAHFM. He has served as the Regional Vice President for the Southwestern Region for the Association of Facilities Engineering,

In his 15 years in facilities management, Eric has held leadership roles in both for profit and not for profit facilities. He has worked for the Methodist Hospital, Texas Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital and Reliant Stadium.

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Tilt Wall for Healthcare Environments

• Tilt-wall definition
• Tilt-wall construction
• Benefits of Tilt-wall
• Memorial Hermann Katy experience  
                                                                                                                               


John Huff
Vice President, Healthcare Leasing • Duke Realty

John’s insight on the differences between core facilities and affiliated facilities (On- vs Off-campus) offers an amazing checklist to those owners who have to manage both facility types in their portfolio. As an investor across our region, Duke works with major health systems and is exceptionally skilled in the art of negotiations between commercial and institutional partners.


 


    

 

 

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Off-Campus vs. On-Campus: Becoming the Leaseholder and Not the Landlord

If your policy is to own, and your market proforma favors a leasehold arrangement, what should you negotiate, and what options should you weigh to make this difficult decision. It is made difficult by the fact that both options have value. It is made complex by the varied agenda and market factors that influence your business model. And it is made messy by the arrangements made for facility maintenance. Speakers from the commercial and health care sectors will explore the matrix for decision making and share their suggestion of a smart matrix to use in your planning.

The audience will gain knowledge from the commercial real estate and health care sector experts about the current market activities that influence the kind of property decisions they will need to make for their institutions. The speakers will explore the matrix for decision making around options for on-campus vs. off-campus properties, the infrastructure to be considered for properties not owned, and share their suggestion of a smart matrix to use in planning.


Chris Kay
Managing Principal, National Healthcare & Science Buildings Practice • Jacobs Consulting

Chris Kay is the managing principal for Jacobs' national healthcare and science buildings division.

His primary responsibilities include providing overall leadership and direction in managing the companies program, and project management business lines throughout North America. Chris is recognized as a leader in the development of capital planning and management of large complex building programs thought-out the Americas and MENA region, specifically in the healthcare, science, and building technologies fields. He is considered a leading expert in the planning and delivery of large hospital expansion programs and research facilities including, biological and nanotechnology building facilities. Prior to joining Jacobs, Chris was the managing director for Parsons vertical buildings group for North America and Middle East regions. Chris speaks regularly at various healthcare industry associations and trade groups, and serves on the boards of several organizations.

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Tilt Wall for Healthcare Environments

• Tilt-wall definition
• Tilt-wall construction
• Benefits of Tilt-wall
• Memorial Hermann Katy experience  
                                                                                                                               


G. Michael Lawshe
CEO & President • Master Video Systems, Inc.

Mr. G. Michael Lawshe has served as the Chairman & CEO of Master Video Systems, Inc., based in Dallas, Texas, since 2004. Master Video Systems, Inc., established in 1953, is full-service low-voltage systems integration company specializing in Television, Sound & Video and Security systems with clients in Healthcare, Hospitality, Stadiums, Education and other commercial venues.

Mr. Lawshe is also a Managing Director for Avalon Net Worth, an Investment Banking firm, based in New York City with offices in Dallas, Los Angeles and London. Avalon is a broker-dealer and provides an extensive range of investment banking, corporate finance and strategic financial advisory services. He also serves as a senior advisor to several private equity funds and family office groups. Mr. Lawshe is a registered Investment Banking Representative and holds a Series 79 and Series 63 securities license.

Mr. Lawshe serves as a Member of the Board of Status Jet, LLC, a Jet Charter, Sales and Acquisition aviation company, based in Dallas, Texas.

Mr. Lawshe has a diverse background in management, finance, operations and sales & marketing in various industries from commercial electronics, aviation, construction services, corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions for various private and public companies during the past thirty years.

Mr. Lawshe served as vice-president of Master Video Systems, Inc. from 1984-1996 and was responsible for sales & marketing, administration and operations. During his tenure, MVS grew from seven employees located in Dallas, TX to over thirty employees located in offices in Dallas, TX, Houston, TX and Birmingham, AL.

Mr. Lawshe is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and also holds an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from Amberton University. He also served as a Congressional Intern for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. in 1981.

Mr. Lawshe retired from the U.S. Army in 2008 with a rank of Lt. Colonel and served on Active Duty and in the Texas Army National Guard for over 24 years. He honorably served in various military operations in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina & Hurricane Rita and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College.

