2018 Twin State Seminar Speakers

September 12, 2017

Jim Alexander, Emergency Management Coordinator for Dartmouth Hitchcock Health will present the Emergency Management lessons learned from a recent event.

By examining this event, Jim will provide insights that could help you manage your next event through:

  • Determining effective emergency communication strategies
  • Discovering the importance of examining your initial emergency alerts for accuracy and clarity
  • To recognize why a facility might consider plain language in reviewing emergency procedures
  • How a facility can use different materials and training to better prepare their staff for emergencies
  • How to engage police departments for a successful reoccupation of your facility

Mr. Alexander is an Emergency Management Coordinator at Dartmouth Hitchcock Health. He has served in this position since 2013. His work in Emergency Preparedness and Response takes him across the system to include DHMC, ambulatory clinics in Southern NH and our partner hospitals in Vermont and New Hampshire. He is a Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator through Georgia Regents University.

Mr. Alexander previously served 25 years in Law Enforcement. He joined the Lebanon Police Department in 1990 as a Patrol Officer. Jim has held the rank of Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Police Chief. In 2006, he was promoted to Chief of Police and served until his retirement 2013.

Mr. Alexander is a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy, in Quantico VA, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Granite State College in Criminal Justice Administration. He is a founding member of the Grafton County Drug Court and was an active participant on their steering committee for years.


Taking Advantage of the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule

Sean McGuigan’s presentation will inform attendees about the recent federal Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule and how these rule changes can reduce environmental burdens and regulatory costs for healthcare facilities. This rule has been years in the making and provides some flexibility to the regulated community so it will be important for healthcare engineers to become acquainted with the changes. Mr. McGuigan will also provide the audience with an update on the electronic manifest system that is still in its formative stages but will change the landscape of hazardous waste recordkeeping once it is implemented. Mr. McGuigan will foster audience participation by engaging audience members to share their experiences especially on how to reduce hazardous waste compliance costs.

Mr. McGuigan is a Senior Compliance Specialist with Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. in Chelmsford, MA. Mr. McGuigan has over twenty years of experience assisting healthcare clients with their environmental compliance needs. His areas of expertise include hazardous waste compliance, environmental training, and air quality permitting and air emission inventories. Sean is a Certified Environmental Auditor who has conducted multimedia environmental compliance audits for commercial and industrial facilities throughout the country. Mr. McGuigan has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.


Maintenance of Performance-Based Fire Protection Systems

Ron Melucci’s presentation reviews the specifics of the requirements, examples of application, enforcement, pitfalls and best practices by providing discussion of the following:


  • NFPA 1 – Fire Code, adopted by many states, now contains requirements for annual re-certification (Warrant of Fitness) of performance-based fire protection systems as well as design feature maintenance. The International Fire Code has similar, but more general verbiage that is also reviewed in this presentation.
  • Building fire protection systems and features often incorporate elements of performance-based design, which are based on conditions that should be maintained throughout the life of a building. For example, an atrium smoke exhaust system design is based on design fire scenario(s) with assumptions/conditions re: furnishings, interior finish and atrium geometry. Such systems can be compromised when buildings are altered or new hazards are introduced. These systems may also fall into disrepair without routine inspection, testing and maintenance (IT&M).
  • Other passive fire protection features may also be based on code variances that include conditions of approval that must be maintained.

Ron Melucci, P.E., is the Technical Manager at Engineering Planning and Management (EPM), Inc.’s Fire Protection and Risk Services Division.

Mr. Melucci is a Technical Manager at EPM, Inc. and has twenty-five (25) years of fire protection engineering and consulting experience. He has an MS degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His fire protection engineering experience includes most types of suppression, alarm and detection systems for virtually all types of new and existing buildings. His consulting experience includes hazard analysis, building/fire code analysis, and development of unique solutions to code compliance challenges. He has managed large, high profile and international fire protection projects, is a past president of SFPE NE Chapter and has provided AIA CES-registered seminars and presentations to numerous A/E design firms and professional organizations.


Why Isolated Power Systems Are Utilized in Healthcare Facilities

David Knecht, Head of the Medical Division at BENDER, will discuss the NEC and NFPA-99 code changes as related to isolated power systems. Furthermore, the session will discuss code requirements and industry best practices related to the maintenance & practical usage of such systems. David will help you to:


  • Understand the applicable codes & standards including NFPA-99 code changes as it relates to operating rooms and spaces deemed as “Wet Procedure Locations”
  • Understand the theory of operation of isolated power systems and line isolation monitors (LIMs)
  • Understand code (minimum) and best practice testing & maintenance of isolated power systems equipment
  • Understand factors that cause a Line Isolation Monitor (LIM) goes into alarm and how to respond to such alarms

Mr. Knecht is an expert in isolated power systems and electrical (ground fault) safety devices utilized in the healthcare surgical environment. He started his career working as an electrical engineer for a mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineering design firm in northern Pennsylvania. In 2008, he joined BENDER as an application/project engineer with the intent of establishing a career in the healthcare industry. In 2011, BENDER named him the Healthcare Division Head responsible for directing the segment’s salesforce, business development, product development, and service organization. Since 2011, he and his team have provided solutions to 1,900+ individual healthcare facilities within 24 countries. Mr. Knecht is an active member of numerous healthcare facility management and safety organizations including NFPA and ASHE.


Ambulatory Health Care vs. Business Occupancy

Eugene Cable’s presentation will answer the following questions:


  • What are the design differences between Business Occupancy and Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) and what would the impact be if we changed the design to meet AHC?
  • What is the impact to existing facilities if an AHJ orders the Occupancy Classification be changed to Ambulatory Health Care?
  • What would be the required operational changes such as within the fire plan and fire drill requirements?

Mr. Cable is a Fire Protection Engineer specializing in Life Safety. 21 years with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs as a Regional AHJ and now manages an active consulting business in Joint Commission compliance Statement of Conditions, Life Safety Code equivalencies, and health care fire investigations related to litigation.