SPEAKERS

April 9-10, 2020 | Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN

Pre-Conference Technical Session: Working in Healthcare

John DiGirolomo, MBA, CHFM, CHSP

Senior Vice President, St. Barnabas Hospital 

Abstract

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Speaker Bio

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Outperform The Norm: Raise Your Game

Scott Welle

Founder, Outperform The Norm

Abstract

Today’s competition is brutal and the pressure to perform can be suffocating. What are you doing to stay ahead and keep from burning out?  Join Scott Welle, #1 Best Selling Author and Founder of Outperform The Norm, as he shares the peak performance strategies used by high achievers to take your “game” to the next level.  This dynamic, high-energy presentation will help you raise your personal standard of excellence and give you an effortless action plan to put into place immediately. Please join!

Speaker Bio

Outperformers are not born; they’re made. We ALL have the capacity to “raise our game,” and Scott Welle has spent more than 15 years helping people do this, personally and professionally. Scott’s 9 best selling books, articles, videos, podcasts and online programs inspire hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He has a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology, is an adjunct professor at St. Olaf University and regularly consults with top performing business leaders and athletes, all with one common goal: to OUTPERFORM. He’s completed 29 marathons, 5 Ironman triathlons, a 100-mile ultra marathon, and serves others by showing them how to tap into the mindset of challenging their self-limiting beliefs and aspiring to be their best everyday.  Please visit him at ScottWelle.com.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – The Conversation Continues

Krista Biason 

Vice President, HGA Architects and Engineers

Abstract

This session will continue the conversation regarding equity in the design, construction and facilities management fields and how it impacts ASHE members.  This interactive session will share a report out from the previous Gender and Cultural equity sessions that were presented at the previous PDC and Annual conferences while providing additional information pertaining to equity initiatives and trends.  The discussion will address the need to bring awareness to unconscious biases and opportunities to recognizing and embrace workforce diversity.  Topics will include how activities such as mentoring and educational programs can strengthen our field and enhance succession planning efforts. The goal is to share experiences, concerns, and strategies to create a diverse work force to engage and retain the best and brightest talent and to identify what ASHE can do to help support those goals.

Speaker Bio

I am the co-chair of the National ASHE Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task force.  The presentation I am submitting for Region 6 is the same presentation I will be doing at the National PDC conference and the Annual conference in the fall.  Our task force thought it would be very powerful to bring the same discussion to the local level for input from a wider group of ASHE members.

Emotional Intelligence: Just what is it and How can it help me achieve success as a Healthcare Professional?

Julie Kowalski 

President/ Founder, Spizzerinctum Group

Abstract

Julie Kowalski is a seasoned thought leader, consultant, executive coach, superb facilitator and an energetic, and spirited professional trainer.  Julie has gained valuable insight and acumen into the science of what it takes to start and run successful businesses as well as the art of earning and retaining customer and employee loyalty.   Julie maintains working relationships with a wide variety of business owners and executives from small family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies.  Julie was named one of the “World’s Most Creative Thinkers” by bestselling author Seth Godin and she possesses over 25 years of first hand business experience.

Speaker Bio

Julie Kowalski is a seasoned thought leader, consultant, executive coach, superb facilitator and an energetic, and spirited professional trainer.  Julie has gained valuable insight and acumen into the science of what it takes to start and run successful businesses as well as the art of earning and retaining customer and employee loyalty.   Julie maintains working relationships with a wide variety of business owners and executives from small family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies.  Julie was named one of the “World’s Most Creative Thinkers” by bestselling author Seth Godin and she possesses over 25 years of first hand business experience.

 

 

Proactive Approach: Evaluating Your Facility for Disaster-Preparedness

Joshua Heacock, PE

Associate Principal, Client Executive, IMEG Corp

Kristina Mehmen

Architect, INVISION Architects

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Abstract

When disaster strikes, hospitals and healthcare systems are on the front line of ensuring the safety of the community and the existing vulnerable patient population. Power outages, water shortages, major accidents, and natural disasters can’t be allowed to stop your facility from providing lifesaving care to those who need it. This purpose can only be served if your hospital is prepared for the worst.