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Transition from Analog to High Definition Television in Hospitals

The Roadmap to get from Analog to High Definition is extensive. The components to transmit and receive full High-Definition comprise the Television Receivers, (CRT to Flat Panel Displays), the Cable Distribution System, the Signal Source (Satellite or Local Cable), In-House Local-Origination Channels and potentially Interactive Video On-Demand Channels.

Each of the components must be compatible and capable of transmitting and/or receiving High-Definition quality from the initial recording production, the broadcasting and the transmission as a full end-to-end solution.

Every facility should know their existing conditions, have current documentation and plan on future-proofing its Television System.


Marlene Linders
President and CEO • The Linders Health Institute

Marlene Linders, RN, MS, AIA, is the President and CEO of PHILDERS GROUP INTERNATIONAL INC., a healthcare consulting firm. She holds a degree in architecture, nursing science and a Master’s degree in science.

She is a National Speaker on Infectious Diseases, and one of two women in the USA that are Distinguished Lecturers (DL) for ASHRAE. Ms. Linders, as a DL for ASHRAE, went on a global speaking program about infection control, cross contamination, and its impact on the patient population during construction.
Philders Group International Inc. (PGI). is a healthcare consulting firm which provides corporate strategic positioning to national and global companies who want to gain access to or increase their footprint in the healthcare market. Additionally, PGI provides education and corporate risk management programs for Infection Prevention to the AEC, Real Estate Management, Educational, Contractor and health care industries. Philders Group impact clients by acting as a medical resource and provider for ongoing education and compliance programs. These programs assist our clients to function at a lower liability and risk.
Philders Group International Inc. R&D division enhances new or emerging technology that may positively impact the health of a population as well as sustainability. Our unique team of experts provides objective investigation for efficacy, positioning, and “take it to market” enhancement and strategy.

Ms. Linders is also the Executive Director for The Linders Health Institute™ which addresses safety, compliance and exposure risks during construction of healthcare buildings and the built environment. The Institute’s ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment) course has obtained global recognition and is now used as the USGBC’s course for healthcare and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for continuing education. The Linders Health Institute™ has written customized courses and training programs for such organizations as ECA Environmental Contractors of NYC and ABC Association of Building Contractors for the South Texas Chapter of San Antonio.

She has several years of extensive expertise in development and understanding of construction and design for building systems. She has worked on designing high-risk environments as Surgical Suites, LTC, and Transplant for several Level One trauma centers costing in excess of $4 billion dollars.

Her former company, PLI Inc, wrote the first Indoor Air Quality online curriculum course for the University of Florida Rinker School of Construction. Ms. Linders has written several white papers and articles on pandemics and emerging infectious diseases regarding the built environment, including a series on infection control for Kimberly Clark Worldwide now called Halyard. Additionally, she is a published author for the ASHRAE Journal and Long Term Care.

Education: 
RN nursing, MS clinical psychology Halifax School of NSG
BA Architectural Design, NYU

Other:
Harvard University Professional Development Program, Graduate School of Architecture and Design

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Overview of Risk Management for Infection Control during Healthcare Construction


Along with public awareness, the fact cannot be understated that the emergence of both air and waterborne pathogens, MRSA, and C Diff are serious factors in healthcare. The importance of employee,
patient safety, and exposure to these pathogens has become a major concern. Construction workers,
contractors, and patients are at a high risk of exposure to air borne pathogens if construction areas are
not properly managed. This presentation will review and analyze the factors regarding Infection
Control, emerging infectious diseases in the built environment, air and waterborne pathogens, MRSA
and exposure risks during construction for healthcare facilities. Selection of contractors meeting
compliance requirements should be a critical factor to facilities and clinical levels. With the new PPACA
in full blossom, it is mandatory to meet and show CMS objectives for positive clinical outcomes and
efficiency ratings in all levels of vendor services. 
                                                                                                 


Kathleen Margolis
Regional Director Health and Welness • GENSLER

Kathleen built her health care market strategies and branding programs that included new off-campus developments as a hospital manager for a for-profit system.  Today she leads a national team of planners and designers for the health industry. 

