Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive Water Management Program Part II: If It Isn’t Safe AND Efficient, Then It Isn’t Sustainable

Recorded On: 11/30/2016

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  1. This sharing call will help equip facility leaders with best water management practices for achieving health and safety, environmental and financial goals.Dr. William McCoy, Ph.D. Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Phigenics will present "Safe, Efficient and Cost Effective Water Management Programs for the Built Environment." This comes from a book he is writing for the International Water Association. Attendees will learn what is sustainable water system management, understand "If it is not safe, it is not sustainable", and learn how to align cost, safety and efficiency.
  2. Practice Greenhealth Less Water Goals and Toolkit overview.
  3. Dr. Vincent Hsu will detail Florida Hospital's Water Management Journey. Florida Hospital is developing a system wide approach for optimizing their water management for safety and efficiency. The presentation will include an overview of how the program started, Florida Hospital's vision for water management, the composition and value achieved by creating a water management team, the process for developing the program for water safety and the next steps as it incorporates water efficiency opportunities and ongoing validation and verification.
  4. Q&A moderated by Hermine Levey Weston.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will understand that a sustainable building water management program entails designing it for water safety and optimizing it for water efficiency with ongoing program oversight via a cross-functional water management team and smart technology.

Following the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Communicate that water in buildings is not always safe due to incoming water quality being insufficient and/or water quality degrading in the facility
  2. Identify activities that are most likely to distinguish effective water management programs
  3. Develop a water management team
  4. Develop metrics for water safety and efficiency
  5. Utilize smart technology
  6. Implement best practices for program validation and verification

Member: Free! / Non-Members: $79.00

Hermine Levey Weston, RN, MBA

Member Engagement Manager, Practice Greenhealth

Hermine Levey Weston, RN, MBA is Member Engagement Manager at Practice Greenhealth where she manages member accounts by providing support and technical expertise related to environmental and sustainability programs in health care settings. She is a health care professional with over 25 years of experience in health care quality management. Prior to joining the Practice Greenhealth team she was employed by the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Hermine developed the sustainability framework for improvement at this hospital and consulted with other community hospitals and nursing homes in Western Massachusetts regarding health care sustainability. For these efforts she was recognized as a Nurse Luminary whose members shine a light on environmental challenges in the diverse settings where they live and work. Hermine applied her healthcare experience while earning a Green MBA from Antioch University New England.

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     Phone: 1-888-521-6664

William McCoy, Ph.D.

Program Committee Chair and Chief Technology Officer, Phigenics

Bill McCoy is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Phigenics. He is a world-renowned expert in preventing disease associated with waterborne pathogens in building water systems. The International Water Association (IWA) awarded him their top prize, the Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Management and Science, in Berlin, 2001. The IWA published his full-length book entitled Preventing Legionellosis in 2005. Bill has developed many innovations in water technology. He holds 29 US patents, all with international equivalents, and in 2001, received the Inventor of the Year award from The Intellectual Property Law Association in Chicago. Bill serves as an Advisor to NSF International, developing education, training and certification programs on HACCP for Building Water Systems. He currently serves as voting member on the Environmental Health Committee for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and also as voting member on Standard Project Committee 188, “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems". He holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Calgary and M.Sc. from the University of Hawaii, two undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Microbiology from California State University, Long Beach and Executive Management Education from the University of Michigan.

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Vincent Hsu, MD, MPH, CIC, FACP

Hospital Epidemiologist & Exec Director, Infection Prevention Assistant Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Florida Hospital

Dr. Hsu is the Hospital Epidemiologist at Florida Hospital and co-chair of Florida Hospital's Water Management Program. He received his medical degree from Loma Linda University College of Medicine in California. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Legacy Portland Hospital and his fellowship in Infectious Diseases at University of Southern California Medical Center. He also obtained a Masters of Public Health at University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health.

Prior to joining Florida Hospital, Dr. Hsu spent three years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he was involved in outbreak investigations such as the anthrax attacks and SARS epidemic. His time there was focused on international outbreak control and public health research. Dr. Hsu was also previously the Medical Director for Safety, Quality, and Infection Control at Florida Hospital. His current interests include prevention of hospital-associated infections, community and hospital preparation for pandemic influenza, and use of evidence-based therapies to create a culture of safety for patients.

Dr. Hsu has received numerous awards, including several U.S. Public Health Service Awards. He is the author of more than 15 peer-reviewed publications in epidemiology and infectious diseases. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Preventive Medicine.

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Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive Water Management Program Part II: If it isn’t Safe AND Efficient, then It Isn’t Sustainable
This sharing call will help equip facility leaders with information about best water management practices for achieving health and safety, environmental and financial goals. Live event: 11/30/2016 at 2:00 PM (EST) You must register to access.