MWHCEC programming is approved for 13 contact hours and 1.3 continuing education units by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association. MWHCEC has also been approved as a continuing education provider by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.

Schedule subject to change.



8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.    Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Opening General Session:

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions:

11:00 a.m. – Noon   Concurrent Sessions:

Noon – 1:30 p.m.     Lunch (on own)
Noon – 1:30 p.m.   Local/State Chapter Meetings/Luncheons
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.       Concurrent Sessions:

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Concurrent Sessions:




6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Exhibitor Setup
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.    Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.     General Session: Teaming with ASHE for Success
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.    Concurrent Sessions:

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.     Trade Show Open
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.          Refreshment Break on the Trade Show Floor
Noon – 1:00 p.m.   Lunch on the Trade Show Floor
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.    Education on Trade Show Floor
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.    Break/Grand Prize Drawing on the Trade Show Floor
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Exhibitor Teardown
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:


4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions:




7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.       Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions:


8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) Exam Review Course (additional fee required)
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.      Refreshment Break
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.      Concurrent Sessions:

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   Closing General Session: Joint Commission Update



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 


A year from today, will you be a better leader… or not? The answer affects every aspect of our lives. This session introduces four pillars the greatest leaders all have in common and a simple formula for enhancing these pillars in your own life and organization. A favorite of audiences across the country, Jonathan shares “The Simplest and Most Effective Leadership Development Plan,” borrowing powerful and practical lessons from the greatest people developers in all walks of life.

Presenter: Jonathan Fanning
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9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Creative Leadership

Walt Disney was one of the most creative leaders of the last century. What were the 5 traits that fueled his creativity? What tools did Disney use to create an organization that brought out the creativity of each member? This unique “Lessons from Legends” workshop leaves participants challenging the limits that they’ve allowed to hold the organization’s creativity at bay.

Presenter: Jonathan Fanning 

ICRA: Construction Trades Best Practices Awareness Training

This training promotes the communication, awareness and protocol for working in occupied healthcare facilities. It also outlines protection methods and safe work practices for the various trades and hospital personnel who work in these types of facilities. We’ll discuss the unique environment of the healthcare facility and the potential hazards in the environment, focusing on renovations and additions to existing occupied buildings. Infection prevention is everyone’s responsibility!

Presenters: Roy Loveless, Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters; Chris Vance, Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters

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11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Light and Health: The Impact on the Space and Inhabitants

The eye isn’t designed to look at light—it’s designed to use it. We will explore lighting’s crucial role in healthcare with visual and non-visual impacts and how lighting solutions offer greater potential to immediately improve patient experiences, staff productivity and overall safety and security.

Presenter: Kaitlin Page, LC, FE, BSA LifeStructures 

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The Value of the Pre-Design Phase

We will discuss the dividends that the pre-design phase paid for a new replacement hospital in terms of options, costs, systems, layout, exterior design, and the preferred option.

Presenters: Richard Fetz, MHP Medical Center; Jeff Williams, MHP Medical Center



1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

2018 FGI Guidelines: What’s In and What’s Out?

The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) healthcare guidelines are respected as the source to use when designing a new facility or renovating an aging facility. The presentation will focus on the major changes in the guidelines.

Presenter: Todd Hite, Indiana State Department of Health 

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Best Practices for Facility Technician Training Programs: How to Maintain Compliance and Be Survey-Ready

How do you know your facility technician training is correct? For facility managers, this is the million-dollar question. This course will outline key training program components to keep your crew properly educated, your facility running smoothly, and both you and your technicians confidently prepped for survey.

Presenters: Melissa Johnson, PDT Architects; Jim Harrell, PDT Architects

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2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Energy Use Reduction: Tips and Techniques to Reduce Cost and Enhance Patient Experience

Learn how other healthcare organizations have used energy efficiency strategies to make improvements in their facility operations and positively affect the overall patient experience. We will discuss how to plan your approach for a more energy efficient facility, provide examples of how other facilities have saved on their energy consumption and discuss how your local utility may be able to provide financial incentive to offset the project cost.

Presenter: Jeff Kelley, Lockheed Martin Energy 

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On-Site Power Solutions: The Benefits of Cogeneration

Combined heat and power plants generate electricity and useful thermal energy in a single, integrated system. Heat that is normally wasted in conventional power generation is recovered as useful energy, which avoids the losses that would otherwise be incurred from separate generation of heat and power. Many hospitals are facing reduced capital budgets and necessary infrastructure improvements to provide patient care. This session will explore the methodology University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center used to select CHP to meet their power needs.

Presenters: Greg Swaluk, CMTA; James Salvino, Clark Construction Group; Donald Allik, University of Maryland Medical Systems, Upper Chesapeake Health; Claudia Meer, Clark Construction Group



4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A Case Study in Phased Hospital Renovation

This case study will look at the renovation of IUH Morgan in Martinsville, Indiana from a hospital to an outpatient center with surgery suite, laboratory, chemo mixing, emergency department, pediatrics, and wellness. The project had multiple phases in order to keep services open to the community. The emergency department remained open during the entire remodel to serve the community 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The chemo mixing room was improved to the soon to be implemented USP-800 standards.

