Readers who have seen my mug on the editor's letter for the past 18 years will notice a change starting next month as the president of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) takes over this column to focus more tightly on the issues facing our audience from the perspective of a professional in the field.

This will signal an important new chapter in the history of Health Facilities Management (HFM) magazine, as it officially joins ASHE, the membership society representing more than 12,500 professionals involved in the planning, design, construction and management of health care facilities.

As announced earlier this year, ASHE is integrating HFM magazine and digital newsletters within its existing communications, with the first edition of ASHE’s Health Facilities Management coming out next month. 

Additionally, ASHE will be collaborating with the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) on environmental services-
related content for the magazine as well as an environmental
services newsletter.

The change will create a robust publication covering the latest trends, best practices, research and news for the field. It will also give HFM access to stories, research and data far beyond the resources of our previous stand-alone magazine to better help guide you in your short- and long-term decision-making. 

These are all unprecedented advantages for HFM’s readers and advertisers.

For our part, HFM’s editors are looking forward to becoming part of this high-performing membership organization we’ve always held in greatest regard. 

And, as we settle into our new roles embedded within ASHE’s staff and informed by ASHE’s and AHE’s vast knowledge of the health care operations field, we will redouble our efforts to bring you a publication, newsletters and website with trusted content that contributes to optimized health care physical environments.

Please watch your inbox for next month’s issue and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments.

Mike Hrickiewicz is editor of Health Facilities Management.