Regulatory Issues Draw Heavy Attention in Fall 2016 Healthcare Advisory Group Sessions

Semi-annual meeting brings ATG together with healthcare facility leaders to discuss regulatory changes and other issues facing the industry.

ATG recently invited a group of facility management professionals to participate in its Healthcare Advisory Group meeting to discuss issues and opportunities facing the industry. The team met in mid-October at ATG’s Chicago-area headquarters. The two-day gathering included new and returning members, representing healthcare systems from across the country, including Houston Methodist, LifeBridge Health, Palmetto Health, Rush University Medical Center and Edward-Elmhurst Health.

ATG fosters close connections with hospital clients and leading experts to maintain awareness of concerns facing the healthcare industry. As a semi-annual event, the Healthcare Advisory Group offers the chance to hear from clients about their needs, challenges, best practices and overall thinking. By tapping their experience, ATG gains valuable insights from a hospital’s front line, and that information lets us react to industry trends with improved solutions and service.

Day 1 featured a broad discussion of Life Safety issues, as well as recent Joint Commission changes to Statement of Conditions, Environment of Care and the rollout of the new SAFER matrix (which stands for Survey Analysis For Evaluating Risk). The conversation narrowed to address “hidden” high risk areas, such as water and ventilation. A brainstorm session followed and each participant shared current processes and challenges at their respective facilities. (This type of collaboration among Healthcare Advisory Group members led to the development of the Ventilation Audit solution in early 2016.)

A timely conversation on Emergency Management followed. As this practice area continues to grow and evolve, hospital administrators are tasked with a range of challenges – they need ways to address risk assessment, resource management, emergency preparedness, space utilization, cyber security and a host of other issues – and in an emergency, they need information in real time. Advisory Group members shared insights and asked questions in an effort to better understand specific concerns, and to help establish a role ATG can play in addressing them.

On day 2, the group shared advice on how to utilize data, and expressed urgency on how to divvy responsibility and accountability across departments.

The list of attendees included:

  • Mike Craig
    Director of Engineering
    Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

  • Ericka Gray-Wylie
    Emergency Management Coordinator at LifeBridge Health
    Northwest Hospital Center, Randallstown, MD

  • Matthew Griner
    Facility Regulatory Coordinator
    Palmetto Health, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Odell Hall
    Director of Facilities at LifeBridge Health
    Northwest Hospital Center, Randallstown, MD

  • Henry Maniego
    Director of Facilities Management System
    Houston Methodist West & St. Catherine, Houston, TX

  • Robert Nightingale
    Environmental Health & Safety Manager
    Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL

  • Richard Hunt
    Client Relationship Manager
    Jones Lang LaSalle

  • Ken Mustafa
    Regional Director - Healthcare

  • Joe Mensik
    Regional Director - Healthcare

  • Mike Mostardi, P.E.
    Regional Director - Healthcare

  • Sam Dimopoulos, NCARB
    Senior Consultant

  • Jay Balapa
    Vice President, Enterprise Solutions Division

Join the ATG Healthcare Advisory Group

Do you have ideas to share on processes and technologies to improve facilities management?

If you’d like to join a group dedicated to exchanging new ideas and sharing experiences with colleagues from other healthcare organizations, please contact ATG.

Call 800-804-8442 or email for more information.

Read: Spring 2016 Meeting Read: Fall 2015 Meeting