I would like to recognize Norm Epps, CHE, CHEP, your State Vice President, who graciously stepped up and took the reins as VP when asked to do so. He has taken on his role with vigor and is doing an awesome job––thank you, Norm! I would also be remiss if I didn’t recognize our Immediate Past President, David Kovacs, CHE, who won the 2013 ASHE Emerging Regional Leader Award and did an outstanding job of setting up a committee to increase membership statewide for FHEA. This is paying dividends in increased membership in all districts! In other ASHE related news, our candidate for the Emerging Leader Award this year is John Willingham, CHE, FHEA past president, and currently serving on the board as Codes and Standards Chair. Congratulations and good luck, John!
The 30th FHEA Spring Meeting is being held this year May 8-9, 2014 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Sandestin, FL. We have secured a talented and informative faculty that I know will bring you the latest information to help us all in our trade. Once again, Alethea Vitray, your Executive Director has done a wonderful job of setting up, planning, and scheduling this event which has quickly sold out the designated 35 vendor tabletop spaces. I don’t know what we would do without her.
For all you golfers out there, don’t forget the 7th Annual Spring Meeting Golf Scramble this year; it is being held nearby at the Indian Bayou Golf Club in Destin. As always I can’t thank Greg Hodgson enough for his work in putting together another successful golf outing. The Sandestin area provides access to some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida as well as great dining venues and incredible shopping; I look forward to seeing many of you there!
Be sure to save the date for our 52nd Annual Meeting and Trade Show set for September 22-24, 2014; we are returning to the Hilton Orlando again this year. Rest assured we are already looking ahead to make this year’s FHEA meeting, held jointly for the 18th year with the AHCA Seminar, to be one of the best ever. We have secured George Mills with the Joint Commission to speak at this year’s meeting and will look to him to provide an excellent learning opportunity for everyone.
In my membership renewal letter I mentioned the CHE certification and the advantages and ease of achieving this designation. One of my goals this year is to increase the number of members with the CHE certification. In 2012 we had 32 CHE’s, in 2013 we had 36, and so far this year we are already up to 39. I would love to see more applications at the next board meeting and really get the number up! Remember the CHE application can be found in the “Forms” section of FHEA.org website. In today’s competitive world, this certification shows both your employer and any prospective employer, your dedication to education and to achieving and maintaining a high standard of proficiency and professionalism in the healthcare engineering field, and we all know every little bit helps.
Finally I would like to say thank you to Jim “Hutch” Hutchinson and Rick Zurich for their help to the board as we begin laying the groundwork for taking more responsibility for the AHCA seminar. I also would like to reiterate how proud I am to be your state president and look forward to this year with great anticipation!
Scott McCormick, CHE, CHFM, CHSP
FHEA State President