President's Corner

T. Wayne Gibbs, CHFM

The Florida Healthcare Engineering Association (FHEA), an autonomous chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), is composed of membership employed in a Florida healthcare related facility or system.  The FHEA membership is diverse, including those with supervisory, management, or administrative responsibilities, but also include those employed in plant operations, plant engineering, design/construction, security, safety, clinical engineering or telecommunications.  The FHEA also includes supporting members, whose companies provide products and services that support healthcare design/build, operation, and maintenance.  The combined experience, education, and knowledge are what has made the FHEA successful for over 58 years.

Some of the key objectives of the FHEA are to promote the recognition of the professional role, assist with professional growth and development of its memberships, and provide a platform for networking and communication for the purpose to exchange information, ideas, and experiences.

I am honored to be the president in 2020 and myself, and the FHEA will be committed to providing value to members, with a strong focus on education and sustainability.  The FHEA will be offering opportunities to interact with and learn from nationally recognized healthcare engineering professionals from around the country at seminars, webinars, workshops, conferences, trade shows, training programs, and district events.

The FHEA quarterly publication, The Whistle, is a great resource for members to learn about the activities and events of the organization.  In each edition, you will find an industry-related article that includes engineering, code compliance and other content of interest.  The FHEA is also seeking submittals from industry influencers.  Please contact the FHEA at [email protected].

In closing, I would encourage all members to become active in the FHEA.  Please begin with attending your district meetings, as well as the Annual Spring Meeting and the FHEA Annual Meeting and Trade Show.  All of these opportunities are ideal venues to receive education and improve your industry knowledge.  You may also contribute by submitting articles to be published in The FHEA Whistle.  Lastly, please be a recruiter for the FHEA by asking others in your network to join.