Inside ASHE - Winter 2012 - (Page 12)

ASHE Update Preparation The Key to Getting Big Jobs Done By Jeffrey L. Arthurs, CHFM, CHSP, FASHE, 2012 ASHE president and director of facilities management at Illinois Valley Community Hospital A braham Lincoln is credited with saying that if he had eight hours to chop down a tree, he would spend six hours of that time sharpening his ax. The principles behind that statement hold true today, and anyone in the facilities management field can tell you that preparation is key to getting big jobs done. At ASHE, we have been busy sharpening our ax by refocusing ASHE committees on our top priorities. Instead of working on individual charges as they have in the past, ASHE committees are gearing up to work together to chop down bigger trees—starting with health facility commissioning, unified codes, and succession planning. The thought behind the shift was that if each of the ASHE committees—including ones focused on advocacy, education, chapters, and membership—could be better integrated with each other, we could channel our energy toward accomplishing more work on major ASHE goals. And instead of each incoming ASHE president supporting a new batch of charges for the committees, the new model focuses on evolutionary innovation. By building on the work done on the past, ASHE leaders can move in the same direction to tackle goals that can take years to accomplish. My intention as ASHE president was to build upon the direction set with strategic planning under past president Troy Martin and continued during the terms of past presidents Terry Martin and Skip Smith. During my term, I committed to following the example of these presidents—to place ASHE’s strategic plan first. At this year’s fourth quarter ASHE board meeting, strategic planning consultant Glenn Tecker, who helped develop the strategic plan, confirmed we are continuing the right path and focus. The goals we are focusing on now are: Health facility commissioning: Commissioning—the process of ensuring that hospitals and other health care buildings operate as planned—can help hospitals save resources, which is especially important given the rising cost of health care. In 2010, ASHE published the only commissioning process specifically for health care facilities, the Health Facility Commissioning Handbook. And earlier this year, ASHE published a first-of-itskind handbook that detailed the process of commissioning. By expanding commissioning resources available to ASHE members, we are working toward saving hospital resources and helping members bring value to their organizations. Unified codes: The various codes and standards that regulate hospitals help keep our facilities safe. But overlapping, outdated, conflicting, and unnecessary codes cost hospitals billions of dollars—money that could 12 INSIDE ASHE | WINTER 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Inside ASHE - Winter 2012

Letter from the President
Understanding Defend-in-Place
Now What?
Making Strides
Beyond Fixing Boxes
Implications of the New OR Humidity Range and HEPA Filtration

Inside ASHE - Winter 2012