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This statewide event is co-sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA)
and the Florida Healthcare Engineering Association (FHEA).
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AHCA Program Sunday, Oct. 6 - Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
Seminar starts Sunday afternoon (Program subject to change)
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The following outline of courses and speakers is your guide to two and a half days of educational sessions and networking opportunities that will increase your knowledge and expand your own horizons of health care design and construction.
AHCA Seminar - Sunday, October 6, 2019
7:30AM FHEA Golf Tournament Registration - Falcon's Fire Golf Club, Kissimmee, FL
8:30AM Shotgun Start
8:30AM-1:30PM FHEA Golf Tournament
12:00 Noon-7:00PM
AHCA Seminar Registration - Palms Registration Desk
Main Speaker Session
3:00–3:30PM -
Royal/Sabal Ballrooms
Introduction to AHCA Seminar and Welcoming
Scott Waltz, NCARB, Bureau Chief AHCA, Office of Plans and Construction - Tallahassee, FL
Thomas Gibson
CHFM, CHSP, CHE, CHC, President, FHEA, Memorial Regional Hospital - Hollywood, FL

Architecture/Fire Safety Session
- Royal/Sabal Ballrooms
Doors and Hardware for Healthcare
Greg Meyer, Architect, Flad Architects - Gainesville, FL
Ramon E. Moll, Architect, Flad Architects -Tampa, FL
Many architects are still missing the basic requirements for doors and door hardware in the health care facilities.
This presentation will address code requirements for all types of door openings.

Mechanical/Facility/Electrical Engineering Session
3:30-4:30PM - Canary 1 & 2
Medical Gas Emergency Preparedness/Shut Down Procedures
Paul Rumbos, President, Major Medical Hospital Services - West Berlin, NJ
Bryan Andrayo, Director of Operations, Major Medical Hospital Services - West Berlin, NJ
This presentation will provide information of medical gas system emergency preparedness including shutdown procedures as pertaining to the new codes NFPA 99 and ASSE 6000.

Main Speaker Session
- Royal/Sabal Ballrooms
The Future of Expanding Hospital Services

Kari Vargas, Chief Operating Officer, AdventHealth, Orlando
Mike Wood, CHC, MSM, ARRT, Vice President, Construction, Medxcel Planning, Design & Construction - Indianapolis, IN
This presentation will review what two major health care organizations are planning for the immediate future. It will describe what hospital services are being expanded, why this is happening, and the new and sometimes unusual locations where these services are being offered.

5:30-7:00PM AHCA Reception Meet and Greet for AHCA registrants only - Sago Ballroom
This is a time to mix and mingle with old friends and make new acquaintances.

AHCA Seminar - Monday, October 7, 2019

AHCA Seminar Registration - PALMS REGISTRATION
7:00-8:30AM AHCA Seminar Breakfast - PALMS BALLROOM FOYER
Monday Main Speaker Sessions - Royal/Sabal Ballrooms
Retail Healthcare
Tatiana Guimaraes, Senior Associate, Perkins + Will - Coral Gables, FL
Driven by patient consumerism, healthcare institutions have veered toward an outpatient environment. This presentation provides feedback on the demographics and businesses affiliated with this change; and discusses the various typologies that have emerged from it.

9:30-10:20AM Real Life Vs. Fake Life
Carmen Bowman, Culture Change Coach, Regulator turned Educator – Edu-Catering: Catering Education for Compliance and Culture Change - Denver, Colorado
Too often designs for the elderly try to create spaces and things that look real but in fact are fake. Are there ethical considerations being overlooked to arrive at a justifiable end? This presentation will explore this an other design issues specially focused on aging.

10:20-10:50AM AHCA Seminar Break - PALMS BALLROOM FOYER

10:50-11:45AM With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community as We Grow Older
Beth Baker, Author and Winner of the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize from Vanderbilt University Press - Takoma Park, MD
Many people are taking the process of aging into their own hands and creating intentional communities of their choosing. But how successful and pervasive is this movement? This presentation will review what is working and explore potential limits to this national trend.

