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PDC Summit Add-On Events


PDC Summit Add-On Events

March 12-16, Phoenix
Make the most out of your conference experience with pre-conference educational sessions and the post-conference Energy to Care Treasure Hunt. 

Please note: Additional fees are required to attend the starred events*.




Pre-Conference: March 12

  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, March 12

    Before attaining premier CHC status, you want to ensure that you are adequately prepared for the exam.

    Designed to give you the tools you need to prepare for the Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) Exam, this course provides test-taking tips, key topics, and sample questions identified in the CHC content outline (as listed in the CHC Candidate Handbook). This course will also use interactive polling technology, allowing each participant to answer questions and compare their answer with averages among those in class.

    • Apply your knowledge and experience in answering application and analysis questions.
    • Implement suggestions for preparing for the CHC exam.
    • Identify the topic areas that are your strengths.
    • Identify the topic areas in which you would benefit from further study.

    PLEASE NOTE: The workshop fee does not include the CHC exam fee, nor does it register you for the exam. Participation in this program does not guarantee a passing score on the exam. To download the CHC Candidate Handbook or to register to take the CHC Exam, please visit the AHA Certification Center or download a hard copy of the exam application.

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  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, March 12

    To improve your facility's life safety program, you need the knowledge and resources for a seamless implementation.

    Deciphering the various requirements of the Life Safety Code® and other standards is an intricate process. That is why ASHE created this course that will provide you and your team with the information and resources you need to manage your facility’s life safety program. This course ensures you have the necessary information and resources to successfully manage programs as standards change.

    • Learn various requirements of the Life Safety Code® and other standards.
    • Learn about the accreditation organization standards and how they relate to the rules.
    • Become familiar with reference tools and checklists needed to manage your facility's life safety program.
    • Understand the relationship between all LS standards, k-tags and applicable codes.

    Note: Participants will receive a copy of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, 2012 edition. The course has been updated to reflect the 2012 edition, which CMS required beginning in November of 2016.

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  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, March 12

    This one-day workshop is designed to help you develop a basic working water management program for your facility or improve your current program. Using ASHE’s Water Management in Health Care Facilities as an outline, the workshop will address creating a water management team, the designing of, maintenance procedures for and monitoring strategies within a water system, and the development of standard operating procedures and emergency responses, and will also provide information on potential pathogens and response methods.

    This workshop identifies the different uses of water in health care and the related infection risks and standards. It will detail how to develop a water management program to not only meet the applicable standards but to help protect patients, visitors and staff from associated risks.

    • Identify different types and uses of water in a health care facility.
    • List the different waterborne pathogens and identify mitigation options for each.
    • Develop best practices for water system maintenance management and the outline of a water management plan for your facility.
    • Identify equipment and water uses that present a risk for infection in health care settings.

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  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, March 12

    Scholarship available! See below for the application.

    With the revolving door of new employees, contractors and staff in your facility, how do you educate members on their roles in infection prevention?

    Health care facilities are meant to provide care and life-saving support to patients. Yet, the intersection of construction, renovation and maintenance (CRM) activities and health care can raise the risks of secondary infections at a rate of 5,000 deaths per year. It is critical that all parties involved in these activities not only know the risks, but take comprehensive action to control infection spread. 

    Attendees of this workshop will take part in a training of trainers to engage meaningful infection prevention by using the ASHE ICRA 2.0TM (Infection Control Risk Assessment) tool, an ASHE ICRA 2.0 Process Guide and train-the-trainer materials to take back and use at your site.

    • Assess infection control risk in maintenance, renovation and construction projects with ASHE’s updated ICRA 2.0.
    • Train members of your team to engage ASHE ICRA 2.0 through a mix of online modules and in person training.
    • Establish a communication plan among workers and staff to engage infection prevention practices to protect the community.  
    • Promote a culture of health and safety through ongoing training to protect occupants from secondary infections during their treatment and care.  

