Sessions & Programming



8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Opening General Session
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM Refreshment Break
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Concurrent Sessions
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Concurrent Sessions
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch on Own
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Local/State Chapter Meetings/Luncheons
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Concurrent Sessions
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Refreshment Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Concurrent Sessions
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Concurrent Sessions


7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Registration
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM General Session
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Refreshment Break
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Concurrent Sessions / Technician Training
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Concurrent Sessions / Technician Training
11:30 AM – 5:30 PM Trade Show
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Light Lunch on the Trade Show Floor
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Concurrent Sessions / Technician Training
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM General Session
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Reception on the Trade Show Floor


7:30 AM – 11:30 AM Registration
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Certified Healthcare Facility manager (CHFM) Exam Review Course
*additional registration required
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Concurrent Sessions
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Refreshment Break
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM General Session
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Concurrent Sessions
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Closing General Session

General Sessions

Wednesday 8:30am: Resilient Design for Healthcare Facilities
Resilient design aims to minimize the impact of and recover quickly from disruptive events such as natural or manmade disasters. Nowhere is this more critical than in healthcare facilities. The presenters will share the comprehensive resilient design process for two Indiana University Health campuses, including one existing and one new campus, with lessons learned applicable to a broad range of facility types.

Presenter(s): Shayda Bradley, Indiana University Health; Fred Betz, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.; Mara Baum, HOK

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Thursday 8:00am:Updates from the American Society of Healthcare Engineering
This presentation will provide an update of the many ways that membership in the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) can benefit individual members in their career as well as provide  benefits to their organizations.  In addition, information will be provided on the Energy to Care program which helps hospitals around the country reduce track and  their energy consumption.

Presenter(s): Tom Stewart, American Society for Healthcare Engineering

Thursday 3:00pm: CMS Adoption of ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2008, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities

By adopting the 2012 edition of NFPA 99, CMS has adopted ASHRAE/ASHE/ANSI 170 for the first time as a Condition of Participation. This session covers the 2008 edition of ASHRAE 170 and addenda as referenced by the 2012 edition of NFPA 99. The session also discusses the addenda not adopted by CMS and potential conflicts that could arise from applying later editions of the standard.

John Dombrowski PE, CCP, CPMP, HGDP, LEED AP

Friday 9:15am: Health Facilities Change Lives

2016 has been a year of major changes for those responsible for health facilities including changes in code compliance and an ever pressing need to manage costs. And while a substantial amount of focus goes into managing the facility and all of the regulatory and fiscal requirements that go with that, the mission of health and healing is being carried out. This session will explore the relationship between compliance, fiscal responsibility and the patient experience.

At the conclusion of this session the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss at least one change in codes and standards that can enhance the patient experience.
  2. Discuss at least one area of fiscal responsibility that can enhance the patient experience.
  3. Describe their contribution to the patient experience.

Presenter: Tim Adams

Friday 11:15am: 2012 NFPA 101 and 99 Update

CMS recently announced that it will be adopting the 2012 versions of NFPA 101 and 99. As of November 4, 2016, hospitals that accept Medicare payments will need to be compliant with the 2012 versions of these codes. This session will provide an overview of the resulting compliance changes for hospitals.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify at least five major changes to the Life Safety Code NFPA 101
  2. Find the requirements for and identify the advantages of suites
  3. List at least five major changes to NFPA 99
  4. Explain the Risk Assessment Process
  5. List at least five major resulting changes to The Joint Commission standards

Presenter(s): Bradley R. Taylor, MBA, CHFM, CHC

Concurrent Sessions

Block 1 | Wednesday, 10/26/2016 | 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Conventional Systems, Unconventional Results
Planning, Design & Construction

Major Hospital in Shelbyville, Indiana was facing a decision: Renovate in-house  or  move their 1980s landlocked facility to a new location. With improved access to 21st  century care being the goal, the board agreed to move to a new location.  Another goal   was  to design and build the most energy efficient facility possible using "conventional" high performance systems and earn an ENERGY STAR score of 90 or higher. This session will discuss the approach and the systems designed for the facility to achieve significant energy reduction.