AHCA Seminar Luncheon - SAGO BALLROOM

Monday Afternoon Breakaway Sessions

Architectural Breakaway #1
1:00 – 2:00PM - ROYAL BALLROOM
Integrating Research into Practice: Redesigning C-Section Rooms Using a Systems Approach
Eduardo S. Egea, AIA, NCARB, Leo A Daly - Miami, FL
Deborah M. Wingler, PhD, MDS-HHE, EDAC; Clemson University Architecture + Health | The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing - Clemson, SC
This session presents the findings from a multi-year research project on human-centered OR design by The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing at Clemson University.

Mechanical Engineering Breakaway #1
1:00 – 2:00PM - SABAL BALLROOM
Updates to ASHRAE 170
Michael Sheerin, PE, LEED, AP, CEO, TLC Engineering Solutions - Orlando, FL
This presentation will address the newest changes to ASHRAE 170 and how they impact the requirements in the 2014 edition of the FGI Guidelines.

Electrical Engineering Breakaway #1
1:00 – 2:00PM - CANARY 2
Proton Therapy - The Intricacies of a Single Room Solution
Speakers: Ryan Snow, Davis Scribner, Marc Lebrun, Jeremy Zinkofsky, Todd Whitehead
The presentation will present the unique MEP challenges of a Proton Therapy project regarding coordination issues, complicated construction issues that require exact tolerances in tight spaces.

Facility Engineering Breakaway #1
1:00 – 2:00PM - CANARY 3
Design and Construction of Investigational Drug Service Compounding Pharmacy
F. Kurt Last, Executive VP & Principal Clinical Division, WorkingBuildings - Atlanta, GA
Everet S. Simmons, Director, Design and Construction, Moffitt Cancer Center - Tampa, FL
Elaine Strauss, Pharmacy Clinical Consultant, WorkingBuildings - Atlanta, GA
Steve M. Hingtgen / Sandy L. Cohn President / Project Director, RLF Architects - Orlando, FL
This presentation will provide an overview of relevant facilities and engineering updates included in the proposed revisions to USP 797 and USP 800 pharmacy compounding cleanroom standards.

Fire Safety Breakaway #1
1:00 – 2:00PM - CANARY 4
Current Health Care Fire Record and the Changes Over the Past 3 Decades
Michael A Crowley, PE, Vice President, Jensen Hughes - Houston, TX
Recent fire loss data shows changes in the fire challenge in health care. Are we focused on the current risks or looking at the past fire issues in health care? We will explore the data and discuss what it means to todays Codes for health care.

2:00-2:30PM AHCA Seminar Break - PALMS BALLROOM FOYER

Architectural Breakaway #2
2:30 – 4:30PM - ROYAL BALLROOM
Advanced Training: Impact Protection Under the FBC
John Farinelli, CBO, MCP, CFM, FSI 1, LEED AP, Vice President - JC Code & Construction Consultants, Inc. - Wellington, FL
This presentation, approved for the required two hours of advanced credit for architects, will cover the requirements for impact testing under FBC,
test parameters under TAS 201, 202, 203, ASTM E 1886 and E 1996.

Mechanical Engineering Breakaway #2
2:30 – 3:30PM - SABAL BALLROOM
Dedicated Outside Air Systems (DOAS) in Healthcare HVAC: When and How to Implement
Mike Burton PE, Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Nashville, TN
This session will explore when and how DOAS should be implemented in healthcare projects and lessons learned from recent project experience in Florida’s climate.

Electrical Engineering Breakaway #2
2:30- 3:30PM - CANARY 2
Purposefully Delayed Fire Alarm Notification
Larry D. Rietz, Director, Jensen Hughes, Inc. - Westminster, CO
Often an owner has a strong desire not to activate fire alarm notification in their facility so as to not needlessly disturb facility operations and occupants, especially in health care occupancies. This presentation details the currently approved Code options for delaying the activation of fire alarm notification.

Facility Engineering Breakaway #2
2:30 – 3:30PM - CANARY 3
MEP Health Care Infrastructure Resiliency Design- Post Storm Sandy
Steven Friedman, PE, Director of Facilities Engineering, Design + Construction, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - New York, NY
John Koch
, PE, Associate Partner, Jaros, Baum & Bolles Consulting Engineers, LLP - New York, NY
Long Island and New York City were hit with the most devastating natural storm in its history. This session focuses on major infrastructure components including heating systems, power, chilled water, and IT in the development of a resilient infrastructure network.

