Joe Theismann, Analyst for NFL Network and Former, Washington Redskins Star Quarterback
Challenge of Change
Drawing from personal experience, Joe Theismann knows how to deal with the “Challenge of Change.” On November 18, 1985, he was on top of his game--a two-time Pro Bowl player and the most productive quarterback in the history of the Washington Redskins. Later that evening, he found himself in a hospital bed with a compound fracture to his leg, shattering both his career and his boyhood dream. At age 35, he was faced with starting over his personal life and professional career. In this stirring presentation, Joe helps audiences tackle change by keeping a positive mental outlook and committing to a vision that guides you to the top.
ALEX HARWELL, DEWBERRY & JULIE RISK, IHR Architecture
Business healthcare, the ubiquitous medical office building in its many forms as imaging center, specialty care facility, and so many others. Whether stand-alone or attached to a hospital, business based healthcare can be a challenge to navigate from the construction and design perspective, a difficult prospect to manage from the facility engineers perspective, and a very popular platform for leadership and patients. We hope to help shed some light on why business based care is so important, the types of classifications and their application, and the relationships between clinical and finance aspects to the buildings themselves.
Alex Harwell Bio:
Born in Durham and raised in Raleigh, I started my career by enlisting into the US Navy at age 18, I spent a decade in the Navy as a Nuclear Machinist’s Mate learning the ropes of engineering systems operation, maintenance and troubleshooting. While serving I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in Engineering Technology as a means to build my professional career following the Navy. I started my engineering career with the State of NC, working for DHSR as an engineering plan reviewer and inspector for five years. It was there that I learned about the healthcare industry, healthcare engineering regulatory requirements, and the landscape of North Carolina hospitals, architects, engineers, and contractors. In 2012 I joined Dewberry as a Construction Administrator and have spent the past eight years focused on the consulting side of healthcare engineering. I have recently earned my Fire Protection PE, am an ASHE Certified Healthcare Facility Manager, and Certified Healthcare Constructor and serve Dewberry as the healthcare market segment leader for the Southeast.
Julie Risk Bio:
Originally from Chapel Hill, I started the pursuit of my architecture degree at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY and then finished up at NC State University. I worked at an architecture firm throughout my college years gathering lots of experience before I started full time at Isley Hawkins where I gathered extensive experience in the healthcare architecture field. My ability to logic served me well as I delved into the many overlapping codes which apply to healthcare architecture, and I became the resident code expert in my office as well as a trusted code advisor for our clients. I worked hard to complete my AREs quickly and became a licensed architect in 2011. I finished just in time to welcome my son Otto into the world. There is nothing like the imminent arrival of a child to motivate you, so in 2013 I completed my LEED AP BD+C just prior to having my second child Gwen. To round out my credentials I completed my NCIDQ certification in 2014 for interior design. I enjoy staying at the forefront of technology and lead my firm in the implementation of BIM as our primary design tool. Our firm name changed to IHR Architecture in 2020 to recognize me as a vital part of the company’s services and reputation.
LORRIE TODD, Regional Manager, UVResources
Mitigating Disease Transmission with Germicidal UV-C: This presentation will briefly discuss the basics of Germicidal UV-C technology and its ability to inactivate infectious diseases, such as MRSA, TB (drug-resistant), Ebola, SARS, MERS and even the flu. As the SARS-CoV-2 virus evolved into a worldwide pandemic, UV-C has become a go-to technology in the battle against the spread of COVID-19.
This presentation will provide engineer-level guidance for the use of UV-C energy to continuously reduce and even prevent the spread of dangerous microbes in HVAC systems and the circulation of infectious pathogens in airstreams. It will also examine the operating conditions that increase or decrease the required minimum UV-C dose for pathogen inactivation, including UV-C fixture placement, air temperature, air velocity and AHU material reflectivity. The presentation will also review ASHRAE’s position documents relative to the transmission of airborne pathogens, as well as maintaining HVAC maintenance and efficiency.
BIO: Lorrie Todd has served the HVAC community for more than 33 years, helping to educate and train
facility managers, specifying engineers and industry professionals with an emphasis on UV-C air and
surface treatment and cleaning technologies. As the Southern Regional Sales Manager for
UV Resources, Ms. Todd serves ASHRAE’s North Carolina Triangle Chapter as Research Promotions
Co-Chair, and as a member of ASHE, and the North Carolina Hospital Engineers Association
(NCHEA). She has worked in a variety of managerial and technical consultancy roles throughout the
industry including Cambridge Filter Corporation, Farr Company, Flanders Filters and Steril-Aire, and
American Ultraviolet Company.
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CECIL WATSON, Manager Plant Operations, Caldwell UNC Healthcare
How can you build a 30 bed field hospital in less than 7 days and meet all required regulatory requirements? Not only in less than 7 days but over a major holiday weekend as well. Was it easy? No but I’ll gladly show you how it can be done because it was.
While working 30 years with facility services in a health care setting Cecil has seen many changes in his rise to management in the UNC Health Care system. He began his career as a Plumber at UNC Rex Healthcare in 1991 and then he became a facilities coordinator in 2011. Last year he moved within the UNC system and accepted his current role as the Facility Operations Manager at Caldwell UNC Health Care. Cecil has seen many changes, upgrades and projects happen when he was at UNC Rex. Cecil holds his North Carolina state plumbing license and a sprinkler maintenance certification also issued by the state of North Carolina. Cecil is a member of NFPA, ASHE and also serves as this year’s current Secretary for NCHEA. Cecil is married to his wife Donna and has 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren.
