WASHINGTON STATE SOCIETY
FOR HEALTHCARE ENGINEERING
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
VALLEY MEDICAL, SPOKANE, WA
June 5, 2009
Host: Greg Palmenteer
President: Doug Sowers
President Elect: Bruce Price
Sec/Treasurer: Randy Kaiser
Brad Jones, Doug Sowers, Bill Oeder, Greg Palmenteer, Ed Luebben, Susan Dellwo,
Wade Gleason, Sandy Buchanan, Ray Garner
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 10:10am.
Approval of Minutes:
The minutes from March 6th meeting were approved.
Deferred - Email to be sent to members by Randy or information posted on
website. Doug stated the Eastern region is in great shape financially. Randy
reported at time of minutes that the Eastern Chapter current balance as of
5/26/09 is 18,658.56
Newsline Articles 2009:
Doug discussed that articles can be on many various topics and all members can
participate in submitting newsline information. Susan Dellwo will submit for
month of June. All articles are reviewed and scheduled by the State Secretary to
help better manage postings on website..
Discussed the ongoing dialogue taking place with State Fire Marshal Office (SFM)
based on SFM inspections of two Hospitals and the SFM citing the hospitals.
Steve Grose, WSSHE Advocacy Chair, and Geoff Glass will be meeting with a panel
from WSHA and SFM to review these citations. A tentative meeting date is
scheduled for June 15, 2009. There will be more information available after this
June 15 meeting. Stay tuned!
Deferred as the information was not available at time of meeting.
ASHE News, ASHE Membership, ASHE Gold: Brad:
• WSSHE is a GOLD Affiliated Chapter again this year. YEAH!! !Congratulations,
• We meet all the Affiliation goals of a Platinum Chapter (Top Affiliation
Status) other than the requirement that 50 % of our WSSHE members are also
members of ASHE
• The goal is to become a Platinum chapter under ASHE, which requires 50% ASHE
membership. ASHE Membership benefits the member and his/her hospital at the
National level in all areas of Healthcare.
Board Report: Brad
• Brad Jones informed members a new position of advocacy chair was appointed to
the State Board of Directors and Steve Grose has been appointed by the WSSHE
President to fill this position. Brad also pointed out there may be
opportunities in the future for members to participate on committees to assist
our advocacy efforts and Steve in his new role. Steve will work with Phil
Kercher, our ASHE Liaison, as needed for advocacy at the National level.
• New reserve account and additional account set up at State Level
• Semi–Annual conference results 370 attendees, 77 Vendor reps great
participation waiting on the final financial results, but preliminary results
looks very good. A survey was sent out by AMI utilizing Survey Monkey.
Approx. 80 responses, very favorable responses, by all but 1-2 members. The
survey results are available on the website.
>> see survey results
Annual Conference Yakima: Brad
• The WSSHE annual conference is being held in Yakima October 13 -16.
• This years conference theme is “The Healthcare Gauntlet: Reducing Costs While
• The keynote speaker is Dan Swanson of McKinstry Company in Seattle
Region 10 Conference: Brad
• Spokane September 21-24, 2010
• Possible participants include Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and
• Phil Kercher is instrumental in coordinating this event and will be seeking
assistance from chapter members. There will be more information so keep an eye
on our website.
ASHE Region 10 Representative Election: Brad
• Steve Grose is a candidate for the position of ASHE Region 10 Representative.
Please make sure you cast your vote for Steve. The State Board of Directors and
I support Steve in this role and believe he will do a terrific job representing
us at this level. The election will be held in August, so please make sure you
cast your votes and vote for Steve.
June Staff training Moses Lake dates/topic: Doug
Where: Moses Lake
When: June 11th
Time: 8am - 3:30pm
• Training is based on the “Fundamentals of Pneumatics”
o The Air Station (Overview of Pneumatics)
o Thermostat Calibration
o Control applications
o Troubleshooting and much more
You must RSVP to Randy Kaiser to reserve your seat as seating will be limited.
To make reservations, contact Randy Kaiser at (509) 962-7337 or send Randy an
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions From Chuck: Doug
• Green Sustainability: recycling costs vs. benefits
• Fire Inspectors finding: Thumb turn locks on older exterior store front egress
doors need to be replaced with keyed lock on interior side of door. Inspector
stated his concern with someone on the inside having the ability to deny egress
by using thumb turn lock.
• Electrical work at facilities by non-licensed electricians?
Greg Palmenteer is a licensed electrician and he shared what work he allows his
staff to do within their hospital. He suggests that permits be pulled to prove
that the work was inspected and passed when doing any electrical work.
• Projects: Bid vs. Negotiated work was discussed
• Project scope can be broken into phases to make projects more manageable
• Vendor relationships and the importance as it relates to quality of work,
ability of contractor to consistently follow policies/procedures
• Discussed the importance of pre-construction guidelines for all parties
involved with project to have a clear communication of expectations and the end
• Infection Control and Interim Life Safety Measures policy training/orientation
for all persons associated with project.
• Group purchasing benefits.
• Combustible storage (Shredded documents) cannot exceed 32 gallons in a single
container and area must be approved for this purpose.
Educational Topic Speaker:
There was no planned educational topic at this meeting and Doug opted to have
discussions with members related to any subjects or concerns they may be
experiencing at their facilities or businesses. See the questions from Chuck
September 11, 2009: Kittitas Valley Community Hospital, Ellensburg
Meeting was adjourned at 1:15 pm.