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Doug erickson






Session 1
Overview of the 2018 FGI Guidelines and a Sneak Peek at the 2022 FGI Guidelines
Douglas S. Erickson, FASHE, CHFM, HFDP, CHC, Chief Executive Officer
Facility Guidelines Institute, St. Louis, MO

Doug provides expertise in healthcare facilities planning, design, and construction with more than 40 years of industry experience, including experience as a healthcare facility manager, consultant, an authority having jurisdiction, and the principal advocate representing the American Hospital Association (AHA)/American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) membership on national codes, standards, and built environment committees. He is a member of ASHE, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

He has represented AHA/ASHE membership on over 15 NFPA Technical Committees in the course of the past 26 years and is the immediate past chair of NFPA 99 (Health Care Facilities Code) and NFPA 110 (Emergency Power Supply Systems.) Doug is also the chair of the Clinical Subcommittee of ASHRAE Standard 170 (Ventilation in Healthcare Facilities). He is a past chair of the NFPA’s Health Care Section and served on the NFPA’s Standards Council. He also served on the Joint Commission’s Committee on Healthcare Safety for over 10 years.

Doug currently serves as the CEO of Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), a not-for-profit organization responsible for producing the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities and whose mission is to produce consensus-based guidelines in healthcare. He is a founding board member of FGI and has had a leadership position with the Guidelines since 1985 and a committee member since 1978. Doug currently chairs the 2018 edition and was the chair of the 2014 and 2010 editions and vice-chair of the 1987, 1992/92, 1996/97, 2001 and 2006 editions.

He is also a senior advisor to Specified Technologies, Inc., the premier firestop authority, providing consultation and strategic leadership on the health care built environment.

Doug earned his Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois/Champagne-Urbana and is the past Deputy Executive Director of ASHE; Director of Planning, Design and Construction for the AHA; and the Director of Engineering for the Joint Commission in Chicago, IL. He is a featured speaker at national and local conferences on health care facility codes, standards, guidelines, and environmental infection control. Doug was also selected for ASHE’s highest membership award in 2013 – The Crystal Eagle.
Email: douglaserickson@mac.com

Skip Grefory




Session 2
2018 FGI Guidelines Revisions to Mobile, Transportable, and Relocatable Medical Units
Skip Gregory, NCARB, President
Health Facility Consulting, LLC, Tallahassee, FL

Skip Gregory is a registered architect and is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from Rice University, is a federal Certified Fire Safety Inspector, and is a certified Fire Safety Evaluation Systems (FSES) consultant.

For over 20 years he served as the Bureau Chief in the Office of Plans and Construction for the state of Florida. During his tenure as Bureau Chief, he functioned as the final Authority Having Jurisdiction for issues related to all licensed health care facilities in Florida, and directed the work of 45 staff members in the review and approval of the design, construction, and fire safety inspections of those facilities.

Presently he works as a health care code consultant and provides code and design training seminars and presentations for health care professionals and associations, architects, and engineers.

He is an outspoken advocate for resident directed care and household designs in nursing homes and patient centered care in hospitals and serves on many national code writing committees and advocacy groups for the advancement of health care facility design including the following: Member Board of Directors, Facility Guidelines Institute, Member Executive Board of The Health Care Section, NFPA, Chair of the Life Safety Code Subcommittee, Health Care Section, NFPA, Member of the 1997, 2001, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 editions of the Healthcare Guidelines Revision Committee (HGRC), Member of NFPA 110/111 Technical Committee, Standard for Emergency and Stand by Power Systems, NFPA, and Member of UL Committee, Standards Technical Panel 1069, Nurse Call Equipment.
Email: gregoryskip@gmail.com

Michael Sheerin


Session 3
Updates to ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities
Michael Sheerin, PE, LEED, AP, CEO
TLC Engineering Solutions, Orlando, FL

Michael Sheerin is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at TLC Engineering Solutions, Inc., a national top 20, full service engineering firm headquartered in Orlando, Florida with nearly 400 staff in 13 offices across the USA. TLC provides MEP/Structural/Technology & Energy/Cx services for owners seeking high performance building design and operation.

