On May 14th and 15th, District IV hosted our Spring Meeting with 188 registrants. The first day allowed an opportunity for some to attend the CHFM Prep Workshop under the instruction of Leo Gehring. We had 55 people attend this educational session! A thank you goes to Leo for putting together great content for this offering; I have been made aware that at least a couple workshop participants have already taken and passed the CHFM exam!
Many not signed up for the workshop participated instead in the Annual Spring Golf Scramble enjoying the fun and opportunities to network. Thank you, Greg Hodgson, for an outstanding job in pulling this golf outing together! The educational session on day two was also outstanding. There was an excellent selection of vendor tabletops to peruse as well. The successful Spring Meeting would not have happened without all the continued efforts of our stellar Executive Director, Alethea Vitray. Thank you, Alethea, for your continued support!
The Board met during the meeting and we report the FHEA continues to be a healthy organization. FHEA has been awarded the ASHE Chapter Affiliation Platinum Award for the 7th year in a row! Congrats to all for this achievement! A new designation of Elite Award is offered by ASHE in the 2016 award cycle. We have decided to participate in this opportunity. The ASHE Elite Award is a bonus award honoring the chapter’s participation in ASHE’s Energy to Care program. Ben Fitzgerald, CHE, Director of Energy Management at Florida Hospital – Orlando has stepped up to head this program. You may see some correspondence about your individual facility’s participation. Please support FHEA and Ben in fulfilling our requirements for this recognition.
It is my pleasure to announce that our Vice President, Don Stewart, CHFM, has been named the ASHE Region IV Emerging Leader! This represents a huge accomplishment and honor for Don!
We have approved 33 members for the prestigious Certified Healthcare Engineer (CHE) designation this year. As of the board meeting, we have 244 Active Members, 36 Life Members, and 477 Supporting Members.
Please do not delay in registering for the Joint Conference FHEA 53rd Annual Meeting & Trade Show / AHCA 31st Annual Seminar set for Monday - Wednesday, October 12-14 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. Check out this event and register at www.AHCAseminar.com. All 280 trade show booths have been filled! This should be an exciting education event!
At the time this newsletter will be printed and mailed out, the 52nd ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition will take place, July 12-15 in Boston. I hope I will be seeing many of you there!
The Board is very humbled to serve you. We hope all of you have a prosperous second half of 2015. Again, your participation is the key to our success. Let your district officers know how we can be of better service. What educational offerings should we be looking for? I look forward to seeing as many as possible in October at the Annual Meeting in Orlando.
Norman Epps, CHE, CHEP
FHEA State President