REGION 7 ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Another evening penning an update to ASHE Region 7 membership, and times have not changed since our earlier chat. Was it Yogi Berra who stated, “It’s like deja vu all over again”? It sometimes feels that we are experiencing Groundhog Day in health care, with its repetitive emergent issues. Regardless, we are all learning to communicate and socialize remotely, and humanize social distancing as much as possible.
It seems like 2020 is providing multiple opportunities in the disaster management arena (now it’s hurricane season for real!) in addition to our traditional role of facilities/project management and regulatory compliance. My thoughts are with our Region 7 neighbors in Louisiana and Arkansas as Laura rolled through while this newsletter was being drafted – and it appears that Laura’s impact will touch most of our Region 7 chapters before her influence wanes.
The upcoming ASHE Annual is a bright spot quickly approaching us in October! Visit this link to sign up for our first virtual conference. I saw a preview a few weeks back and it looks like this will be a home run for ASHE and its membership: education and networking, when you need it.
As I visit with some of our membership, there seems to be interest in growing the currently informal network of young professionals active within Region 7. Seems logical that Region 7 and ASHE should further support them to ensure continuity between the generations with ASHE! Interested in helping us grow a Region 7 Young Professionals Group? Please reach out to Jacob McCall (Jacob.firstname.lastname@example.org) or me (email@example.com) and let’s see how to better support those efforts. (I tried to invite myself to this YP group, however, Jacob politely pointed out to me that my “experience” may, perhaps, disqualify me from its criteria – the truth hurts!) This is a great focus area for Region 7, let’s see what can develop as we continue to mentor future leaders in the field.
Other goings-on in Region 7 include our new CHFM and CHC designees. Big congratulations for your achievements to our Region 7 colleagues:
- Brian Vega, Senior Project Manager, CHC, LA
- Bryan Christopher, Director of Healthcare, CHC, LA
- Nicholas Andrew Vargo, Project Manager, CHC, TX
- Paul S. Muenchinger, CHC, TX
- Richard Allen Brown, Sr. Superintendent, CHC, TX
- Ryan Nash, Superintendent, CHC, LA
- Zachary Alan Hinkle, Assistant Project Manager, CHC, TX
- Zack Johnson, Project Manager, CHC, OK
- Brandon A. Albright, Director Plant Operations Safety Officer, CHFM, AR
- Mark A. Smith, Entity/Regional Director Facilities, CHFM, TX
- Paul A. Mendoza, Construction Manager, CHFM, TX
- Robert Nay, CHFM, TX
Good job and a shout-out to Region 7 chapters who are keeping the focus with regular touch point meetings and other virtual events. The TAHFM chapter recently held their annual strategic planning event at a socially-distant venue out in the Texas Hill Country (way away from the city). Congratulations and great job to John Wilson (president), Lorrie Elizarraraz (president-elect), and Carolyn Price (CMP management team) for putting this together – and for the fresh air and outdoor networking opportunities. Venue was fabulous, food was too much, the chance to actually talk to a live person was a nice change, and the planning was exceptional.
Are you hosting a Region 7 meeting or virtual conferences in your chapter? I’d like to participate if at all possible and can join in via Zoom or other conferencing platforms. I also have resources for educational topics, if you would like 10 or 15 minutes of something new at your virtual meeting or check-in call. Just drop me a note if I can participate or support you in any manner with virtual or in-person activities or education.
There are several regional and national opportunities for ASHE members (both FMs and business partners) to be more involved with ASHE committees and task forces. Interested? Just touch base with ASHE on the volunteer page.
If you get a moment, reach out to your colleagues in Region 7 to provide a little emotional or physical support or assistance as they recover from Laura’s impact. I’m sure they could use some stress relief and perhaps some of your expertise with the recovery phase of disaster management.
As an aside, we have recently improved our disaster contingency plan in reaction to COVID and hurricanes – the attached photograph is one of our new (used) portable refrigerated shipping containers. These can be purchased or leased on the used market place with either a shore-power or diesel sourced refrigeration system. Portable, reliable, indestructible and well-suited for the larger health care system with multiple locations.
Enjoy, and see you (virtually) at the ASHE Annual in October!
Michael. A. Hatton, MBA, CHFM, FASHE
Region 7 Board Member