Thursday – Friday, May 10 & 11, 2018
NIU Conference Center, Naperville, IL

(Schedule is tentative and subject to change.)

Thursday, May 10 

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.  Registration and Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 a.m.  Welcome

8:15 – 9:15 a.m. – Auditorium
Keynote Speaker
Bradley R. Taylor, MBA, CHFM, CHC, 2018 President, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). Brad will address the health care facility manager's greatest challenges and needs now and in the near future. He'll also talk about the value of belonging to an association and ASHE's impact on how we work.

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.  ASHE & HESNI Updates – Auditorium

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Seminar Room 260
Adam McMillen, Director of Sustainability
IMEG Corp.
Practical Sustainable Measures for Healthcare MEP Systems — Sustainability is rapidly becoming a core metric as it relates to design, construction, and operations in the healthcare environment. This presentation will provide an approach to benchmark your own facility for energy and water usage. Leveraging this information will help outline a recommended improvement plan focused on low cost/no cost strategies and targeted capital projects. The plan will be phased according to a timeline that matches annual budget constraints. Measures include both investment in the equipment at the facility and the people that make it work. The presentation will close with recommendations for HVAC system selection in major rehab and new construction projects. This will include a comparison of first cost premium versus energy cost savings for various systems and technologies.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Seminar Room 266
Joseph Jozsa, Principal, Interactive Building Solutions
LaMar Davis, Director of Facilities and Support Services, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (RIC)
How a Broken Pipe Saved My Building – An Outpatient Facility Retro-commissioning Story — A case-study from the perspective of the Administrator of Facilities Planning and Design at a new government-funded health care facility. A broken pipe that resulted in $250,000 damage caused a storm of finger pointing and unsupported explanations. The facility manager ordered a retocommissioning to find the facts. Shockingly, the retrocommissioning report contained a long list of large and small HVAC issues with the building. One topic that will be explored is the importance of thorough, independent commissioning. Consideration for commissioning should be started in the design phase of the building. This case study shows there can be many universal issues even on a simple project.

10:40 – 11:40 a.m.  Seminar – Room 260
David Hirschbuehler, AIA, LEED AP, Principal
Forum Studio
Making a Virtual Statement — The Mercy Virtual Care Center is pioneering an inventive model of care through the latest telemedicine technologies, electronic health records, and a purposeful and integrated team approach to improve health care delivery. Mercy is also revolutionizing health care in rural America, connecting patients with real-time access to top medical specialists, providing ongoing monitored care, and enabling people to continue to heal at home. This is the first-ever virtual technology and innovation center and together we will look at where the Mercy VCC will take us next. The Mercy story has just begun with much more potential to continue to improve patient care while reducing cost. Explore how Mercy provides care without borders. See how it innovates, leverages technology and changes the model of care delivery. Learn how virtual care is achieved. Gain an understanding of what this business model looks like.

10:40 – 11:40 a.m.  Seminar Room 266
Mathis Carlson, Area Supervisor Chicago
Medical Technology Associates
Medical Gas Inspections and Maintenance Programs — This presentation will describe the various governing bodies — CMS, FDA, OSHA, TJC — what they do and what you should know and understand about each. Learn what a Life Safety Survey is looking for, when your medical gas system should be tested, current NFPA 99 code requirements. What should be included in a medical gas inspection? What requirements and qualifications should be concerns in your medical gas maintenance program? The presentation will conclude with a Q&A session.

11:45 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch and Visit with Exhibits

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Peter M. Babaian, P.E., S.E., Principal
Emily W. O’Keefe, P.E.
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
Building Enclosure Commissioning — The intent of Building Enclosure Commissioning BECx is to establish a quality assurance process that verifies and documents the project is in accordance with the owner’s expectations. While not appropriate for every project, BECx is often included on projects with critical systems that might be affected by exterior enclosure performance or on projects where the owner will own and operate the building over the long-term. Because hospitals meet both of these criteria, BECx is often included. This presentation will focus on the BECx process, industry standards that exist to guide the process, and critical steps that are needed to get the full value out of the BECx process. The BECx process, if implemented properly, can be very valuable: it improves quality, controls risk, and reduces costly changes and delays during construction. Properly defining and procuring BECx services will improve the process and add value to projects.