    Provided with this program:  

    Upon the completion of this train-the-trainer program and receipt of the required agreements*, participants will receive full access to ASHE’s ICRA 2.0 training materials via 3-year access to the ASHE Learning Center. 

    The full ASHE ICRA 2.0 toolbox to help you train your staff includes: 

    • ASHE ICRA 2.0 Training slides.  
    • ASHE ICRA 2.0 Process Train-the-trainer guide.  
    • ASHE ICRA 2.0 Process Guide to print for site participants.
    • Activity sheets, training plans and other support resources. 
    • ASHE ICRA 2.0: Improving Patient Protections e-Learning for trainer only (3 CECs if it is completed).  

    *IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants of this course will be required to complete and sign a Trainer Agreement and Training Ethics Agreement in order to access full training materials.

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  • 9:00 AM-10:30 AM, March 12

    Are you interested in obtaining credentials showing your advanced competency and affiliation with the most experienced healthcare architects? This certification prep seminar will provide useful information to submit an application, gather a portfolio, and prepare for the ACHA exam. Seasoned ACHA-certified healthcare architects will cover application materials, exam topics, sample questions, scoring criteria, and exam schedules. Advanced registration required.

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  • 9:00 AM-10:30 AM, March 12

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  • 11:20 AM-3:00 PM, March 12

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  • 3:15 PM-5:45 PM, March 12

    The AIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2023 is an exciting annual event designed to stimulate critical inquiry, creative ideas and multi-disciplinary interaction between students and design professionals. It will highlight the brilliance and innovation of our future health care architects, engineers, construction managers and nurses. Students from five different universities and disciplines will bring their creativity and ideas to this fun and evocative design charrette.

    During this time, students will present work completed during the three-day-long AIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2023 for critique by a multi-disciplinary jury and the winning will be team announced.

    • Learn about the student challenge goals and vision of this program.
    • Review & discuss the programmatic, site and planning issues of the healthcare challenge.
    • Explore the success that comes from multi-disciplinary & inter-professional collaboration between architects, engineers & contractors.
    • Discuss highly successful student projects developed during a 48hr student charrette under the guidance of expert faculty & industry advisors.

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  • 5:00 PM-5:45 PM, March 12

    Join colleagues and friends at the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health Update for an update on our strategic plan, as well as other programs and initiatives. Meet the Board and Student Design Challenge teams, network with new colleagues and catch up with those you already know. The update is open to all attendees and we encourage all to attend.

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Post-Conference: March 15-16

  • March 15 & 16

    Thanks to a generous donation from Johnson Controls the registration fees for this event have been subsidized, and we are passing along over $350 in savings to you!

    The Energy to Care Treasure Hunt is a 1.5 day event hosted by ASHE and based on the ENERGY STAR Treasure Hunt Program. The program is designed to engage attendees in identifying low-cost energy savings opportunities from behavioral, operational, and maintenance actions. Since its rollout, the Energy to Care Treasure Hunt program has been a success in helping hospitals become more efficient, thus conserving more resources for patient care. The program has helped some hospitals find over $500,000 in annual energy savings opportunities! These incredible case studies have solidified that this program is wildly effective for hospitals striving to reduce costs and inspire behavior change for building a culture of environmental sustainability. The goal of the program is that attendees will learn how to apply what they’ve learned on the hunt back at their own facilities, inspiring a ripple effect of culture change and resource conservation.

    • Provide a dynamic process for identifying energy savings opportunities
    • Experience a hands on process for identifying savings opportunities
    • Teaches participants to calculate estimated annual savings associated with energy savings opportunities
    • Enables participants to build a culture of continuous improvement for energy savings

    Sponsored by Johnson Controls


More Education: March 13-14

  • March 13 & 14

    Validate your knowledge of working in a health care environment.

    Gain an understanding of the latest compliance issues in health care construction, and learn what owners, staff, and patients expect of constructors working in the health care environment.

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