 

 

 


           

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Off-Campus vs. On-Campus: Becoming the Leaseholder and Not the Landlord

If your policy is to own, and your market proforma favors a leasehold arrangement, what should you negotiate, and what options should you weigh to make this difficult decision. It is made difficult by the fact that both options have value. It is made complex by the varied agenda and market factors that influence your business model. And it is made messy by the arrangements made for facility maintenance. Speakers from the commercial and health care sectors will explore the matrix for decision making and share their suggestion of a smart matrix to use in your planning.

The audience will gain knowledge from the commercial real estate and health care sector experts about the current market activities that influence the kind of property decisions they will need to make for their institutions. The speakers will explore the matrix for decision making around options for on-campus vs. off-campus properties, the infrastructure to be considered for properties not owned, and share their suggestion of a smart matrix to use in planning.


Michael Mostardi
Regional Director, Healthcare • Advanced Technologies Group, Inc.

Mike has 13 years of healthcare experience and has been with Advanced Technologies Group, Inc. (ATG) since 2007. Mike is responsible for managing the facility information for close to 150 healthcare facilities and 50 million square feet of space. As a result of his interaction with healthcare organizations across the country and his experience as a licensed mechanical engineer, Mike has a unique skill set that has assisted ATG in continuing to provide solutions to improving the planning, compliance, and management of healthcare campuses.

In his role Mike is responsible for AZ, TX, OH, New York City, and parts of IL. Mike is a consistent performer who develops new client relationships, establishes new services with existing clients, assists with marketing content, and is a visionary for new solution development.

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Tablets - Toy or Tool?

In recent years, healthcare facilities have had to adapt to a world of unprecedented change. To facility managers, more often than not this means doing more with less. To remain compliant, ensure high patient satisfaction, and respond to the never ending requests, technology is a must.

By integrating tablet technology into every-day maintenance activities, facility managers will be better prepared to meet the challenges.

Attendees will learn how organizations like Texas Children's and Memorial Hermann have integrated tablets into their Facility departments as well as some of the basic information to help you determine if your staff and current facility information platform can adopt this technology.


Aric Murray
Principal • Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.

Aric was born and raised in Wyoming and received his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Wyoming in 1998. That same year Aric moved to New Orleans with his wife Laura and worked for a local engineering firm designing HVAC and plumbing systems for hotels, restaurants, hospitals, and high-rise condominiums in and around the New Orleans area. In 2002 Aric obtained his professional engineering license in Mechanical Engineering. Aric and his wife relocated to Houston and shortly thereafter Aric started working for SSR as a mechanical engineer and project manager designing and managing healthcare projects ranging from small imaging equipment replacement projects to high rise hospitals in Oklahoma and Texas. Aric is currently the past President of Houston Area Association for Hospital Engineers and is a Principal at SSR in charge of managing multiple projects for clients in and around the greater Houston area.


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TDSHS Ventilation Codes, Basics of Psychrometics, RH control in OR's, and Outside air Heat Recovery 

TDSHS Air Change requirements, the Basics of Psychrometrics, and Outside air Heat Recovery’ – presented by Aric Murray, PE, LEED AP, Principal with Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. Session will cover the air change and pressure relationship requirements for different spaces within a hospital, explain how to use a psychrometric chart to predict room temperature and humidity outcomes using an Operating Room as an example, and one way to take advantage of heat recovery on dedicated outside air units.


Diane Osan
Chief Visionary Officer and Chairman of the Board • FKP Architects, Inc.

For over 30 years, Diane has been helping the nation’s top healthcare institutions translate their visions into reality. A Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and founding member of the American College of Healthcare Architects, she is a pillar of FKP Architects’ pediatric design practice. Her experience with children’s hospitals makes her a sought after leader and speaker across the country. Among her achievements, Diane’s work with Texas Children’s Hospital contributed to their honor as the first health care facility recognized with the “Good Design is Good Business” award by Business Week magazine.

She has managed projects from initial client contact through contract administration and observation, helping clients translate ideas into reality. She excels in leading large or complex teams through the design process to develop an operationally efficient, aesthetically pleasing environment.
Diane is considered a “trusted advisor” by her clients and is regularly asked to participate in c-suite visioning and strategic thinking. These clients include Texas Children’s Hospital, Cook Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Additionally she provides her planning and visioning expertise to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Nemours Children’s Hospital and Dayton Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. She has an infectious energy and brings a collaborative approach to each engagement, resulting in noteworthy master plans and award winning architectural projects.

