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Speaker Biographies and Links

This year we are excited to introduce many nationally recognized speakers who will be presenting Monday and Tuesday mornings to the conference theme: Emerging Energy Concepts For the Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities

 Speakers and their Bio's, are also on the Crowd Compass Phone App...Event Name: AHCA 2022

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Simone Marstiller was appointed secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration by Governor Ron DeSantis in February 2021 after serving two years as secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice. Previously, she was Counsel with Gunster, Yoakley, Stewart, P.A., in the firm’s Tallahassee and Tampa offices, where her practice areas include appellate consulting and litigation, government affairs, procurement, and ethics and elections. Prior to joining Gunster, Simone served for six years as a judge on the First District Court of Appeal. She was appointed to that office in 2010 by Governor

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Charlie Crist. Simone’s legal career prior to her judicial appointment was exclusively in state government and covered a breadth of substantive areas.  Early on, she served as a judicial law clerk in the Fifth District Court of Appeal and then as Chief Appellate Counsel for the Agency for Health Care Administration where she represented the agency in the district courts of appeal defending disciplinary action taken against the licenses of health care practitioners. Her appellate cases also included issues relating to rule challenges, Medicaid provider contracts and reimbursements, and other agency decisions.




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The Mercy hospital and clinics in Joplin, Missouri took a direct hit from an F5 tornado on May 22, 2011. This disastrous event completely destroyed a major healthcare asset in the Joplin area. This sudden event immediately rendered all the building on this campus uninhabitable. This presentation begins at ground zero and takes you through the steps of how the facilities were safely evacuated, stabilized and secured. It will review the process of erecting a temporary field hospital, and then the process of designing an interim hospital, and finally the planning, design and construction of a replacement hospital for that site. 


Doug Erickson, FASHE, CHFM, HFDP, CHC
Chief Executive Officer, Facilities Guidelines Institute

FGI Emergency Conditions  

The Facility Guidelines Institute, using a volunteer committee of over 120 professionals practicing in health care, has developed a White Paper on Emergency Conditions in Health and Residential Care Facilities which includes recommended additional requirements to the 2022 series Guidelines. This session explores the key factors that influenced the new recommendations along with an overview of the new standards recommended for the Guidelines on Emergency Conditions.

Doug has represented AHA/ASHE membership on over 15 NFPA Technical Committees in the course of the past 26 years and is the past chair of NFPA 99 (Health Care Facilities Code) and NFPA 110

(Emergency Power Supply Systems.)  Doug is also the chair of the Clinical Subcommittee of ASHRAE Standard 170 (Ventilation in Healthcare Facilities). He is a past chair of the NFPA’s Health Care Section and served on the NFPA’s Standards Council. He also served on the Joint Commission’s Committee on Healthcare Safety for over 10 years. Doug currently serves as the CEO of Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), a not-for-profit organization responsible for producing the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities and whose mission is to produce consensus-based guidelines in healthcare.  He is a founding board member of FGI and has had a leadership position with the Guidelines since 1985 and a committee member since 1978.  Doug currently

chairs the 2018 edition and was the chair of the 2014 and 2010 editions and vice-chair of the 1987, 1992/92, 1996/97, 2001 and 2006 editions.


For more information on the Emergency Conditions please click the link:

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Tony Ruebsam

Sr. Project Manager - Medical Equipment Specialist

Northstar Management Co. - St. Louis, Missouri

Mechanical Engineer

Tony was a stand in speaker for Doug Erickson on the presentation,

FGI Emergency Conditions

Responsible for overall project planning, budget and schedule tracking, construction administration, coordination of Owner direct purchases, occupancy & relocation planning and project close-out, with additional focus on integration of medical equipment into the project.  Works with the Design and Construction team to navigate the Capital Construction Project Process from design through construction, ensuring the Owner’s mission and goals are successfully achieved.  

Special Skills include:

 Emphasis on incorporating business and operations into design to ensure the project aligns with the Organization’s strategic plans

 Constantly focusing on Owner’s perspective and needs

 Translating concepts into “constructible” solutions, mindful of cost, schedule, and the myriad impacts of the construction itself.

 Facilitate teamwork among all parties involved in the Capital Construction Process to deliver successful projects

 Management of the project team roles and responsibilities to ensure goals are being met

 Efficient decision-making process with respect to cost and benefits of project activities. 

Recent projects include:

 Jupiter Medical Center – Surgical Institute, Jupiter, FL

 Jupiter Medical Center – CEP Expansion, Jupiter, FL 

 Jupiter Medical Center – Anderson Cancer Center, Jupiter, FL 

 Jupiter Medical Center – NICU Tower, Jupiter, FL

 Private Residence, Ladue, MO


Industry Experience

16 years Total Industry Experience, 10 years Owner Representative Experience

65 Projects Lifetime with a cumulative value exceeding $1 Billion

Facility Guidelines Institute - 2022 Health Guidelines Revision Committee Member

Licensed Professional Engineer – Mechanical Engineering: HVAC/ Refrigeration (MO)

30 Under 30 (2011)



Washington University—St. Louis, MO

Master of Engineering in Energy, Environment, and Chemical Engineering 


Washington University—St. Louis, MO

BS in Mechanical Engineering

Minor in Aerospace Engineering 

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Craig Fugate
Craig Fugate Consulting., LLC

Be Prepared! Resilience Lessons from Recent National Disasters 

This session will address elements of emergency preparedness and community resilience from a lens wider than the hospital campus, but also amplifying a health systems’ role within it. It will address the organizational culture, the physical architecture, and the processes required to remain ready to serve communities with critical infrastructure. It will review past emergency events that directly impacted health care structures and services, describe the outcomes, and the discuss the improved strategies that were developed for future events.

Craig served as President Barack Obama’s FEMA Administrator from May 2009 to January 2017.  Previously, he served as Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Emergency Management Director from 2001-2007 and Governor Charlie Crist from 2007-09. 


He led FEMA through multiple record-breaking disaster years and oversaw the Federal Government’s response to major events such as the Joplin and Moore Tornadoes, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Matthew, and the 2016 Louisiana flooding. Fugate set a clear and compelling vision, mission, and priorities for FEMA and relentlessly drove the Agency to achieve better outcomes for survivors.  


Craig currently provides senior level advice and consultation in the area of disaster management and resiliency policy through Craig Fugate Consulting LLC.  Craig also serves as the Chief Emergency Management Officer at One Concern.  


To learn more about Craig’s philosophy regarding disasters and disaster resiliency, click the video link:


John Englander

President of the International Sea Level Institute

Moving to Higher Ground  

Sea level rise is here and it is currently adversely affecting the physical plants of many health care facilities. Florida is especially at risk because many health care assets are in close proximity to the coast line. This presentation will challenge you to think about the future and steps you can take now to begin to mitigate this increasing hazard. 


There will be a book signing of John Englander’s new book, Moving to Higher Ground immediately following this presentation. 

John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and leading expert on rising sea level and increased coastal flooding. As a consultant working with businesses and government agencies in such fields as engineering, architecture, real estate and national security, he advocates for ‘intelligent adaptation’. Mr. Englander uses his experience of over a dozen expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica to explain the big picture of a rapidly changing planet. 

For decades, Mr. Englander has been a leader in the private and non-profit sectors, serving as CEO for The International Sea Keepers and The Cousteau Society and is now president and founder of the International Sea Level Institute.  

To learn more about this subject, click the video link.


See all Speaker bio's on the Crowd Compass Phone App.  Event Name: AHCA 2021

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38th Annual AHCA Seminar & Expo

September 18 - 20, 2022 (Sun. - Tues.)       Disney's Coronado Springs Resort