President's Corner

FHEA  President
​Kevin Daniel, CHE
Jackson Hosptial

I would like to start out by thanking you all for allowing me to be your State President this year.  We have a fantastic group of Board Members who have already started out with a very productive Board meeting.   The Board Members showed their dedication to making this Association the best it has ever been.  All Board Members have also committed to lead by example to make education, membership, and energy savings a priority.

FHEA now has a new Executive Director, Sarah Jeffcoat, and with her, we have the Meeting Management Group (MMG) staff to manage the various day to day aspects of the Association.  One of MMG’s latest accomplishments is completing our new Web site.  If you haven’t seen it lately, please go to to see the totally revamped site.  The site contains all membership forms, individual District pages with their individual meeting schedules, resource pages, state-wide event schedules, and information about upcoming events.  Please look it over and let us know if there is anything else you would like to see.

Our new Vice President, Thomas Gibson, has been working diligently this year preparing our ASHE Annual Chapter Award documentation to attain ASHE’s Platinum Chapter Award again for 2017.  Thomas was also ASHE’s Regional Leader Award Recipient for 2017 for Region 4.  He will be a great President next year.

The Board has committed to work to achieving the Platinum Elite award this year by committing to lead by example and each board member will be benchmarking their hospitals in the EPA’s Energy Star program and ASHE’s E2C (Energy to Care) Program.  We hope to get  many member hospitals to enter these programs as well.

We have a great 34th Annual Spring Meeting planned for May 17 - 18 at the beautiful World Golf Village Renaissance Hotel in St. Augustine.  There will be a variety of informative topics and speakers that can be seen on our web site, as well as in the conference brochure that you will soon be receiving in the mail.  We have expanded our tabletop exhibits to 40 vendors, all of which are sold out.

Starting on Thursday, we will have our 11th Annual Spring Meeting Golf Scramble on the Slammer and Squire course at the hotel.  More information and registration for  Golf will be coming soon.
The CHFM Exam Review Course will also be offered on Thursday, followed on Friday afternoon with a pencil and paper exam.  It should be a great spring meeting.  Registration is now open so please make sure you register as soon as possible.  The event and all details and forms are posted on our new web site.  You may also make your hotel room reservations by calling 800-331-3131 or electronically at  If you are planning to play in the golf tournament or taking the CHFM Review Course, be sure to arrive on Wednesday, May 16th.

Planning has already begun for our 34th Annual AHCA Seminar & Annual Fall FHEA Meeting and Trade Show.  This event will be at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando once again.  The theme of this year’s seminars is "Back to the Basics of Health Care Design and Construction.” If there are any special topics you would like to hear about or specific speakers you would like to see, please let us know so we can try to include them in our speaker sessions. To download the Call for Presentations, see

Registration for this event has also just opened, so please register soon.  Please visit our website for further details on this event as well.

Our membership has continued to grow with a 13% (859 to 758) increase in overall membership from 2017 to 2018.  We have also increased our CHEs by 27% (37 to 47).  We want to continue to increase our CHEs as much as possible this year so a mentoring program is beginning in each District to help facilitate this goal.  This program will assist new and interested members in how to get certified by assisting them with planning and paperwork.

FHEA is still being challenged to increase our membership in ASHE.  It is an important element to keep our Platinum Level Chapter Award with ASHE.  For this award, we are required to keep a specific percentage of our members, both regular and supporting, with dual membership in FHEA and ASHE. More important than the Platinum Award, is that ASHE membership gives all members access to more resources in education, professional development, and contact with peers across the country.  The benefits of the dual enrollment far outweigh the small cost of membership, so please consider this option.

I want to personally thank Past President Larry Peterson and last years’ Board for their hard work in continuing to grow the association and showing their dedication to our organization.

I would also like to thank you again for the opportunity this year to serve as your State President and look forward to the challenges and successes in store for us for this year.

See you soon in St. Augustine,