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Modular Construction

As the Affordable Care Act(ACA) has rapidly transformed the Healthcare Market, Owner/Contractors/Designers have had to react in expeditious manner. By utilizing techniques that have been traditionally used in Europe and Residential construction, Project Teams have been reduce cost and time to market through Pre-Fabricated Construction. By using technology, innovation and timing, the Project Team will illustrate the many advantages and disadvantages to the Pre-Fabricated Construction Process.


Antony Parsons
Technical Consultant • Schneider Electric

Antony Parsons is a Technical Consultant in Schneider Electric's Power Systems Engineering group. He is responsible for providing power system analysis, troubleshooting, and design consulting services for Schneider Electric's customers, as well as engineering support for Schneider Electric's field services operations. He is proficient in computer modeling of electric power systems, system protection, power quality and harmonics, and electrical safety. Antony received the BSEE degree from the University of Houston in 1995, then received the MSE and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and 1999, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the IEEE Industry Applications Society. He is a licensed engineer in the states of Texas and Arkansas.

Antony has authored several technical papers, both in IEEE Transactions publications and IEEE conference proceedings, and has made technical presentations at conferences in the US and abroad. He has also helped to develop extensive training material for both Schneider Electric employees and clients, and has served as an instructor for Schneider Electric’s “Power Quality and Disturbance Monitoring” and “Understanding Arc Flash” short courses. He is a member of the IEEE P1584 working group on Arc Flash Calculations, and represents Schneider Electric as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee to the IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project.

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Road Map to Compliance - NFPA 70E Arc Flash

Over the last ten years, more than 30,000 workers have been injured in workplace electrical accidents.1 The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace® is the document most often referenced for electrical safety. OSHA enforces electrical workplace safety standards outlined in NFPA 70E. Enforcement may take place following an electrical accident or during their normal on-site inspection process. Schneider Electric™ advocates compliance to NFPA 70E not only for worker safety, but also equipment productivity.

This session will address:
1) An overview of the steps that hospitals should take to comply with the requirements of NFPA 70E
2) Arc flash mitigation solutions to help reduce the potential of an arc flash event and the resulting physical, financial
and statutory consequences
3) New labeling requirements as outlined in NFPA 70E - 2015 Edition


Jill Pearsall
Assistant Vice President • Texas Children's Hospital

Jill Pearsall is the Assistant Vice President over Facilities Planning & Development at Texas Children’s Hospital. She has leadership responsibility for facilities Project and Program Management, covering all aspects of planning, design, construction, and project delivery as well as on-going support programs of artwork, signage, interiors, logistics, property, parking, and facilities information and statistics. Jill is a licensed architect in Texas and California and holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

Jill joined Texas Children’s Hospital in 2002, coming on the tail end of the 1998 facilities expansion that added 1.2 million square feet to the Texas Children’s campus. Starting with the organization’s 2005 Special Strategic Plan, Jill remained intimately involved in planning, developing and executing the Vision 2010 facilities expansion – a four building, 2.4 million square feet, $1.13 billion, 6 year initiative. Jill also serves on several organizational committees, including Environmental Safety, Emergency Management, Facilities Executive and Capital Management, and is a key member on many task forces.

Jill is currently leading the development of the second Texas Children’s pediatric community hospital campus in The Woodlands, Texas, a $360 million development, and is involved in the CareFirst at Texas Children’s strategic initiative and facilities master plan, which focuses on the future of high acuity pediatric critical care, surgical and emergency care.

Jill is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Prior to switching to facilities management and joining the healthcare industry, she spent several years as a practicing architect in both California and Texas, working primarily for commercial and institutional clients.

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Special Isolation Unit

"COOL" project to highlight Texas Children's efforts to develop a special isolation unit to house and treat pediatric patients suspected of or diagnosed with an infectious condition.

In December 2014, State officials named Texas Children's as a pediatric Ebola center after the final task force report said a pediatric unit was needed and Texas Children's should collaborate with the state to develop it. The designation came after a visit from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and further discussions with the State and Texas Children's Physician in Chief.

An eight-bed special isolation unit adjacent to a 10 bed acute care unit at Texas Children's Hospital West Campus will house and treat children with Ebola, pandemic influenza, enterovirus D68 and other infectious diseases. The isolation unit will have the latest technology associated with advances in biocontainment, such as efficient air filtering, negative air pressure, separate ventilation and special security. An onsite biosafety level 3 lab will allow for quick identification of pathogens.


