April 2018

 Blue Ridge
Central VA  Hampton Roads
Joe Auricchio


Our Annual May Conference is upon us! VSHE members have been busy! We are about to spend some time together at our annual conference in Roanoke in May. This year’s conference is at a larger capacity venue than last year: The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. We will have more booths and networking time. This year’s guests include the talented and entertaining Bob Davies and Dan Boever. Bob Davies is a nationally recognized speaker who comes to us with energy and enthusiasm for “being the best you can be”. Dan Boever will entertain us on the golf course with some trick shots and humor. A great time!!

Next, VSHE has initiated relationships with SkillsUSA, AGC, the Department of Education, and Tradecrews.com. We are working together to raise awareness about our industry labor needs, in hopes of lessening the burden on the issue of ‘where does our future workforce come from”? I was also recently introduced to members from the Dept. of Labor and Industry; and am working with them to promote our industry and workforce needs. Further, through our VSHE contacts, VCU Medical Center has been asked to host a number of Tech Center teachers for a tour of the campus to help them understand how their classes relate to our industry’s current work place environments and practices.

Finally, we are working on an upgrade to the VSHE website; and we plan to reveal the new site in May. Becoming a better organization does not happen because one person does a lot. It happens because a lot of people do a little. If you have any ideas or want to get involved, reach out to a Board member to see how to get involved. We hope that you will use the Virginia Society of Healthcare Engineers as a forum for the exchange of innovative ideas, practical solutions to problems, and as a resource for current developments in the healthcare industry.


~Joe Auricchio BS, CHFM
VSHE President 2017-2018

 Rick Sanders
ASHE Advocacy Chair


SPRING IS HERE!!  With the changing of the seasons, it is a great time to reflect over the past few months and make plans for the spring and summer. 

As I reflect on the past, I am amazed how quickly my time as VSHE Advocacy Chairperson has passed. The year has been a rewarding experience, to work with the professionals that are a part of VSHE and the VSHE Board.  It is great to be a part of an organization that desires to share knowledge and help others to succeed.  It has been an honor to work with you all and strengthen the VSHE Chapter.

As my time on the Board draws near, I am excited to consider what is next for my career and me. I will still be involved with VSHE where needed, and I will be volunteering to serve on the ASHE Faculty. Occasionally, I will be traveling around the country to present some of the ASHE certification courses.

Concerning advocacy, as a professional, I must ask if you are an ASHE member.  So much of our industry is changing.  That is why it is crucial to support ASHE through your membership.  ASHE has representatives on ASHRAE, NFPA, and FGI boards.  They are our voice.  As a member of ASHE, you have access to those that sit on the boards and opportunities to discuss codes and interpretations.  ASHE also provides up-to-date information to its members.  Recently, an article on “Hospitals being cited for compounding pharmacy issues” was distributed. Please consider being an ASHE member.

ASHE is always looking for volunteers to be involved with various committees.  If you have an interest in expanding your experience and skills, and helping others in our trade, go to the ASHE website and look at the opportunities. If you attended the PDC in Nashville this year, please submit a paragraph summary to VSHE on the value that it provided you.  Remember the ASHE Annual Conference is in Seattle, Washington.  This annual conference is a great event and provides many resources for you. 

~ Rick Sanders
VSHE Immediate Past President 2017-2018

Belinda Currin, Conference Chair
Lindsay Davis, Conference Co-Chair
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Lindsay Davis


With our 9th Annual Conference fast approaching, registration is OPEN. As you will see, a lot of thought about how we can support today's hospital manager, A/E professional and regulatory agency compliance officers was put into this year's agenda in the selection of education/presentation sessions most requested in our industry. Along with our new conference location at the Hotel Roanoke, the agenda includes new items such as a site tour (registrant # is limited) of Carilion's recently completed Simulation Lab on Tuesday evening May 8, a larger exhibition space to support more vendors wanting to be a part of the VSHE conference exhibition scene.

Professional Golfer Dan Boever who will be joining our golf tournament on May 10. Dan is a PGA-recognized golfer, and will be at Ballyhack Golf Course to entertain us with pointers, tricks and insights before our shotgun start. He will continue to be available throughout the tournament for on-the-spot coaching.

