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Conferences. Those involved with facility planning, design and construction may be interested in the 2015 International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction March 15–18 in San Antonio. Learn more at www.pdcsummit.org. Early-bird registration rates end Feb. 2. The 52nd ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition is July 12–15 in Boston. Registration opens in the spring at www.asheannual.org.

CHFM and CHC preparation. ASHE offers exam preparation classes for those who want to earn a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM) or Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) credential.

The CHFM exam preparation course will be July 12 in Boston as a preconference program prior to the ASHE Annual Conference. The CHC exam preparation course will be Jan. 22 in Manheim, Pa.; March 15 in San Antonio as a preconference program to the PDC Summit; April 1 in Dulles, Va.; April 30 in Chicago; Sept. 24 in Chicago; and Oct. 16 in Atlanta.

• HCC certificate workshop. The ASHE Health Care Construction certificate workshop will be offered Jan. 20–21 in Manheim, Pa.; March 16–17 in San Antonio alongside the PDC Summit; March 30–31 in Dulles, Va.; April 28–29 in Chicago; July 13–14 in Boston alongside the Annual Conference; Sept. 22–23 in Chicago; and Oct. 15–16 in Atlanta.

Other educational programs

ASHE also offers a variety of other educational programs, including:

• Health Care Facility Management: Managing Accreditation, April 28–29 in Chicago.

• Health Care Facility Management: Fundamentals, Sept. 22–23 in Chicago.

• Heath Care Facility Management: Managing the PDC Process, April 28–29 in Chicago.

• Health Care Facility Management and Construction: Infection Prevention, April 20–May 1 in Chicago; Sept. 24–25 in Chicago; and Oct. 15–16 in Atlanta.

• Health Care Water System and Management of Waterborne Pathogens, March 15 in San Antonio as a preconference workshop to the PDC Summit and July 12 in Boston as a preconference workshop to the Annual Conference.

• Health Facility Commissioning, Sept. 22–23 in Chicago.

• Online classes.

To learn more about any of these programs or to see the full calendar, visit www.ashe.org/learn.

Deanna Martin is the communications manager for ASHE.


Important monographs available from ASHE

Following are two recently released monographs that can be accessed by ASHE members as free PDFs at www.ashe.org/resources/management_monographs.

Life Safety Code Comparison. The 2012 edition of the National Fire Protection Association’s Life Safety Code offers new design and compliance options for health care facilities that didn’t exist in previous editions. It provides an exhaustive list of the changes in the new edition and a detailed comparison with the 2000 and 2009 editions.

• Managing Hospital Emergency Power Systems: Testing, Operation, Maintenance, Vulnerability Mitigation, and Power Failure Planning. Hospitals must take a holistic approach to emergency power systems, blending utility management with emergency management and infrastructure master planning. This monograph describes a complete EP system management program intended to satisfy these needs.

Design guidelines available to industry through ASHE

The 2014 editions of the Facility Guidelines Institute's Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities and the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities can be purchased at www.ASHEstore.com.