Clark Reed
National Manager, ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings • U.S. EPA (MC-6202A)

Clark Reed serves as a National Program Manager for ENERGY STAR at the US Environmental Protection Agency where he works with commercial building partners to identify energy opportunities, promote energy efficiency best practices, and recognize top performing buildings. He managed EPA’s efforts to establish a national energy performance rating scale for hospitals, medical offices, and most recently, senior living communities.

Mr. Reed has over sixteen years’ of experience writing and speaking on energy issues for the EPA. He earned a BA in Economics from the University of Washington and his MA in Environmental Policy from Tufts University.

 


Ashley Roberts
Project Manager • TME LLC

Ashley Roberts is a Principal/Project Manager at TME. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Ashley is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and has more than 5 years of industry experience specializing in retro-commissioning for healthcare facilities.


 

 


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Carbon Copy Operations: Gaining Back Resolution Through O&M Staff Benchmarking and Training

The current health facility business climate has been frequently characterized as a “perfect storm” of reduced revenues and higher costs. Financial survival requires a significant reduction in cost structure. Most, if not all, health facility cost reduction efforts focus on staffing levels because labor costs represent more than half of the total cost structure.

Many facilities have decided to outsource support services in an effort to reduce costs. Outsourcing efforts frequently offer the promise of early cost savings yet fail to deliver sustained results. Outsourcing can also yield understaffing and the associated adverse impacts on energy efficiency and deferred maintenance backlogs. Those who do not outsource have lost resolution in tips, tricks and shortcuts that have been passed down from the first generation of facilities O&M employees, who developed these shortcuts based on their intimate knowledge of the facilities systems. The result is essentially a blurry carbon copy image.

It is not only important to maintain the right number of employees, but to ensure that those individuals are capable of quality work at acceptable productivity levels. Labor Projections by the US Department of Labor not only estimate a growing future need for health care PDC and operations employees; but, they also project that the less skilled/educated careers within many of these professions will decrease. These statistics indicate an increased future demand for employees who are able to fill these positions to possess a higher-level education and skill-set for this group of professions.

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. The primary benefit to implementing this program is the opportunity to build an empowered and purpose-driven team that is knowledgeable and proactive in improving daily operations that drive energy savings and reduce overall net costs. This program can also be used as a hiring and succession planning tool and as a means to develop an internal mentorship program. The knowledge received through this training is a renewable resource that can be sustained over time and translated to other individuals as they’re introduced to the team.

Learning Objectives:
• Determine how to assess your staff expertise and capabilities against objective metrics.
• Understand the impact that an effective training program can have on sustainable operational efficiency.
• Realize how to establish and prioritize training and education needs.
• Participate in an interactive training/test session.


Sidney J. Sanders
Senior Vice President, Construction/Facilities Design and Real Estate Management • Houston Methodist

Sidney J. SandersProfessional Experience
Sid Sanders has broad and extensive experience planning, designing and constructing the built environment. Currently he is the Senior Vice President for Construction/Facilities Design and Real Estate Management at Houston Methodist. He is responsible for a $3.0 Billion, System-wide capital construction program, oversees a multi-hundred million dollar real estate portfolio and a two million SF medical office building portfolio. In the last five years Mr. Sanders has overseen the opening of 3,200,000 square feet of hospital/clinical space and 330,000 square feet of medical office building, including 630 in-patient beds.

Prior to joining Methodist, Mr. Sanders served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Construction for The University of Texas System where he was responsible for a $5.0 billion capital construction program for the 15 Institutions (9 Universities and 6 Academic Health Institutions) within the UT System. The Academic Health Institutions included M D Anderson Cancer Center, three Medical Schools and two Health Science Centers. Previously Mr. Sanders was Physical Plant Director at University of Texas at Austin overseeing the facility operations of 15 million SF including the main academic campus, a research campus, an astronomical observatory campus and a marine-science campus.

Before joining UT Austin, Mr. Sanders managed a health care capital construction program for one of the largest state agencies in Texas. In the 1980’s Mr. Sanders was the managing partner of a regionally based Architectural/Planning firm with a wide range of civic and commercial clients.

Academic
Mr. Sanders received a professional degree in Architecture from University of Texas at Austin in 1978, graduating w/ Honors and an MBA in Finance from University of Texas at Austin in 1990, graduating Beta Gamma Sigma.

