July 11-14, 2010 • Tampa, Fla.

Join peers and colleagues in Tampa, Fla., as health care facilities management professionals from across the nation gather for three days of education, professional growth and networking at the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) 47th Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition on July 11-14 in Tampa, Fla. With a wide-ranging educational program that addresses issues for both new and experienced health facilities professionals as well as a trade show and a variety of social networking activities, the conference is a must-attend event for facility managers and engineers, plant operations managers, C-level executives, vice presidents of support services, clinical and biomedical engineering managers, design and construction professionals, safety and security officers, maintenance managers, health care contractors and consultants.

Speaker highlights

The conference will feature a number of intriguing, thought-provoking and entertaining presentations, including the following keynote, plenary and closing sessions:

• Keynote Presentation—Greg Nelson, this year's keynote speaker, will focus on the implications of health care reform for day-to-day decision-making and the role industry leaders have in anticipating the future needs of health care organizations, particularly quality, service and cost (sponsored by Johnson Controls).

• Joint Commission Update—George Mills, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, senior engineer, The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. Gain valuable information through an overview of the standards and their impact on your facility.

• Codes and Standards Panel Discussion—Douglas S. Erickson, FASHE, CHFM, HFDP, deputy executive director, ASHE, Chicago (moderator); David Dagenais, CHFM, director of plant operations, security/safety officer, Wentworth-Douglas Hospital, Dover, N.H.; David Stymiest, P.E., CHFM, FASHE, senior consultant, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Nashville, Tenn.; Frank VanOvermeiren, president, FP&C Consultants, Indianapolis; Susan McLaughlin, FASHE, CHFM, CHSP, managing director, MSL Healthcare Consulting Inc., Barrington, Ill.; and Michael Crowley, P.E., SASHE, senior vice president regional manager, Rolf Jensen & Associates Inc., Houston. The expert panel will provide information and answers to attendees' specific questions on codes and standards.

• Comedy with a ByteChicago Magazine calls professional speaker Greg Schwem "the corporate world's favorite funnyman." Full of clean, customized humor, this presentation takes a lighthearted look at the way business is conducted today and the latest technologies we cannot do without (sponsored by Trane).

Educational sessions

Developed to meet the specific needs and interests of health facilities professionals, educational sessions will focus on the following content areas:

• Operational Efficiency—wringing out waste to drive precious resources to patient care;
• Sustainability—meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs;
• Codes and Standards—effectively deploying your limited resources to comply with the latest codes and standards;
• PDC—planning, designing and constructing the health care built environment;
• Bridging the Gap—managing services and functions outside your area of expertise;
• Patient Quality—creating and maintaining safe, high-quality health care environments that positively impact patient satisfaction and patient outcomes; and
• ASHE Boot Camp—an intensive look at issues impacting new health care facilities management professionals.

Vital industry information

Attendees will receive the information and education they need to increase their value to their facilities, organizations and to the industry overall. This year's conference will cover:

• The impact of health care reform on your organization and your department;
• Case studies that illustrate real-world solutions you can use;
• Methods to reduce your facility's carbon footprint;
• Ways to support the Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative of the American Hospital Association; and
• Ways to streamline your processes and help you work even smarter.

Finally, for a separate fee and registration, attendees will be able to take the Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM) review and test preparation a day prior to the conference and the CHFM exam following the conference.

As an added benefit, any ASHE member attending the annual conference may be eligible to take the CHFM exam free of charge.

Social events and networking

In addition to the educational programs, the conference will offer a variety of social events.

From the new member/first-time attendee reception and the annual welcome reception to the regional breakfasts, "A Night at the Aquarium" gala and the health facilities management industry's largest trade show, the conference will have something for everybody.

Some of these events have separate registration requirements, so be sure to check out ASHE's website at www.ashe.org/annual for complete details.

For more information: To learn more about the American Society for Healthcare Engineering 47th Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition, check out the group's website at www.ashe.org/annual.

ASHE partners

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering appre­ciates the support of the following partners—Knowledge exchange partner: Johnson Controls; Business partners: DuPont and Trane; Supporting partners: CDi, Grainger, Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch, Northstar, Rolf Jensen & Associates Inc., Smith Seckman Reid and Specified Technologies Inc.