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|2019 Fall Conference Speakers|
Shaine M. Grogan, PE, CFPS
Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes
Shaine is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Fire Protection with expertise in building/fire code, life safety code, healthcare, and accessibility consulting.
Joseph W. Beadle, CFPS
Senior, Fire & Emergency Management Consultant, RPA, a Jensen Hughes Company
CFPS, certified Fire Marshal 30 years CT, fire Chief 10 years Winsted FD, Winchester CT Building Office Director 5 years, RPA/JH 14 years Senior Fire & Emergency Management Consultant.
The conference theme includes “Assessing Risk while Maintaining Compliance” and this presentation is intended to cover the challenges faced with “maintaining compliance”. The presenters draw on their experience with key regulatory agencies including the Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), state health agencies, and local building/fire departments to engage NEHES attendees for a presentation on regulatory compliance.
Tom Tsaros, PE
Energy & Infrastructure Service Leader, Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates, Inc.
As a practicing engineer for over 30 years, Tom focuses on improving building infrastructure, efficiency and resiliency in healthcare and other settings.
Ben Davenny, PE EDAC
Principal Consultant, ACENTECH
Provide acoustics and noise control recommendations to clients for a variety of building types, including healthcare, worship, commercial, and institutional.
Remote patient care and treatment through telemedicine provides healthcare organizations with the ability to increase patient-provider interaction at a lower overall cost of service and rapid internet speed. This presentation explores the physical infrastructure requirements and best practices for creating and maintaining telemedicine facilities.
Lynn Kenney, SASHE, EDAC, HFL
Director of Industry Relations, The Center for Health Design
Lynn Kenney, EDAC, SASHE has more than 20 years of experience in the health care regulatory and design industries. As Director of Industry Relations at The Center for Health Design, she is dedicated to improving health care quality and outcomes within the framework of evidence-based design. She is a frequent presenter at national conferences and has published several articles and white papers. She is on the 2022 FGI health guidelines revision committee as an ASHE representative. Previously, Kenney was part of the ASHE Advocacy team at the American Hospital Association. She holds a B.A. and recently earned a diploma in Health Facilities Leadership from Owensboro College.
Corporate Healthcare Portfolio Manager, Grainger
Ashley Solbach is a Corporate Health Systems Sales Manager at Grainger. Ashley is certified in Patient Safety and Quality from Johns Hopkins and has several OSHA certifications. She works with some of the largest health systems on the east coast with a focus on safety, compliance, and falls prevention. She regularly presents to C-level executives to help systems implement new safety and compliance programs and she is the recipient of the 2019 Grainger Innovation Award.
Behavioral and mental health (BMH) conditions affect one of five adults in the U.S. each year, and are even more common among patients receiving care for medical conditions. Up to 45% of patients admitted to the hospital for a medical condition or presenting to the emergency department with a minor injury also have a concurrent BMH condition. These BMH comorbidities increase the risk of psychological harm associated with care. Providing these patients with a healing, therapeutic environment should be an important goal for health design. Design interventions aimed at improving the psychological well-being of patients with BMH comorbidities may be more cost-effective than they initially appear, because they can be leveraged to support improved well-being for other populations as well, including other patients, staff, and visitors.
David W. Fowler, CHFM, MEP
Senior Director, Support Services, Anna Jaques Hospital
David has over 30 years of experience working in healthcare. His responsibilities include managing all design and construction projects at Anna Jaques Hospital which have included a variety of scale and complexity. Dave is an active member in several industry groups that advance the understanding of regulatory compliance in healthcare. Along with a depth of knowledge in deign and construction, he also has an extensive background in hospital safety compliance.
Corey B. Fisher, P.E.
Consultant, Code Red Consultants, LLC
As a consultant and project manager, Corey excels at providing timely, alternative solutions to complex problems discovered in the field. Dedicated to every project he works on, he is astute as delivering technical information to clients and quickly addressing their questions and needs. Corey has extensive experience developing in-depth code analysis and construction fire safety plans for both new and existing buildings. He also specializes in performing field surveys related to existing building evaluations, construction site inspections, and third party inspections. His project work spans healthcare, higher education, high-rise buildings, large assembly spaces, and mixed-use buildings.
Matthew A. Bluette, AIA, ACHA, AICP, NCARB, LEED AP
Associate, JACA Architects
Matthew has over 22 years of experience in healthcare architecture. A registered architect and member of the American College of Healthcare architects, he has been involved in a wide range of healthcare projects from initial design through construction. Matthew has an extensive background in helping healthcare facilities navigate projects through regulatory compliance.
