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Speakers

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Highlights of the Main Session Speakers!

This year we are excited to introduce many nationally recognized speakers who will be presenting Monday and Tuesday mornings to the conference theme: Be Prepared! Planning for Emergencies in the Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities.

To see all of the Speakers and their bio's, look on the Crowd Compass Phone App...Event Name: AHCA 2021

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Opening and Welcoming Remarks
 

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.

 

In 2001, Simone became Assistant General Counsel to Governor Jeb Bush. In that position, she assisted the Governor’s General Counsel in overseeing the legal operations of the Governor's agencies and advising the Governor on a wide variety of legal and policy issues. Her work included managing trial and appellate litigation initiated and defended by executive agencies in both state and federal court and providing guidance to agencies on substantive legal matters.

 

Simone was selected in 2002 to serve as General Counsel for the Department of Management Services (DMS), the administrative agency for state government. There, she managed all legal affairs for the agency, including matters related to government procurement, outsourcing, state facility management, and collective bargaining. While serving in this capacity, Governor Bush appointed her Interim Secretary of the agency.

 

From DMS, Simone returned to the Governor’s Office in 2003 to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff. In 2004, Governor Bush appointed her State Chief Information Officer to head state government’s central technology planning and policy organization, and in 2005 she became Secretary of the Department Business and Professional Regulation, the state’s largest regulatory agency.

 

In 2007, Attorney General Bill McCollum appointed Simone Associate Deputy Attorney General for the State of Florida. In addition to serving on the executive management team for the Office of the Attorney General, she was the agency's General Counsel and was responsible for overseeing four agency divisions, including the Civil Rights and Opinions Divisions.  When appointed to the appellate court in 2010, Simone was serving as Executive Director for the Florida Elections Commission. There she oversaw the investigation and prosecution of complaints filed with the Commission and was the chief administrative officer for the agency.

 

Simone was born in Monrovia, Liberia, and grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1988 from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1996 from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.  

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Ken Cates
Principal at Northstar Management Co., LLC

Disaster Readiness - Restoring the Joplin Health Care Campus After Tornado 

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. 

Mr. Cates is Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Northstar Management Company. Ken brings over 40 years of industry experience to the Northstar team.  Serving as a Project Principal on Northstar projects, Ken is responsible for providing overall leadership to the project team in developing and implementing capital construction projects.
   

Ken is a renowned speaker for national education conferences and programs on the Project Process. He tirelessly worked on improving Part 1 of the FGI Guidelines, especially the revisions and improvements to the Functional Program. As the President of the Board of Directors for the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), he has been instrumental in providing leadership and direction which has helped to make the FGI Guidelines a recognized international design standard for health care facilities. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering at Southern Illinois University, and has been awarded the Crystal Eagle from the American Society of Healthcare Engineering.

 

As the owner’s project representative, Ken Cates has an important and fascinating story to tell about the horrific tornado that struck the hospital in Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011. To gain some information about the events Mr. Cates will be discussing in detail, click the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxdXwaMM4-o

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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: https://fgiguidelines.org/fgi-releases-emergency-conditions-white-paper/

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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)

 

Education

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJhHQfzY2Yk

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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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1Gn3pMmZg0

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37th Annual AHCA Seminar & Expo

Sunday, Oct. 17 - Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

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