With Wednesday night traditionally being the big 'networking night' of the VSHE conference, numerous restaurants, pubs and museums are within walking distance of the hotel via skybridge over the historic train tracks and into the heart of downtown Roanoke. We are excited to see VSHE as an ever-evolving and growing resource to the healthcare facility design and management community, as well as gaining interest among the up and coming labor pools of the trade schools, technical colleges and various industry apprenticeship programs.


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The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia
May 7-10, 2018

Please go onto our website to reserve your room for the May Conference!
Click here to reserve your room today!

We look forward to seeing each of you at the 9th VSHE annual conference in Roanoke for an educational and uplifting conference experience!
As chairperson of the 2017 -2018 VSHE Conferences, I would like to thank everyone who participated. Our 2018 Fall Conference will be October 24, 2018.
And THANK YOU to our sponsors!!

~ Belinda Currin
VSHE Conference Chair 2017-2018
~ Lindsay Davis
VSHE Conference Co-Chair 2017-2018

Membership Chair
Jerry Baker2017


When I was a kid growing up, my mom would remind me that ‘April showers bring May Flowers’. Translate that to VSHE language and it means that you should help us spread the word about the May conference and the members discounts associated with registration. Our district leadership teams have been doing a fabulous job of hosting an increased number of activities and events aimed and bringing value to our members and trusted partners. Staying connected with peers and colleagues is essential, especially during these challenging seasons where a lack of skilled workforce, changing regulatory standards, and increased demands on resources equates to more risk and vulnerability than ever. 

Please be sure to renew your membership and promote membership to your peers and colleagues, especially those who are employed by the healthcare and hospital systems. Look forward to seeing our VSHE Family in Roanoke in May!!! 

~ Jerry Baker
VSHE Membership Chair 2017-2018

Marty Misicko
District Chair
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We had a successful district broadcast meeting on April 11 and discussed “Ligature Safety in the Psychiatric Environment” Presented by Leslie Colucci from Perkins+Will.

The Joint Commission has recently issued new guidelines with an emphasis on ligature safety in psychiatric environments.  We will discuss how to make good decisions (even with a limited budget) to create spaces that minimize aggressive acts and reduce the wear and tear on both facilities and staff while improving outcomes.

Based on the idea that “Good Design is a safety feature”, the presentation will focus on the reality of ambulatory, active patients with serious mental illness.  We will discuss what the latest neuroscience tells us about how cognitively impaired individuals respond to their environment.  Based on this information, we will discuss how to make good decisions (even with a limited budget) to create spaces that minimize aggressive acts and reduce the wear and tear on both facilities and staff, while improving outcomes.  I will present specific, actionable information that can be used to make decisions about potential renovations, additions or new psychiatric units.

~Marty Misicko
VSHE Blue Ridge District Chair 2017-2018

 Your Blue Ridge District Committee Chairs:
District Chair
Marty Misicko
Carilion Clinic

District Co-Chair
Justin Biller
Carilion Clinic

Membership Chair
Ashley Solbach

 Program Chair
Scott Blankenship
Carilion Clinic
Scott Schwagel
District Chair

Scott Schwegal
We had a huge gathering at our April 10th Social at the Sine Irish Pub and Restaurant!
Plenty of lively conversation. Always thanks to Lindsay Davis for scheduling these events. Look forward to seeing everyone at the annual conference in Roanoke, VA.

~Scott Schwegal
Central District Chair 2017-2018

Ron Blackburn
Hampton Roads District Chair
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Join Us for the VSHE
Hampton Roads District Baseball Social

Baseball with VSHE
Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at 6:20 PM

We need 8 $250 Sponsors.
Please contact Debra Dowden-Crockett
(571) 228-8234.

TIDES baseball invite 4.21.18

The TIDES are playing the Buffalo Bisons!

Picnic style dinner will be served starting at 6:20 PM
Free open bar 6:20 PM
Game starts at 7 PM
Free to the first 40 VSHE Members who RSVP to Debra!
To obtain your ticket, please visit the VSHE table located near the Ticket Window outside the stadium identified by the stand-up VSHE banner. Please make sure you have been notified by Debra Dowden-Crockett that you were one of the lucky first 40 to RSVP!! Or, contact Debra Dowden-Crockett (571) 228-8234.