Presenter(s): Jeff Williams, Major Hospital; James Benson, CMTA Inc; Jess Farber, CMTA Inc

Healthcare Facilities Leadership Advantage
Management Development

Discover how students and graduates of the Healthcare Facilities Leadership program at Owensboro Community and Technical College are benefiting from this national online program designed to advance the professional development of healthcare facilities personnel.  The program director along with students, graduates  and employers will present results from this one-of-a-kind program. There will also be an update of  the HFL programs progress and direction.

Presenter(s): Mike Canales, Owensboro Community & Technical College

Block 2 | Wednesday, 10/26/2016 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Not All Waivers are Categorical

While many healthcare organizations have taken advantage of categorical waivers issued by CMS regarding NFPA codes and standards, a surprisingly high number have not. CMS has made changes to the standard waiver and equivalency process that affects when waivers and equivalencies can be submitted and how long they are in effect. This session will cover the requirements  regarding all types of waivers, and will give expert guidance on the process for submitting standard waivers and equivalencies.

Presenter(s): Brad Keyes, Keyes Life Safety Compliance, LLC

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The Chiller Plant Express: Next Stop Consolidation Station
Operational Excellence

This session will walk through real-life examples of evaluating, coupling  and streamlining multiple existing chilled water plants originally designed and built individually over a 30-year period,  in order to make your facility more efficient and balanced  with fewer maintenance issues.

Presenter(s): Jason Baker, Design Collaborative; Craig Scully, Design Collaborative

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Block 3 | Wednesday, 10/26/2016 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Apples, Oranges and Fruit Salad – Setting a Table for Effective Benchmarking
Cost Reduction

Deming’s oft quoted, “In God we trust – all else must bring data,” is a theme pervading healthcare in general.  Healthcare facilites planning design and construction are seeing an  increasing demand for metrics providing evidence of process improvement and value. While industry-wide standards of clinical measurement exist in the form of HCAPS scoring, readmission rates, clinical staffing ratios, patient days per DRG, and cost per adjusted discharge, universal metrics allowing apples-to-apples comparisons are rarely available to healthcare PDC organizations. This  session will examine a case study of approaches taken by the Sisters of Mercy Health System Planning Design and Construction to overcome challenges inherent in measuring process improvement and value.

Presenter(s): John Kreidich, McCarthy Building Companies; Patrica Johnston, Sisters of Mercy Health System

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You Have a Master Plan, But Do You Have a Master Model?
Planning, Design & Construction

Columbus Regional Hospital had a master plan, and they wanted a master model to serve as the basis for design and operation of their facility. Their story proves that healthcare providers of all sizes can take advantage of BIM now, even before decisions on FM software are made. It also illustrates how BIM can be used with other technology for creative problem-solving and driving predictable outcomes during design and construction of complex hospital projects.

Presenter(s): David Lenart, PE, MBA, Columbus Regional Hospital;  Mike Alder, BIM-CM, Pepper Construction; Justin Hutton, Hutton & Hutton, Architects and Engineers

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Block 4 | Wednesday, 10/26/2016 | 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Attracting and  Maintaining the  Talents of Generation Next
Retaining and Maintaining Quality Staff

Whether you are an engineer or facility manager, attempting to manage the expectation of the next generation is a challenge.  From Baby Boomers, to Gen X, to Millennials , to Generation Next,  there are communication barriers to overcome and attitudes to address.  An intergenerational team will share some lessons learned and some strategies to successfully navigate the design and maintenance of engineering systems of a facility and align team expectations to assure a successful outcome.

Presenter(s): Krista Biason, HGA Architects and Engineers; Leigh Harrison, HGA Architects and Engineers; Connor Frazier, HGA Architects and Engineers

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How Centralized Facility Management and Energy IoT are Increasing Resiliency and Efficiency
Operational Excellence

Hospital systems need energy management programs that work across large single and multi-site, geographically-dispersed networks of facilities. This session will explore how Blue Pillar’s energy Internet of Things (IoT) platform is helping healthcare providers implement centralized facility management programs and will share customer deployment case studies of how its energy IoT and network operations software solution is enabling large facility networks to become more energy and operationally resilient and efficient.

Presenter(s): Paul Schuler, Blue Pillar

Block 5 | Wednesday, 10/26/2016 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Developing a Comprehensive Environmental Infection Control Compliance Strategy

This session will share real-life experiences around the development of a proactive ventilation compliance strategy. You’ll learn how this strategy can improve quality patient care and safety, marketplace perception, and job satisfaction and security through increased infection prevention,   while increasing revenues. We’ll also cover how to collaborate with senior leadership to gain agreement of function space design and operating compliance criteria  and develop a plan for improvement budgeting, design, build, remediation and certification of compliance.

