Volume 55  |  Winter 2006

President’s Message
Semi Annual Symposium

President’s Message:

Fellow Members,
As we enter the 2006 holiday season and prepare for the year ahead I would like to take time to thank you for the confidence you have shown in allowing me to lead the organization into and through 2007. The momentum of the organization is at full steam ahead as planning for both education and advocacy efforts are well underway. I feel confident as I had stated at the annual conference that 2007 will be as exciting and productive as 2006.

I would like to use this forum to inform you of issues and opportunities that are leading our planning for education and advocacy into the next year.

  • ASHE, the EPA Energy Star Program, and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance have asked for WSSHE to support development of, test, and lead the Pacific Northwest healthcare facilities in implementing their respective organizations strategic energy management initiatives.

    NEEA has created a program designed to support the development of a Strategic Energy Master Plan for Healthcare Organizations. In February 2007, several WSSHE hospitals will meet with NEEA to review, tune, and assist in planning the introduction of these materials to hospital facility and engineering programs throughout the State. These hospitals were chosen by region, demographic, and size, to ensure the information can be utilized by all engineering and facility departments’ state wide. If given the opportunity and after the approval of the supporting member hospitals, NEEA would like to take the program and integrate training sessions into the respective chapters training and education schedules.

    ASHE and Energy Star have partnered together with what is referred to as the E2C (Energy Efficiency Commitment) Program. E2C is sharing of fundamental concepts, real data, proven strategies, financial tools, and local success stories by ASHE members. It can provide you the expert knowledge of where to dig to uncover the energy savings inherent in your building design and operations with the minimum goal of saving your organization 10% or more in utility costs.

    After reviewing both programs thoroughly I see real value in merging the two initiatives. Both programs are good on there own but together they provide a complete package that includes- training and education, implementation tools and tracking programs, best practices and support networks, and most importantly like-in-kind facility comparison resources.

    I have contacted both Dale Woodin, Executive Director of ASHE and Jennifer Stout, Market Manager for NEEA, and have asked that ASHE, the EPA, Energy Star, and NEEA meet to discuss the opportunity for a joint program that can be supported by WSSHE in 2007 and possibly 2008. All parties seemed genuinely supportive of the idea and preliminary discussions have begun about a meeting in December.
  • Within the next three weeks the final draft revised WAC regulation (with all the changes from the public comment process) should be out. We will put a small committee together to review the recommended changes and then formulate a plan for our next direction.

    There are significant issues at stake, for example the state is continuing their charge to survey our organizations while allowing the surveyor the opportunity to cite us on their retroactive application of new construction standards. This is very rarely done with other state agencies, CMS, or JCAHO and is never done without significant research, testing, data collection, specific dates for program integration, and significant debate.

    The draft document will be posted on the DOH website in the same section as the report on proposals and comments. If you are interested in joining the review panels please reach out to me or any board member and we will contact you with our meeting plans.
  • The State Fire Marshal is expressing interest in creating an annual inspection of our facilities.

    Even though I am an advocate for firm life safety standards, the additional inspection would levy unjustified resources on our facilities. JCAHO and their unannounced survey process, DOH and their bi-annual inspections, and our local fire marshals have done a great job ensuring we are keeping our life safety standards at or even above code requirements. The financial costs for inspection fees and lost time allocated to the inspection are without merit, the existing agencies all have certified inspectors and the gaps between the existing surveys or inspections ensure an issue or violation will be caught quickly.
  • ASHE Platinum Recognition: 60% of WSSHE's Full Members must also be in ASHE!!

    At this time we have 56-ASHE Members who are also WSSHE members, out of a total count of 187. This is 29.94%, only half of the required Platinum percentage of 60%. To reach Platinum, we need another 60-Full Members to become ASHE members in 2006. Each of us is strongly encouraged to recommend ASHE membership ($125/yr) to current WSSHE members. ASHE is and has been a great partner of ours and I strongly encourage you to look at their website: I will admit it is my dream to become the first WSSHE president to reach this goal and I am aggressively seeking your support. Just write the check, I promise it is a significant investment in your facility, your leadership development, continuing education, and your advocacy and issue awareness.
As you can see your board is hard at work preparing for great educational opportunities and important advocacy issues. We will continue to develop our relationship with NEEA, the EPA, ASHE, and the WSHA as we lead not only the State but also the country in both advocacy and education. There is always room for your involvement and I encourage you to join the charge as leadership at either the state or local level. Have a great end to 2006 and may God bless you and your families as we move into 2007.

Fraternally yours,
Stephen J. Grose, CHFM
President, Washington State Society for Healthcare Engineering

Semi Annual Symposium

April 25 – 27, 2007

Join over 130 WSSHE members at this year’s Semi Annual Symposium at Campbell’s Inn and Resort in Chelan!

This year WSSHE is fortunate to invite the foremost national authority on healthcare codes and standards – Doug Erickson. Mr. Erickson will provide an update on NFPA 99 and the 2006 AIA Guidelines for Healthcare Design and Construction. Joining Mr. Erickson will be Chad Beebe, AIA the Manager of Construction Review Services at the Washington State Department of Health. Mr. Beebe will provide an overview of the AIA Guidelines adoption in Washington State and amendments specific to our state.

The WSSHE NEWSLINE is published quarterly as a service to WSSHE Members. The purpose of the NEWSLINE is to promote the Society by sharing information of interest to the Members. Please send brief articles or information updates to the WSSHE Editor care of:

Geoffrey W. Glass PE, CHFM
Providence St. Peter Hospital
413 Lilly Road
Olympia, WA 98506-5166
FAX: 360-493-4043
Phone: 360-493-7722.