RSVP to Debra Dowden-Crockett (debra@cce-inc.com)



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 ~ Ron Blackburn
VSHE Hampton Roads District Chair 2017-2018
 Your Hampton Roads District Committee Chairs:
District Chair
Ron Blackburn,
Sentara Obici Hospital

 Program Chair
Ross Miller
Rolyn Companies
 District Co-Chair
Dave Pone
Riverside Health System

 Membership Chair
Debra Dowden-Crockett
Centennial Contractors Enterprises

TECHNOLOGY UPDATE! Brandon Galbreath
IT Chair

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WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY!!!Our VSHE Technology Subcommittee is working with an outside consultant to design and roll out a new VSHE website soon. This new website with enhancements will provide easier navigation of the entire site. Our new website will have a calendar with all of our upcoming events and critical dates. If there are features you would like to see added, please call me: Brandon Galbreath (757) 323-9064 or send an email: brandon.galbreath@rivhs.com.

 Please stay tuned for future communication as we progress through our website redesign. And be sure to LIKE US on Facebook!!
~Brandon Galbreath
VSHE IT Chair 2017-2018

LOOSE ENDS!  Lynne Manning
Communications Chair


VSHE Call for Nominations from Joe Auricchio

To Active VSHE Members, the VSHE Board of Directors is made up of volunteers who hold positions that are elected and appointed. The VSHE offices of the President–Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and District Chairpersons are elected by active members. The Board-appointed positions are: Conference Chairperson, Membership Chairperson, Communication Chairperson, Technology Chairperson, and Program Chairperson. 

Per the VSHE by-laws, before each annual conference we call on active members to nominate those who they think should be involved with VSHE activities at the Board of Directors level. If you or someone you know would like to be involved at this level of VSHE, please send the information to Joe Auricchio at Joseph.auricchio@vcuhealth.org. If no one steps forward to be involved, the VSHE Board has agreed to hold our current positions for another year.

All submitted nominees for appointed positions will be considered. We will be accepting nominations until April 24, 2018. If no one steps forward, we will hold the Board as it stands. We welcome any and all comments about the 2018-19 Board of Directors and elections.

Joe Auricchio, BS, CHFM
VSHE President


Thank you to our 2017 -2018 Sponsors (September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018):


Air Conditioning Equipment Sales, Inc. ACES
AKF Group Engineers


Atlantic Constructors, Inc.
Barton Malow
C & C Electrical Service, Inc.
Centennial Contractors

Communication Specialists, Inc.
Cornerstone Architects PLC
Creative Maintenance Solutions, LLC
CRGA Design
D and H Construction Services, Inc.
DAVIS Construction

DPR Construction

Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughan

Dunlap & Partners Engineers
e4h Architecture

Emerald Construction Company
EXCEL Energy Consulting
Froehling & Robertson, Inc.
HF Lenz Company
HGA Architects and Engineers
HITT Contracting
Hourigan Construction
Johnson Controls
Kahler Slater
KOP Architects
Leach Wallace Associates
MB Contractors
MDB Flooring Systems
Old Dominion Abatement and Demolition
Old Dominion Firestopping

Pace Collaborative

PF&A Design
Price Simpson Harvey
SRC, Inc
Sussex Development Corporation
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
ThyssenKrupp Elevator
Timmons Group
Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance
Turner Long Construction, Inc.
W M Jordan Company
W. E. Bowman Construction, Inc.
Walter P Moore
Warwick Mechanical Group
Watson Electrical Construction Co. LLC

 AEGIS Fire Safety Consultants  Carilion Clinic  Cii Engineered Systems, Inc.
 Specified Technologies Inc.  Piedmont Service Group
 Noelker & Hull Associates
Morin Distribution  Phoenix Data Systems, Inc.  PDi Communication Systems, Inc
~ Lynne Manning
VSHE Communications Chair 2017-2018

 2017-2018 State Board of Directors Elected

Joe Auricchio




Dylan C. Henderson




Rick Sanders

Past President/ASHE Advocacy



Geoff Pierce




Joe Morris




Lynne Manning

Communications Chair



Scott Schwegal
Central District Chair
804-289-4554 Scott.Schwegal@hcahealthcare.com

Martin Misicko

Blue Ridge District Chair



Ron Blackburn

Hampton Roads District Chair



Jerry Baker

Membership Chair



Belinda Currin

Conference Chair



Lindsay Davis

Conference Co-Chair



Brandon Galbreath

IT Chair





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