Presenter(s):  Bill Middleton

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Getting the Most Out of Facility HVAC Systems
Operational Excellence

Does your building waste energy? Many do,  but it can be reclaimed by systematically identifying and performing simple corrections to facility HVAC control systems. Learn about technology advancements that can increase reliability and energy savings, and gain a deeper understanding of  how building maintenance staff can redo  facilities.

Presenter(s): Ray Benton, Johnson Controls, Inc.; Joe Cantwell, Johnson Controls, Inc.

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Block 6 | Thursday, 10/27/2016 | 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Retrocommissioning: It’s What All the Cool Healthcare Facilities Are Doing These Days
Operational Excellence

Retrocommissioning has been utilized by other factions of the design industry for years.  Healthcare facilities are now starting to implement strategies to identify opportunities where capital funds can be utilized to improving efficiency, reliability and resiliency of engineering systems.  A diverse panel will discuss the process of retrocommissioning and provide some takeaway  tools to be able to modify a retrocommissioning process for different healthcare occupancy types.

Presenter(s): Krista Biason, HGA Architects and Engineers; Leigh Harrison, HGA Architects and Engineers; Peter Dahl, HGA Architects and Engineers

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Who's Going to Build my Nursing Home? Sucession Planning in the Healthcare PDC World
Management Development

As many professionals in the healthcare  planning, design  and construction (PDC) environment look ahead to retirement over the next decade, a question arises: Where are the successors? With fewer young people involved in the industry, recruitment, retention  and mentoring become crucial. Successful organizations are looking to the future not only for healthcare  trends, but to develop the next generation of PDC professionals. This interactive presentation will give you unique takeaways that you can apply to your own organization.

Presenter(s): Brad Benhart, Purdue University

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Technician Training: The Most Effective Chiller Diagnostics Today
Technician Training

This session will review the most effective chiller diagnostics and troubleshooting techniques available today.  Topics to cover include what information can be determined about your chiller’s health, actual techniques, schedules and common hallmarks of quality diagnosis.

Presenter(s): Alan Garbers, Johnson Controls; Joe Cantwell, Johnson Controls

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Block 7 | Thursday, 10/27/2016 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

CDC And CMS Recommended Infection Control Awareness Training for All Vendor Employees Compliance

With all of the issues facility managers have to keep up with, time is more crucial now than  ever before.  This presentation will provide two important lessons: 1.  How to use technology to do compliance work for you; 2.  The most effective way to get your team to understand the mission of your group and the facility.

Presenter(s): Thom Wellington, Infection Control University & Wellington Environmental

Surgery Air Handler Upgrades to Meet Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Requirements
Planning, Design & Construction

This presentation will describe how to upgrade a surgery suite air handler to provide low temperature surgery space, control humidity to ISDH guidelines, maintain surgery air changes, control outdoor air quantity and balance between supply and outdoor air, provide multiple fan array for redundancy and energy efficiency, and provide ultraviolet (UV) light for indoor air quality and maintenance improvement, all while minimizing downtime during construction.

Presenter(s): Elliot Lachmayer, PE, LEED AP, Applied Engineering Services; Ted Kussow, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Applied Engineering Services; Carl Dennin, Messer Construction Company

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Technician Training: UL864 Smoke Control Systems Overview
Technician Training

UL864 requires ongoing inspections and testing throughout the life of a hospital to ensure that smoke control systems are operating in accordance with the codes, standards and design under which they were commissioned. From weekly automated testing to annual inspections, ensure proper ongoing requirements and operations are adhered to regulatory and common practice methods before an emergency smoke event happens.

Presenter: Mark Badgley, Johnson Controls

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Block 8 | Thursday, 10/27/2016 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Health Care Campus Security for the 21st Century
New Technology Avenues
Safety must be a priority on every heath care campus. The 21st Century brings new threats but also ushers in an unprecedented set of available tools to monitor and protect patients, visitors and staff.  This session will discuss the process the University of Kentucky used to replace and upgrade dated standalone legacy security systems and how their process can be applied to facilities of all sizes.

