St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida, won the 2015 Excellence in Health Care Facility Management Award for its project aimed at reducing common area slips, trips, and falls. The award, presented by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association and sponsored by Trane, was announced during National Health Care Facility and Engineering Week Oct. 25-31.
The Energy to Care benchmarking and awards program run by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) reached an important milestone recently when the 1,000th facility joined the free program. Since 2009, hospitals participating in the program have tracked more than $67 million in energy savings.
ASHE is working with several other organizations to address issues related to temperature, humidity, and ventilation requirements for hospital operating rooms and sterile processing departments. While these organizations work to create more unified standards and guidelines outlining these HVAC requirements, ASHE and other groups have issued important interim guidance for health care organizations and others affected by these regulations.
Several new online courses are now available for free to ASHE members through Energy University. New courses include topics such as the fundamentals of health care facility electrical power systems and the retrocommissioning process and implementation.
ASHE members have elected a new president-elect and new members of the ASHE Board of Directors. Russell Harbaugh, CHEP, was chosen as ASHE president-elect. Harbaugh will serve as president-elect in 2016 and will assume the role of ASHE president in 2017.
The Federal Communications Commission recently approved rules to allow unlicensed devices to operate on the same channel as the Wireless Medical Telemetry Service used by hospitals for patient monitoring devices. While the commission provided a mechanism for increasing the size of the adopted protection zones on a hospital-by-hospital basis, the American Hospital Association expressed concern that the rules will not adequately protect many WMTS systems from interference by these unlicensed devices.
A new scholarship provides continuing education funding for facility professionals and others involved in optimizing the health care physical environment. ASHE recognized the first group of recipients of the Ilse B. Almanza Scholarship at its 52nd Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition July 12-15 in Boston. The scholarship paid the way for 12 ASHE members to attend the conference and benefit from education and networking opportunities.