PDC Summit 2019: Driving the Future of Healthcare in Phoenix


We’re bringing the heat to Phoenix for PDC 2019, presenting on a number of hot topics, including: water management, childbirth facility design, load calculation changes, and ventilation evidence evolution. Hope to see you at our sessions or stop by our booth #413.

ASHE PDC SUMMIT 2019 – Mazzetti Sessions

Monday, March 18
(9:45am – 10:45am)

ASHE Water Management Monograph – Details of a Water Management Program
Brianne Copes, PE, LEED AP, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Mazzetti; Jonathan Flannery, MHSA, CHFM, FASHE, FACHE, Senior Associate Director of Advocacy, American Society for Healthcare Engineering;

Hospitals are increasingly in need of water risk management planning to reduce and eliminate the possibility of waterborne illness. ASHRAE published standard ASHRAE 188-2015 to establish minimum requirements for building water systems. To assist members in complying with the standard, ASHE has published a monograph that provides detailed guidance on the development and implementation of a water management program. This session offers a review of the newly published ASHE water management monograph.

  • Explain the importance of a water management program
  • Develop a water management program to protect patients, visitors, and staff from waterborne pathogens
  • Meet the water system requirements of CMS Condition of Participation 482.42 Infection Control
  • Meet the water system requirements of the Joint Commission Environment of Care and the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 188

Tuesday, March 19
(3:00 – 4:00pm)

FGI and ACOG: New Ideas in Childbirth Facility Design
Troy Savage, MESc, MDiv, Project Manager, Mazzetti; Walt Vernon, PE, FASHE, Principal, Mazzetti; Virginia Pankey, AIA, EDAC, Leed AP, Senior Medical Planner/Project Manager, HOK; Jennifer Ries, Associate Vice President – Senior Medical Planner, HGA Architects and Engineers; Sheila Ruder, HKS Heather B. Livingston, Managing Editor/Director of Operations, Facility Guidelines Institute

This session builds on the Facility Guidelines Institute workshop conducted during the 2016 PDC Summit and the interactive session conducted during the 2017 PDC Summit. In this session, a “Shark Tank” format will engage the audience in understanding, improving on, and voting for the best ideas from those who gathered in small groups to reimagine childbirth facilities. We will also demonstrate how the FGI uses these tools to improve Guidelines development and to test new ideas for childbirth facilities.

  • Identify the basic principles of design thinking and process mapping
  • Review how FGI is evolving and how it is using design thinking and clinical expertise to improve future Guidelines content
  • Gain exposure to new ideas for childbirth facility design
  • Shape a further research agenda for the FGI by helping to pick a best topic

Wednesday, March 20
(9:45am – 10:45am)

NEW: Load Calculations: Changes and Implications for Health Care
Walt Vernon, PE, FASHE, Principal, Mazzetti; Jason D’Antona, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Thompson Consultants, Inc.

The National Electrical Code® is one of the most fundamental documents in the planning, design, and construction of facilities. Its load calculation procedures have changed very little over the decades. This cycle, however, both ASHE and the NEC committee have made significant strides to update and improve these requirements, with results that will likely reduce the size of electrical system components and reduce system costs. This session will help attendees know whats coming and provide needed input into the process.

  • List the NEC demand factors as they currently apply to health care facilities
  • Explain the analysis and resulting proposals regarding lighting system demand factors
  • Explain the analysis and resulting proposals regarding plug loads and cord-connected equipment
  • Participate in a conversation with panel members about their questions and thereby provide input into the NEC process

Wednesday, March 20
(11:00 – 12:00pm)

The ASHE/FGI/ASHRAE Ventilation Evidence Study
Walt Vernon, PE, FASHE, Principal, Mazzetti; Jonathan Flannery, MHSA, CHFM, FASHE, FACHE, Senior Associate Director of Advocacy, American Society for Healthcare Engineering; Roger Lautz, PE, Project Management, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

For many years, ASHE has been a leader in the call for more scientific rigor in creating (and sunsetting) code requirements. That philosophy has been heard. In the past two years, ASHE has worked with the FGI and ASHRAE to do a disciplined dive into the evidentiary foundation for the requirements in ASHRAE 170. The study is now complete, and moving into publication. This session will provide an overview of the process, the results, and the next steps.

  • Identify the need for evidence in policy making
  • Describe the methodology designed by the FGI and later applied by the FGI-ASHE-ASHRAE team to undergird both documents with an evidentiary foundation
  • Describe the results of the evidence gathering process as applied to ASHRAE 170 requirements
  • Help prioritize research needs for this part of health care buildings


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