Your facility must be resilient. 

This resiliency is all-encompassing and touches everything from critical infrastructure to the ability to react to an infectious outbreak. It requires planning, execution, and definitive courses of action for any situation; any gaps in your ability to respond to catastrophe could leave your hospital scrambling to recover, putting patients and staff at risk and leaving your facility liable.

By taking proactive steps and making concrete plans to further the disaster preparedness of your facility, you’ll be better equipped to answer the call of your community when the worst occurs. This presentation provides an outline for the first step in the resiliency process: assessing your facility’s vulnerability. 

A cross-section of healthcare stakeholders – an owner, risk manager, architect, and MEP engineer – will discuss the six stages of a thorough vulnerability assessment to determine where your facility may be at risk and the steps required for mitigation. These stages are:  

 

  1. Initiation: The possibilities for building vulnerability are broad and far reaching, from natural disasters to manmade events that impact facilities and occupants in different ways. With a seemingly endless source of threats, the critical first step in a vulnerability assessment is to establish a comprehensive assessment team. Members should include experts within the health system, third party experts, and community and regional preparedness partners. The team then splits into smaller core groups to focus on four key threat areas:

    • Operational Risk

    • Physical Security Risk

    • Cyber Security Risk

    • Infrastructure Risk

  2. Threat Analysis: During this stage the core team members analyze their areas defined during the initiation phase and document the defensible threats the facility might encounter.

  3. Assessment: Team members discuss how the identified threats might impact the continuous operation of the facility. A key component of the vulnerability assessment stage is properly defining a common rating scale for impact of loss and vulnerability to the healthcare organization. These ratings will be utilized in later steps of the process to determine risk.

  4. Gap Analysis: During this stage, team members identify resiliency gaps in the existing facility, infrastructure, or operations that may prevent continuous functioning of the hospital.

  5. Cost Evaluation: Possessing full understanding of the facility’s resiliency gaps, team members evaluate the cost of proposed risk mitigation and compare it to the cost and probability of loss of building operation the hospital could incur without mitigation.

  6. Testing and Implementation: In the final stage, the team decides which measures to take and the implementation process begins. At the end of implementation, the healthcare facility documents the emergency response plan and sets up periodic testing to ensure the risk mitigation measures are deployed correctly during an emergency. 

 

 

A question and answer session will follow this presentation to ensure that attendees have a firm understanding of the vulnerability assessment process and the critical role it plays in a healthcare facility’s disaster resiliency.

Speaker Bios

Josh Heacock, PE, is an Associate Principal and the Client Executive of the Healthcare Team in the Quad Cities. As a Senior Mechanical Engineer, Josh has served in many project roles including Project Executive, Project Manager and Mechanical Engineer. Josh is licensed in several states and has extensive experience in healthcare design. When leading a project, Josh focuses on communication, quality and overall design to ensure projects exceed client expectations. Outside of project work Josh continues to be a leader in the healthcare industry by contributing to national, regional and local conferences such as American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) Annual PDC Summit, Iowa Society of Healthcare Engineers (ISHE), and Iowa Association of Energy Efficiency (IAEE) Annual Energy Summit.

Kristina Mehmen is a Principal and Medical Planner at INVISION and has extensive experience in the design and construction of healthcare facilities. Her knowledge of all project phases, from planning through construction, allows her to lead interdisciplinary teams throughout a project. Kristina has worked as a medical planner for large national firms and high-caliber regional teams, working on projects ranging from master planning to major additions and renovations. She believes in understanding and exhausting every concern and idea in order to provide the most value to clients and strives for solutions that make sense, are beautiful and satisfy project goals.

Prefabrication in an I-Occupancy is now a reality in Minnesota.  Learn more about the Abbott Northwestern Neuroscience Institute.

