2016 Summer Newsletter
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President's Letter Platinum Chapter Announcement Region 3 Award Announcement
KSHE Events ASHE Advocacy Membership Update
Life Safety Code Adoption HFL Update Region 3 Update
President's Letter

Greetings again from eastern Kentucky!

I have just returned from the 53rd ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition that took place in Denver, Colorado. This year’s event set a new record for attendance with nearly 4,000 attendees. Denver is a beautiful city and the weather could not have been better.

This year’s event offered multiple learning opportunities as usual. As is typical, George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, CHSP, director of engineering with the Joint Commission’s Department of Engineering, packed the house out as he shared the many upcoming changes with the Joint Commission. As of Aug. 1, the Joint Commission no longer is considering a hospital’s Plan for Improvement (PFI). With this also comes the expectation that all deficiencies identified will require correction within 60 days. There is a time-limited waiver process available through CMS regional offices if the corrective action cannot be completed within a 60 day time period. You will have to submit for the waiver and approval from CMS is not guaranteed.

Another announcement that I’m sure most are aware of is the adoption of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 by CMS. Healthcare facilities will be surveyed under these new codes effective Nov. 1.

The Healthcare Coalition Conference (HCC) is fast approaching. This year’s conference is Sept. 27-29 in Lexington at the Hyatt Regency. We have a great lineup of speakers planned and our vendor booths are selling out. We hope you will join us in Lexington for the opportunity to learn and network with your colleagues. I’ll leave you with one last thought from Malcolm Forbes:

“When what we are is what we want to be, that’s happiness.”

Platinum Chapter Announcement
KSHE receives the Platinum Affiliate award at the ASHE Annual Conference in Denver.


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Region 3 award announcement

ASHE recognizes Martin Wheatley as the 2016 ASHE Regional Leader Award for Region 3.

KSHE is proud to have Mr. Wheatley representing KSHE at the national level and thanks him for his leadership and contributions to KSHE and the field of health care facility management.

KSHE Events

Healthcare Coalition Conference

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

The Healthcare Coalition Conference is considered to be one of the best and most affordable opportunities for learning and sharing in Kentucky.

The Healthcare Coalition Conference consistently delivers top-notch educational content, hours of continuing education credits, as well as ongoing opportunities to discuss emerging issues and best practices with colleagues, vendors, and consultants. Healthcare Coalition Conference is designed to meet the educational needs of health care engineers, professionals involved in managing safety & security in healthcare facilities, as well as professionals in healthcare supply chain and materials management. Attendees include professionals from:
  • Engineering/Facilities
  • Security/Safety
  • Purchasing/Materials Management
  • Planning/Design/Construction
  • .... and much more!

Here are the Top Reasons why you Should Attend?

  • Grow your professional network at the various networking opportunities.
  • Obtain Continuing Education contact hours necessary for relicensure or professional certificates.
  • Gain perspective on new standards and issues affecting the healthcare community as well as new trends in the industry.
  • The Healthcare Coalition Conference focuses on providing you with the technical content you need to run your hospital!
  • Discover and evaluate products and services offered by vendors that will support your ongoing initiatives within your organizations.

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Stay up to date with ASHE's advocacy efforts that have direct impact on your facilities!
membership update

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!

life safety code adoption

After several long years the wait is now over! Starting July 5th, CMS will be using the 2012 edition of the code. The best news is that with you and your chapters support, CMS heard our concerns with their proposed rule. I would say that the final rule looks pretty good considering where it started. The changes that CMS made wouldn’t have happened without the comments submitted by your members.
Some notes of the new rule include:

  • Hospital providers can use the appropriate occupancy types for the situation per the Life Safety Code
  • CMS didn’t go with the 4 hour fire suppression out of service rule
  • The window sill requirements will only apply to NEW construction
  • Smoke evacuation will not be required in operating rooms
  • Roller latches will be permitted in some situations
Additionally, the adoption of the 2012 edition virtually eliminates the need for all of the categorical waivers and I believe we can now use maintenance free batteries on our Gensets (perhaps a small issue but that one sure feels good to have behind us) In preparation for the adoption we have provided, and will continue to develop several resources. Please take a few moments to review the content provided on our Life Safety Code adoption website. We have several articles that will detail each of the requirements, the final CMS rule, a webinar series, on demand webinar recordings and previous conference sessions that will help you comply with the new regulations. Bookmark this page as it will be continuously update over the next several months. I know everyone has a lot of questions, so we are collecting questions about the adoption and I encourage you to share this link with your members: SUBMIT A QUESTION ABOUT THE NEW REGULATIONS We will be answering the questions we can and creating a Frequently Asked Questions section on the website.

Again, thank you for all you have done to support this mission,

Chad E. Beebe, AIA, CHFM
Deputy Executive Director, ASHE Advocacy
hfl update
OCTC Healthcare Facilities Leadership Update - August 2016

Salutations from the Healthcare Facilities Leadership degree program! The HFL program is entering its 3rd full year and has quickly become recognized as a great way to professionally develop leadership, staff, and outside contractors. In the next few paragraphs I would like to share with you some really exciting news on how the OCTC HFL program is now offering a nearly full education career ladder.

