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Welcome to the 33rd Annual AHCA Seminar
55th Annual FHEA Meeting and Trade Show.

This statewide event is co-sponsored by
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)
and the Florida Healthcare Engineering Association (FHEA).

This event is being held at the Disney's Coronado Springs Resort,
1000 Lake Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
from Sunday through Wednesday, October 15-18, 2017.

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Conference Overview:
From Vitruvius to Le Corbusier, designers and builders have been trying to “humanize” the design of spaces based on a modular unit of human scale. But does “humanizing” the built environment mean more than just designing around the human figure and geometric axioms? Are our present conceptions of the interaction of space and its perception holding us back from reimagining new forms and processes?

The health care environment must go beyond its architecture and engineering precepts to meld into its surrounding social fabric before an inanimate space can be transformed into an actualizing event that is safe, accommodating, supportive, and healing for all persons who experience it. To open our minds to new ways of thinking about old ideas, we have assembled some nationally recognized speakers who will challenge you to think anew your preconceived notions of what a viable and vibrant health care environment can be.

Dr. Bill Thomas

On Sunday afternoon, Dr. Bill Thomas, creator of the Greenhouse, will speak about the dead-end thinking of ageism that pervades our culture and explode some of society’s most sacredly held myths regarding the aging process. Then on Sunday evening, you will be treated to a magical theater event, “ChangingAging Tour 2017”. This staged event will be filled with songs, story telling, music, and facts that will open your mind to new ways of thinking about growing old in America and what it will mean to the future of long term care design in this country.

Other main speaker sessions on Monday and Tuesday will focus on the importance of how technology can help to place the patient into the center of patient centered care services, how organizations can improve staff satisfaction and change their delivery of care models, and how buildings can be interwoven into part of the solution instead of becoming merely code complying props for executing old ideas that no longer work.

The Breakaway Sessions will concentrate on health care design and construction issues related to fire safety, architectural and engineering design, and facility management that are important to designers, contractors, facility managers, and inspectors. The new revisions to the 6th edition of the Florida Building Code and the 2014 editions of the FGI Guidelines will be the new code standards at the end of this year. There will be plenty of sessions to get you ready for all the changes. The two FGI Guideline books, (one for hospital and one for residential design) will be available for purchase at a discounted price.

The AHCA Office of Plans and Construction review staff and the Fire Protection Specialists from AHCA's field offices will be in attendance to answer questions regarding AHCA's interpretations and applications of these and other codes and standards enforced by CMS and the state of Florida.

Programs and Agendas:
This year we are kicking off the seminar with “Casual Sunday” so come in shorts and sandals for an afternoon of educational sessions and entertainment.
Registration will start at noon with two hours of architectural sessions and a special plenary presentation by Dr. Bill Thomas. Then it’s off to the hotel’s Cabana Beach for music, drinks, and eats. At 7:00 PM we will gather back in the convention center to enjoy and experience the theater event, ChangingAging Tour 2017. On Monday morning the AHCA plenary and educational sessions will continue until Tuesday at 4:00 PM.

The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) will provide a special training course from the College on Tuesday. The ACHA provides Board Certification for Architects who practice as health care specialists.

CEUs will be awarded to help you maintain your professional licenses. This year the required special 2-hour course approved by the Florida Building Code will be offered for architects.

A detailed program and agenda will soon be available for all of the plenary and educational sessions.

FHEA Annual Meeting and Educational Session:
The FHEA Annual Meeting / Educational Session will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. This program includes experts in the fields of architecture, engineering, and project management and are especially tailored to cover the important topics of interest to healthcare facility managers, engineers and professionals.

Trade Show:
The FHEA Trade Show on Monday and Tuesday will feature over 290 exhibits with an opening reception on Monday evening and prize awards on Tuesday afternoon.
Trade Show Hours will be Monday: 4:30 - 7:30PM and Tuesday: 7:00AM - 2:00PM

For information on exhibiting and to obtain a booth in the FHEA Trade Show, contact Alethea Vitray, Executive Director of FHEA at:
alethea@fhea.org or visit the FHEA website at: www.fhea.org.

Hotel Information:
The Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, a premier resort hotel and conference center, is located at 1000 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Click on the "Hotel" link above.
As part of the Disney experience, there are discounted tickets to the Disney Theme Parks starting with 2PM or 4PM tickets. To purchase these discounted tickets, click on this link. But you'd better hurry. These discounted tickets must be purchased before March 26, 2017. After that date the Disney theme park tickets will increase in cost. After March 26th there will be offered a 3PM ticket special during the conference at a slightly higher rate.


You can register for all events online by clicking "Registration" using the navigation above.

Dedicated Shuttle Service: From the sleeping rooms to the meeting rooms. Click on this link to see the schedule and map of this complimentary service.

Sponsorships and Advertising opportunities:
To have your name and logo in front of this audience, sponsorships and advertising opportunities are available to you and your company. For more information on how you can become a recognized sponsor, click on, “Sponsorship” using the navigation above.

Golf Tournament:
FHEA is sponsoring the Golf Tournament this year! The venue will be at Disney's Palm Golf Course.
Click "Golf" using the navigation above for details on this event and to download the registration form.

We hope you have a great time this year visiting with peers, sharing information, and enhancing your ability to continue providing the very best patient centered health care environments in the world. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando at the AHCA Seminar and FHEA Annual Meeting and Trade Show on October 15-18, 2017 for another exciting and informative experience!

Conference microsite: www.mydisneygroup.com/fhea2017
Use this link to find discounted event tickets, Dining, Disney Springs, Disney Magical Express, Online Check-in and Magic Bands.

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Website Updated September 6, 2017