Fire Safety Breakaway #2
2:30 – 3:30PM - CANARY 4
Protecting Through Wall Penetrations
Bill McHugh, Executive Director, Firestop Contractors International Association - Hillside, IL
This presentation is about “Total Fire Protection” and is focused on through wall penetrations that combine the 4 important elements for a quality process: Design, Installation, Inspection, and Maintenance.

Architectural Breakaway #3
3:30 – 4:30PM - ROYAL BALLROOM
(Continuation of Advanced Course)

Mechanical Engineering Breakaway #3
3:30 – 4:30PM - SABAL BALLROOM
Case Study: Naples Community Hospital - Laboratory Renovation using ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilation) and ACB's (Active Chilled Beams)
Nelson Long, Project Manager, Affiliated Engineers, Inc. - Tampa, FL
Lee Wehr, Director of Engineering, NCH Health System - Naples, FL
Gary Foll, Mechanical Engineer, Affiliated Engineers, Inc. - Tampa, FL
This is a case study describing the design to renovate the existing hospital's laboratory during a multi-phase project that had to keep the laboratory operational throughout construction. The project included replacement of the existing 100% outside air AHU and ductwork that were original and over 40+ years old.

Electrical Engineering Breakaway #3
3:30 – 4:30PM - CANARY 2
Diesel Generator Issues
Speaker: TBA, Ring Power TBA

Facility Engineering Breakaway #3
3:30 – 4:30 - CANARY 3
Fire Pump Testing-Requirements, Analysis, and Interpretation
Bruce Clarke, SFPS, UL-CRP, Property Head of Global Property Engineering Training - Charlotte, NC
This case study will detail how NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection, and NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, were used in the completion of a fire pump test analysis.

Fire Safety Breakaway #3
3:30 – 4:30PM - CANARY 4
NFPA 241 Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations
What Does this code mean for you?

James Peterkin, PE, LEED AP, SASHE, Principal, Life Safety Consultant, TLC Engineering Solutions - Philadelphia, PA
This presentation will focus on the requirements for Safeguards during Construction, Alteration and Demolition Operations (NFPA 241).

4:30-7:00PM Opening of FHEA Trade Show - CYPRESS 2/3 BALLROOMS

AHCA Seminar -Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Tuesday Main Speaker Sessions - Royal/Sabal Ballrooms
8:00- 9:00AM
HCA Healthcare's Concept of Corporate Emergency Readiness, Response, And Recovery
Michael Wargo - Vice President of Enterprise Preparedness & Emergency Operations, HCA Healthcare -Nashville, Tenn.
Jake Marshall MPS, CEM, FF/NRP, Senior Director, Enterprise Preparedness & Emergency Operation, HCA Healthcare - Nashville, Tenn.
Through experience responding to disasters across the geographic footprint of HCA, this model has been developed, and extensively proven, to successfully target emergency resources in complement of coalition and governmental efforts.

9:00 – 10:00AM
History of Health Care Design and Construction (Working Title)
John Currie, FAIA, Principal - Baskerville, Washington DC
Summary: TBA

10:00 – 10:30AM AHCA Seminar Break - PALMS BALLROOM FOYER

10:30 – 11:30AM Architecture That's Built to Heal
Michael Murphy, Founding Principal and Executive Director of MASS Design Group- Boston, Mass.
This presentation will explore how not only the design of buildings, but the process of building, can promote healing and dignity.

Tuesday Afternoon Special Sessions
1:30 – 12:30PM- CANARY 1
AHCA Overview

Antonio J. Amadeo, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, EDAC, AAHID
This is a very complete review of the AHCA plans and construction survey process in Florida.

11:30 – 12:30PM - CANARY 3
Health for an Aging Population
Freddy Kaye, Clinical Nutritionist/Licensed Dietician -Tallahassee, FL
No one wants to grow old, but we do. This presentation will show how you can age with ease by eating well and exercising right to enjoy good health into advanced old age.

