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This year TAHFM will host two programs throughout the state.
Join us in
Houston on Friday, January 26, 2018
or in
San Antonio on Friday, February 23, 2018.

Legionnaires' Diseas & Waterborne Healthcare Associated Infections

Jeff Lehrmann - Water Safety Consultant, Nalco

Jeff Lehrmann is a water safety consultant for Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company, the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2016 sales of $13 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

Jeff covers water safety in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. His role within Nalco Water is to help make water safe for customers in the areas of healthcare, hospitality and industry where patients, visitors and employees are at risk. Services include Remediation, Pathogen Testing, Water Management Plans and Secondary Disinfection.

With over seventeen years of experience in the hospital and healthcare industry, Jeff has served in various roles in medical device, pharmaceutical and laboratory services. He is current member of APIC, ASHE & TAHFM.

Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with a minor in Food Safety from Texas A&M University in 1997.


Strategies to Reduce Risk

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the origins and types of microorganisms present in fresh potable water
  • From biofilm to outbreaks: How buildings’ water systems can be a source and vector of LD infection
  • Morbidity/mortality associated with Legionnaires’ disease
  • Key learnings from outbreak investigations
  • Water as a source of Hospital Acquired Infections
  • Overview of strategies to reduce risk


TDSHS Ventilation Standards and Guidelines

Dennis Ford photoDennis Ford - Director, Facilities Engineering, Texas Childrens

Dennis Ford has over 20 yrs experience in Healthcare Facilities Engineering. He was a distinguished Air Force ROTC graduate and received his degree in Civil Engineering. While in the Air Force, Dennis led the development of a CMMS that is currently in use at military hospitals (DMLSS-FM). His experience includes director of facilities at Baptist Med Center, San Antonio, TX and Univ of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, TX – each a five hospital system. Texas Children’s Hospital is a three hospital system with over 7 MIL SF. Each hospital system is under one system Joint Commission license.


Pressure dependent spaces are necessary to support infection control and are of various types and requirements. They are designed to reduce the risk of infection, with the flow of air from clean to less clean. There are standards at national and state levels which specify ventilation requirements of pressure dependent spaces. This presentation provides a case study of how Texas Children's Hospital created a Pressure Dependent Spaces Program, which includes adoption of a nationally recognized standard (TDSHS Ventilation Standards), a comprehensive master list of pressure dependent spaces, a plan and a standard to monitor these spaces, policies to manage re-purposing of these spaces, and training of staff.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the requirements of several types of pressure dependent spaces based on a nationally recognized standard.
  2. Create an inventory of pressure dependent spaces based on the present utilization of space.
  3. Create a plan to monitor the pressure dependent spaces with different types of monitoring devices and systems.


2018 TAHFM Energy Round Up / 10 Energy Hogs

Larry Newlands - Senior Energy Manager, Memorial Hermann

Larry joined Memorial Hermann Health System in 2007 and was initially tasked with managing their Westside hospital campus. Prior to joining the Memorial Hermann team, Larry worked for over 20 years for the world class real estate management firm, Hines, in a number of roles progressing from a staff Engineer to their Engineering Manager at numerous Class A, high-rise office complexes Larry is currently employed by M Strategic Partners and is assigned to Memorial Hermann as Senior Energy Manager.

Larry holds a CEM (Certified Energy Manager) and CEP (Certified Energy Procurement Professional) certifications from the Association of Energy Engineers, He is an active member of both the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the Texas Association of Healthcare Facilities Management (TAHFM), Chair of the TAHFM Energy Roundup.


"Current information on the TAHFM Energy Roundup and what's new for 2018.

The top 10 Energy saving tips with ideas and results that everyone can implement. Supply side and demand side Energy reduction."

Joint Commission Top 10 Findings

Lorrie Elizarraraz photoLorrie Elizarraraz - Executive Director of Plant Engineering, University Health System

Lorrie has over twenty years of safety experience with eighteen of the years’ in the healthcare physical environment. She is currently working at University Health System in San Antonio, Texas as the Executive Director of Facilities Management, responsible for over 3 million square feet of infrastructure and utility systems. Most recently, Lorrie served as the Senior Staff Consultant and Director of Education Services & Publications with Safety Management Services, Inc. for nearly ten years.

Mrs. Elizarraraz worked at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, developing a comprehensive Safety Department and Program. She also worked full-time at Harris Methodist H.E.B. Hospital and Cook Children’s Medical Center, both in Fort Worth, Texas. In her duties as a Director of Safety, Lorrie has wide experience in all seven areas of the Environment of Care®, with focus in the areas of Emergency Management, Fire Safety, and Safety management. As a facility Safety Officer, Lorrie has helped her organizations prepare for The Joint Commission® survey, as well as responsibilities related to regulatory compliance for OSHA, EPA, FDA and local authorities having jurisdiction.

Lorrie served in the United States Air Force as a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and is now a traditional reservist as a Master Sergeant in U.S.A.F. Reserves. In her twenty years of military experience, Lorrie is serving as the First Sergeant for a Medical Squadron.

Lorrie is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®), American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), holds the professional designations of Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), Certified Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professional (CHEP) and Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM).


We will review each of the top 10 Joint Commission Environment of Care (EOC) findings for 2017. We will review the requirements and discuss common issues and solutions.

Learning Objectives

  1. Know what TJC LSC Surveyors are looking for
  2. Know what issues are commonly found at most hospitals
  3. Learn solutions to the issues being cited


Thank you to our 2018 Diamond & Platinum Sponsors

TAHFM is the state chapter representing American Society of Healthcare Engineering & Association for the Healthcare Environment
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