Over the past three years, the OCTC HFL program in cooperation and coordination with KSHE, ASHE, & the HFL Advisory Board has created and implemented the following Academic Career Ladder:

Online Certified Healthcare Technician(HCT) - Online module that covers a comprehensive orientation to the healthcare facilities environment for contractor’s and hospital facilities personnel. After successful completion a certificate is issued with a three year renewal. *Not an academic credential.

Healthcare Facilities Foundations Certificate(HFF) - This accredited course certificate lays down the foundation of understanding the environment, compliance, codes & regulation of healthcare facilities. The six(6) courses are stackable towards the HFL Associates Degree. Ideal for those with trades wishing to enter healthcare facilities management or those working in facilities seeking to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the profession. (16 Credit Hours).

Healthcare Facilities Leadership Diploma - This academic credential includes 10 of the 11 HFL courses along with several other related classes. It is designed for those with advance degrees who desire to have a deeper competency in facilities management OR those that want to demonstrate their desire to advance into future leadership roles. (Approx. 45 Credit Hours)

Healthcare Facilities Leadership Associates Degree(HFL) - The only national online program is quickly becoming the benchmark for those entering and advancing into healthcare facilities management positions. Nearly 90% of students have passed the CHFM(Certified Healthcare Facility Manager) test on the first attempt. Many students have been promoted or taken leadership positions while in the HFL program. (Approx. 65 Credit Hours).

Healthcare Facilities Leadership Bachelors - Stay tuned...

If you are interested in hearing more or would like to have a professional development presentation delivered to your organizations healthcare facilities personnel, feel free to contact me to schedule a “lunch and learn” at your facility.

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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Region 3 Update

Dear KSHE members,

It’s hard to believe summer is already half over. So much has happened during this time. CMS adopted the 2012 editions of NFPA 101 Life Safety Code and NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code. The Joint Commission is revising not only their standards to match the newer codes, but even their survey processes and the statement of conditions process.

The ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition was held in Denver, Colorado in July. IT was there we first heard of the changes The Joint Commission is proposing for their standards and processes. To address this, 10 different sessions on life safety code adoption were held. See what you missed if you didn’t attend? The good news is that ASHE has created an entire web page dedicated to this topic. In 2016, we a new attendance record was set when more than 3,800 professionals gathered on-site to get vital information on health care compliance, codes and standards updates, and emerging trends. The ASHE Annual Conference is truly our best place to learn about best practices for efficiency, sustainability, emergency preparedness, and other pressing topics in the field.

I have attended 3 board meetings and 2 committee meetings as well as numerous conference calls. As an ASHE member you may recall we did a member survey and have reviewed the initial results and will be sharing these with the membership in the near future. We were happy to see a 3% increase in response rate and it included a greater response from Associate members as well. Members rated access to news/updates about changes in codes and regulations and access to technical information as their highest member benefits. This survey will drive the direction we take as aboard in the area of member value.

The board also did an in depth review of the relationship between the American Hospital Association (AHA) and ASHE. It was confirmed ASHE is very much aligned with the key objectives of AHA and AAHSE member’s C-suite level management. ASHE is working closely with AHA leadership to ensure the successes of the organization are shared with C-level healthcare management.

If you recall, ASHE and The Joint Commission announced their joint effort to address the most problematic physical environment issues at the July 2015 ASHE Annual Conference in Boston. To that end, The Joint Commission’s Physical Environment Portal is available at The Joint Commission’s website under the main TOPICS heading. Once there, you can sign up to obtain Joint Commission e-Alerts on new information when it is issued.

ASHE’s FOCUS on COMPLIANCE (ASHE FOC) web page is available at ASHE’s website under the main RESOURCES heading. Once there, you can sign up to obtain email alerts from ASHE when new physical environment compliance resources are added, and do not need to be ASHE members to receive the alerts. Most of ASHE’s posted resources are available to everyone; however there are a few resources which are only available to ASHE members.

ASHE has also begun a course offering entitled “Beyond Competency – Leadership Development Counseling” which focuses on the soft skills of management.

Also, we continue to focus on sustainability through Energy to Care. The winner of for 2015 was able to realize a 10 million dollar annual savings as a result of their efforts. What a great example for the rest of us to follow so we can cut BTU per square feet instead of FTEs.

The annual elections are underway. Have you voted yet? The deadline is September 1, 2016. Don’t’ wait! The total votes in the last election for Region 3 representative was less than a fourth of the 1220+ members in Region 3. I am asking we improve that to 75%. The results of the ASHE election will be communicated to the membership in the September 13, 2016, issue of the ASHE Insider. Please contact Sharon Autrey, Election Secretary, by e-mail at ashe@aha.org or via phone at 312-422-3800 if you have any questions about the online elections process. It takes less than two minutes to vote. Please vote today.

I look forward to seeing you at the KSHE annual in September.

Please feel free to contact me at rankhornsr@msha.com if I can be of assistance to you. I hope to see you at one of the upcoming events in our region.

In your healthcare service,
Shay Rankhorn, SASHE, CHFM, CHC
ASHE Region 3 Director

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