Jennifer Klund, AIA, ACHA, NCARB  

Principal & Vice President, HGA

Brent Ogne

West Regional Manager, Facilities Project Management, Allina Health System

Mike Labukas, CHC, CHFM

Senior Project Manager, Mortenson Construction

William O'Neill 

DIRTT Environmental Solutions 

Amy Frerker, AIA, SEED AP

Project Architect, HGA

Abstract

Allina Health - Abbott Northwestern Hospital made the decision to invest in prefabricated construction moving forward on their campus. Meet the team challenged with designing and delivering the first I-Occupancy prefabricated design in the state of Minnesota. In this panel discussion you will hear why Allina decided to make this investment and learn how the design, construction and product team worked together to bring the concept to reality. The team will discuss the pros and cons of prefabricated construction and the lessons learned during the process. In addition, you will also hear from the Minnesota Department of Health about their perspective on prefabrication and the anticipated increase of its use in healthcare in the future. Finally, you will see the final design solution and Allina will share what it is like to operate a new Neuro ICU unit with prefabricated walls. 

Speaker Bios

Jennifer Klund is a results-driven healthcare leader focused on designing the highest quality healthcare environments to serve a wide range of client needs. Her expertise is evident in the measured outcomes and celebrated success of her designs which cultivate access to health and wellness. This success stems from a deep understanding of exceptional care delivery and a commitment to designing buildings that communities are proud to call their own.

Brent Ogne has worked in the healthcare market for 29 years in the role of cost manager, project manager, owner’s representative and program manager. Over the course of his career he has focused on building great teams that work collaboratively on projects centered around a core acumen regarding budget, schedule and safety. 

Mike Labukas puts great emphasis on delivering an exceptional customer experience. He is an energetic, compassionate leader who always puts the team first. He looks for ways to improve the way we work and tailor the project to match the needs of the customer. Mike has over 12 years in the healthcare construction industry and has helped successfully deliver a wide range of complex healthcare projects across all project types and most healthcare systems in Minnesota.  

Bill O’Neill has developed a deep passion over the last 14 years through his relationship with DIRTT. His knowledge and “can do” attitude allows him to help clients build spaces that are desirable to work in, heal in, learn in, live in and be in. Being a client advocate and a loyal DIRTT representative helps Bill to bring many projects to successful conclusions. His leadership abilities put him in a position to make a difference. A wee bit of humor along the way is his secret to success.

Amy Frerker has a history of leading innovative strategic solutions for clients. She understands both the technical aspects of design and the importance of the patient and staff experience. She brings many years of experience working with construction partners to create an efficient and effective process resulting in a client’s vision coming to life. She understands the complexities and importance of their role from the inside out having gained degrees in both architecture and construction management.

Relationship Based Contracting in Healthcare

Dwight Elthon

Director of Facilities Services, Charter House, Mayo Clinic

Bob Sanderfoot

Senior Project Manager, Facilities Project Services, Mayo Clinic

Abstract

Historical review of construction contracting methodologies between owner, architect/engineer (AE) and construction firms present a full gamut of varying approaches to project relationships. These means can range from an industry mindset pitting the owner, AE and construction firms in an adversarial relationship to a delivery system of respectful, professional cooperation. Relationship based contracting shifts respectful and professional cooperation to a new paradigm. Relationship base contracting philosophy is based on creating, nurturing and sustaining a rapport of trust and confidence between owner, AE and contractor firms. This philosophy provides the utmost level of responsiveness, openness and mutual respect of all project team members.

 

Relationship based contracting is a highly collaborative construction delivery method where the basis of the relationship is built on pre-selection and pre-qualification of knowledgeable and experienced contractors to build a long term history of exemplary service. Contractual terms and conditions are agreed to in advance and risk is separated from profit. Relationship based contracting is well suited for healthcare as it increases the efficiency of delivering projects by minimizing disruption of hospital, clinical, research and administrative operations. It supports cutting-edge innovation, accommodates short notice needs and accounts for evolving practices by avoiding disruptive and destructive design investigation. It allows for simplified construction documents by not needing to have all the details drawn and reduces required documentation by dealing with formalities informally and often verbally. Traditional delivery methods use contracts and competition in an attempt to control contractors and lump sum to control costs. Relationship based contracting leverages contractor expertise and instills a service versus profit mindset.