Mr. Sanders has served as a guest juror and adjunct faculty at University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. He has been a speaker at a wide range of professional conferences including American Institute of Architects, Design Build Institute of America, Construction Owners of America, Construction Management Association of America, American College of Healthcare Architects, American College of Healthcare Executives and Texas Council of Engineering Companies. Mr. Sanders is a 2010 Rice University Building Institute research Fellow.
Mr. Sanders is the co-author of the book “Program Management 2.0” recently published by Construction Management Association of America, concerning concepts and strategies for managing building programs.

Civic
He has served in a variety of appointed positions overseeing regional transportation and planning issues and chaired the City of Austin Planning and Zoning Commission. He served on the Board of Directors for The Thermal Energy Cooperative that provides steam and chilled water for the Texas Medical Center in Houston. In December of 2007, he was named as one of “Twenty who are making a difference” by Healthcare Design magazine.

Mr. Sanders served as a member of the Design Committee for the George W. Bush Presidential Library. He also served as an advisor to the Foundation for George W. Bush Presidential Library for the site selection.

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Trends in Texas Healthcare

This session will look at emerging trends in the evolution of Health Care and how the Affordable Care Act has affected the Health Care industry in Texas.  While the presentation will look at these impacts primarily to Health Care providers, such as hospitals, it will also touch on the impact to individuals and employers.  The presentation will also look at where these trends may take the health care industry in the near future and the resulting facility impacts.   Finally the presentation will look at how Houston Methodist Hospital has responded to these trends in building its hospital system.


David Schurk

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Complying with the ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for Large Hospitals, Achieving 50% Energy Savings

Complying with the ASHRAE Advance Energy Design Guide for Large Hospitals, Achieving 50% HVAC Energy Savings “ is the “Cliff Notes” version of the (245 page) ASHRAE publication with this title. It is targeted towards those individuals who have not yet had time to read the guide in its entirety. It will help attendees get quickly “up to speed” with the intent of the guide as it relates to the HVAC systems and products which ASHRAE feels are most capable of delivering the greatest energy savings for today’s hospital infrastructure.

Learning Objectives: (1) Attendee will learn the summary points from ASHRAE’s publication on where energy is consumed in a Healthcare facility. (2) Attendee will learn different design and operational strategies in order to reduce energy consumption at their healthcare facility. (3) The audience will take home ideas and operational strategies that they can use for both expansion projects and renovations at their hospital which will help the energy bottom line.


Marc Scott
Project Executive, Energy & Technical Facilities • Balfour Beatty Construction

In his career, Marc has been the leaseholder/owner and answered to a number of owners on the challenges posed by demanding facility requirements in a restrictive or non-compliant lease. He will share his experiences and knowledge of the ever-changing dynamics of leased vs. owned property arrangements between a commercial owner and institutional tenant.

     

 

 

 

 

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Off-Campus vs. On-Campus: Becoming the Leaseholder and Not the Landlord

If your policy is to own, and your market proforma favors a leasehold arrangement, what should you negotiate, and what options should you weigh to make this difficult decision. It is made difficult by the fact that both options have value. It is made complex by the varied agenda and market factors that influence your business model. And it is made messy by the arrangements made for facility maintenance. Speakers from the commercial and health care sectors will explore the matrix for decision making and share their suggestion of a smart matrix to use in your planning.

The audience will gain knowledge from the commercial real estate and health care sector experts about the current market activities that influence the kind of property decisions they will need to make for their institutions. The speakers will explore the matrix for decision making around options for on-campus vs. off-campus properties, the infrastructure to be considered for properties not owned, and share their suggestion of a smart matrix to use in planning.


Terry Scott
System Director, Engineering Services • Memorial Hermann Health System
2016 President • ASHE

Terry Scott, MBA, CHFM, CHSP, SASHE, has held leadership positions in hospitals for the past 30 years. He is currently the System Director of three Facilities for Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston Texas. Two of Terry’s facilities have obtained the Energy Star Label.

Terry previously held a similar position at Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont and Orange Facilities. Prior to that Terry served as the Director of Facilities for HCA at its East and West Houston Facilities. Terry began working in the hospital facilities management field in 1981 for San Jacinto Methodist Hospital where he was employed for 20 years. Prior to his hospital experience Terry served in the US Army for three years.

Terry attended Texas Women’s University, where he obtained his MBA in December of 2013. Terry holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Houston, is a Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager (CHFM) and a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP).
Terry was elected in 2014 to serve as ASHE President in 2016. Terry recently served on the ASHE Board of Directors for ASHE Region 7.

