2016 Spring Newsletter
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President's Letter Upcoming Events Members Corner
ASHE Region 3 Health Facilities Leadership
President's Letter

Greetings from eastern Kentucky!

Spring is upon us and the renewal of life is evident all around us. The grass is turning green and the flowers and trees are in bloom. Isn’t it wonderful anticipating those warm days ahead and the activities they will afford?

Here at KSHE we have begun thinking ahead to this year’s Healthcare Coalition Conference (HCC) and anticipate another great event. At our business meeting, which takes place the last day of the HCC, we will be conducting some important business. This year KSHE elections will be held and significant updates to our bylaws will be made. We ask all members of KSHE to please plan on attending this important meeting. Your involvement in our society is critical to our success. Please mark your calendars for the last week of September and we hope to see you there.

I’ll leave you with a final thought from W.A. Nance!

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

Upcoming events

Certified Healthcare Contractor

A Certification Program for Healthcare Facility Contractors
June 24, 2016

The Campbell House Lexington
1375 South Broadway Road
Lexington, KY 40504

Registration Fees

Associate Member - $175
Engineer Member - $175
Non KSHE Member - $175

Healthcare Coalition Conference

September 27 - 29, 2016
Hyatt Lexington & Lexington Conference Center
Lexington, KY

Call for Presentations Now Being Accepted!
Submit your Abstract Today!

Sponsorships & Exhibit Information Now Available!
Sign Up Today!

Registration opening soon!

Certified Healthcare Technician Training - Now Online!

In response to ever tightening travel and education budgets, KSHE – in conjunction with the Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) - developed an online course to expand the reach of its popular Certified Healthcare Technician Training Program.  $129 a person.

Members corner

Free student memberships now available for KSHE! Student Membership is $0 and is for Kentucky students who are full time or part time in a healthcare related field. If you are a student and want to be a member, please email your transcript to info@kshe.org and your account will be set up for you after verification. Student members will be eligible for discounted conference registration fees as well!

ASHE Region 3

Dear Region 3 Members in Kentucky:

I am very pleased to be starting my second 2-year term as your ASHE Region 3 Board Representative. Thank you all of you for your support, and I appreciate the positive support and feedback that I have received from so many of you, and for the opportunity to again serve in this role. I am truly humbled by ASHE and all of you as I start my new term.

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely happy that spring has arrived. Hopefully all of you have had a good winter, but I’m sure we can all agree that a change to warmer weather will be appreciated.

Speaking of nice weather, I attended the PDC Summit in San Diego, a place where it is always spring. The PDC Summit just keeps getting better, and this year was the most memorable that I can recall. The education programs were exceptional, and the scenery was picture perfect. Perhaps the best part was the opportunity to re-connect and spend some time with friends.

I am sure the chapter conferences will be getting into full swing now. I am looking forward to visiting the different chapters over the next 16 months.

ASHE Volunteer Opportunities
ASHE is creating additional opportunities for volunteers to serve on task forces and other projects that help advance ASHE’s mission of optimizing the health care physical environment. If you are interested in volunteering, please access the link below that will take you to the ASHE volunteer page. I am hoping to see a big response from Region 3 members so that we can get you involved in our ASHE national work. Volunteering can be a great way to contribute to ASHE while networking and learning from your peers. Click here to volunteer.

ASHE 53rd Annual Conference
The ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition will be held in downtown Denver from July 10 – 13. Please consider attending this year’s Conference and participating in the Region 3 Breakfast from 6:30 – 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12. The Regional Breakfast will offer you the opportunity to meet and network with your peers and to get an update from the all of the Region 3 Chapter Presidents. You will also hear from all of our ASHE president candidates, and attendance is a great way to meet new people and to learn more about ASHE as well as your local or state chapter. There will also be a paper version of the CHFM exam for those of you that have been considering the exam but do not like the computer test.

CHFM and CHC Waivers Available
Have you been thinking about taking the CHFM or CHC exam? Trust me, there is never a perfect time, but I hope to make the decision easier for you. I have a limited number of exam fee waivers available on a first come, first serve basis. In order to qualify you have to be an ASHE member in good standing, you must have been a member for at least a year, you must be eligible to sit for the exam, and you cannot have used a waiver for an exam in the past. I encourage you to take this very important step in your personal and professional development. If you would like an exam waiver, please contact me at rankhornsr@msha.com.

Please contact me if you ever require any assistance with your ASHE membership or Chapter Affiliation.

Shay Rankhorn, SASHE, CHFM, CHC
ASHE Region 3 Director

Health Facilities Leadership

OCTC Healthcare Facilities Leadership Update
May 2016

Greetings and warmest regards from the Healthcare Facilities Leadership degree program! Hard to believe we are wrapping up another semester! Quite a few exciting happenings since my last update. In the next few paragraphs, I would like to share with you who will be our second HFL graduate, some promotions our students have experienced, more news about our newest credential, and some exciting conversations from the ASHE PDC in San Diego.

First, it is with great sense of pride and excitement that Loren Embry of KY will be joined by Franklin Murphy of Indiana as our first two graduates from the Healthcare Facilities Leadership. Mr. Murphy will also be the HFL programs first recognized Honor Student. Frank has exemplified himself through academics, mentoring, and encouragement of others! This is not to diminish the excellent student that Lauren or many other HFL students have been. In fact, we have a number of amazing students in the program that will be competing for future honors recognition. Please join me in congratulating our first two graduates when you see them personally or professionally. On a related note, Ms. Embry lives in the Ohio County are of Kentucky and is more than interested in finding a position in near her as she continues her education and professional development! Contact me if you would like to speak with Lauren!

Many of our HFL students have accepted promotions while in the program or new job opportunities! Our Ronnie Cecil is now working in Florida as a healthcare project manager and loving it! Lynn Kenney(You may know her from ASHE Advocacy), has just taken a position with The Center For Health Design and stated that the HFL program contributed to her ASHE success and her new position! I have also received calls from other HFL current and former students who have taken or are positioned for promotions! This is one of the key goals of the program!

I am also very excited to share with you the name of a credential I believe will help with shaping the future of healthcare facilities personnel. The Healthcare Facilities Foundations(HFF) certificate credential will consist of the main HFL 100 level courses(16 credit hours) and will give easy access for those who have not attended college previously. It is designed to give a comprehensive foundational understanding of healthcare facilities environment. From accreditation, to HCAHPS, to Infection Prevention, to Codes and Standards, and more. The HFF will be piloted this fall! I have had several conversations with tying this program promotions and advanced technician titles. I want to be sure to emphasize this is an academic certificate that is stackable(counts towards) the HFL degree!

The HFF is a nice segway to the last subject for this update. At the ASHE Planning, Design, and Construction conference in San Diego, I was approached by seven different hospital directors regarding the professional development of technicians. These directors not only have a desire to see their personnel have a more comprehensive understanding of the healthcare facilities environment, they wanted to begin succession planning from within their current and future hires! Each indicated that they would be very interested in piloting the HFF with their personnel. These peers of yours were from California, Arizona, Texas, Kentucky, Virginia, and Florida. It blew me away at how much synergy and desire they expressed. I am not sure if we will have things in place by Fall, however, I would hope by January, I will be able to share with you those organizations that are participating!

There is so much more to share, I look forward to the Healthcare Facilities Leaderships next update! I look forward to hearing from you!

Warmest Regards,

Mike Canales mike.canales@kctcs.edu phone #270 852 8142
Katie Vincent Katie.vincent@kctcs.edu phone #270 686 4423

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