Maintaining Regulatory Compliance During Construction is a serious challenge for hospitals and to maintaining patient safety and satisfaction. This discussion identifies the key problems that inherent with construction projects that limit or prevent the ability to maintain compliance with the numerous regulatory requirements that hospitals need to follow.
This discussion is intended to provide real world scenarios that occur during a construction project at a hospital that impact the facilities ability to maintain regulatory compliance. Methods to understand and mitigate issues that are a challenge to compliance will be presented.
Reaghan Schicker, AIA, NCARB
Project Manager, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Reaghan is a Project Manager with Connecticut Children's Planning, Design and Construction team. Prior to joining Connecticut Children’s, she served as a Project Manager for both Tecton Architects and the S/L/A/M Collaborative.
Ernest E. Nepomuceno, LEED AP
Senior Designer, Tecton Architects
Ernest is a Senior Designer with Tecton Architects, where he has designed notable projects for Connecticut Children's, Hartford Hospital and Wheeler Clinic.
One of the fastest growing trends in healthcare design is the emergence of clinical environments that don’t feel clinical. Healthcare organizations are increasingly drawing on the power of the built environment to enhance and elevate the patient journey. The challenge in crafting these enriched environments lies in establishing balance – blending creativity and practicality, harmonizing playfulness with universal appeal, and synchronizing immersive design with the core mission of providing exceptional care.
Principal Consultant, Acentech
Over 17 years of experience in acoustics and vibration on a variety of applications including health care facilities, research laboratories, and construction projects.
Gary Valcourt, CHFM
Associate Vice President, Capital Planning & Facilities Operations, UMass Memorial Healthcare
Over 16 years as Associate Vice President of capital planning and management for Umass Memorial Medical Center.
Project Manager, Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
Over 7 years of experience in project management specializing in the construction/renovation of healthcare facilities.
One challenge in the modernization of existing hospital facilities is how to accomplish improvements without sacrificing a loss of capacity and performance. Often renovations are needed due to a lack of sufficient space, which poses an even greater challenge for temporary closure of healthcare spaces. As a result, hospitals must figure out how to cope with the inconveniences of construction, such as noise, in a way that preserves quality of care and patient satisfaction. An invaluable piece of the puzzle is communication, essential for any project, between project and hospital personnel. Beyond typical notifications and updates, creating a simplified means to relate construction impacts to medical staff enable those in the clinical environment to gauge their work and relay proper expectations to their patients. On such means is the development of informational graphics thru construction testing, which has a secondary benefit of allowing the project to explore proper methods and ways to optimize cost and schedule. In this session, we will discuss an ongoing project at the UMass Memorial Medical Center and the issues they faced during a campus-wide renovation project, including the perspectives of the hospital, approaches to mitigation, and lessons learned from their experience.
David A. Rosinski, MBA, CHFM
Director of Facilities, St. Francis Hospital
David Rosinski is the Director of Facilities for Trinity of New England. Based out of Hartford Connecticut, he has responsibilites for systemization and standardization efforts througout New England.
Steven Jalowiec, PE, SASHE, CHFM
VP Engineering Services, Hospital Energy
Steve Jalowiec, is Vice President for Engineering Services with Hospital Energy, a New Hampshire based company specializing in energy business planning and sourcing nationally for healthcare. Steve has more than 20 years of experience at several hospitals, working in facility management and engineering. Along with implementing numerous facility management practices to improve department performance and productivity, his other areas of focus throughout his career have included facility design and engineering, energy efficiency, regulatory compliance, fire and life safety, emergency preparedness and advocating for effective regulations. He is active in various healthcare and engineering organizations including the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society (NEHES) (Past President), Connecticut Healthcare Engineers’ Society (CHES) (Past President), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Steve was the recipient of the ASHE Emerging Regional Leader Award in 2009 and NEHES Engineer of the Year Award in 2008.
Steve is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM) and has earned Senior Level (SASHE) designation with the American Society for Healthcare Engineers. He is a graduate of the University of New Haven with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
President, Hospital Energy
Mark Mininberg founded Hospital Energy in 1995 to provide cost-effective, sustainable energy solutions for healthcare institutions. Hospital Energy is now the leading energy organization for healthcare in the United States. Mark is the author of numerous books and articles, including the AHA/ASHE Best Practices in Energy Procurement (2017) and Business Planning for Energy Resiliency (2018). He is a frequent lecturer on energy, healthcare and environmental matters, including invitations from the U.S. White House, the United Nations, the World Bank, the Oxford University Law Colloquium, the Yale University Center for International Studies, the Harvard Law School Negotiation Project and the Columbia University School of Public Health. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University with Honors in History, and the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and received the Connecticut Law Tribune Prize for legal scholarship.
