REGION 5 BOARD MEMBER
Greetings ASHE Region 5 members,
It’s been a very challenging 2020 so far and one that will transform the future of health care. Now more than ever, we need ASHE and our local chapters to lead the way for our members. The events that we’ve counted on to help us with education and networking have been canceled or rescheduled, which raises questions about how we continue to do these crucial activities and stay safe. Currently the answer isn’t simple; we continue to evolve to determine the new normal. As a health care engineering community we have utilized the My ASHE discussion forums to share and distribute COVID-19 resources. The information shared by the community has helped us deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and, more importantly, the community is helping us win the fight against it. Over the past few months I have been talking to many people in Region 5 about the specific issues we are all tackling. Even though right now we cannot get together like we did in the past, the day will come again where we will be able to raise a glass together.
To those that have shared information and support, I can’t thank you enough; I especially want to thank the associate members that have offered products and services to help with the preparation for the surges in patient volume. Those of us that are working in the health care facilities stand on your shoulders. During some of the roughest days of the patient surge, when resources were difficult to find, our partners came through for those of us in need. As America begins to reopen, we are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. I can only reflect on the last few months and know our collective efforts as an ASHE community have contributed to saving the lives of our patients and the front-line health care workers. We’ve provided a safe environment that will continue to improve as we work together to share best practices, products and services. One day we will look back and remember how we pulled together through ASHE to help us through a difficult time and laugh about our virtual meetings and bad haircuts.
Most of all, I want to remember and pay tribute to the friends and family we lost because of this pandemic. Continuing our dedication to optimizing health care facilities is more important than ever. I encourage all members to check out the ASHE’s work on advocacy and sustainability and its many educational opportunities. I hope to see everyone at the many rescheduled events as well as the ASHE Annual Conference in October.
Matt Royal, CHFM, CHC
Region 5 ASHE Board Member
Purdue University (Student Chapter)
Southeast Missouri State University (Student Chapter)