Schedule subject to change

MWHCEC has been approved as a continuing education provider for the following:

American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association: approved for 12.75 Contact Hours or 12.75 CECs. Below is the number of Contact Hours/CECs for attending the following days:

  • Monday: 2.75 Contact Hours or 2.75 CECs
  • Tuesday: 4 Contact Hours or 4 CECs
  • Wednesday: 6 Contact Hours or 6 CECs

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers: MWHCEC has also been approved as a continuing education provider.

U.S Green Building Council: LEED professionals can report their hours for Continuing Education towards maintaining their credentials. More info on how to self-report can be found here.

The International Board for Certification of Safety Managers (IBFCSM): IBFCSM recognizes continuing education offered at state, regional, and national conferences. IBFCSM tracks CE in clock hours – 1 CEU is equal to 10 clock hours. Participants must have documentation stating the topics covered, attendance, and number of CEUs or clock hours. CE must meet the content blueprint for the corresponding certification.



8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Registration Desk Open
sponsored by CMTA

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Certified Healthcare Constructor Exam Review Course (Additional registration required)

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
General Session

presented by Lisa Walt, ASHE

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Wish you could walk into meetings with the data you need to more effectively negotiate with the C-suite? (For example, when presented with cost cutting decisions that you know are inappropriate or could lead to safety or quality issues?) This session can help. Learn about the importance of Key Performance Indicator (KPI) tracking in facilities management including what to track, how to track it, the benefits of collaborative KPI tracking, and the absolute necessity of having trustworthy, valid and reliable KPI data in your toolbox.

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
General Session

Presenter(s): Brian Tabor, Indiana Hospital Association

Brian Tabor, president of the Indiana Hospital Association, will join us for a presentation on the State of the Healthcare Industry and how innovation will play an integral role in the future. Brian has an extensive background in the healthcare industry, prior to joining IHA in 2008 as vice president, he worked in various policy roles for the Indiana General Assembly and in government relations for the Indiana Association of REALTORS®. Tabor currently serves on several governing boards, including Covering Kids & Families of Indiana, the Indiana Health Information Exchange, the Sycamore School, and the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Join us for Happy Hour at Severin Bar, located inside the Omni Severin Hotel, 40 W Jackson Pl, Indianapolis, IN 46225 (one block from the convention center). Complimentary beer, wine and appetizers will be served. All registered attendees are welcome to attend.


7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open
sponsored by CMTA

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
General Session

presented by Karl J. Ahlrichs, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CSP, Gregory & Appel

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One of the toughest workforce challenges in 2019 is maintaining a high performing LEAN culture. Over time, chaos creeps in, workers become demotivated and productivity drops. Procedures that worked well in the past get taken for granted, and your world creeps back to a wasteful state. How do we keep the productivity flywheel spinning?  This fast-paced session will take a look back at the history of the LEAN theory before jumping into how to motivate today’s employees, manage change, and hire employees that will ensure your facility operates efficiently.

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions:

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Trade Show

10:15 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.
Refreshment Break on the Trade Show Floor
Sponsored By: Heapy Engineering

Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch on the Trade Show Floor

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Break/Grand Prize Drawing on the Trade Show Floor

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions:

  • Presenter(s): David Stymiest, PE CHFM CHSP FASHE, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.

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    This presentation will showcase more than 60 photos from real installations—showing both best practices and not-so-good practices to cement the learning experience. This session will cover the differences and similarities between power system reliability, availability and dependability along with means and methods to assess them. It will also cover best practices for assessing operations and maintenance practices, testing, electrical safety, and contingency plans.

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

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    For many years, the physical environment has been by far the most significant area of accreditation findings in healthcare. Even worse, the top 10 findings have consistently been the same. Many of these findings are very specific to the daily operations and activities of front-line maintenance personnel. This presentation will review the CMS Healthcare Accreditation Annual Report with a focus on Physical Environment/Environment of Care operational non-compliance issues. A detailed understanding of these findings and how they directly relate to the daily activities will be conducted. The connection between the underlying code and accreditation requirement will also be reviewed. You’ll walk away with tangible next steps on how to positively impact safety and accreditation.