In addition to leading the strategic direction of the firm, Michael is actively involved in the codes and standards development process that impact the healthcare industry. He presently serves as Chair of ASHRAE Standard 170, Ventilation for Health Care Facilities and Chair of ASHRAE Standard 189.3, Design, Construction & Operation of Sustainable High-Performance Health Care Facilities.

His project experience includes planning the Washington Adventist Hospital replacement in Silver Springs, Maryland, the new Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, FL and the campus expansions at Piedmont Atlanta and Children’s Hospital Cairo, Egypt.

Jane Rhode
Session 4
Review of the 2018 FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities
Jane Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ASID, ACHA, CHID, LEED AP BD+C, GGA – EB, Principal
JSR Associates, Inc., Catonsville, MD

Jane Rohde believes in a global cultural shift toward person-centered solutions for healthcare settings and sits on various healthcare and sustainability committees supporting research, advocacy, and humanistic approaches to care.
In 2015, she received the first Changemaker Award for Environments for Aging from The Center for Health Design and in 2018, she received the ASID Design for Humanity Award, has been recognized as an Honorary Alumni of Clemson University’s Architecture + Health program, and has been honored as one of the top ten Women in Design demonstrating leadership in healthcare and senior living design.
Jane Rohde’s areas of expertise include person-centered care model development, architecture and design for the aging population in senior living and related healthcare settings, sustainability initiatives supported by performance characteristics, education to peers, regulators, and care providers, guideline development and licensing code, focus groups and primary research, demographic studies, and development expertise.
John CHristensen

Session 5
Virtual Reviews and Inspections
John Christensen,
Project Architect, Flad Architects, Gainesville, FL

John has worked in healthcare architecture and construction for over 20 years, and in 2016 joined Flad's Florida healthcare team. While working on many important projects around the UF Health Shands facilities, John has been closely involved with AHCA reviews and inspections for several years.
Email: jchristensen@flad.com




Greg Meyer

Speaking also in Session 5
Greg Meyer, Architect
Flad Architects, Gainesville, FL

Greg has been working on Florida healthcare projects for the past 15 years, with substantial involvement constructing over 1,000,000 SF of new hospital space for UF Health Shands hospitals, as well as other healthcare project types and clients. Greg has provided planning and leadership for multidisciplinary AHCA reviews and inspections on countless projects from Orlando to Tampa to Gainesville. Greg has special expertise with life safety planning and design, as well as invaluable knowledge and experience with regard to highly complex door hardware solutions.
Email: gmeyer@flad.com




Bill Koffel

Session 6
Review of NFPA 101 and IBC
William E Koffel, President
Koffel Associates, Inc., Columbia, MD

Bill Koffel is President of Koffel Associates is recognized as an expert in the fire protection and life safety aspects of codes and standards. With offices in MD, CT, MA, NC and the Middle East, the firm provides consulting; engineering; code development; seminar; and product testing services to clients worldwide. Formerly with the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, he was conducted licensure, certification, and accreditation surveys of health care facilities. Bill serves on numerous NFPA Technical Committees, is the past Chair of the Life Safety Correlating Committee, and chairs the NFPA Life Safety Technical Committee on Health Care Occupancies.
Email: wkoffel@koffel.com



Judy Smith




Session 7

Trends Driving Changes to the 2018 FGI Guidelines for Women and Children’s Health
Judy Smith, MHA, Principal
Smith Hager Bajo, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ

