General Information
Registration is now Open!

Welcome to the 30th Annual AHCA Seminar and 52nd 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 Hilton Orlando hotel located just off International Drive in Orlando, Florida from September 22-24, 2014.

This is an important event to attend because all the editions of the major codes and standards used in Florida will be changing by state adoption on December 31, 2014. These include the 2012 edition of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code and all other reference National Fire Protection codes used in Florida, and all of the Florida Building Codes. In addition to these adopted code editions, the 2014 edition of the FGI Guidelines has also been published.

For this reason, the conference presentations will be focusing on all of these revisions and reviewing them in detail so you will be prepared to start using them at the beginning of 2015. There will be presentations regarding revisions to the sections of the Florida Building code for hospitals, nursing homes and ambulatory surgical centers and the important changes to the NFPA codes. A new section in the Florida Building code for the design of office surgical facilities will also have a detailed review.

One of our keynote speakers will be Doug Erickson, chair of the Guidelines Revision committee for the 2014 edition. Mr. Erickson will provide an overview of the new document. In addition, there will be breakaway sessions presented by Guidelines committee members reviewing important revisions and additions such as the new Safety Risk Assessment, revisions to the ORs, the new 2013 edition of ASHRAE 170 incorporated into Part 4 of the Guidelines, and other important additions and revisions.

As part of the registration for the conference, you can purchase, at a 25% savings, the 2014 edition of the FGI Guidelines. Although this edition was not completed in time to be referenced in the 2013 edition of the Florida Building Code, it will still be available to you as a possible “alternative method of compliance” in lieu of 2010 edition and as a guide for further interpretations of requirements in the 2010 edition.

Registration for the AHCA seminar also includes handout materials, breakfast and lunch for both Monday and Tuesday, and admittance to the FHEA trade show including a catered reception on Monday evening as part of the Trade Show opening.

For an Overview of the program agenda, click on “Program” using the navigation above. A final detailed program agenda will be available on July 1st, 2014.

Hotel Information
The Hilton Orlando, a premier resort hotel and conference center, is located at 6001 Destination Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference room rate of $165.00 per night. This includes 50% discounted parking (for both overnight and day attendees), no resort fee, complimentary guest room wireless internet, and complimentary fitness center. You can make your reservation by clicking on “Hotel” using the navigation above or by calling the hotel directly at 1-407-313-4300 and asking for the group rate for the AHCA Seminar and FHEA annual meeting and trade show.

Continuing Education Credits
All sessions will be submitted for CEUs to the Florida Board of Architecture, the Florida Board of Engineering, the American Society of Healthcare Engineering, and the American Society of Architecture. A General Certificate of completion will be available for all attendees who attend both Monday and Tuesday. Be sure to submit your professional license number when registering so credit can be given to you for these courses.

Submissions for Presentations:
Presentation submissions for this event will be open until May 1, 2014. For more information on how you can present at this event, click on “Call for Presentations” using the navigation above.

Sponsorships and Advertising opportunities:
There are still sponsorship and advertising opportunities available for you or your company but they are filling fast. For more information how you can become a recognized sponsor, click on, “Sponsorships 2014” using the navigation above.

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



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