  • Presenter(s): Jerry Hirsch, Johnson Controls International

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    This session will review common HVAC equipment and operation sequences, including 10+ common troubleshooting tips for root cause identifications. Learn about the multiple types of HVAC equipment in healthcare facilities today. Attendees are invited to bring their questions and share troubleshooting tips that have worked in their facility.

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions:

  • Presenter(s): Rick Kaestner, Absolute Water Technologies; Jim Baker, NuStream Filtration

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    This session walks through best practices of water treatment for Central Sterile Processing as defined by the AAMI and TIR 34, the impact is has on surgical site infections, its role in a complete water management program, and steps to take to ensure your location is prepared to meet the best practices.

  • Presenter(s): Patrick E. Reicher, S.E., REWC, REWO, CCS, CCCA, Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc.; Sarah K. Flock, NCARB, BECxP, CxA+BE, Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc.

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    Substandard building enclosure performance is problematic in healthcare facilities in which occupant comfort is paramount to the facility’s objective. Issues associated with water leakage, excessive air infiltration/exfiltration, and/or condensation can significantly diminish the patient experience. This session will include a discussion of exterior wall and roof performance considerations throughout a medical facility’s life cycle. Project examples and case studies will illustrate specific challenges encountered with modern complex building enclosure design and construction, and the validation of building enclosure performance prior to occupancy.

  • Presenter(s): Chris Vance, IN/KY/OH Regional Council of Carpenters; Michael Bohan, Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters

    This presentation will cover the latest updates in fire door safety regulations, including detailed information on NFPA & CMS Codes. Learn what goes into a door inspection, where to find the most qualified inspectors and finally how to maintain compliance and patient safety if the doors need repairs.


8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open
sponsored by CMTA

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
General Session

presented by Tim Adams, ASHE

Great emphasis is placed on code, standard and accreditation compliance in the physical healthcare environment. Compliance for the sake of compliance has become so consuming that it often distracts from the mission of health and healing. Compliance is part of the journey, but not the end goal. This session will focus on how we approach that journey, and how as professionals engaged in managing, designing and creating the physical health care environment we can influence the codes, standards and accreditation process, keeping our focus on serving those seeking health and healing.

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

  • Presenter(s): Tom Davis, ERMCO, Inc.; Keith Spence, ERMCO, Inc.

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    This session will define what “smart building” means, share examples based on experience, and discuss benefits, costs, and common misunderstandings associated with smart buildings. Specific discussion topics will address return on investment, implementation options and consideration of capital costs versus life-cycle costs. This session will have an interactive discussion with questions welcome throughout the presentation.

  • Presenter(s): Michael Bartkowski, Specified Technologies, Inc.

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    This session will focus on a process, rather than specific products, to ensure firestopping code compliance. This session addresses a variety of conditions present on nearly every project which are often overlooked or treated incorrectly and can lead to non-compliance, schedule delays or cost overruns. Topics include avoiding low voltage cable penetration violations; the protection of recessed electrical panels, medical gas boxes and fire extinguisher cabinets in rated barriers; why it is non-compliant to route penetrations through construction joints; and what T-Ratings are and when this treatment is required.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

  • Presenter(s): Mark Mochel, Facility Health Inc.

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    The concept of an “annual” capital planning process is fundamentally flawed, at least when talking about infrastructure repair and replacement. But we all know the story. Facility managers compile a list of repair and replacement needs, and submit those needs to the executive team for approval. And while some projects may be approved, many are not. And the cycle repeats year after year. Deferred repair and replacement investment has a compounding effect that over time can be impossible to overcome. It is time to change the dialogue and leverage data while building the future of capital planning. Learn how to determine how much money your facility needs to catch up, different investment profiles that can help reduce maintenance backlog over time, and how to link repair and replacement capital planning to compliance.

