The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association is recognizing outstanding members for their dedication to improving the health care physical environment. ASHE presented the awards during its 52nd Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition July 12-15 in Boston.
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is collaborating with the Joint Commission to provide resources and tools to help hospitals comply with life safety and environment of care requirements. The collaboration was announced at ASHE’s 52nd Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition in Boston.
More than 20 hospitals have earned an Energy to Care Award for their work to slash energy use, reduce operational costs, and free up more resources for patient care. The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association recognized the hospitals’ efforts at its 52nd Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition July 12-15 in Boston.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
During National Health Care Facilities & Engineering Week last week, ASHE and many other organizations used social media to spread the word about the important work performed by health care facility professionals. Many facility managers, engineers, architects, and constructors participated in ASHE’s social media challenge, where we asked members to post about why facility professionals are behind-the-scenes heroes.
ASHE has redesigned its website so that it is easier to navigate and more mobile-friendly. The new site uses easier-to-read text and a more responsive design to make it easy to access information from smart phones. The website was also reorganized to make it easier for members to find the information they need.
A group coordinating preparedness activities for the Department of Health and Human Services are urging hospitals to review and exercise their security plans after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. The group is also providing resources on security, such as active shoot planning resources.
The Joint Commission will emphasize management of clinical alarms starting Jan. 1, 2016, as part of its National Patient Safety Goal on clinical alarms. To comply with Joint Commission requirements, hospitals and critical access hospitals need to establish and implement policies and procedures for managing clinical alarms. ASHE members are encouraged to share this information with their clinical, risk management, and engineering team to make sure they are prepared to meet this requirement.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a Survey and Certification Memo announcing a three year pilot project to improve the assessment of infection control and prevention regulations in hospitals and nursing homes.
ASHE, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Research & Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association are launching a three-year initiative to improve the implementation of infection prevention and control efforts in U.S. hospitals.
More than 50 students and advisors from nine different universities are attending the 2016 PDC Summit. Many of the students participated in the AIA/AAH Planning + Design Student Challenge 2016 that wrapped up Sunday.
ASHE’s latest Energy to Care success story explains how UF Health in Florida saved more than $5 million over five years by benchmarking energy use and implementing commissioning and building automation changes.
In 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted new Conditions of Participation that incorporated the 2012 editions of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99. CMS recently provided ASHE with the following guidance on some frequently asked questions regarding the new CMS requirements.
Many hospitals and health systems are currently working on 2017 budgets. Be sure to reserve funds to attend the critical NFPA meeting in June 2017, when votes will be cast on changes to important codes such as NFPA 101 and NFPA 99.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston has been named the 2016 Energy Champion for demonstrating strong leadership in becoming a more energy efficient facility and using saved resources to support patient care.
At the ASHE Annual Conference last week in Denver, a representative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmed that the agency is currently working on emergency management requirements for hospitals.
The 2016 ASHE elections are now open. Cast your online vote for President-Elect, an Associate Member Director, and board members for Regions 1, 2, 4, 5, and 9. Vote between now and 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday, September 1.
Consider applying for ASHE's prestigious Excellence in Health Care Facility Management award. It's free to apply, and winners receive an Annual Conference registration and invitation to ASHE's Leadership Institute in addition to the award.