Account Executive, CPower Energy Management
Philip Ciulla is an Account Executive for CPower Energy Management helping to connect power users with market revenues that are available through Demand Response. Mr. Ciulla has been in the Demand Response Industry since 2011 and has had roles in Contracting, Customer service, Operations, Metering, Project Management, Account Management, and Business Development. He uses his experience and knowledge on Demand Response to help create comprehensive and compelling demand-side management strategies to help power users in New England earn and save with the program available.
This session will present Energy Business Planning Best Practices that help Facility Managers address the growing demand for improved energy resiliency in healthcare facilities, including a case study from a Connecticut Hospital. In an age of heightened concern about grid reliability, natural disasters and terrorism, hospitals are faced with meeting two very difficult conditions:
A primary challenge for hospital engineers is establishing campus resiliency of sufficient magnitude and duration to maintain more than minimal operations during natural disasters and possible terrorist attacks on the power grid. To be successful, the hospital will need to take a business planning approach to financial and technical resource allocation. This will involve selecting the correct technical solutions, negotiating lower cost equipment and service contracts, and knowing how to bundle financial incentives available from government, utilities, equipment providers and lenders.
Stephen Carbery, BE, MBA
Vice President Facilities Design Construction & Real Estate, Yale New Haven Health
With over thirty three (33) years of healthcare experiences, Steve has 275 full-time employees, an annual system capital improvements budget of ~$285M and $25M operating budget.
Walter "Ted" Dow, PE, MS
Ted has 14 years experience providing analysis of building, fire, life safety and accessibility code requirements. He is instrumental in developing alternative approaches/technical justification meeting the intent of the code.
Scott Aronson, MS
Principal, RPA/Practice Leader - Healthcare, RPA, a Jensen Hughes Company
Scott has worked in healthcare since 1994 on special care fires and system emergency management design concepts. He has reviewed fires and catastrophic disasters throughout the US.
As health systems are challenged to design for the future while managing the budget and timeline on projects, there can often be steps that are bypassed for compliance in the design, construction and hand-off phases. Based on lessons learned with him impact compliance challenges, Yale New Haven Health has incorporated a new process to address compliance in the early design phases to include the state Department of Health, best practices for fire attack (fire department entry and operations in a healthcare fire) and through to the conversion for the Day 1 opening and operations of the building or space.
Robert Rose, PE
Vice President, A/Z Corporation
Rob’s 33 years of industry experience provides our clients with a technical resource to manage some of the most demanding and complex projects in the industry today. Rob’s expertise in corporate manufacturing, power and utility, higher education, and healthcare offers our clients the benefit of a strong reliable resource. Rob has served with A/Z for 20 years. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Maritime College. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) as well as a Master Electrician in numerous jurisdictions. Rob was instrumental in A/Z being selected for the Project of the Year Award by the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE).
Alison Laas, AIA
Alison is an architect and project manager at Payette Associates with experience in unique laboratory and healthcare projects in New England and abroad. She has experience in projects that range from integrated imaging OR suites, undergraduate life sciences teaching laboratories, innovation and prototyping laboratories, high-end inpatient hospital and medical school design. Internationally, Alison led the medical planning team for Payette's winning entry for the Central South University's Fifth XiangYa Hospital competition for a 2,500 bed general and VIP hospital in Changsha, China. Most recently she has been project architect for renovation projects at YNHH Lawrence + Memorial and Westerly Hospitals for a variety of programs, including emergency department services, a geriatric behavioral health inpatient unit, and an oncology infusion outpatient clinic.
Mario Vieira, AIA
Director, Infrastructure Projects, Facilities, Design and Construction, Yale New Haven Health
Mario is the Director, Infrastructure Projects, Facilities, Design and Construction at Yale New Haven Health. Before joining the health system, he worked at several healthcare architecture firms in Boston and was most recently a principal with Shepley Bulfinch, overseeing the company’s work at YNHHS. Vieira earned his bachelor’s of architecture from Boston Architectural Center and is a registered architect in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Principal, BR+A Consulting Engineers
Steve is a Principal of the firm and has over 35 years of extensive experience in the design of HVAC systems. His diverse portfolio includes renovation and new construction projects in the healthcare, academic, and science and technology markets. Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.