  • Presenter(s): Bill Middleton, CEM, SMA, Critical Environments Professionals, Inc., aka CEPro., Inc

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    This session will look at healthcare associated infections (HAI’s), their occurrences in CDC data, and their impact on revenue loss due to readmissions and reimbursement denials. Learn about return on investment modeling that can help create a low-cost program to reduce operating risks, UV technologies to disinfect air and surfaces, quality management tools, documentation and accreditation pre-survey preparedness.

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on Own

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Local/State Chapter Meetings/Luncheons

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions:

  • Presenter(s): Angela Timperio – BA, CHEP, CHSP-FSM, Life Safety Enterprises Inc.

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    This session will present case studies and lessons-learned during the Accreditation Survey Process with surveyors from CMS, Joint Commission, etc. Participants will hear best practice methods for survey preparation as well as focus areas in Fire and Life Safety as it relates to Healthcare. The session will wrap up with an interactive discussion on trends in the Fire and Life Safety Industry.

  • Presenter(s): Mathis Carlson, OmegaFlex Inc.; Dean Rivest, OmegaFlex Inc.

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    Currently, medical gas piping is rigid copper tubing which can present issues with routing of pipe, as well as hinder installation within an existing ceiling.  Corrugated Medical Tubing (CMT) offers flexibility during installation and reduces patient impact during construction and renovations. This session will kick-off by reviewing a detailed history of CMT followed by a panel discussion from a recent CMT installation from the perspective of a hospital engineer, installer and verifier.

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions:

  • Presenter(s): Jack Rutledge, National Healthcare Ed; Gary Slack, Healthcare Engineering Consultants

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    This informative session will kick-off with an introduction to the NEW “CMS Revision to Appendix Q” and will shine a light on the importance of sufficient and ongoing training for contract employees. As many as 30,000 people have died in a single year from C-Diff, so it is more important than ever that workers know about today’s “anti-biotic resistant bacteria” for patient, staff, visitor, and their own safety. But, it’s not just controlling dust, HAIs, infectious bacteria and viruses for which life safety misdeeds can place patients in harms way. Physical environment workers need training on active shooter, sexual harassment and much more – if you are relying on a 20 minute video before they start work, it’s just not enough. Join our presenters in this important discussion followed by a question and answer session.

  • Presenter(s): Robert James, CFPS, UL, LLC

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    Whether driven by sustainability concerns or economics, building owners have a desire to provide energy in a cost-effective manner. Technology now offers greater energy producing products, storage capacity, and use of system than traditional battery chemistries. The introduction of solar panel systems using lithium-ion technology batteries and greater energy densities has resulted in an increased potential risk to occupants and responding fire service. Healthcare facilities need to comply with many fire safety-related International Codes and Safety Standards. This program will cover the testing and research on new risk prevention approaches for these fire-safety topics.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions:

  • Presenter(s): Damon Greeley, PE, CEM, HFDP, CBCP, EDAC, CHFM, OnSite-LLC; Jennifer Wagner, Ph.D., CIC, OnSite-LLC; Josh Abdon, Indiana University Health

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    This session will discuss the role of the operating room airborne environment in the incidence of surgical site infections. Ample evidence exists demonstrating that the design and performance of the OR impacts the airborne microbiological flora and its ability to be detected within the surgical field and at the back, instrument table. Results of a 4-year study will reveal factors or determinants to improve outcomes.

  • Presenter(s): Thomas Bane, PE, SME

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    This engaging presentation will help you understand why windows leak, how to prevent leaks, and how to incorporate best practices into commercial window design. You’ll see photos and video clips to showcase hidden conditions that cause expensive and frustrating leaks. The presenter will then review case studies to demonstrate how to avoid common challenges. You’ll walk away with practical advice on how to use best practices window design and installation to ensure that window flashings perform well and leaks are prevented.