Presenters: Ted Kussow, Applied Engineering Services; Jason M. King DNP, RN, CENP, IU Health Morgan; Jeremy Putnam, F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company 

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Built Environment Best Practices: Projects to Operations to Compliance

The built environment is the foundation on which your organization delivers healthcare. Your facilities are in use 24 hours per day so renovation and construction projects have become a way of life. Chances are you have either lost staff or have added substantial square footage without additional help. To do more with less, you need to take control and work smarter not harder. This session will focus on what you can do before, during, and after projects to ensure your facility is in peak operating condition and in compliance with the Hospital Accreditation Standards. From helpful tips on developing an owner’s plan to managing and organizing project information to project turn over and operation, this session will simple, yet profound tips to help you improve the quality of life for you and your staff.

Presenters: Anthony Younan, L&R; Jim Inzeo, L&R

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 

Teaming with ASHE for Success

Learn about all of the programs, education and resources that ASHE has to offer to help you be successful. This session will focus on the new challenges we will all be facing next year, and how ASHE will be assisting its members. Brad will also be updating you on the initiatives he is planning for 2018 when he serves as ASHE President.

Presenters: Bradley Taylor, MBA, CHFM, CHC, Fairview Health Services



9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Analyzing ICU Patient Room Environmental Quality Through Unoccupied, Normal, and Emergency Procedure Modes

Intensive care unit functions change over time. This session will discuss ICU space design that works today for an uncertain future. Gain valuable tips for future-proofing ICU ventilation design features that will allow for minimal alterations in the future. Learn about multi-use type spaces that can support a number of configurations and have the ventilation infrastructure necessary to support continuously adaptive clinical uses.

Presenters: Damon G. Greeley, PE, CEM, HFDP, CBCP, EDAC, CHFM, Indiana University Health Academic Health Center; Tim Spence, AIA, ACHA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, BSA LifeStructures; Denise Kerley, MSN, RN, CNRN, AG-CNS, University Hospital, Indiana University Health

Sponsored by ASHRAE

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Legionella Control in Building Systems

Healthcare facilities operators have a duty to maintain safe building systems. As the understanding of Legionella has evolved, so has the development of standards, guidelines and laws to ensure the health and safety of the public. The most effective engineering controls are simple in concept, but difficult to implement in existing buildings. Case studies reflecting current thinking on appropriate engineering control measures for Legionella for both existing and future planned healthcare facilities will be presented.

Presenter: Carl Schultz, PE, AECOM

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Technician Training: How is a Healthcare Facility like a Chemical Plant? Lessons from Chemical Engineering for HVAC Optimization

Typical HVAC control optimization strategies attempt to apply a predetermined algorithm to existing building systems. This can result in energy savings, but requires significant capital investment in new control equipment and consideration of specific operational concerns about a specific building. While all buildings are generally designed to the same codes, existing buildings have their own operational challenges not anticipated by the design. Renovations, documentation updates, and personnel changes all complicate the ability for a “canned” algorithm to minimize energy use while maintaining occupant comfort and meeting ventilation requirements. This session approaches optimization differently. Learn the mass and energy balances behind a different optimization scheme. We’ll discuss multiple case studies of how these principles can be applied to existing buildings (including medical office buildings, surgery suites, diagnostic imaging suites and other patient-facing spaces where comfort and safety is the priority) to reduce energy consumption.

Presenters: Leslie Schulte, PhD, Edward George and Associates; Valerie Coulter, Edward George and Associates; Eddie McLaughlin, Edward George and Associates

Technician Training

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3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Applying Water Side Energy Recovery in a Campus Central Plant

Water side heat recovery, in a building operated 24/7, 365 days/year, can be a viable option to address the goals of reduced energy costs. While this design can be straightforward in a standalone building, it proves more difficult in a campus setting. We will discuss the potential issues, application of water side heat recovery, and innovative ways to address the design challenges the University of Notre Dame’s McCourtney Hall threw at the team.

Presenters: Kevin McNutt, PE, BSA Lifestructures

Sponsored by ASHRAE

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Motivating Your Team for Improved Outcomes

Motivating your team for improved outcomes means everyone wins. This presentation will provide effective methods and tips for improving quality and teamwork. Research-based studies on effective leadership as well as examples from other healthcare institutions will keep you entertained and armed with useful information to create positive change.

Presenter: Thom Wellington, Infection Control University

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Technician Training: The Science and Technology of Humidification

When the air is dry, we add moisture to increase the humidity to prevent material damage, eliminate static electricity and improve the indoor air quality. But what really happens beyond boiling water or spraying a mist – what are the actual technologies involved? Which technologies work best in which applications? How do materials react and why? What is the real human reaction? What are the practical control limits? What are the mistakes that can be made? This session will dive into these questions to help you better understand what’s really happening.

