ASHE celebrates award recipients at 2020 ASHE Virtual Conference


October 7, 2020


CHICAGO – The American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association is celebrating the outstanding contributions its members have made to improve the health care physical environment. ASHE presented several awards during its first ever virtual conference October 5-7, 2020. The Crystal Eagle Leadership Award, considered ASHE’s lifetime achievement award, was presented to Wayne Klingelsmith, FASHE, CHFM. Presently, he is the principal for MSL Healthcare Partners, Inc. in Barrington, Illinois. Wayne’s faith, mentorship and his passion for guiding those after him in the field are among the key reasons why ASHE selected him for the 2020 Crystal Eagle Leadership Award.

The ASHE President’s Award, which is presented at the discretion of the sitting ASHE president to an individual who goes above and beyond to optimize the health care physical environment, was presented to John F. DiGirolomo, MBA, CHFM, CHC, FASHE, currently the senior vice president at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY. DiGirolomo, who has been in health care facilities management field since 1981, has been an active ASHE member since 2003, most recently the co-chair of the ASHE COVID-19 task force and the chair of the CHFM Certification task force.

Also at the ASHE Virtual Conference, ASHE recognized members who attained Fellow (FASHE) or Senior (SASHE) status within ASHE. 

The FASHE designation is bestowed upon those who have been ASHE members in good standing for at least ten years and have contributed to the field through education, leadership and written contributions. The following members are new FASHE recipients:

  • Dennis Ford, FASHE, MHA, CHFM, Atrium Health, Charlotte, NC
  • David Lockhart, FASHE, CHFM, CEM, Kaiser Permanente, Roseville, CA
  • Sean M. Mulholland, FASHE, PE, CHFM, CHC, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO

The SASHE designation is bestowed upon those who have been ASHE members in good standing for at least five years and have supported ASHE in terms of education and leadership. The following members are new SASHE recipients: 

  • James Craig Ayers, SASHE, MHA, CHFM, CHSP, CHC, Memorial Hermann Northeast, Humble, TX
  • Lorrie Jansen Elizarraraz, SASHE, MPA, CHEP, CHSP, Texas Health Resources Frisco, Frisco, TX
  • Jeremy M. Fortier, SASHE, PMP, CHC, Medxcel Facilities Management, Indianapolis, IN
  • Anne M. Guglielmo, SASHE, CFPS, LEED-AP, CHFM, Code Consultants, Inc., St. Louis, MO
  • Alan Owens, SASHE, CHFM, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
  • Matt Royal, SASHE, CHFM, CHC, Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis, IN
  • Joe Saldivar, SASHE, CHFM, Henry Ford Health Systems, Clinton Township, MI
  • Mark A. Sears, SASHE, CHFM, Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk, NE
  • Gaylene L. Stengel, SASHE, CHFM, CHSP, CHEP, Texas Health Resources, Arlington, TX

ASHE’s Regional Leader Award recognizes leaders for contributions to the fields of health care engineering and facility management; planning, design and construction; safety; clinical and biomedical engineering; and technical management. 

  • Region 1: Joseph C. LaVigne, CHC, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • Region 2: Philip Klaski, Jefferson Health - Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA
  • Region 3: Kenny Sartin, CHFM, WVU Medicine - United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV
  • Region 4: Timothy Sizemore, HCA - Memorial Satilla Health, Waycross, GA
  • Region 5: Jonathan Hunley, CHC, LEED GA, Bon Secours Mercy Health, Cincinnati, OH
  • Region 6: Ryan Schramm, CHFM, M Health Fairview | Fairview Health Services, St. Paul, MN
  • Region 7: Jacob A. McCall, CHFM, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, Sugar Land, TX
  • Region 8: Brian J. Leabo, Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS
  • Region 9: Larry Gordon Knowlden, Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Region 10: Jesse O. Barnum, MS, CHFM, St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center, Meridian, ID

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