Speaker Bios

Dwight Elthon is Director of Facilities Services at Charter House, Mayo Clinic Retirement Living. His ownership representation experience consists of working with Mayo Clinic in Rochester as Unit Head of Construction Management, CIMA Labs Pharmaceuticals as Facility Manager, Allina Health in Minneapolis as Senior Construction Operations Manager and North Memorial Health (NMH) in Robbinsdale as Manager, Design & Construction. Dwight has also worked with premier general contractors. Dwight holds an undergraduate degree in Construction Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Masters of Business Administration from University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. He has been Adjunct Professor in the University of Minnesota Construction Management program for 15 years.

Bob Sanderfoot is a Senior Construction Manager in Facilities Project Services at Mayo Clinic. In this role he works collaboratively with various internal Mayo groups in managing enterprise wide construction activities at Mayo Clinic. Bob’s responsibilities include managing the construction process of facilities and miscellaneous construction projects. He has assumed a lead role in bid analysis, contractor bid procedure, contractor bid philosophy, relationship based contracting and contract agreement discussions. Bob has been with Mayo since 1992 and has been involved with projects of various sizes and complexities in virtually all Mayo Clinic buildings in Rochester and some leased properties. Bob has a B.S. degree in Construction Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Mayo Clinic Retro-Commissioning Program Case Study

Robert Yankosky, CEM, FMA

Unit Head, Facilities Operations, Mayo Clinic

Rebecca Ellis, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CCP, CPMP, CxA

President, Questions & Solutions Engineering, Inc.

Abstract

The Mayo Clinic committed to saving 20% of their facility energy consumption between 2010 and 2020. They achieved that goal ahead of schedule through a methodical retro-commissioning program that touched just about every Mayo building in Rochester, including hospital, clinic, laboratory, office, warehouse, and other support spaces.

Mayo will share the story of this program, including initial motivation, planning, management support, personnel resources, funding, issues tracking, and implementation. We will share some of the common technical findings applicable to any healthcare facility in the Upper Midwest. Mayo will share the energy and operational cost reductions to date and their plans for next steps to sustain and expand on those savings in the future.

We will close with tips for getting started on a retro-commissioning program in your facility.

Speaker Bios

Bob Yankosky served in the United States Air Force as an Energy Management and Control System Technical Writer and Master Instructor until his retirement in 1995.  After his military service, he was employed as a Sr. Mechanical Engineering Associate with York International and an Energy Management Control System Team Leader with the North East Independent School District.  He started with Mayo Clinic in 2002 in Facilities Operations working as a Technician, eventually serving as HVAC Supervisor, Mechanical Systems Unit Head and currently as Unit Head for Facilities Management Networked Infrastructure Systems.  He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Occupational Technology, Associate’s in Heating, Air-Conditioning, & Refrigeration, is an AEE (Association of Energy Engineers) Certified Energy Manager, and a BOMI Facilities Management Administrator.

Ms. Ellis is a nationally recognized leader in the building commissioning industry. In addition to being a licensed professional engineer in 16 states, she is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds commissioning certifications from ASHRAE, the Building Commissioning Association, and the AABC Commissioning Group. She has Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and the University of Minnesota, respectively. She has helped define mainstream commissioning services and has written a monthly column about commissioning for Engineered Systems magazine since 1998.

Arc Flash, The NFPA 70E Standard and Your Electrical Maintenance. ARE YOU PREPARED?

Joe Schommer

Business Development Manager, RESA Power

Abstract

The world of electrical hazards, protection and accident prevention can be a confusing place. Hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries can be avoided each year by following the NFPA 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. Be prepared by arming yourself with the knowledge of the types of electrical hazards and the effects of electrical shock. This session will identify the need for electrical safety as well as electrical maintenance and safety programs. Attendees will learn about arc flash hazard risk assessment, personal protective equipment (PPE) and shock and arc flash approach boundaries. Reduce your liability concerns while establishing a culture of safe work practices among employees after attending this session.

Speaker Bio

Joe Schommer has been involved in the electrical maintenance and testing industry for over 24 years. Starting as a field service technician and progressing through the disciplines, Joe has experienced the importance of maintenance and electrical testing and how these practices improve reliability and ultimately safety within your electrical distribution system. Joe brings practical application experience for improving the safety of your facility by adhering to NETA and the NFPA 70E and 70B guidelines, merging electrical safety with electrical maintenance which are both critical in regards to your electrical safety program.

