Volume 52 | Spring 2006
Letter from the President:
A happy spring to you and yours,
I can't believe that the Semi-Annual in Chelan is only a month away. I know the
'good' rooms at Campbell's are taken but there are rooms remaining. I am truly
excited about our program, "Preparing Health Care Facilities for the Katrina Of
the Pacific Northwest". Our speakers are top notch and we are receiving
reservations from many Safety Officer and Risk Management folks. I don't want to
sound like a broken record but please get your registrations in and reservations
made. For fun, we will again have the putt-putt masters event (get that Green
Jacket from AK-47; Art Kjos) and the Board will host the President's Reception.
This is on Thursday. On Wednesday we have the kick off reception graciously
sponsored by Wood Harbinger, a heart felt thank you!
Teamwork is one of the five Key Values here at Sacred Heart Medical Center. I
want to let you know that your Board has been exhibiting this value working with
the many issues before them. They are doing a great job managing difficult
issues. I'd like to take just a moment and let you all know about:
Insurance issues: Your board has voted and approved a measure to provide
insurance for the Directors and Officers of the Board. In this day and age, it
was felt that this was necessary to protect the volunteer officers of the Board.
A number of issues could occur and to say, "We should have or could have...."
would be a disservice to the many members of WSSHE.
Accounting: Your board and voted and approved a basic template for all Chapters
to report to the State regarding financial matters. My thanks to Todd Werdahl
for his leadership and work on this matter.
By-laws: Jim Mead and others worked extremely hard aligning us with ASHE in
regards to our By-laws. We are now there. Additional clarification was achieved
regarding the issue of Full Member and Associate Members regarding
classifications clarification for holding office. This was a tough discussion
that was conducted in a professional and very appropriate manner in which the
outcome that is you work leading a Facilities Department (or related health care
position) you are eligible to hold office. I was very proud of your board
regarding the display of teamwork as it pertained to this matter.
Education: I was remise in not thanking Mr. Chad Beebe for helping with speakers
for the Semi. Chad, my sincere thanks. We are now cresting that Symposium hill
and looking at the annual. The Education Committee will meet the Friday and
Saturday after the Semi Annual to discuss the possibilities for topics for the
Annual Conference. I've already had input and it is very much appreciated. If
there is something you would like to see or you have an idea, please contact me
or a Board Member.
Networking: I want to encourage you to continue the networking throughout the
organization. We are a healthy, dynamic, well educated bunch of people who will
share our best practices and other knowledge at a drop of the hat. There are
also employment opportunities within our organization. I know that I would not
be at SHMC were it not for WSSHE, and I thank WSSHE all the time.
Advocacy: We just concluded a very spirited and productive 'public' meeting with
the Department of Health regarding new construction standards. We'll be aligning
ourselves with the AIA guidelines. There were nearly 50 proposed amendments
discussed. I believe that DOH is listening to WSSHE and I look forward to our
suggestions being incorporated into the documents.
Gold: My thanks to my partner in crime, Mr. Phil Kercher and all his very hard
work ensuring WSSHE gets the GOLD for this past year. I never realized just how
much work is involved, at it is a ton. Thanks to Phil's diligence and his quest
for perfection, we are getting GOLD for 2005. My thanks to Past President Mike
Chitwood and former board members for their work also!!
Website: As you are aware, your Board fired our previous webmaster and thanks to
Dee and Ron Darling, we have a super webmaster now. I can assure you that our
web site has never been better. Please hit it and take a look.
Dee Tiedemann: Fellow WSSHE members, I am telling you that this woman does one
hell of a job for WSSHE. I encourage you to say thank you when you see Dee at
the Semi. I can't thank her enough for all her hard work!!
I know I am forgetting something but the beauty of the electronic age is that if
I am, I can get the information to you soon.
Have a wonderful Easter and I look forward to seeing all of you April 26. I'll
attach the program just in case :)
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the WSSHE Editor care of:
Geoffrey W. Glass PE, CHFM
Providence St. Peter Hospital
413 Lilly Road
Olympia, WA 98506-5166