ASHE and Powered for Patients Launch Healthcare Leadership Initiative to Improve Resiliency at Our Nation’s Hospitals
Washington, D.C. – Mar 17 2016- The American Society for Healthcare Engineering, a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association, and Powered for Patients have announced the launch of the Healthcare Leadership Initiative on Maintenance of Power.
ASHE has long been focused on this critical issue, and has been working with Powered for Patients since that organization was created in 2014 to address the lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy.
The Health Care Leadership Initiative on Maintenance of Power will create a dialogue around the role of hospitals and other health care facilities in maintaining power through best practices including the use of advanced technologies such as cogeneration and microgrids.
Several sessions at the 2016 International Summit & Exhibition for Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC Summit), being held in San Diego March 20-23, will explore these issues. A white paper on backup power is planned that will detail best practices and lay out a framework for any regulatory and policy changes necessary to support health care facilities in moving beyond code compliance to a best practices approach on maintenance of power.
The initiative is being sponsored by Eaton Corporation and Blue Pillar, two leading companies supporting advanced backup power systems through innovative technologies.
“The Healthcare industry is under enormous pressure to reduce energy consumption while ensuring core services when power from the grid is lost. Eaton looks forward to supporting the work of ASHE and Powered for Patients in advancing critical discussions about the planning, development, and design of resilient power systems that can adapt to continuous change, minimize service outages, and survive disruptions,” said Justin Carron, Global Healthcare Segment Manager at Eaton Corporation.
“There are places where the power simply cannot fail. Hospitals and health care facilities are two examples that rely on electricity to keep people alive,” said Tom Willie, CEO of Blue Pillar. “Blue Pillar is proud to join ASHE and the Powered for Patients initiative because when the electricity grid fails, the detrimental effects can extend well beyond the lights going out. In order to prevent widespread power loss with potentially catastrophic consequences, hospitals must take action to increase resiliency and working together we can give our nation’s hospitals the tools they need to be prepared for this worst case scenario.”
“We’re very excited to be working with ASHE and our sponsors in advancing the Healthcare Leadership Initiative on Maintenance of Power,” said Eric Cote, project director for Powered for Patients. “Our work in bringing together experts to identify best practices and innovative new technologies to safeguard and expand backup power capabilities will go a long way towards boosting resiliency for critical healthcare facilities.”
With more than 11,000 members, ASHE is the largest association devoted to professionals who design, build, maintain, and operate hospitals and other health care facilities. ASHE members include health care facility managers, engineers, architects, designers, constructors, infection control specialists, and others. While our membership is diverse, ASHE members share a dedication to optimizing health care facilities and creating and maintaining safe healing environments. ASHE, a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association, is a trusted industry resource that provides education, regulatory guidance, networking, advocacy representation and professional development for our members. ASHE is committed to our members, the facilities they build and maintain, and the patients they serve. www.ashe.org
About Powered for Patients:
Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Powered for Patients is a non-profit organization working closely with public health preparedness leaders, emergency managers, utilities, healthcare facility managers and power generation industry leaders to help safeguard backup power and expedite power restoration for critical healthcare facilities. Powered for Patients is also working with these and other stakeholders to help address the needs of at-risk citizens dependent on electric-powered medical equipment during prolonged power outages.
The success of Powered for Patients has come in large part from the initiative’s ability to bring critical public and private sector stakeholders together for vitally important discussions and much needed collaboration. Funding for Powered for Patients has come through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s State Homeland Security Grant Program and corporate sponsorships. www.poweredforpatients.org.