Judy Smith is an experienced management consultant, facility planner, active lecturer, author and strategist. She works with women and children’s health services exclusively, and serves on numerous professional committees in this field. She co-founded the firm, Smith Hager Bajo in 1995. The firm has helped hospitals shape the future of women and children’s health for almost 25 years.
Judy has devoted her career and significant personal time to improving the environments for women and children’s health. She was instrumental in introducing the single-family room NICU model to some of the first projects in North America to incorporate this concept. She is a founding member of the Recommended Standards for NICU Design’s international consensus committee (2020 edition will be published in the upcoming Journal of Perinatology). She serves on a national fetal therapy think tank, and has lectured throughout the world on women and children’s health service innovations and facilities. She was appointed to serve on the committee to update FGI hospital design guidelines as a women and children’s planning specialist, and chaired the development of the first children’s hospital chapter in 2014. These guidelines are used or referenced as regulation by 43 US states and the Joint Commission (Appointed to committee for past editions and 2022).
See full Bio: Smith Resume 2020.pdf

Larry Rietz




Session 8
NFPA 72 Fire Alarm - 2016 Edition Update
Larry D. Rietz, SET, Director
Jensen Hughes, Inc., Westminster, CO

Larry Rietz is a NICET Level IV Certified Fire Alarm designer with over 25 years of life safety industry experience. After working for almost 14 years with a large Fire Alarm manufacturer and service provider, he has spent the last 8 years as Director of the Denver Office for Jensen Hughes. He has designed and analyzed multiple large fire alarm and emergency communication systems for transportation, entertainment, and higher education campuses and is the Project Manager for the Denver International Airport Public Safety Notification Upgrade and On-Call Life Safety Systems projects. Larry currently serves on the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) Board of Directors as Secretary, on the Technical Committee (Principal) for NFPA 1616 Standard on Mass Evacuation, Sheltering and Re-entry, on the Technical Committee (Alternate) for NFPA 72 Chapter 24 (SIG-ECS), on the Technical Committee (Alternate) for NFPA 101/5000 Education and Day-Care Occupancies (SAF-END), and on the Technical Committee (Alternate) for NPFA 909, Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties and NFPA 914, Code for the Protection of Historic Structures (CUL-AAA). He also serves on three different UL Standards Technical Panel (UL 864, 464, and 2525).


• “3 New technologies to consider for fire alarm upgrades” Building Operating Management, February 2020, Wayne D. Moore & Larry D. Rietz
• “Does your fire alarm system need an upgrade or replacement?” (3-part article) Building Operating Management, December 2019 (also www.facilitiesnet.com), Wayne D. Moore & Larry D. Rietz
• “Purposefully Delayed Fire Alarm Notification”, Electrical Contractor (www.ecmag.com), September 2017
• “How to properly integrate fire alarm systems and HVAC systems”, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, December 2017, Wayne D. Moore & Larry D. Rietz

See the brochure - Jensen Hughes Healthcare-Florida.pdf
Email: lrietz@jensenhughes.com

Paul Rumbos

Session 9
NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code: Updates to the 2018 Edition
Paul Rumbos, President
Major Medical Hospital Services, West Berlin, NJ

Paul offers more than a decade of accomplishment-laden experience in the Medical Gas industry. Paul is an ASSE 6020 Inspector, 6030 Verifier and a 6050 Instructor. (NITC Credentials with a CMGV-Credentialed Medical Gas Verifier, MGPHO-Medical Gas Professional Healthcare Organization). He has worked in the Medical Gas, Construction, and Healthcare Industry for over 33 years.

Mr. Rumbos is the president of Major Medical Hospital Services, Inc. (MMHSI), which is a comprehensive medical gas, environmental services, and product provider. Throughout his career, Paul has had the opportunity to establish a strong network of contacts in small and large manufacturers/vendors and customers/hospitals. The scope of his experience has spanned virtually all aspects of medical manufacturing and distribution, including sourcing, production, marketing sales, and logistics, as well as team building, leadership, and operations administration.