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Seminar – Room 266
Clayton Smith, MBA, CHFM, Director of Facilities
H. Lee, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute – Tampa, Florida

Robert Van Rees, MBA, Director of Facilities
Munson Medical Center – Traverse City, Michigan

Brian Crum, CHFM, Vice President of Professional Services
Mark Mochel, MBA, PMP, CSM, Vice President
Facility Health Inc. (FHI)
Optimizing Preventative Maintenance: HOW to Deploy a CMS Compliant AEM Program for Utility and/or Clinical Assets — Why is it so difficult to implement an Alternative Equipment Maintenance/Management (AEM) Program for the facility? Because many facility managers either a) don’t understand the possible benefits, or b) are concerned about an incorrect deployment. But it’s not as difficult as you think. Instead of fearing the AEM Program development and deployment, facility leaders should embrace the opportunity to optimize preventative maintenance, utilizing risk assessments and facility performance data to validate utility asset performance. So where do you start, and how do you get it done? There are 6 steps you can take to collect the data you need. In this educational session and panel discussion, Owner Representatives will review the challenges and benefits of each step, and provide real-world feedback on those actions.

2:25 – 3:25 p.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Peter M. Babaian, P.E., S.E., Principal
Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
Design Remedies for Hospitals and Medical Buildings — Hospitals and medical buildings exist to treat patients. However, the building itself can affect the patient environment. These building types continue to challenge design and construction professionals when designing, detailing and constructing their exterior enclosure systems for patient comfort. In addition, they house extremely costly and rare equipment. Failure to properly design and construct these enclosures can cause headaches for the facilities group, user, and patients well after the building is operational. It is possible to heal these buildings after the fact, but not without pain — usually in the form of high cost and disruption. Today, we recognize that preventative care is the best way to lower medical expenses and keep people healthy. This presentation will highlight the design principles that health care facilities should follow when establishing the requirements for their exterior enclosures to best support the patient environment as well as the facilities' users and maintainers.

2:25 – 3:25 p.m.  Seminar Room 266
David Paulaskas, Project Executive
Krusinski Construction Company
Staying Connected: Leadership Through Communication — The PDC phases of any program, whether it be health care or any industry, typically follow the same trajectory. A broader spectrum of contract vehicles are now in the marketplace and have changed the way we approach project management by shifting risk and creating incentives for the PDC team. Effectively communicating in any situation requires key stakeholders to understand the “why.” There are as many viewpoints to a problem as there are people. Understanding why processes are in place is key to not only getting buy-in from the team, but to also establishing continuous improvement in the organization by targeting those processes that may be flawed or antiquated. Establishing trust within a team is a key metric for determining whether an outcome is successful. In order to get buy-in from project team members, they must believe that we can deliver on our promises. Trust must be gained through stewardship of the process by establishing interim milestones for the team to gauge whether or not a project is being successful. Take-Away Points: Managing the vision and program as a whole, not just the project; creating tools and protocols that allow each team member to understand the day-to-day processes of the project and associated workflows; creation of valuable schedule milestones throughout the project in order to gauge interim successes and establish trust within the team.

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Reception (cocktails and refreshments) 


Friday, May 11 

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 a.m.  Welcome Back

8:15 – 9:15 a.m. – Auditorium
Special Presentation
Kara Brooks, LEED AP BD & C
ASHE Sustainability Program Manager
Energy to Care Program & ASHE's Energy/Sustainability Initiatives 

9:20 – 10:20 a.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Dan Doyle, Chairman, Grumman/Butkus Associates
Ryan Ollie, Manager of Energy Solutions, & Austin Rennick, Manager of Facility Operations
Advocate Health Care
How to Optimize Performance of Your Hospital Boiler Plant — This presentation will look at what one hospital group recently did to cut natural gas consumption and lower its annual operating costs. The project involved eight steam boilers at six Advocate Health Care hospitals. It combined three components designed to recover waste heat from steam boiler systems: flue stack economizers, heat exchangers/controls, and vent condensers at the deaerator tank bleed vents. The economizers were custom-designed for each installation and incorporated all stainless steel construction of tubes and flue gas enclosure to avoid normal corrosion buildup. Payback for the project is projected to be 8.2 years after considering the utility incentives, which are estimated at 17% of the total project construction cost. Learn more about these and other features.