Presenters: D. Scott Herr, Herr Technologies; Steve Ehrman, AC Equipment Reps

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Technician Training



4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

ASHRAE Standard 189.3: Sustainability Defined for Healthcare

ASHRAE has recently approved publication of Standard 189.3 which defines the sustainable features for healthcare facilities. This presentation will discuss how ASHRAE Standards 189.1, 189.3 and the IGCC will affect design and planning of healthcare facilities.

Presenters: Douglas Fick, TRC Worldwide Engineering MEP; Fred Betz, Affiliated Engineers Inc.; Alan Holley, IU Health

Sponsored by ASHRAE

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Technician Training: How You Can “Own” ASHRAE Standard 170

This session will review ASHRAE Standard 170 and its impact on design and operations. This session will help you to understand the outdoor and indoor environments, identify as much renewable energy as possible, select the most efficient equipment, and better understand the impact of NFPA 101 2012 codes.

Presenters: Laurence Wilson, SmithGroup JJR; Gregory Kozlik, Saint Joseph Health System

Technician Training 

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Trending Now: Need for Speed in Healthcare Real Estate Development

Speed-to-market value in outpatient healthcare projects and developments is achieved through component-based design, with a seamless integration of infrastructure and the architectural vision.

Current and projected future trends in healthcare real estate development have put an emphasis on the value of speed-to-market delivery. Healthcare providers desire well-designed, efficient facilities without having to forfeit valuable time and revenue in the process. This presentation will illustrate the importance of component-based design and an integrated team structure when developing healthcare facilities on a fast track schedule; recent project examples will be cited.

Presenters: Scott Lindvall, HGA Architects and Enginners; Cory Powers, HGA Architects and Engineers; Randy Moon, Ascension

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Friday, December 1, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Code Requirements for Building Commissioning

The recent adoption by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) of NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code, 2012, brings with it commissioning requirements for projects that are subject to a CMS survey. In this presentation, we will discuss the scope of the requirements and their applicability to new construction and renovation healthcare projects. The presentation will also include an overview of the commissioning process and a discussion of the benefits of the process to the owner.

Presenter: J. Scott Weaver, P.E. (IN), LEED AP BD+C, QCxP, BSA LifeStructures 

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FTEs of the Future: A Guide to Aligning the Right Trend with the Right Skills

As the facilities management workforce continues to age, there is a significant need to address the generational gap with the skillsets needed to maintain a functioning team. Industry-wide there has been a loss of formal succession planning for skilled trades, which typically leads to the reliance on more outsourced services. In this presentation, we will share our experiences on a holistic approach to succession planning including the value of internship programs.

Presenters: Matthew Keahey, Medxcel Facilities Management; Zach Matthews, Medxcel Facilities Management

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8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) Exam Review Course

Designed to give you the tools for passing the Certified Health Care Constructor (CHC) Exam, this course provides test-taking tips, key topics, and sample questions identified in the CHC content outline (as listed in the CHC Candidate Handbook). This course will also use interactive polling technology, allowing each participant to answer questions and compare their answer with averages among those in class. Please note: The workshop fee does not include the CHC exam fee, nor does it register you for the the exam. Participation in this program does not guarantee a passing score on the exam.

Presenters: TBD


9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Mitigating and Killing Legionella with the Use of Antimicrobial Cooling Towers

Although the public concern about Legionnaire’s Disease was paramount during the outbreaks of the mid-1970s, there are multiple occurrences since, including 8,000-18,000 cases in the U.S. this year, as well as thousands worldwide. In fact, the CDC reports from 2000 to 2015 the number of cases has nearly quadrupled. Therefore, mitigating as many growth sites should be of primary priority to any medical facility, the staff and consulting engineers. This presentation introduces and describes a newly available material which kills Legionella bacteria.

Presenters: David Blodgett, Delta Cooling Towers; Steve Ehrman, AC Equipment Reps

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State-of-the-Art, Holistic Approach to Behavioral Health Treatment Facilities

The Neuro-Diagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center is Indiana’s first new state mental hospital since 1952. The facility, scheduled to begin serving patients in 2018, will be a key component allowing Indiana to be equipped to diagnosis and care for those who suffer from neurological and mental health disorders. BSA LifeStructures’ design utilizes the existing Community East infrastructure to form a new facility and a connector between the two buildings with a variety of new systems and state-of-the-art equipment.

Presenters: Keith Huehls, BSA LifeStructures; Dr. Jerry Sheward, MD, Indiana Family Social Services Administration (FSSA); Bryan Sander, LEED AP BD+C, BSA LifeStructures

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10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Joint Commission Update

After the adoption of the NFPA 101-2012, the Joint Commission standards have been updated for 2017 and further changes are expected for 2018. In addition to these changes, the most cited observations for hospitals from 2015 and 2016 continue to draw attention during survey activity. This session will highlight the most cited observations, the changes to the standards, and current interpretations.

Presenters: John D. Maurer SASHE, CHFM, CHSP, The Joint Commission

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