Construction Administration:  Changing and New Roles in MEP Design and Construction

Chris Liedman

Mechanical and Electrical Systems Manager, Kraus Anderson

Rachael Oelke, CHC, LEED AP BD+C 

Project Manager, Kraus Anderson

Keith Larson, PE, CHC 

Vice President, Schadegg Mechanical

Eric Siskow

Facility Director, Lakeview Memorial Hospital and Stillwater Medical Group

John Costello PE, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP 

Principal, Client Executive, IMEG Corp

Abstract

"We never used to have a [insert team member title here] on our project."

It seems that there are more and more team members added to our construction teams "to make sure things go well", "to make sure the Owner gets what they paid for", and other such assurances of success.  Our projects are complex, our building systems are complex, errors are costly to everyone, the schedule is tight, but funding is even tighter.  Do I really need to pay for another "expert" to tell me everything is or isn't OK on my project?

We'll provide our insights on changed, changing and new roles within our project teams and help you understand how to build and leverage the best project team for your needs.

Speaker Bios

Chris Liedman is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and is a registered professional engineer in the state of MN.  He spent the first seven years of his career in in controls design and account management, and then transitioned into commissioning and design on the consulting side.  He most recently spent 6 years as a facility operations manager at Park Nicollet/HealthPartners, and joined the Kraus Anderson team in October of 2019.

Rachael Oelke is a Project Manager at Kraus-Anderson Construction Company.  She has managed numerous healthcare projects during her 16-year career at Kraus-Anderson.  Her experience as a general contractor includes large hospital new construction as well as major renovations and continuing construction services for maintenance contracts.   She is a Certified Healthcare Constructor, per the American Hospital Association. Rachael is a graduate of the Construction Management Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Keith Larson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and has worked as a contractor for 24 years, 18 of these with Schadegg Mechanical.  Keith is involved in the preconstruction phase of projects at Schadegg Mechanical, recently completing projects for the Regions Birth Center, Hudson Hospital Emergency Department, and several projects at the VAMC.

Eric Siskow oversees the Facilities, Security, and Environmental services departments of Lakeview Memorial Hospital and Stillwater Medical Group clinics.  Eric holds and Electrical Engineering degree.  Eric has been involved with TCHEA for 5 years, and currently holds the Past President position.  Eric Started his career in the healthcare field 6 ½ years ago as a Maintenance Engineer at Woodwinds Hospital and has managed the facilities departments at Allina River Falls and HealthPartners Lakeview over the last 4 ½ years.

John Costello serves as client executive for the firm’s Minneapolis office. In addition to overseeing client operations and development for Minnesota, he supervises the mechanical systems engineering of projects and provides clear direction for system design and selection. He has broad experience working on facilities in the education, healthcare, and commercial sectors, and his LEED AP BD+C and WELL AP certifications enable him to help clients achieve environmentally friendly buildings that are efficient to operate and comfortable for occupants.

HVAC System:  Effective Design vs. Operations

Joshua Heacock, PE

Associate Principal, Client Executive, IMEG Corp

John Costello, PE, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP 

Principal, Client Executive, IMEG Corp

Abstract

Energy efficiency continues to be a fundamental metric as it relates to design, construction and operation in healthcare facilities. Often times efficiency improvements require low capital investment and are easy to implement, while others require significant capital investment and a phased approach. This presentation will explore opportunities to benchmark and improve your facility’s energy performance through capital projects and initiatives to turn your healthcare facility into a top performer when compared to your peers.

When considering facility expansion or renovation, balancing project budget with HVAC system selections can be challenging. This presentation will discuss several of the common HVAC system options used in healthcare facilities.

The presentation will close with a case study of a recently completed expansion/renovation project that implemented several energy conscious strategies, using traditional HVAC systems, resulting in a significant increase in Energy Star Rating for the campus.

