Inside ASHE - Winter 2012 - (Page 5)

Letter from the President T Jeffrey L. Arthurs, CHFM, CHSP, FASHE ASHE President As I reflect back over the year, I am thankful for the accomplishments that we have made as a Society. I am proud to see that as the health care climate is changing, so is ASHE. he transition of seasons is a reminder that my term as ASHE president is coming to an end. To serve the ASHE membership has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my career. I want to recognize and thank the 2012 ASHE Board and staff for their dedication. They have been extraordinarily focused on the business of serving our membership. It has been a privilege to serve with them over this past year. As a member, committee participant, board member, and now president, I have gained a different perspective of the organization through all of these roles. And, more importantly, I have developed a profound appreciation for the work ASHE and our partners achieve as we lead in dynamic, positive improvements to the health care physical environment. As I reflect back over the year, I am thankful for the accomplishments that we have made as a Society. I am proud to see that as the health care climate is changing, so is ASHE. We began the year with our committee meetings. The challenge we faced was to begin the realignment of our committee structures to support ASHE’s strategic imperatives, as well as streamline our work. Our committees allow us to tap into the collective knowledge of our membership and use it to advance our industry. This will be an ongoing process, and you can read more about this process in this issue on page 12. Our advocacy program made significant strides this year in our mission to achieve a unified set of codes. In late October, ASHE presented updated code proposals to the International Code Council for approval. Among the proposals that were accepted include one to exempt hospitals from requirements for duct smoke dampers if the hospital met certain conditions. Another key success was the approval of a proposal to increase the maximum smoke compartment size from 22,500 square feet to 40,000 square feet. While these accomplishments should be celebrated, our work is far from over. You can read more about ASHE’s advocacy work on page 14. Also during the past year, ASHE has expanded its member communications. New vehicles were developed to deliver timely and relevant information to members. The ASHE Blog, for example, provides a forum for members to share information and insights related to health care facility issues. And we rolled out the ASHE Connect booth at this year’s International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC Summit) and the ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition. The booth was a central point for both members and nonmembers to learn about ASHE. It also served as a venue for follow-up conversations with plenary speakers. These “continuing the conversation” interviews were a benefit to onsite attendees, but they were also streamed live online to members who could not attend the conference. Of course, these are only a handful of accomplishments from the past year. But all of our accomplishments, both past and present, are possible because of the dedicated and knowledgeable ASHE members and staff who devote their time and energy towards the advancement of our profession. It has been an honor to serve as the ASHE president. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2013, 5

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