Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan

With more than 12,000 members, ASHE is the largest association devoted to optimizing the planning, design, construction, and operations of a health care organization’s physical facilities. As a trusted industry resource, ASHE is committed to advancing the knowledge and leadership of our members as they build and maintain health care facilities, support project teams and facility management staff, and serve patients. ASHE develops valuable resources and education programs that respond to member needs, provides a unified voice for the industry through intensive advocacy efforts, provides expert consultation and advice, and certifies health care facility managers and constructors.

ASHE Mission

Dedicated to optimizing the health care physical environment.

ASHE Vision

To engage stakeholders in the creation of health care environments that are optimal for healing.

ASHE Purpose

To advance our members’ ability to design, build, operate, and maintain a physical environment that supports excellent care; quality service; safe, efficient, and effective operations; and financial success.

ASHE Core Values

ASHE is committed to demonstrating these core values as we strive to achieve the goals set forth in our strategic plan:

Integrity—Demonstrated by uncompromised dedication to being a trusted, unbiased, and honest source of fact-based information and expertise.

Innovation—Demonstrated by continuing commitment to achieving the best of what is possible and serving as a trusted and respected source of evolving knowledge and practices.

Fellowship—Demonstrated by professional and personal pride in being part of a community of excellence with a common passion for good thinking, shared experience, and collective action.

Stewardship—Demonstrated by our profession’s acceptance of responsibility for success of the built environment and our leadership’s accountability for effective use of our members’ involvement in ASHE.

ASHE Strategic Goals

Guided by our mission and vision statements, ASHE leaders developed three strategic goals for the organization. These goals are keenly focused on the regulatory environment, the reputation of our members, and the capacity in which ASHE serves those members:


Our members will work to shape a regulatory environment characterized by good science, defensible economics, informed policy-making, and clear decision authority.

Reputation—Our members will have a reputation as highly valued professionals with a specialized body of knowledge, experience, and competency that contributes strategic, operational, and business value to the entire enterprise.

Capacity—Our members will be supported by an associationproviding the requisite resources, relationships, decision systems, and work processes necessary.

ASHE Strategic Imperatives

Sustainability: Members with responsibilities for facility asset management will plan and operate these assets at an optimal cost effectiveness resulting in reduced energy consumption and improved patient comfort.  They will share their lessons learned, case studies, and basic usage data among fellow ASHE members at a local, regional, and national level.  Their system planning and operations will support the mission of their institution by achieving highly reliable results which are resilient to the adverse effects of severe weather. Note: Sustainability refers to the ability of a system to keep doing what it’s doing over time.

Succession Planning: Increase the awareness and reputation of healthcare facilities management (HFM) to view the field as a viable professional career with opportunities for growth with an excellent future and, ensure that healthcare facilities are led and managed by qualified competent professionals.

Member Value: Members will receive full value for their ASHE membership, far exceeding their investment of time and money.  They will feel connected to ASHE at a professional and personal level, and demonstrate ASHE values of integrity, innovation, fellowship, and stewardship.  They will have confidence in their ability to articulate the value that they, and their team, generate to achieving the mission and goals of their healthcare institution.