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Health care facility managers and engineers may be responsible for making sure the hospital lights stay on (and just about everything else), but we never find them standing beneath those lights, basking in the glory of their work. But, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is dedicated to changing that with the celebration of National Health Care Facilities and Engineering Week Oct. 22-28.

Deanna Martin, ASHE’s membership and communications director, describes the week as a time to shine the “spotlight on the often unnoticed contributions of facility professionals.” If that seems like a weighty task, no worries, because ASHE has designed a fun and creative way for hospitals to do just that via a Facebook video challenge with a few simple steps.

  1. Gather your team and film a brief video explaining or showing how you support patient care. (Example: We support patient care by __________.) No special editing or equipment is required. A simple smartphone video will do just fine.
  2. Follow ASHE on Facebook, if you are not already following the group.
  3. Post the video on Facebook between Oct. 22 and 28 with the hashtag #HealthEngWeek. Then be sure to tag ASHE in your post.
  4. Encourage friends, colleagues and others to “like” or “react” to your video.

The video with the highest number of Facebook likes and reactions by Monday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. CT will win a basket of ASHE branded gifts, a special treat from Chicago (ASHE’s headquarters) and, of course, bragging rights.

Any facility teams that could use a little motivation to get started, need look no further than ASHE’s own Tim Adams, FASHE, CHFM, CHC, director of leadership development. Check him out below with an original folklike song dedicated to some of health care’s most unsung heroes.