Crystal Eagle Leadership Award
Michael Kuechenmeister, FASHE, CHFM, CHC
Director of Plant Operations
West Chester Hospital
West Chester, OH
The 2015 Crystal Eagle Award goes to Michael Kuechenmeister, FASHE, CHFM, CHC, and Director of Plant Operations of West Chester Hospital.
Kuechenmeister began his career in health care engineering in 1979 as the Manager of Project Engineering for Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He quickly advanced to higher managerial roles and went on to oversee the construction, engineering, and maintenance for two hospitals, 31 medical office buildings, and utility purchasing chasing for seven Health Alliance hospitals.
Outside of his work in hospitals, Mike has been a member of the Tri State Society for Healthcare Engineering (TSHE) since 1987 and has acted as an ASHE advocacy liaison for the group to this day. His undeniable passion for health care safety, energy, efficiency, and advocacy has driven him to make positive changes in the field throughout his career. Kuechenmeister was a leader of ASHE’ (now named Energy to Care), volunteered for several task forces, spoke regularly at the ASHE Annual Conference, and even became a nationally recognized leader in helping several southern hospitals stay open during Hurricane Katrina.
Kuechenmeister's passion for the field and tireless pursuit to provide for and be a resource to other health care professionals has made ASHE proud to call him the 2015 Crystal Eagle Award Winner.
“Mike’s passion for health care safety transcends his own hospital… (he) spends his time outside of his own hospital helping other hospital engineers understand the complexities of health care codes and their requirements.”
- Jo Ellen McCarthy TSHE 2015 President Director, General Services, Safety & Risk Shriners Hospital for Children Shriners Hospital for Children Cincinnati
“Mike has created a culture and standard within West Chester Hospital that has engaged and ‘excited’ the hospital leadership about his contributions and the profession of health care engineering.”
- Ronald A. Rolling VP of Hospital Operations, West Chester Hospital