WASHINGTON STATE SOCIETY
FOR HEALTHCARE ENGINEERING
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
MARCH 3, 2006
Don Fulton, Norm McLarin, Philip Kercher, Chad Beebe DOH/CRS, Bill Kinzel, John
Rivard, John Smith, Brian Cramer, Ron Ehrlacher, Mike Kelly/WSSHE president,
Doug Sowers, Tim Heidlebaugh, Chris Pashen, Harry Eskridge, John Durels, Ray
Garner, Mark Overby, Doug Erickson, Bruce Price and Bill Oeder.
Host: Don Fulton at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Yakima
President: Don Fulton, YVMH, Yakima
President-Elect: Norm McLarin, Holy Family Hospital, Spokane
Secretary Treasurer: Randy Kaiser, Kittitas Valley Community Hospital,
Ellensburg (excused absence). Philip Kercher, recording secretary.
Call to Order:
President Don Fulton called the meeting to order at 1010 with 20-members
Approval of Minutes:
Minutes of the December 2, 2005 meeting at Kadlec Medical Center, Richland, WA
were approved as distributed.
The treasurer’s report was deferred. However, in December, it was reported that
there was $7,751.15 in the money market account.
1) Advocacy: Phil encouraged all to be actively involved in advocacy
efforts whether at a local, state or national level. These activities also
receive points under ASHE’s Chapter Recognition Program. The current major
activity is the WSSHE committee working with the DOH/Construction Review
Services advising on the adoption of the Guidelines for Health Care
Construction. The Guidelines will replace the WAC’s related to new hospital
construction. Mike Kelly, Tim Heidlebaugh and Phil Kercher, along with about
17-others, are committee members. Please send any comments you have to them. See
Chad’s report below.
2) WSSHE Scholarship Program: WSSHE awarded 5-scholarships in the amount
of $750 in 2005. Please utilize this wonderful financial resource for you or
your staff when considering educational programs each year. Submission date is
July 30. 2006.
3) WSSHE Newsline Articles: The quarterly Newsline, available on the
website, depends on articles submitted by members. Bob Baker, Kennewick General,
is scheduled in the 1st quarter. Paul Scott 2nd quarter Lourdes, Kristyn Clayton
3rd quarter Kadlec Medical Center and John Rivard 4th quarter CH2O.
Schedule of Meetings:
Bruce Price, Walla Walla General June 2
Bob Baker, Kennewick General September 1
Dale Oakley, Kadlec December 1
1) Training Program: The annual June 7, 2006 one-day, technical training
program was discussed. Ray Garner of Proctor Sales volunteered to coordinate a
steam system program to include a demonstration steam system with working
components. The demo requires 220-volt, single-phase power, which will need to
be coordinated with the host hotel, the Hallmark Inn in Moses Lake. Tim
Heidlebaugh will coordinate the logistical arrangements for 30-persons from
1000-1400 on June 7, 2006 with lunch provided. The Eastern Chapter covers all
costs. More details in a future email and discussion at the next chapter meeting
on June 2.
2) Semi-annual Conference: Mike Kelly discussed the upcoming April 26-28,
2006 conference in Chelan on emergency management, titled, “Preparing Health
Care Facilities for the Katrina of the Pacific Northwest.” A national level team
of speakers will present, including the security manager from a New Orleans
hospital that went through the hurricane and its aftermath of extremely
challenging situations. All are strongly encouraged to attend and to invite
safety officers, risk managers and infection controls specialists to join us.
See www.wsshe.org for
program information and registration form. Please sign up now!
3) Membership: Please note the following from the December Meeting: At
that meeting, Dale discussed and proposed a Vouchers incentive to increase and
encourage new membership. Dale proposed that a set amount be budgeted in the
Eastern chapter funds to pay the annual membership fee to encourage someone who
is not a member to join and attend meetings. A motion was made and approved to
set 250.00 for the year of 2006. Members will contact the 2006 Eastern Chapter
president with names of persons they would like to request this membership
4) ASHE Programs: Phil encouraged all to become members in ASHE, our
national affiliate under the American Hospital Association. WSSHE membership
currently is comprised of over 30% of its members also in ASHE. Benefits include
email notices of important issues, a very active advocacy program that saves all
of us significant costs, and diversified educational programs, including the PDC
conference this week and the Annual Conference scheduled for July 9-12, 2006 in
Boston, MA. A recent email sent to all members described the Certified
Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM) program, which includes 11-WSSHE members in
Washington at this time. Finally, the Actions for Professional Excellence (APEx)
program is available for those ASHE members seeking a higher level of membership
as a Senior or Fellow. Please visit ASHE’s website,
www.ashe.org or contact Phil
for additional information.
5) Chapter Bylaws: The state bylaws were amended in January related to
full and associate member descriptions. The language was taken from the ASHE
bylaws. During the February State Board Meeting in Ellensburg, the board
reviewed the new descriptions and determined that Stephen Grose, CHFM, proposed
State president-elect from Puget Sound Chapter, was eligible to serve as a Board
officer since he was employed in a hospital and had all the responsibilities of
a facility manager. Regarding our chapter, Phil recommended the Eastern Chapter
bylaws be amended to match the language used in the State bylaws. This same
recommendation is being made at the other two chapters so that we are
consistent. Phil noted this is not a functional change for the Eastern chapter
since our descriptions essentially matched the ASHE descriptions. Phil will
propose this amendment to the Eastern Bylaws in an email notice to members. The
amendment will be voted on at the June meeting by members present and subject to
ratification by two-thirds of the chapter’s members.
6) DOH/CRS Update on Guidelines Adoption: Chad Beebe made a brief
PowerPoint presentation on the adoption of the 2006 Guidelines for the
Construction of Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities. The Guidelines will replace
the WAC’s related to new construction only. See the DOH website for more
details. Three key meetings, structured much like the NFPA code-drafting
process, will be held. You are strongly encouraged to attend the 3-meetings to
support a unified WSSHE voice on these issues. Public meetings will be held near
SeaTac for your convenience on March 21 (to review existing proposals), June 21
(second opportunity to submit proposals) and December 5 (public rules hearing
process). Chad and John Williams, also at CRS, Olympia, are available for
questions and comments. The website has a proposal form that can be downloaded
from the site.
7) Questions from Chuck: Your chance to ask questions of each other,
humorously named after Chuck Riffle, past facility manager for over 40-years at
Newport Community Hospital, who always had a good question to ask of his peers.
Regarding a fire/smoke damper that is inaccessible for inspection, as required
by JCAHO standards, it was recommended to identify this damper on the Part 4
Short Form of the JCAHO Statement of Construction and note your intent to
inspect it fully as soon as construction activities or a change in access should
occur. Regarding the electronic SOC that will be required by JCAHO in January
2007, it was suggested to wait January 2007 for submission and not pursue it
this year as an option. Regarding the SOC, it was noted to only show items in
the Plan for Improvement that are deficiencies in the 2000 Life Safety Code. Do
not include ongoing fire safety activities, for instance, that are in fact not a
deficiency. This is not the place to note a summary of your projects.
John Rivard, CH2O, presented an excellent PowerPoint summary on the risks and
possible solutions associated with Legionella and waterborne infection control
issues. If you would like more information, please contact John at
firstname.lastname@example.org. John can also assist you
in accessing CH2O’s website for copies of their suggested policy and other
helpful program information.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:30, following lunch provided by Don
Fulton from his tasty and attractive hospital cafeteria. Ron Urlacher provided a
tour of the facility to interested attendees.