MATHIS CARLSON Technical Sales Engineer at MediTrac
With the introduction of the 2018 edition of the NFPA 99 Healthcare Facilities Code, there are new items found in medical gas systems that have never before been included. Mathis Carlson will present an overview of the code changes and new items found in the 2018 edition of the NFPA 99.
Mathis Carlson is a Technical Sales Engineer for MediTrac, the leading manufacture of corrugated medical gas tubing. MediTrac is a revolutionary, first of its kind product, approved by NFPA 99 for medical gas piping systems. As a Technical Sales Engineer, Mathis can assist in medical gas system design and sizing, technical support, training and general medical gas information. Prior to joining MediTrac Mathis spent 12 years working as a medical gas verifier and instructor after working as a plumber specializing in medical gasses for 10 years.
Mathis holds multiple ASSE medical gas certifications including the 6005 specialist, 6010 installer, 6020 inspector, 6030 verifier, 6035 bulk verifier, 6040 maintenance and 6050 instructor. He also maintains his ASME IX brazing certification and master plumbers license. In addition, he holds the MGPHO CMGV certified medical gas verifiers credential.
Bill Ledger, AIA, ACHA, NCARB, EDAC, LEED AP | Design Collaborative
Today’s healthcare environments need the ability to flex their patient care spaces to meet fluctuating demand. Limitations with available capital resources, physical space, and even regulatory controls can hinder efforts to be prepared for a higher than normal patient census; however, surge capacity can be achieved within some current floorplans with limited interior reconstruction. Based on an article bylined by Bill Ledger on this same subject, which was published in Healthcare Design magazine in November 2020, this presentation will feature two design solutions where adaptable patient care spaces were implemented.
BIO: Bill is a Board-certified healthcare architect with over 35 years of experience, and he is the director of healthcare design for Design Collaborative -- an award-winning, 2020 Top 100 A/E/ID firm based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with an office in North Carolina. He has been involved in hundreds of healthcare projects for multiple hospitals and health systems, including Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center, Van Wert Health, and Parkview Health. He is the longest active certified healthcare architect in Indiana. Considered a thought leader in his field, he regularly participates in national healthcare design forums and conferences and is a sought-after subject matter expert.
Dave Sheedy, P.E. CDT Principal, Kahler Slater
Bryan Health Merrick Medical Center is constructing a new replacement Critical Access Hospital (CAH) amid many rural health hospital closures throughout the country. Designed in the middle of a pandemic, the team explored the question, “as an essential business, what is essential to operate the business?”
This session will discuss the project team alignment around a future vision, a new perspective on CAH care delivery, and how a flexible facility design can support an organization’s goals around improving population health in its community.
Measurable learning outcomes:
1. Explore how the design team focused on ensuring long-term success of the organization by embedding resiliency into the design.
2. Investigate the question “what is essential to operate the business?” and how it ultimately drove a
3. Explain a new perspective on critical access hospital care delivery.
4. Discuss future flexibility and how it aims to improve population health in Merrick Medical Center’s
Dave’s distinct background from the contracting, engineering, and rural healthcare sectors make him a multi-faceted healthcare leader who expertly knows how to collaborate with all key parties to bring success to his clients. Certified in Lean from the University of Michigan, and one of the founders of a Lean Construction Institute (LCI) CoP
community, Dave strikes the perfect balance with rural clients seeking to implement Lean operational change and achieve powerful results from their capital investments.
SCOTT MARTIN, Director, Engineering & Operations, Duke Health
CHASE DAVIS PE CEM, Project Manager, RMF Engineering
Design of a Critical Emergency Generator Plant - The presentation will discuss the evolution of emergency power in healthcare and the planning required to successfully design, construct, and operate an emergency generator plant on a modern healthcare campus.
Learning Outcomes: Examine a case study to better understand the considerations that need to be made when planning and designing an emergency generator plant on a healthcare campus:
1. Key questions to ask during planning.
2. Identifying code-required vs good practice redundancy.
3. Understanding airflow demands and challenges.
4. Methods and impacts of noise attenuation.
RJ JOHANSEN , Gaines Oil
This presentation will review the importance of fuel quality control. Fuel in storage is very dynamic and the environment of the tank and equipment can be compromised if not managed properly. The importance of quality fuel is necessary to have emergency power when called upon. We will review the proper steps every facility needs to take to guarantee fuel is ready when needed most.
RJ Johansen is from Clayton, NC. He works with Gaines Oil Company and has been supporting the On-Site Power Industry with fuel quality expertise. He has been working in the oil and gas industry for 11 years. He has worked in areas such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and across the US. He has managed projects for industrial pipelines in power plants, oil and gas refineries, and corrosion prevention. By seeing the affects first hand with fuel changes, RJ has continued a career in fuel analysis services, diesel fuel additives, fuel maintenance programs, emergency fueling, and quality fuel delivery.
RJ has assisted many emergency power service departments and bulk fuel facilities with managing ultra-low sulfur diesel and biodiesel. He is well versed in fuel contamination, fuel additive chemistry, corrosion control for fuel in storage as well as fuel distribution systems. RJ has also provided fuel quality solutions for utilities, diesel transportation, military, and the heating oil industry.
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