The integration of Regional Hospitals into Healthcare Networks comes with a wide variety of challenges; consistent delivery of patient care, administrative service, procurement, finance as well as facility design and construction.
Jean Phillippe Drouin
Mechanical Engineer, Ecosystem Energy Services
I help building owners develop and implement their energy vision through reducing energy consumption & GHG emissions, facilitating operation & maintenance, renewing assets or improving occupants experience. Past clients valued that I was committed to helping them develop creative solutions to their problems.
Marc A.R. Couture, P.Eng, Mtg, PMP, CEM Engineer
Engineer, Project Manager and Energy Manager, Ecosystem Energy Services
As a Professional Engineer, Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Energy Manager (CEM), I am an expert at diagnosing complex energy ecosystems and developing transformational energy retrofits. I help clients bring their energy & sustainability vision to life with solutions that reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, simplify operations and maintenance, renew assets, and improve occupant comfort. I am passionate about delivering the best possible outcomes using his holistic, client-centric approach, underpinned by 15+ years expertise within such diverse roles as Sustainability Co-Chair, Director of Operations, Energy Manager, Critical Infrastructure & Energy Management Project Manager, and HVAC Solutions Engineer.
Director, Energy Management and Commissioning, Yale New Haven Health System
Chris is responsible for developing and implementing the Hospital Systems’ Energy Management and Commissioning Programs across 7 Hospitals and related facilities.
Chris is the Chairman of Rhode Island’s Energy Efficiency and Resource Management Council, providing direction to the state’s Energy Efficiency Programs. Chris has more than 30 years in the energy and energy management fields. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MS, and an MBA.
Consider Intelligent Asset Renewal as a key component to your wellness formula – a unique approach, turning large capital expenditure projects into opportunities for hospitals to invest in infrastructure, drive sustainability and efficiency, address deferred maintenance costs, and provide a measurable return on investment.
Most hospitals are forced to choose patient care or building improvement knowing all too well that the patient experience is ground-up and should never be compromised. Yet engineering and facility teams at hospitals all too often are forced to make hard choices and compromises. Reduced budgets and higher operating costs often lead to long lists of deferred maintenance projects and the lowest cost approach to capital expenditure.
Justin R. Marcoux, CSP
Life Safety Code Surveyor, The Joint Commission
Justin Marcoux is presently a Life Safety Code Surveyor in the Hospital Accreditation Program at
The Joint Commission. In this role, he surveys the standards in the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals.
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Mike Bajema is a retired U.S. Army officer, Infantry-Armor combined-arms commander, joint forces strategic planner and now a leadership instructor and speaker with Echelon Front. He served over 20 years as an Armor officer with 13 years of overseas experience. Fighting alongside Leif Babin and Jocko Willink from Task Unit Bruiser as the commander of Team Bulldog from the historic 1st Armored Division’s Ready First Combat Team, he established the first combat outpost (COP) in South-Central Ramadi and successfully defeated the insurgency’s stranglehold around COP Falcon. When not leading tactical formations, Mike served as a joint forces operational and strategic planner; graduating from the U.S. Navy’s Maritime Advanced Warfighting School. He was the only Army officer selected to serve as the 2014 Headquarters, Department of the Army’s senior fellow at the George C. Marshall European Center for European Security Studies and later shaped vital European partnerships while on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.
In his keynote, Mike will share fundamental leadership principles based upon Mike’s vast expert combat leadership and strategic organizational planning experience, including battle-tested concepts of combat leadership that directly correlate to all leadership situations on and off the battlefield. Attendees will learn tried, tested and proven combat leadership principles and strategies learned on the front lines of the war on terror.
Stephen Slocomb, PE
Principal, Epsilon Associates
Mr. Slocomb is a licensed professional chemical engineer with more than 25 years of experience in engineering and environmental consulting for a variety of utilities, developers, institutions, and public agencies.
Dorothy Buckoski, PE
Senior Consultant, Epsilon Associates
Ms. Buckoski is a licensed professional chemical engineer with over 30 years of experience in environmental and project engineering, air quality, environmental compliance auditing, and due diligence.