Presenter(s): L. Thomas Sorrell, CMTA

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Meeting The Joint Commission Risk Assessment Requirements

More and more focus is being placed on risk assessment in healthcare. This session will review standards affecting healthcare  facilities  and identify the process healthcare organizations can use to determine where they are the most vulnerable  and how  to minimize the associated risk.

Presenter(s):  Angela Timperio

Technician Training: Rated Barrier Access
Technician Training

With many hospital construction projects, infection and dust control risks are introduced.  Hospitals and their construction teams need to understand the importance of working closely with and strictly adhering to the plans for infection control and dust containment to mitigate those risks for the safety of all involved.

Presenter(s): Renee Jacobs, Johnson Controls

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Block 9 | Friday, 10/28/2016 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

"Building" Optimization in Real Time
Cost Reduction
Indiana University Health’s Academic Health Center (AHC)  in downtown Indianapolis set out to reduce their electrical peak demand through real time optimization. The current systems were approximately 30 years old and had difficulties reporting incoming power parameters when an opportunity arose through an existing high (12.4 MV) to medium (5 kV) voltage substation overhaul.  The success of this real time optimization project initiative was especially a concern given the rising costs of electrical rates. Learn the processes, systems, communications and research that ultimately led to the facility saving over one (1) million kWh and 1,000 kW demand in its first year.

Presenter(s): Marlin Hook, Indiana University Health;  Damon Greeley, Indiana University Health; Alan Holley, IU  Health

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Friday, 10/28/2016 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Certified Healthcare Facility manager (CHFM) Exam Review Course
*additional registration require

Designed to give you an edge in preparation for the Certified Health Care Facility Manager (CHFM) Exam, this course will help you gain confidence in the five key competency areas of the CHFM test. Through a combination of lecture, CHFM-formatted practice test questions, and study materials, you will feel more prepared to take the CHFM exam and also learn best practices for taking a computer-based test.

Please note: The workshop fee does not include the CHFM exam fee, nor does it register you for the exam. Participation in this program does not guarantee a passing score on the exam. To download the CHFM exam handbook or to register to take the CHFM Exam, please visit the AHA Certification Center, or download a hard copy of the exam application.

Intended Audience

  • Health care facility managers
  • Health care engineers and maintenance personnel

Learning Objectives

  • Apply your knowledge and experience in answering application and analysis questions.
  • Implement suggestions for preparing for the CHFM exam.
  • Identify the topic areas that are your strengths.

Planning a "Capital" Maintence Program
Operational Excellence
Preserving the professional appearance and safe, efficient operation of your medical facility requires careful, long-term planning. To help your organization anticipate, prioritize and budget for repair and replacement of essential building components, it is vital to develop a planned capital maintenance program that prioritizes needs and supports capital budget planning.

Presenter(s): John Wood, Mazzetti; Walter Vernon, Mazzetti; Cindy Nuesslein, Mazzetti

Block 10 | Friday, 10/28/2016 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Improve Energy Efficiency, Reduce Carbon Footprint, and Improve Reliability:  Open Loop Geothermal Chiller Plant Replacement Reduces Energy Usage
Planning, Design & Construction

This presentation will outline energy efficiency projects and strategies representing significant energy savings being employed at Memorial Hospital of  South Bend, Indiana. Built on an underground aquifer, the facility developed the strategy of installing 5,400 tons of chillers using an aquifer for rejecting the heat instead of using cooling towers. This innovative geothermal system not only saves energy, make up water and chemical treatment, it also reduces the need for site impacts associated with the size and shape of the central plant addition to support the cooling towers. This presentation will demonstrate how innovative designs can meet owner requirements and provide energy savings.

Presenter(s): Joe Ferdelman, Heapy Engineering; Tom Jordan, Memorial Hospital South Bend

Next Generation Water: Targeting Net Zero on a Healthcare Campus
New Technology Avenues

Deep water efficiency and net zero water use on a healthcare campus can be hard to imagine, particularly for buildings with intensive requirements around both demand and water quality. This session will use an existing Indianapolis hospital campus as an example to communicate a potential path to net zero water use, with a focus on both today’s best practices and a vision of next generation technologies and policy.

Presenter(s): Mara Baum, HOK;  Fred Betz, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.; Shayda Bradley, Indiana University Health

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