Paul is a board 99 member of the NFPA, with affiliations in ASHE, ASSE 6050 (pending), and all area hospital engineers’ societies.
Email: prumbos@majormedicalinc.com

Greg Pace

Session 10
Psychiatric Hospitals - Behavioral Healthcare FGI 2014-2018 Changes
Greg S. Pace, Sr. Project Manager
RLF Architecture Engineering Interiors, Orlando, FL

Greg Pace has over 37 years of experience managing projects, specialized in compliance, quality control and assurance, and construction contract administration for Health Care Design and Construction. Prior to joining the RLF team, he served for over 10 years as a highly involved and engaged Owner/Representative. Greg has a great understanding of how to move a project forward in an organized and expedited manner. He oversaw the Cumberland Hall Hospital in Hopkinsville, KY, which was designed and built in less than one year. Greg has an extensive history working on AHCA projects that span 37 years. Greg received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Greg is currently the Behavioral Health Co-Chair for the FGI Design Review Committee for 2022 revision cycle.
Email: Greg_Pace@rlfae.com

Rebecca Lewis




Session 11
Review of the 2018 FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Outpatient Facilities
Rebecca J. Lewis, FAIA, FACHA, CID, Principal, Director of Healthcare Design
DSGW Architects, Duluth, MN

A national expert in healthcare architecture, gerontology, codes and standards and guidelines for healthcare architecture, Rebecca’s depth of knowledge in the field of healing communities is motivated by her pursuit to create environments that reflect these ideas. Rebecca understands that programming and planning is a critical part of any project. Her experience in the medical arena has concluded that projects have to be complimented by planning for expanded markets, changes in service silos, exploring trends, provider recruitment, expansion potential, community acceptance, and flexibility. A medical facility is a beacon in the community, it is important to the identity of an area. Careful analysis of demographics, assist in planning for actual needs. Each facility is different, just as every community or region has it’s identifying qualities.

On a national level, Rebecca plays a leadership role speaking throughout the country to professionals about new architectural approaches that improve the experience of patients and staff. As the co-chair of the AIA AAH Codes and Standards Forum, she assisted health-care professionals with changes to design standards. As a member of the Facilities Guidelines Institute Health Guidelines Revision Committee, she has participated in the editing process for the 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 Guidelines and is currently editing the 2022 Guidelines. Rebecca served on the committee that wrote the 2006 Guidelines chapter of regulations for Small Inpatient Facilities, and the new 2014 chapter for Critical Access Hospitals.

Her experience in working with small rural hospitals and healthcare providers has given her a unique perspective and the opportunity to be a needed voice in the national arena.
Rebecca has been a business partner at DSGW since 1999 and oversees the healthcare studio.
Email: RLewis@dsgw.com

Scott Waltz

Session 12
Review of Revisions to 7th edition Florida Fire Prevention Code, and the 7th edition of the Florida Building Code

Scott Waltz, NCARB, Bureau Chief
Office of Plans and Construction, AHCA, Tallahassee, FL

Early in Scott's career, he was drawn to health care architecture by the challenges of this highly technical field and rewards of creating healthcare environments that are safe and promote healing. This pursuit led him to join the Agency for Health Care Administration's Office of Plans and Construction (AHCA) nearly 10 years ago. His first five years with the office were spent as an architectural reviewer with a team that covered the Big Bend area and Hillsborough County. In January 2011, Scott was promoted to the position of Architect Supervisor. In this role he supervises and monitors the work the office's architectural unit consisting of nine architects. He also assists the Bureau Chief in developing and revising the rules and standards for the design and construction of hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory surgery centers, and intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled in the state of Florida.
Email: scott.waltz@ahca.myflorida.com






Also speaking in Session 12
Skip Gregory, NCARB, President
Health Facility Consulting, LLC, Tallahassee, FL

See his bio at the top of page.
Skip Gregory is a registered architect and is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from Rice University, is a federal Certified Fire Safety Inspector, and is a certified Fire Safety Evaluation Systems (FSES) consultant.

Email: gregoryskip@gmail.com



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