REGION 8 BOARD MEMBER
Dear fellow ASHE members,
I started writing this letter in March and my apologies for the delay. COVID-19 has shocked me, and I was not prepared at all!
I hope you and your family are well and very safe. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you, for your kind and generous support during the COVID-19 pandemic. You have gone above and beyond to direct, guide and assist the front-line caregivers. I am extremely proud of the leadership you have shown during this dangerous and difficult time.
I also want to sincerely thank you all for reelecting me for a second term on the ASHE Board. It is an honor to serve you all, and I really enjoy visiting your chapters. It gives me an opportunity to get to know the members personally. I will do that again once the COVID-19 issue is under control!
I am sure you all understand the critical circumstances under which we cancelled the Region 8 conference in Denver. We are exploring the possibility of hosting the Region 8 conference later this year in Colorado, but we have not made any decisions.
I want to welcome all the new chapter board members, as well as the new chapter presidents: Katie Vander Putten – CAHED, Loie Ruhl Couch – MOSHE, Brian Lebo – KHEA, Adam Zorn – KCAHE, Dave Patterson – NSHE.
Congratulations to all of you and looking forward to working with you!
I am very proud of each of our region’s chapters. I often view your websites and learn a lot from them. Your educational programs are remarkable and I wish I had the time to attend every one of them. You are providing a great service to our members, and I want to thank your education committees and chapter directors and coordinators for their tremendous efforts.
Communication and networking have never been more important than they are right now, while we are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Loie, we are glad to have you in our team as an infection prevention specialist.
ASHE received the 2020 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award—Sustained Excellence for the second year in a row, marking the fourth consecutive year that ASHE has won an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. This award recognizes ASHE’s continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. This is an effect of collaboration between all the chapters and the ASHE staff. Congratulations to all!
ASHE has chosen Deanna Martin as the new ASHE executive director. Congratulations, Deanna! Deanna has worked with ASHE for nine years, and most recently she was the deputy executive director of operations. I have worked with Deanna for many years in committees and on the Board. Deanna will do an excellent job leading us into the future.
I would like to congratulate Terry Banister as our 2019 Regional Leader.
I also would like to recognize the all the CHFM, CHC and Certified Health Care Physical Environment Worker certificate holders in our region. .
ASHE Board Meeting Update: February 6 & 7, 2020 | San Antonio, TX
Two advocacy matters regarding NFPA and ASHRE were discussed during the Board meeting.
At the NFPA Technical Meeting, on June 18, 2020, two major health care documents will be up for vote (NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® and NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code). I understand that the meeting has been cancelled and the voting may take place electronically. Please keep your eyes open for an email or announcement, and please alert all of us if you see one. We do not want to miss the opportunity, as health care representation must be robust to ensure changes made are fair and based on science.
In addition, the state of Washington recently adopted legislation based on ASHRAE 100. The legislation will hold health care facilities to energy requirements that may be based upon unattainable EUI standards. ASHE is scheduling meetings with the ASHRAE 100 committee to discuss the inaccuracies to help health care facilities avoid unreasonable fines.
ASHE Board Meeting Update: April 24, 2020 | Virtual
Work continues on a decision regarding the 2020 ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition. Several options are being discussed at the Board level and an update should be coming out within the next few weeks.
Sign up for a free three-month trial membership with ASHE
I would like all of you to know that in light of COVID-19, ASHE is offering for three-month trial membership. This is an opportunity to access ASHE’s educational offerings, tools and resources during these unprecedented times. Please share this with your fellow chapter members who are not ASHE members. Our region has 1,572 chapter members and 473 ASHE members.
This offering is for all, whether you are directly employed by health care facility, have an interest or responsibility for the health care physical environment or you are an employee of a company other than a health care facility (such as architecture firm, contractor, vendor, health care association, etc.) that provides professional active members with professional, technical and /or consulting services. Please act now as this free trial membership ends on June 30, 2020.
ASHE is also offering a 50% discount on several online education courses; please take advantage of those offerings by using discount code MEMBER50 at ashe.org/education/elearning. Continuing education is critical for all our members to keep up with rapid changes and to prepare ourselves to face future challenges. I encourage you to obtain ASHE’s certifications and designations such as Certified Health Care Physical Environment Worker, CHFM, CHC, SASHE and FASHE. These titles provide important professional recognition and career advancement opportunities. If you meet the requirement to take CHFM or CHC and would like to take the examination, please get in touch with me for a free voucher to take the exams.
As we enter the recovery stages from COVID-19 pandemic, ASHE has developed a resource page to assist health care facilities. I’ve found the recovery checklists to be very helpful, so please take advantage of those and the other tools that are available. Many of the chapters have published all the information for their members.
ASHE has extended the deadline to July 1, 2020 for Energy to Care applications. I encourage you all to participate in this great program which aims to reduce energy consumption, provides value to your organization and improves patient care. In the current financial situation, we can help our organization by saving energy.
I thank you all for the work you do to support our local chapters and ASHE. I appreciate all those who volunteer on our committees and task forces. We would not be the thriving organization we are without your support, effort and collaboration.
I trust and hope we will pass this unprecedented difficult time and move on to the next chapter with courage, optimism, confidence and open minds.