9:20 – 10:20 a.m.  Seminar – Room 266
Brad Benhart, Purdue University
York Chan, Advocate Healthcare
Josef Michuda, Michuda Contruction 
A Team’s Journey to Improve Safety, Quality, Efficiencies, and Communication — This panel discussion, including representatives from Purdue University, Advocate Health Care and Michuda Construction, will focus on a LEAN Construction strategic partnership and the evolution of the team and processes. It will include the good, bad and ugly along the journey. Lessons learned and best practices will be shared with the audience. It will review lessons learned, best practices, newly developed tools, and what has become a shared value partnership for all. Audience members will discover usable tools and data that can be applied by any contractor or hospital. The program will be valuable for facility managers, directors, construction administrators and contractors.

10:20 – 11:00 a.m.  Break and Visit with Exhibits

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Jim Lyons, Plant Operations Manager, Advocate Health Care
Kevin Pranaitis, District Manager, Garratt-Callahan Company
Water Management: Best Practices — What is a Water Management Plan (WMP)? What steps must be taken to implement an effective WMP in your health care facility? Both presenters will address these questions head on. They’ll describe proper testing techniques, essential improvements of mechanical systems, a good preventive maintenance approach, and in the process share some important lessons learned. Bring your questions to this late addition to Friday’s sessions. Water safety continues to be a topic that attracts lots of Q&A.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Seminar Room 266
Kenneth Bauwens, Co-President, & Bill Heneghan, Vice President of Operations, 
Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors
Mike Hendrick, North Region Director of Facilities, Advocate Health Care
Rick Sabatello, Partern, Dickerson Engineering Inc.
Electrical Infrastructures in Healthcare: Planning for Reliability & Staying Connected —Electrical infrastructures are an integral part of patient safety and facility operations. Buildings and electrical systems are aging and require continuous care and preventive maintenance programs. This presentation will provide information to the audience about the state of the industry’s electrical infrastructure and how the age of the plant affects the integrity of the system. It will highlight the details of code requirements and industry guidelines for testing and maintenance. There will be discussion about how to get started with an assessment procedure and execution plans. Program examples will be shared for thought-provoking ideas and conversation.

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch

12:55 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Seminar – Room 260
Brad Benhart
Purdue University
Leaving our Legacy: Building the Next Generation in Health Care Operations, Planning, Design & Construction — Explore why succession planning is critical to an organization. Acquire tools to attract and retain young people. Determine how best to mentor and transfer knowledge to younger generations. Identify and use ASHE programs that can help with succession planning. Brad Benhart is Assistant Department Head and Clinical Professor, Building Construction Management Program at Purdue University. When he is not in the classroom, Brad owns Integrated Construction Resources, a construction consulting company that focuses on strategic planning, training, expert witness analysis, and owners’ representation.

12:55 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Seminar – Room 266
Vice President, Director of Sustainability & Energy
Legat Architects
WELL Building Standard: Health, Wellness, Your Building and You — The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) is the first building standard to focus exclusively on the health and wellness of the people in buildings. WELL consists of unique categories, preconditions and optimization features that combine best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research. The resulting system uses the built environment to support health and well-being and is intended to work in harmony with LEED and the Living Building Challenge-based design. WELL can be applied across many institutional building categories including health care, commercial and education. The presenter will share insights about the new WELL Building Standard, opportunities for implementation and benefits of implementing WELL methodology in your organization.

1:55 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.  Seminar – Auditorium
Kenneth Monroe, Associate Project Director 
The Joint Commission  
The Joint Commission Update — Annual Joint Commission update on top scored standards in the Environment of Care and Life Safety. This session will discuss current trends and hot topics in the field today. Bring your questions and get answers to prepare for a survey or to keep up to date on all your compliance issues.

3:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks and Adjournment