Senior Consultant, Epsilon Associates
As a Senior Consultant at Epsilon Associates, Joseph Sabato is responsible for navigating projects through air modeling analyses and assisting clients with environmental permitting and compliance issues. Joseph also takes a lead role in addressing community related health concerns related to energy projects. Prior to joining Epsilon, Joseph worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental Health where he was responsible for performing analyses utilizing hospitalization admissions and mortality data to assess the impact of various environmental stressors on health. Prior to his work at the Department, Joseph worked at Environmental Health & Engineering in Needham, where he performed air quality analyses to support toxic tort litigation testimony and address community related health concerns in the siting of energy facilities. Joseph’s blend of experience in both the public and private sectors coupled with his expertise in public health and environmental issues makes him uniquely qualified to understand all facets of the public health concerns confronting power project permitting.
One of the most recent trends for Institutions of all types has been the development of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) projects. CHP projects include the generation of electricity from either a turbine or an engine and usually steam for either heat and hot water and/or for supplemental electric power generation. This presentation will summarize the lessons that we have learned permitting these projects ranging from:
Raymond D. Forsell, CCE, CHFM, PE(VT)
Clinical Engineer, Certified Healthcare Facility Manager, Fire Protection Engineer(VT), The University of Vermont Technical Services Partnership
Raymond is a Clinical Engineer with the University of Vermont Technical Services Partnership. He has served hospitals large and small throughout New England and New York since the late 1980's. He is married Suzanne and has four grown kids and two grandsons.
Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) packages are common within healthcare facilities management departments. As common as these systems are, it is my observation that they are significantly underutilized. There are a number of viable software packages which may be health care specific or borrowed from the lodging sector or other related industries. Healthcare facilities management departments can benefit by taking steps to improve the performance of their current system, or use specific criteria to assess potential new products.
David D. Neal, AIA, ACHA
Principal, The S/L/A/M Collaborative
Mr. Neal is a Principal at SLAM, with over 30 years of healthcare design experience. David has led the architectural team on the MC2020 project.
Kathleen Hylka, AIA
Director of Strategic Space Planning, UMass Memorial Medical Center
Ms. Hylka is the Director of Space Planning at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Kathleen has led the planning effort for the MC2020 project.
Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences, Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
Mr. Hamilton is the Director of Healthcare & Life Sciences at Consigli. Brian is the Construction Project Executive for the MC2020 project.
Michael Benjamin, PE, HFDP, ASHE, LEED AP
Managing Principal, BR+A Consulting Engineers
Mr. Benjamin is a Managing Principal at BR+A. Michael has served as MEP Principal-in-Charge for the MC2020 project.
With a goal of being “The Best Place to Give Care and The Best Place to Get Care,” UMass Memorial Health Care Executive Leadership set out to explore, plan and implement transformative upgrades and improvements—the future state of health care—at the flagship academic medical center’s Memorial and University Hospital campuses. Both campuses featured an abundance of outdated buildings from the 1960s and 1970s, requiring both cosmetic and infrastructure upgrades. Leadership zeroed in on improving the inpatient experience, particularly the inpatient beds at both campuses.
Erin L. Kesegi, AIA
Senior Architect, Hoffmann Architects, Inc.
With extensive experience in the investigation, design, and construction administration of diverse roofing systems, Erin Kesegi, AIA develops design solutions for challenging roof details and conditions.
Misinformation and misunderstandings about roof systems abound. Separating fact from fiction is important to preventing erroneous, costly, and potentially hazardous decisions. For the healthcare engineer, keeping up with the various types and configurations of roof materials and systems can be a challenge, but identifying oft-repeated roofing maxims that are doing more harm than good is the first step to improving the outcomes of reroofing projects.
Kent R Buzard, BSChE, MBA, ASSE
Partner, Compass Cryogenics Inc.
Kent Buzard began his career in the Industrial and Medical gas industry in 1980 with Airco/BOC. HIs industry experience included time with CTR and Chart industries before founding Compass Cryogenics in 2011.
David Sterrett, ASSE
Partner, Compass Cryogenics Inc.
Dave Sterrett began his career in Industrial and Medical Gases with Airco/BOC in 1982. His industry experience included management positions with Linde and Airgas before becoming co-owner of Compass Cryogenics Inc in 2015.
In July of 2016 CMS and the Joint Commission adopted the NFPA 99 - 2012 edition that contained the new requirements 22.214.171.124.3.1. "Manufactured Assemblies Employing Flexible Connections Between the User Terminal and the Piping System". This session explores why this language was included in the code; what facilities are include under the code; and options for Health Care facilities in complying with the code. We will explore why the code section was written, what assemblies are included and what are not, and what inspections are needed to be in full compliance with the code. We will also discuss the inspection interval and what might need to be addressed in the facilities risk assessment.
