OAHE presents
"The Value of a Sustainability Program for Today’s Healthcare Facility Manager"
at the 2017 OHA Annual Convention & Trade Show

2017 OHA Conference
November 1-3, 2017
Cox Convention Center & Renaissance Hotel, Oklahoma City

OAHE Session will be held Thursday, November 2 from 8 am - 12 pm. 


OHA Convention Registration Information

The early discounted registration fee of $235 applies to all registrations postmarked on or before October 17, 2017

NOTE: When using one of the hospital group rates, all registration forms must be received by OHA at the same time and must be postmarked on or before October 17, 2017. 

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Agenda - November 2, 2017

Time OAHE Education Session Agenda
8:00 am - 9:00 am OAHE Annual Business Meeting
Scott Johnson, OAHE President
9:00 am - 10:00 am Sustainability for Healthcare Facilities – Bringing Members Value
Kara Brooks, LEED AP BD+C, ASHE Sustainability Program Manager

As Sustainability Program Manager for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), Kara Brooks, manages the sustainability programs and goals for the organization, including the Energy to Care Program. Kara has more than 15 years of energy engineering experience providing professionals services which include design, assessment, auditing, modeling, commissioning, measurement and verification, and performance contracting. Throughout her career, she has helped facility leaders develop and promote efficiency programs. Kara has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Management both from Colorado State University.

Session Description:

Sustainability for Healthcare Facilities – Bringing Members Value Sustainability has a direct impact on operating budgets for healthcare facilities. That impact translates directly to resources and patient care. In my presentation, I will address ASHE’s Sustainability Goals, including an overview of the Energy to Care program. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the all-encompassing approach ASHE has developed for helping members achieve their Sustainability Goals.
10:00 am - 11:00 am Establishing ENERGY STAR as the design standard
Jay Keazer, PE, CEM, BEMP - Project Manager / Energy Engineer, Bernhard TME

Jay is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager and an ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional. Jay is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). He has been with the Bernhard TME team for 10 years and leads the Facility Solutions department in Bernhard TME’s Fayetteville office.

Session Description:

One of the largest challenges for facility managers in establishing ENERGY STAR as the design standard for their organizations is proving the value of the savings to key decision makers. This session will show case projects from Memorial Hermann Health System, Ascension Health and Mercy Health, and present data to quantify the costs and savings associated with the decision to design to this standard.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm The Transformation of Sustainability Management
Chad Burden - Director of Sustainability, THG Energy Solutions

Chad Burden joined THG Energy’s management team as Director of Sustainability in February 2013. Mr. Burden earned his Master of Science in Environmental Science from Oklahoma State University and has experience working with various green building protocols and manages ENERGY STAR scoring and communication with THG’s customer base. He retrofitted a LEED Gold home.

Burden is a Navy veteran who served in navigation operations and voyage planning onboard a nuclear submarine, where he also earned his Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix while on active duty.

He is a Tulsa Master Recycler, Green Committee Chair for BOMA Tulsa, and serves in advisory roles, leadership panels, and coaching committees in support of the Sustainable Tulsa’s Scor3card - a triple bottom line improvement platform for businesses.

You might find Chad or his wife Amy watching one of his three kids play soccer on any given day in Tulsa.

Session Description:

As cloud computing and big data transformed enterprise IT in the past decade, energy and utility management was largely left behind. For many businesses and institutions, energy is one of the last remaining corporate expense where a monthly utility bill trapped in a file cabinet passes as “information.”

With the continued development of the Internet of Things and cloud-based energy and sustainability management software, organizations are now able to gain real-time visibility into their energy usage, benchmarks, forecasted costs, and greenhouse gas metrics. Streamlined bill processing and reporting is the engine behind sustainability management and efficiency efforts. THG Energy Solutions provide web-based sustainability and utility data management to support multiple teams, departments, and programs.