Terry is the past president of (TAHFM) Texas Association of Healthcare Facility Managers an ASHE Chapter, and has served on their board since 2004. Terry is also a founding board member and past President of the Houston Area Association of Healthcare Engineers (HAAHE).

Terry is he past chair of the ASHE Chapter relations Committee and previously served on the ASHE Planning, Design and Construction Committee. Terry was the recipient of the ASHE Emerging Regional Leader Award in 2007.

Terry has conducted presentations on a variety of facility management topics at the state and national level.

Terry and his wife Margie reside in Baytown Texas and enjoy family life with five children and two grandchildren.

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ASHE Update

ASHE, as always, is here to serve you. This session will be about ASHE’S Strategic Plan and Imperatives. Learn what ASHE is doing in Succession Planning, Commissioning and Advocacy. Learn about the many benefits of being an ASHE Member. Learn how to better prepare yourself for a successful career.


Tony Suarez
Director, Facility Services • Midland Memorial Hospital
ASHE Region 7 Director

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ASHE Update

ASHE, as always, is here to serve you. This session will be about ASHE’S Strategic Plan and Imperatives. Learn what ASHE is doing in Succession Planning, Commissioning and Advocacy. Learn about the many benefits of being an ASHE Member. Learn how to better prepare yourself for a successful career. 
                                                                                                                                                           


Ed Tinsley
Managing Principal/Chief Executive Officer • TME/Bernhard Energy

Ed Tinsley is the CEO of Bernhard, LLC and an Executive Managing Principal at TME. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE), a Registered Technical Analyst, a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a Certified LEED® Accredited Professional (LEED® AP), a Certified ASHRAE Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP), an ASHE Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM), a Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC), and the recipient of the 2010 ASHE Crystal Eagle award.

Ed is a noted authority on chilled water systems, surgery HVAC systems, and other healthcare facility components. He has authored numerous articles and presentations, is a member of ASHE faculty, and is a former hospital facility manager. Ed has taught more than 100 classes on a variety of subjects including ventilation systems, high-performance MEP/FP systems, infection control and risk assessment, energy procurement, commissioning, sustainable design, and energy conservation. He has also authored numerous magazine articles and white papers, including many sections of ASHE’s Health Facility Commissioning Guidelines and Handbook.

Ed has won 7 energy awards from ASHRAE for projects he has designed or managed. He has also been presented with two Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management and received an Engineering Excellence Award in the category of Building and Technology Systems from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

Ed has more than 30 years of industry experience. During his career as a consulting engineer, he has managed the design of more than 300 construction projects with a total cost in excess of $5 billion.

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It’s no secret that the healthcare business environment is in a rapid state of change.  Everyone involved in the healthcare industry, whether in hospital, ambulatory or residential settings, is facing a perfect storm of higher costs, lower revenues and thinner margins.  These factors combine to drive up the cost of capital required to complete imperative projects, including infrastructure renewal and deferred maintenance backlogs.  In order to break the cycle, it is imperative to understand the complex issues that are the driving force behind the financial decisions in the healthcare market.   This session addresses these challenges, as well as new ways to transform them into opportunities.


Tom Zahorsky
Principal • Safe Hospital Services

Tom Zahorsky is currently Principle of Safe Hospital Services, LLC., a Spring, Texas based Fire-stopping and Consulting firm. Tom has over thirty-five years direct experience in the management of the Physical Plant, Safety and Emergency Management programs in the hospital setting. Starting in 1974, turning wrenches at Normandy Osteopathic in St. Louis to being a Director of Facilities and Safety Officer at three progressively larger Texas facilities until 2005. (Tom) served The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (TJC) as a Life Safety Code® Specialist (2 years). He lead Conroe Regional’s OSHA Voluntary Protection Program and achieved Star Worksite Status on initial audit. He has served as board member and Officer of the Texas and Houston Hospital Engineer’s Associations and is a long-time member of ASHE. Prior to establishing Safe Hospital Services, Tom served as Vice President of SiteFM, an Austin, Texas based CMMS company.


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Life Safety Drawings for Accreditation

In the February 2012 edition of The Environment of Care News, The Joint Commission identified their expectations for Statement of Conditions (Life Safety) drawings. Be sure that your drawings show the required elements, no less and no more. This 45 minute session will review these requirements as well as the process for getting from ground zero to fully compliant, useful drawings.


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