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OSHE has once again earned the Platinum Level of Affiliation with ASHE for 2015
[August 1, 2016]

Platinum Level of Affiliation with ASHE for 2015

The Platinum Level is the highest Level of Affiliation that can be attained by an ASHE Chapter. This accomplishment reflects our membership's dedication to Education, Leadership, Communication, and Advocacy for the Healthcare Engineering profession. OSHE has consistently performed at a higher level, maintaining a Gold Level Affiliation from the inception of the program in 1997 to 2008 and Platinum Level Affiliation in 2009 - 2014.

For OSHE to earn Platinum level there are a few requirements:
- Conduct 24 hours or more of educational programming in the year
- Attendance at the annual Chapter Leadership Forum.
- Submit an application/nomination for the Emerging Regional Leader Award
- Chapter President & President-elect must both hold active ASHE membership.
- Joint ASHE/Chapter Membership: Maintain a minimum of 25% active members who hold joint ASHE membership in OSHE.
- Distribute a minimum 12 or more member communications.

OSHE met or exceeded minimum criteria for the Platinum level in several areas, including:
1. Education
2. Number of OSHE members who are also ASHE members
3. Communications from OSHE officers to members
4. Four quarterly OSHE Newsletters
5. Four quarterly OSHE Codes & Standards issues
6. Blast e-mails to all members throughout the year.

ASHE chapters participating in the Levels of Affiliation Awards Program submit documentation demonstrating that they have met several criteria based on affiliation objectives ASHE would like to achieve to make its chapters stronger and more viable, which in turn benefits the fields of healthcare engineering and facilities management.

A BIG "Thank You" to those outstanding OSHE members that assisted in the Platinum level for 2015 application.


Register for 52nd ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition July 12 - 15
[June 28, 2015]
More than 3,000 professionals gather on-site each year to get vital information on health care compliance, codes and standards updates, emerging trends, and best practices for efficiency, sustainability, emergency preparedness, and other pressing topics in the field. Attend the ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition to connect with colleagues in the field and to "stay fit" in your role as a health care facility management professional.
Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton St., Boston, MA 02199
> Annual Conference Website for Registration and Agenda  

Rick McGuffey
Rick McGuffey
OSHE Past President and Director of Facility Management
Sky Lakes Medical Center, Klamath Falls, OR

ASHE Awards Rick McGuffey at Annual Conference
[September 2014]
Congratulations to Rick McGuffey, Director of Facility Management at Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, and our Immediate Past President of OSHE. Rick was presented the ASHE District 10 Emerging Regional Leader Award.

This award recognizes professional for their contributions to the fields of healthcare engineering and facilities management; planning, design and construction; safety; clinical and biomedical engineering and technical management. Great work, Rick!
> ASHE District 10 Emerging Regional Leader Awards Press Release  

Your Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Code Involving Legionella Risk Management
[October 13, 2014]
ASHRAE Releases Legionellosis Standard for Fourth Public Review Draft
ATLANTA - A fourth version of ASHRAE's proposed legionellosis standard is open for public comment until November 10, 2014.

Standard 188P, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, currently under development, will establish minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems. The standard is intended for use by building owners and managers and those involved in the design, construction, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and service of centralized building water systems and components.
The draft of the document and instructions on submitting comments can be found at www.ashrae.org/publicreviews
The proposed standard will be available for access until Nov. 10, 2014.

Changes to the proposed standard since its last public review in January 2013 include:
-  Alignment of the document with the revised title, purpose and scope.
-  Removal of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) terminology; some of the principles of the -  HACCP process are consistent with the process utilized in the document.
-  Inclusion of a normative appendix for health care facilities meeting specific requirements that provides an alternate compliance path that is more stringent than for other facilities.
-  More emphasis on requirements for design, construction, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and service.

Tom Watson, chair of the Standard 188P committee, notes that the standard contains both normative sections and appendices that specify what is required to comply. It also contains informative appendices and references as guidance about how to do things that may be necessary for a given building water system.

"Building water systems vary substantially in their design and their capability for transmission of Legionella," Watson said. "Scientific evidence is either lacking or inconclusive in certain aspects of Legionella control. The informative guidance is included to provide suggestions, recommendations and references."

To learn more about actions regarding ASHRAE standards, visit www.ashrae.org/listserv. There, ASHRAE provides subscriptions to a variety of listserves, including one for Standard 188P, that enable interested parties to stay up to date with the latest news, publication offerings, and various other Society activities.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 50,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow's built environment today.
> More Information on the ASHRAE News page  

Advocacy alert: Changes to Power Strip Use, Plans for Improvement
[June 5, 2014]
ASHE members should be aware of several important compliance changes affecting hospitals and other health facilities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is significantly restricting the use of power strips in patient care areas effective immediately. Also, the Joint Commission is requiring hospitals to address overdue plans for improvement (PFIs) by July 1, 2014.