Speaker Bios

Josh Heacock is an Associate Principal and the Client Executive of the Healthcare Team in the Quad Cities. As a Senior Mechanical Engineer, Josh has served in many project roles including Project Executive, Project Manager and Mechanical Engineer. Josh is licensed in several states and has extensive experience in healthcare design. When leading a project, Josh focuses on communication, quality and overall design to ensure projects exceed client expectations. Outside of project work Josh continues to be a leader in the healthcare industry by contributing to national, regional and local conferences such as American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) Annual PDC Summit, Iowa Society of Healthcare Engineers (ISHE), and Iowa Association of Energy Efficiency (IAEE) Annual Energy Summit.

John Costello serves as client executive for the firm’s Minneapolis office. In addition to overseeing client operations and development for Minnesota, he supervises the mechanical systems engineering of projects and provides clear direction for system design and selection. He has broad experience working on facilities in the education, healthcare, and commercial sectors, and his LEED AP BD+C and WELL AP certifications enable him to help clients achieve environmentally friendly buildings that are efficient to operate and comfortable for occupants.

Hazardous Waste Regulations Changes and Impact on Your Program

Darrell Oman

Technical Director - Senior Environmental Consultant, Braun Intertec Corporation

Marge McFarlane

Principal, Superior Performance Consultants, LLC

Abstract

Environmental compliance regulations affecting hospitals are complex, overlapping and confusing—especially those regulating waste stream management. Federal, state and sometimes local agencies require specific education, documentation, appropriate segregation and security for various waste streams produced.  These waste streams may be chemical, pharmaceutical, universal and/or biohazardous.  As budgets shrink and department duties are consolidated, facility management leaders may find that the management of these regulated waste programs, including compliance with myriad regulations, is difficult at best.  However, although ensuring compliance across all regulated waste streams is complex and time consuming, it is not optional.

 

Federal environmental laws on waste stream management have been on the books since the mid-1970’s. When the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was initially signed into law in 1976, it largely and rightly focused on the generally easily distinguishable chemical wastes generated by industrial facilities.  Where most waste streams generated by the average industrial facility are typically predictable, those from hospitals and healthcare facilities are far more varied in type and amount and the protocol for identifying, managing and disposing of them properly can be especially complex.  Until recently federal and state regulators were somewhat unfamiliar with the huge variety of regulated waste streams, hazardous and otherwise, that are generated in healthcare facilities.  However, with an uptick in compliance inspections at hospitals it has become apparent corrective actions and enforcement actions for non-compliance are becoming more time consuming and costly.

Many facility management leaders may already have environmental compliance responsibility for the campus but sometimes unless or until there’s an inspection by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or its state and local equivalent agencies compliance issues or program management deficiencies may not be known. This is why it is a sound risk management strategy for these leaders to take time now to prepare for and mitigate any issues related to hazardous waste compliance before inspectors appear at the door.

Speaker Bios

Darrell OmanTechnical Director - Senior Environmental Consultant, Braun Intertec Corporation

With over 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Marge McFarlane is an experienced safety consultant who provides education on the environment of care and life safety during facility surveys with supporting document review (Joint Commission, AAAHC, VA, CMS, OSHA, EPA). She is currently working with healthcare systems and clinics nationally to identify and mitigate risks in the physical environment. She has worked with healthcare clients in CMS response and recovery efforts following Immediate Jeopardy and Preliminary Denial of Accreditation findings. As a subject-matter expert and educational leader, she provides on-site education for staff on the environment of care, life safety, and other standards including emergency management, RCRA and hazardous waste and infection prevention for construction.   Marge holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Safety Engineering, a Master of Science in Risk Control and Safety from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, a Master of Science in Environmental and Public Health from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager, a Certified Safety Healthcare Professional, a Certified Joint Commission Professional, a Certified Healthcare Environmental Manager, and a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner. She is a member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineering, the Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association Code Committee, the National Fire Protection Association and the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety. She authored The Compliance Guide to the OSHA GHS Standard, The OSHA Training Manual, 2nd Edition, and The OSHA Handbook for Physicians. She is a frequent presenter for seminars, ASHE regional conferences, and national audio conferences on OSHA topics, infection prevention for construction, Legionella and Water Management plans, hazardous materials/RCRA/pharmaceutical waste streams and emergency management/continuity of operations.

