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Discounted registration fee ends September 14, 2015

Welcome to the 31st Annual AHCA Seminar
53rd 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 Shingle Creek hotel located near International Drive in Orlando, Florida from Monday through Wednesday, October 12-14, 2015.

The Main Speaker Sessions will focus on creating therapeutic healing environments that are inspirational to promote healing. Ray Pentecost will keynote this year's conference with remarks on the present and future state of health care as a healing environment. Nationally recognized designers David Kamp, known for his restorative landscapes, and Roselyn Cama, recipient of the ASID Designer of Distinction Award 2012, will discuss creating healing environments both outside and inside the health care facility. Amy Wagenfeld will present her coauthored new book, Therapeutic Gardens, and highlight the healing benefits of gardens and gardening. And Drs. Penny Shaw and Diana Anderson will speak on the importance of designs that allow direct connection to nature for patients, residents and staff. Because she is no longer able to travel, Dr. Shaw will join the conference via a video that is being produced specifically for this conference.

The Breakaway Sessions will concentrate on health care issues related to fire safety, architectural and engineering design, and facility management that are important to designers, contractors, facility managers, and inspectors. New sections of the 5th edition of the Florida Building Code and the 2012 edition of the NFPA Life Safety Code as well as other recently adopted codes and standards will also be addressed.

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 code interpretations and applications.

The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) will on Tuesday be providing an introduction to the college and a course to prepare you to take the examination to become a member of ACHA. The ACHA provides Board Certification for Architects who practice as healthcare specialists. Before earning the ACHA Board Certificate, healthcare architects must document their experience and demonstrate their skills through a computer-based examination.

Tuesday, you will have the opportunity to share Lunch with Dr. Kaye. Before, during and after Tuesday’s lunch, Dr. Kaye will show you how you can successfully eat-out and control weight gain.
For those who register (sign up when you pick up your registeration materials) for this special lunch and learn at no additional cost, you will be shown how to navigate the typical restaurant menu, including Tuesday’s buffet lunch, to successfully satisfy your appetite while controlling your food intake.

The FHEA Educational Sessions held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 are presented by experts in the fields of architecture, engineering, and project management and are especially tailored to cover the important topics of interest to healthcare facility engineers and professionals.

The FHEA Trade Show on Monday and Tuesday features over 250 exhibits with an opening reception on Monday evening and prize awards on Tuesday afternoon.

Registration for the AHCA Seminar 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.

The AHCA program will start Monday morning, October 12, 2015 from 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM and from Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. A program agenda is now available on this website. Click on the "Program" navigation link at the top of this page.
An attendee list will be available for sale. Contact for more information.

Hotel Information
The Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, a premier resort hotel and conference center, is located at 9939 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference room rate of $165.00 per night. This includes:
• Complimentary self-parking for all attendees
• No resort fee
• Complimentary Wireless and Wired High Speed Internet for all guestrooms

You can make your reservation by clicking on “Hotel” using the navigation above or by calling ROSEN SHINGLE CREEK at the toll-free number 1-866-996-6338. In doing so, please ask for the "Group rate for AHCA & FHEA Annual Expo & Convention 2015".

The cut off date for the special conference room rate is September 10, 2015.

Golf Tournament
The FHEA is sponsoring the Golf Tournament this year at a new time and venue! It is scheduled to begin on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 7:00 AM with a shotgun start at 8:30 AM at the beautiful Shingle Creek Golf Club located at 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, Florida 32819. This is the golf course that wraps around the Shingle Creek Hotel.

Important Note for those who registered for the previous golf venue:
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the previous time and venue has been cancelled. If you already registered for that venue, your registration fee is being returned to you from Gerrits Construction Company and you will have to register again for the new venue. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

To register for the new golf venue, click on the "Golf" tab at the top of this page.

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 on how you can become a recognized sponsor, click on, “Sponsorships for 2015” 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 or visit FHEA website at

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.

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