January 2020 Print

Recent & Upcoming Events

HESNI Half-Fast Race Puts 2020 on Fast Track!

The hum and whir of electric race cars, their rubber tires flying full speed around the track’s tight turns, was joined by a chorus of metal axe heads chopping into wooden targets, all going on inside the supersize Accelerate Indoor Speedway on January 14 when HESNI members gathered for the Annual Half-Fast Cup race. Some 30 racers signed up to compete for the honor of being crowned “Half-Fastest” in 2020. That title was claimed by Craig McKenzie, who led the pack when the checkered flag dropped. Behind him were Dave Dastur (2nd place) and Kurt Martz (3rd place). Many spectators took a break from watching the race to experience a different kind of fun at the axe-throwing cage. Getting past a little instruction and first throw fears, enthusiasm seemed to conquer all apprehension and talent showed itself here also. More than a few tosses hit dead center in the circular targets. Bulls eye! A special thanks goes out to our sponsors who made this event so exciting, so special, so fun and so possible. They include F.E. Moran Fire Protection, Skender, J.C. Restoration Inc., and CannonDesign.


Annual Conference CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Goes Out

The planning work for HESNI’s next Annual Conference, May 7-8, has already begun with a “Call for Abstracts” issued in December. The Conference will again offer a couple tracks of 1-hour seminars both days. While HESNI will handle the selection and scheduling of presentations, WE ARE ASKING YOU FOR IDEAS. Is there a specialty or topic in mind that would like to convey to a large audience of healthcare facility managers? What information or ideas can you share to result in better management, patient care, energy management, infection prevention, regulatory compliance, or preparing for the future?

If you would like to be included in next year’s distinguished speaker platform, please send a presentation abstract to [email protected]. Get additional details.


Joint Meeting to Bring Panel Discussion on Healthcare Design

A date you should circle now on your calendar is Wednesday, March 18. On this date HESNI is planning to partner with the AIA Chicago to conduct a panel presentation around Health Care Design. The event, to be hosted by Walsh Construction, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., will invite members from both groups to hear both sides — architects and facility professionals — address key design needs, challenges and suggested changes in building design and maintenance perspectives. This event will count as HESNI’s first Quarterly Membership Meeting. Check your email and www.hesni.org for more details, as they become available, and don’t put off signing up for this free program as space will be limited and reserved for a set number of members (80 approx.) for each group.


New Year, New Leadership for HESNI

The new year has brought HESNI new leadership with Kurt Martz, CHFM, CHSP (Amita Adventist Hinsdale Hospital) becoming President of the society in 2020 & 2021. Elected President-Elect was Ryan Ollie, CEM, CMVP, EIT, PE (Advocate Aurora Health). Appointed to fulfill Ryan’s second year as Energy Sustainability Chair on the Board is Gerardo (Jerry) Montano (Advocate Aurora Health). Mark Hanicits (Norwegian American Hospital) is Past President and also Legacy Chair. Moving into the second year of their terms or beginning new successive two-year terms are:

Treasurer: Anne Guglielmo, CFPS, CHSP, LEED AP (Code Consultants, Inc.)

Secretary: Brittany Remec, CHFM (Shirley Ryan Ability Lab)

Board Members:

Gary Larson, MBA, CHFM, CHC (Rosecrance Health Network)
Jessica Sherwood (Leopardo Companies)
Donnley Phillips, CHFM, CHS (Amita St. Joseph Hospital)
Wendy Peterson (Interior Investments)
Vince Shanahan (Kleen Air Service Corp.)
Robert Gunville (University of Chicago Medicine)

We thank all HESNI members who cast their ballots in the online election held November to mid-December.

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