Selecting Healthy Materials for Mayo Clinic

Lindsey Evenson, AIA, LEED, AP BD+C

Senior Associate, Perkins+Will

KenPotts, R.A. 

Project Manager, Mayo Clinic

Abstract

Perkins+Will Minneapolis and Mayo Clinic have been developing continual improvement strategies for healthy materials use at Mayo Clinic healthcare facilities.  This presentation will review 5-10 chemicals of concern that are commonly found in building products, why they should be avoided and why healthy material selection is especially important in healthcare settings.  We will share methods for analyzing healthy materials and resources that are readily available online.  Additionally, we will walk session attendees through the Mayo Clinic Environmental Services Training Facility project, which contains three mock patient rooms and one mock exam room.  We’ll talk through our process for analyzing and selecting materials to install for testing and share test results, lessons learned and potential impacts to Mayo Clinic material standards going forward. The training facility is also used to test various cleaning products and we will give a brief summary of test results to date.

Speaker Bio

Lindsey Evenson is a project architect at Perkins+Will in Minneapolis.  With 15 years of experience, her primary focus is improving patient experiences through thoughtful medical planning and interior finish material and furniture selection.  Her combined experience with interior design and architecture has given her unique opportunities to research healthy materials and has allowed her to provide critical perspectives to clients when it comes to the challenge of healthy material selections in healthcare settings.  She is passionate about sustainability and improving the indoor environmental quality of hospitals and outpatient facilities.

Ken Potts is a Project Manager in the Department of Facilities and Support Services at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  In his current role, he is part of a Project Services team that delvers over 150 capital projects per year in Rochester and the Mayo Clinic Health System.  Ken joined Mayo Clinic in 2015. His prior experience includes consulting architecture, real estate development and construction. He brings expertise in sustainable design and construction to all his roles; and has contributed this knowledge as a Board Member for several organizations including the U.S. Green Building Council and Minnesota Environmental Fund. Ken has a BA in Political Science and a Masters of Architecture. He has been a licensed architect in the State of Minnesota for 25 years.

Thriving as a Healthcare Engineer in the 21st Century 5 Generation Workplace

Julie Kowalski

President/Founder, Spizzerinctum Group

Abstract

For the first time in history, there are five generations (Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z) in the workplace and each generation is demonstrating vast differences in work behavior and expectations. This is a new phenomenon that is adding more frustration and stress to our workdays - with the generations often colliding, more than collaborating.  


In this dynamic session you will learn how to move from stress, frustration, and barely surviving to leveraging the differences in a way that creates collaboration and success. 


You will walk away with a strong understanding of:

  • Today’s 21st century workplace and the 5 generations currently in the workplace

  • The key events which impacted each generation

  • The most common generational complaints, and why they are creating barriers to success

  • The values that cross all generations

  • Why, what we have done in the past, isn’t working in today’s 21st century multi-generational workplace

  • How to break down generational barriers

Speaker Bio

Julie Kowalski is a seasoned thought leader, consultant, executive coach, superb facilitator and an energetic, and spirited professional trainer.  Julie has gained valuable insight and acumen into the science of what it takes to start and run successful businesses as well as the art of earning and retaining customer and employee loyalty.   Julie maintains working relationships with a wide variety of business owners and executives from small family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies.  Julie was named one of the “World’s Most Creative Thinkers” by bestselling author Seth Godin and she possesses over 25 years of first hand business experience.

Joint Commission Update

Gary Hempeck

Life Safety Code Surveyor, The Joint Commission

Speaker Bio

Gary Hempeck is a currently a Life Safety Code Surveyor for The Joint Commission and has more than 35 years of experience in health care. He also works at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis as the Director of Facilities and Life Safety where he is responsible for all of the Life Safety and Environment of Care compliance. Prior to Hennepin County, he worked 22 years at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota as the Director of Plant Operations.  

 

Mr. Hempeck served on several committees with ASHE and on the ASHE Board of Directors for four years, and received his SASHE designation from ASHE in 2013. He also holds a Minnesota high pressure class 2B boilers license.     

 

Mr. Hempeck earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN, and is working on his Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Northwestern.      

 

Mr. Hempeck currently resides in Minneapolis, MN. 

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