12:00 Noon-1:00PM AHCA Seminar Buffet Luncheon - SAGO BALLROOM

11:30 – 2:00PM FHEA Trade Show and Door Prizes - CYPRESS2/3 BALLROOMS

Tuesday Afternoon Breakaway Sessions

Architecture Breakaway #1
2:00 – 3:00PM - ROYAL BALLROOM
Using NFPA 101 And The IBC Together
William E Koffel, President, Koffel Associates, Inc. - Columbia, MD
While significant changes to the IBC have resulted in greater consistency between the IBC and NFPA 101, some significant and some subtle differences remain. This presentation will explore cost effective ways to design using both codes but they need to be considered by the design team early in the process.

Mechanical Engineering Breakaway #1
2:00 – 3:00PM - SABAL BALLROOM
Commissioning Code Requirements Now and Future + Why We Fight
Mark Smith, Business Development Partner, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. - Tampa, FL
Dave Kistel, VP Facility Management/Support Services, Lee Health - Cape Coral, FL
This presentation is designed to teach construction professionals the Commissioning requirements of the Florida Building Codes, including those requirements for Health Care faculties complying with the FGI.

Electrical Engineering Breakaway #1
2:00 – 3:00PM - CANARY 1
Understanding Fire Alarm Survivability and Pathway Requirements
Tom Hammerberg, Jasper, GA
This presentation provides information for a better understanding of fire alarm survivability requirements of NFPA 72. In addition, the description and usage of each new class of circuits and pathways will be reviewed for use in fire alarm design.

Facility Engineering Breakaway #1
2:00 – 3:00PM
Taming the Monster of Temperature Humidity and Pressure in Operating Rooms
Walter Lamar, PhD, Director EOC Compliance, University of Miami - Miami, FL
Jose L Ramirez, Sr. Executive Director Healthcare Facilities, University of Miami - Miami, FL
This presentation will provide a best practice methodology to manage the Temperature, Humidity and Pressure (TPH) deviations in the surgical rooms.

Fire Safety Breakaway #1
2:00 – 3:00PM
Inspecting Sprinkler Systems (Working Title)
Bob Caputo
Summary: TBA

Architecture Breakaway #2
3:00 – 4:00PM - ROYAL BALLROOM
Humanizing Technologies in our Healthcare Designs
Ted Hood, Senior Project Manager, TLC Engineering Solutions, Inc. - Franklin, TN
Taw North
, RCDD, LEED AP; Technology Director, Principal, TLC Engineering Solutions, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Devices, machines, and integrated systems are infiltrating healthcare facilities. These technologies play a key role in improving patient safety and saving lives. But are frequently implemented into designs without embracing human nature and our basic needs.

Mechanical Engineering Breakaway #2
3:00 – 4:00PM - SABAL BALLROOM
Airflow Patterns and Flow Path of Contaminants in Hospital Operating Rooms
Kishor Khankari, Ph.D. - Ann Arbor, MI
Summary: TBA

Electrical Engineering Breakaway #2
3:00 – 4:00PM - CANARY
UL Certification for Generators
Speaker: UL Representative:
Summary: TBA

Facility Engineering Breakaway #2
3:00 – 4:00PM - CANARY
Fire Alarm Systems – Replace or Upgrade?
Wayne D. Moore, P.E. Vice President, Jensen Hughes - Warwick, RI
Many owners of fire alarm and detection systems often find themselves in a quandary when reviewing the condition of installed systems. This presentation will review the process of performing a system wide audit and provide direction for decision making to determine whether to replace or conduct an upgrade effort.

Fire Safety Breakaway #2
3:00 – 4:00PM - CANARY
Data Collection for Inspection, Testing and Maintenance
William Koffel, President, Koffel Associates, Inc - Columbia, MD Michael Jenkins, Manager National Accounts Healthcare, Johnson Controls - Colorado Springs, CO Tyler Brown, Business Development Manager, Xaap - New Haven, CT
Many NFPA standards are questioning inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM) requirements that are based on historical practices and not necessarily on collected data. This panel discussion will examine what is the best way to collect relevant data for inspection, testing and maintenance requirements and frequencies.

End of AHCA Seminar

FHEA Program October 6 - 9th

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