Joint Commission Department of Engineering Director George Mills states that CMS is not allowing relocatable power taps, referred to as RPTs or power strips, to be used with medical equipment in patient care areas—effective immediately. That includes operating rooms, patient rooms, and areas for recovery, exams, and diagnostic procedures. Mills reports that many facility professionals are frustrated by the change, arguing that restrictions on power strips would lead to tripping hazards from long extension cords stretching across rooms.
> Continue Reading "Changes to Power Strip Use, Plans for Improvement" Article on ASHE Website  

Spring 2014 Conference Presentations
[May 23, 2014]
View our 2014 Spring Conference Attendee List in our Members Only section

Presentation: "Lean, 3P Design in Healthcare and the Lean Leader" [26 pages]

Presented by Stephen Grose, Director of Facilities and Production at Emerald Environmental Services and Cedar Grove Composting; ASHE Region 10 Director, 2010-2011
The presentation explores awareness of the principles of Kaizen/LEAN activities, values and challenges with implementation efforts at VMMC.
Presentation: "Fire Safety System Testing Requirements & Documentation per NFPA: EC.02.03.05" [27 pages]
Presented by Bill Morgan, CHFM, FASHE, Senior Consultant, Siemens
The presentation reviews initial and on-going required testing of Fire Safety Systems including performance test process, frequency and parameters as well as documentation requirements for FS testing and scheduled maintenance.  

Advocacy Alert: Clarifying 7 Concerns about Proposed Changes to Hospital Smoke Compartment Size
[May 27, 2014]
ASHE supports a proposal to change NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® that would increase the maximum smoke compartment size in new facilities from 22,500 square feet to 40,000 square feet. The proposal will be voted on at the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Meeting in Las Vegas June 11-12, which is part of the NFPA Conference & Expo that runs June 9-12. However, some who will be attending the meeting have raised concerns about the proposal. A new ASHE advocacy alert explains the concerns—and the facts behind them—and urges ASHE members to contact their local building officials, fire marshals, and other NFPA members about the issue.
> Continue Reading "7 Concerns" Article on ASHE Website  

CMS Emergency Preparedness Checklist
[May 19, 2014]
CMS has revised current emergency preparedness checklist information for health care facility planning. These updates provide more detailed guidance about patient/resident tracking, supplies and collaboration.
UPDATE May 20: CMS accepting public comments through June 16  on CMS Life Safety Code proposal
> Submit Comments Here
> View CMS Emergency Preparedness Checklist  

New OSHE Contact Info
[January 16, 2014]
In January, OSHE partnered with new management and your ways to contact us have changed. Please make note of the following in your contact methods:

OSHE: Oregon Society for Healthcare Engineering
5727 Baker Way NW, Suite 200
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
PHONE: 1-877-460-5880
FAX: (253) 265-3043
EMAIL: OSHE@aminc.org

Mobile ASHE app provides resources for health care facility professionals
[October 28, 2013]
CHICAGO – A new app for mobile devices provides on-the-go access to resources for busy health care facility professionals, including regulatory updates, news, education opportunities, and acronyms.

Health care facility managers and engineers often work away from computers as they deal with issues around their facilities. The new Mobile ASHE app provides free mobile access to the following information:

News: The ASHE news feed provides the latest developments in the field, including regulatory updates on codes and standards, news stories, and press releases.
Acronyms: The health care field includes many acronyms. The Mobile ASHE app allows users to browse or search to find meanings for hundreds of health care, business, and military acronyms.
Monographs: ASHE members can access these publications, which cover single topics on issues such as facility engineering, design and construction, and safety and security management. One recent monograph tackled how to evaluate electrical distribution equipment to determine replacement needs, while another compared editions of the Life Safety Code®.
Calendar: The calendar provides an updated listing of ASHE events, including conferences, webinars, workshops, and educational opportunities.
Social Media: This section of the app connects users with ASHE’s social media channels, including LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and the ASHE Blog.

Mobile ASHE is available now for Apple and Android devices. Visit the iTunes store or Google Play and search for Mobile ASHE to find and download the app.
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New online gallery showcases health care design
[July 29, 2013]
CHICAGO – A new online gallery features hospital design projects from around the world, serving as both an inspiration and a resource to leaders planning the next generation of health care facilities.
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ASHE award recipients work to improve the health care environment
[June 25, 2013]
CHICAGO – The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association is recognizing members for their dedication to improving the health care physical environment. ASHE will present the awards during its 50th Annual Conference July 21-24 in Atlanta.
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