Greetings everyone! It has been an awesome journey for me to serve on the board of the Florida Healthcare Engineering Association for the past six plus years, and to serve as your president for 2016 is truly humbling. The board held its first meeting of the year in February and it is my honor to report that FHEA is a strong and healthy organization. The districts are growing and providing educational programs that offer CEUís to our members! It is through the hard work in the districts, the spring meeting and our strong annual conference in collaboration with AHCA, that this organization continues to prosper!




I would like, on behalf of the entire FHEA, to recognize Norm Epps for his outstanding leadership as our president in 2015! Norm is very dedicated to the FHEA and through his wisdom and knowledge was able to move our organization forward in the past year! Thank you, Norm!


Our Vice President Larry Peterson has been working tirelessly to complete our application package for the ASHE Chapter Affiliation awards. I had the privilege of compiling the package last year and I can tell you it is a lot of work. We have received ASHEís highest status as a platinum organization for the past 7 years! This year ASHE has a new level above platinum that is the Elite status which requires even more hurdles to jump than in the past. Larry has been working hard to understand the new requirement and gather the needed documentation. Thank you, Larry!


I am happy to tell you that Alethea Vitray is continuing on in her role as executive director of FHEA! Alethea works very hard arranging board meetings, the Spring and Annual meetings, trade show, finding speakers for our programs, helping with our website, I could go on and on! She also keeps me on track which isnít easy! Thank you, Alethea!


We have an awesome program for our 32nd Spring Meeting at the Hilton Clearwater Beach on May 5th and 6th, as we are ďtaking it to the beachĒ. We will start on May 5th with a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) review, with the CHSP exam scheduled for Friday after the Spring Meeting session adjourns. Also occurring on Thursday is the 9th Annual Spring Golf Scramble and for the first time we are offering a deep sea fishing trip for those who would rather fish than golf! A special thank you goes to Lily Salkoff-Piner for heading up the golf outing and Debbie Starr for organizing our first fishing event!


On May 6th we have a series of speakers who will provide education that is very relevant to healthcare engineering. There is also a limited number of tabletop exhibits offered by vendors whose support makes our meetings possible, so please visit the tabletops and thank these companies for supporting FHEA! Additional information and online registration can be found on the website. If you havenít already I would encourage you to register for this event. If you havenít visited the Clearwater Beach area in the past expect to be impressed and see why this area is ranked as having amongst the best beaches in the USA! You may want to bring your family and stay longer after the meeting.


The FHEA board has several goals this year. One goal is to continue the work we started last year to consider adding a fifth district to serve the southwest area of our state. There appears to be strong interest from some members in this area who believe that individuals from non-FHEA represented hospitals would also join and participate if meetings were held in the area.  Another goal is to continue to improve education at meetings in our districts and at the state level. You will continue to see more opportunities to get CEUís at the district level. I would ask all of you to let your district officers know what types of education would most benefit you so that we can build more robust meetings for you, our members.  When met, both of these goals will help us meet our central goal of increasing our membership and providing more opportunities for professional growth.


In closing I look forward to seeing many of you at the Spring Meeting and on behalf of the board of directors I wish you a very safe and prosperous 2016! Please let us know how we can serve you better and what educational offerings you would like to see!


Don Stewart, CHFM 
FHEA State President


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Updated May 5th, 2016
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