July 21-24: ASHE’s rebranded Health Care Facilities Innovation event tackles the rapidly changing physical environment

Posted by Janet B. Stroud — March 9, 2024 — The American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE), a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA),  has opened registration for the inaugural Health Care Facilities Innovation Conference, which will take place July 21-24, 2024, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

ASHE 2024The Health Care Facilities Innovation Conference is an evolution of the ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition, which has been a premier conference for professionals in the healthcare facilities field for more than six decades. The conference’s new identity, which was announced in August 2023 at the 60th ASHE Annual Conference, reflects ASHE’s commitment to equipping its members to meet the opportunities and challenges presented by the rapidly changing health care field.

ASHE Executive Director Lizzie Ortolano remarked:

This conference marks an exciting new chapter for ASHE and the health care physical environment field. With the Health Care Facilities Innovation Conference, I believe ASHE has reaffirmed this event’s status as a best-in-class conference and taken significant steps toward delivering the richest, most impactful experience possible for its attendees.

The conference is geared toward an array of healthcare physical environmental professionals, including health care facilities managers (FMs), hospital and system executive leadership, construction managers, infection preventionists, safety professionals and technicians at all career stages.

Keynote sessions will be delivered by sociologist, best-selling author, educator and entertainer Dr. Bertice Berry, who will explore methods for finding purpose at work, home and in the community; and Emmy Award-winning journalist and author Ryan Avery, who draws upon his experience as a multiple world record holder to inspire audiences to achieve extraordinary results in their endeavors.

Other noteworthy sessions include:

  • An introduction to using facility condition assessments (FCAs) to communicate facilities priorities to hospital executive leadership;
  • Case studies on hospitals tackling decarbonization, future-proofing capital projects, and introducing automation to infection control risk assessments;
  • A roundup of changes to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and their impact on other aspects of the regulatory environment; and
  • A deep dive on the challenges and risks of lithium-ion batteries in healthcare settings.

ASHE AHA 2024 CHFM logoTailored conference tracks at four knowledge levels align with different career stages, from foundational to strategic, empowering attendees to choose a personalized conference experience while earning continuing education credits toward Certified Health Care Facility Manager and other industry-standard certifications.

The Health Care Facilities Innovation Conference also brings together industry-leading solutions providers to demonstrate the impact of technology in advancing innovation in the health care facilities field. The event’s technical exhibition features dynamic, interactive demonstrations from premier vendors and business partners servicing the areas of fire protection; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; power and electrical equipment; healthcare lighting, furnishings and flooring; building automation; safety and security; and many others.

For more details and to register for the 2024 Health Care Facilities Innovation Conference, visit ASHE.