WASHINGTON STATE SOCIETY
FOR HEALTHCARE ENGINEERING
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
SACRED HEART MEDICAL CENTER, SPOKANE, WA
December 5, 2008
Philip Kercher, Susan Dellivo, Don Kilgore, Greg Palmanteer, Brad Jones, Doug
Sower, Jim Miller, Ray Garner, Cliff Rogers Tim Ice, Mike Kelly, Ed Luebben,
Alyson McLean, Bruce Price, Will Mckin, Ron Darling, Dave Franklund
President: Doug Sowers
Sec/Treasurer: Randy Kaiser
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 10:20 by Doug Sowers.
Approval of Minutes:
The Minutes from the June 6th meeting were approved
Secretary /Treasure Report:
Randy Kaiser gave members a report of the current balance in the business
Doug encouraged members to write articles for the 2009 Newsline. Doug
Sowers will take 1st quarter; Susan Dillvo 2nd, Jim Miller 3rd, and Greg
Phil spoke to members about advocacy efforts by WSSHE. The transition for the
State Fire Marshall office providing compliance inspections in lieu of DOH and
helping with that transition.
Doug encouraged members to use the WSSHE scholarship 5 scholarships at $750.00
Applications can be found on WSSHE website.
ASHE News, membership:
Phil addressed the members about the States Gold status and the desire to
achieve Platinum. The WSSHE meets all of the criteria accept ASHE membership 50%
of our members. Currently, the state level is at 37%.
Brad Jones gave members an update on state board activity. Brad explained the
contract service which we have with AMI. Brad also spoke about the
recommendation by AMI and the need for the state board to have a contingency
found of 20-40K.
Doug addressed the Semi Annual Conference at Lake Chelan, April 29th - May1st
on Reliable Utility Systems.
June Staff Training:
Doug spoke to members about the annual Moses Lake June Staff training. A date of
June was selected along with topics and possible speakers. June 19.
Meeting Locations 2009:
Members were asked if anyone would like to host the 2009 quarterly meetings.
March 6: Samaritan Healthcare, Moses Lake
June 5: Valley Medical, Spokane
September 11: Kittitas Valley community Hospital, Ellensburg
December 4: Holy Family, Spokane
Temporary Board Position:
A need to fill a state board position until the Eastern Chapter has filled the
2010 Chapter president position will be filled by Philip Kercher. The President
position will be filled at the March 6th chapter meeting.
Questions from Chuck:
Don Kilgore Asked if any members present knew what the initials ETL stands for.
The question was brought up due to some space heaters being used and in lieu of
UL underwriters’ laboratories it had the ETL. No one present could answer the
Follow up: From Tom Anselmo, Safety and health Consultant, LNI. ETL (Interteck)
is viewed by OSHA as a recognized testing lab in North America. They are part of
a list of NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Lab) that, though an OSHA search,
will lead you to a different site that shows all recognized labs in the country.
Incidentally, ETL has now changed their certification to Intertek Testing
Service NA (ITSNA). In our Core Rules, 296-800-28005, it states that we would
accept equipment approved or listed from a recognized testing lab. Their
approval would be okay as long as the equipment is approved by hospital
Cliff Rogers State Fire Marshal Northeast region spoke to members about the
inspection process and addressed some of the more frequent citations found
during life safety surveys. Cliff addressed fire doors closing and latching,
roller latches can not be used. Patient care areas that have had a change of use
in some of the rooms by converting to offices etc. not having door closures and
latching hardware. The use of extension cords as a means of permanent wiring for
devices. Corridor obstructions such as Food carts housekeeping carts. Carts are
allowed if they are being worked off of less than every 30 minutes. Corridors
being used as waiting areas or equipment storage is not allowed .Hand sanitizers
have been an issue. The rule they go by is 6”clearance side to side of switches
and receptacles. Sanitizers cannot be mounted above any switch or receptacles.
Portable heaters in spaces must be UL rated minimum of 3’ clearance from
March 6: Samaritan Healthcare, Moses Lake
The meeting was adjourned