Ed Browne, MS, CHFM, CHC, FASHE, FACHE
Vice President Support Services, Cambridge Health Alliance
Ed draws on more than 34 years of experience managing facility, safety, security, support service, and clinical departments in a wide variety of healthcare settings – from community hospitals to regional healthcare systems. Ed’s specialties also include emergency preparedness and hazardous materials management. Ed’s focus is always on advancing the reliability of the physical plant, increasing staff safety and improving the overall environment of care for the patients.
John Kannas, Jr., MSPH
Director of Environmental Safety, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
John leads a team responsible for the identification, evaluation and control of occupational and environmental stressors, assessing worker exposure to hazardous materials including anesthetic gases, hazardous drugs, and heavy metals.
Business Development Manager, EBI Consulting
Bob comes from a diverse background, serving clients at the intersection of healthcare and engineering for the last 15 years. He brings an innovative perspective and valuable experience to clients.
The inhaled, self-administered blend of 50% nitrous oxide (N2O) and 50% oxygen is a common form of analgesia long used in other developed countries, but until recently has been available at only a few institutions in the United States due to occupational exposure concerns.
While on the surface these self-administered devices appear to be of little relative risk given the lower concentrations used when compared with other applications, they also present some challenges for the areas in which they are used—rooms with low air change rates and little design consideration for ventilation of waste anesthetic gases. Therefore, risk assessments can provide crucial information about the areas in which the devices will be used to ensure staff are not exposed to potentially harmful levels of the gases released.
Moderator: Kevin Wyrsch, AIA
Principal, Isgenuity LLC
As principal with Isgenuity, Kevin manages and oversees a wide range of projects for some of Boston’s leading healthcare and academic centers. Project types include inpatient, outpatient, laboratories, behavioral health, infrastructure upgrades, retail and hospitality spaces. He received a BA from Brandeis University and Master of Architecture from the Boston Architectural College.
Theresa Harris, AIA, ACHA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, Director of Healthcare Planning, Isgenuity LLC
Theresa has 23 years of experience in planning, programming and design of a wealth of large health care facilities. Her broad portfolio of work includes both new construction and renovations for ambulatory clinics, inpatient units, surgical and Hybrid ORs, cancer centers and pharmacies. She received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan.
Meghan Church, PT, DPT
Safe Patient Handling Clinical Coordinator, Inpatient Rehabilitation Services, PT IV, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Meghan Church graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in 2008. She has worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for 11 years as a physical therapist. Meghan has been a part of the safe patient handling team as a clinical coordinator since 2014. She has presented safe patient handling topics at the Massachusetts American Physical Therapy (APTA) Annual Conference and the national APTA Combined Sections Meeting.
Caitlyn Angelini, PE
Senior Code Consultant, AKF Group
Caitlyn’s expertise includes code consulting for existing buildings and new construction projects; her specialties lie in healthcare, science, and technology. A graduate of WPI, Caitlyn is well-versed in building, fire, life safety, and accessibility codes for various market segments.
Director, Facilities Planning and Space Management, Boston Children's Hospital
Melissa has over 30 years of design and planning experience. In her 15 years with the hospital, she has led and supported the ongoing development of the facilities standards and has served as planner for many exciting projects positively affecting the lives of pediatric patients and their families. She continues to interface with Department of Public Health, regarding construction and renovation projects at BCH.
Compliance with current FGI guidelines, as adopted by Massachusetts, compels health care institutions to undertake a Patient Handling and Movement Assessment (PHAMA) as part of initial planning before design and construction in their facilities. This is driven by the updated Patients of Size requirements on the “DPH checklists” issued by the Division of Health Care Quality.
Matthew Wheeler, PE, CXA, LEED AP
Principal | Commissioning Service Leader, Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates
Matt serves as the overall supervisor of the project and the primary contact to clients throughout project development. He ensures that all client requirements are met by developing a strong client relationship.
Chris Wyscoczanki, PE
Mechanical Group Leader, Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates, Inc.
Chris coordinates entire systems from concept through construction, conducting site visits, systems evaluations, cost estimates and specifications.
Healthcare facility organizations operating budgets are tight and thus improvements in the planning, cost effectiveness, and return-on-investment of infrastructure budget spending can significantly affect the overall organization’s capability to serve their patients. This guide will present strategies and case studies that illustrate how effective use of retro-commissioning activities can help facility engineers make the best use of their existing operating budgets and effectively plan for capital needs in the future, lighting for better sleep patterns, safety from ground faults, and several other topics with evidence of improved healing environments will be explored.