2019 Spring Conference

    May 16, 2019
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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    Gadner Student Center @ Dixie State University

    St. George, UT 84770
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    USHE 2019 Spring Conference Agenda

    8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast

    8:30 AM   Business Meeting and Vendor Spotlight

    9:15 AM   Where Are We In Our Quest for a More Fair, Affordable, Safe and Affordable Health Care System”.by David Sundwall MD

    The presentation will cover:

    1. Overview of efforts to establish a universal coverage health care system over the past century.
    2. History of the Affordable Care Act, or  “Obamacare”– from 2010 to the present (It Ain’t What it is Cracked up to Be”)
    3. Ongoing challenges to the legality of the ACA.
    4. What are the options now being considered to replace the ACA?
    5. Non-governmental factors likely to influence the delivery and financing of health care in the U.S.?
    6. The paramount importance of public health in improving our longevity and quality of life.

    Speaker bio:  In addition to traditional medical clinical practice, Dr. Sundwall has had numerous leading roles in public health, government, and health professionals’ education.  These roles include the Director of Family Medicine at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine, consultant to the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, appointed by President Ronald Reagan to be Administrator of the Health Resource and Service Administration in the US Public Health Service, Assistant Surgeon General to C. Everett Koop and Executive Director of the Utah Department of Health.  He is a professor emeritus of Public Health from the University of Utah Department of Family and Preventative Medicine. 

    10:45 AM Break

    11:00 AM  Proposed Updates to Utah Healthcare Construction Rules

    By Andrew Baxter, Architect, Utah Department of Health

    Andrew Baxter will present the proposed update of the Utah Department of Health’s healthcare construction rules in the Utah Administrative Code including the adoption of the 2018 editions of the Guidelines for Design & Construction of Hospitals and the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Outpatient Facilities. He will highlight the changes in the 2018 editions of the “Guidelines” and explain how to participate in the public review and adoption of the updated standards.  Andrew will also explain how to best navigate the UDoH design review process and cover some of the most common design deficiencies. 

    Speaker bio:  Andrew has worked with the Utah Department of Health for the last 12 years where he was been regulating acute and long term Health care facilities in the State of Utah. Andrew is a Special Deputy State Fire Marshaland a licensed Architect. Prior to Joining the Utah Department of Health, Andrew worked for multiple architectural firms in the Salt Lake City area. 

    12:00 Noon  Lunch

    1:00 PM  Implementing Cutting Edge Technologies in the University of Utah Craig H. Neilson Rehabilitation Hospital

    By Chris Noren, University of Utah Director of Therapy Services andThomas Cayias, MOT, OTR/L

    The presentation will highlight the cutting edge technologies being included in the new rehabilitation hospital and the process of getting new technologies from bench to bedside. 

    Speaker bio: Chris Noren, Director, Therapy Services University of Utah Health

    Chris Noren holds degrees in Communication Disorders and Occupational Therapy from the University of Utah and Colorado State University.  He began his career in acute care at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and later worked as a staff therapist in the Rehabilitation Center. Clinically, Chris has worked in a variety of settings including, acute care, in-patient rehabilitation and out-patient.  He has also had leadership roles with multiple national rehabilitation providers. In 2006, Chris was hired to manage therapy services in the Rehabilitation Center at the University of Utah.  He currently serves as the Director of In-Patient Therapy Services for University Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Hospital and Sugarhouse Therapy programs.   He is also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the University Of Utah Division Of Occupational Therapy and has served on the Utah State Occupational Licensing Board.  Chris has been involved with the planning and design of the new Craig H Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital which is slated to open in March of 2020. 

    Speaker bio: Thomas Cayias, MOT, OTR/L

    Thomas Cayias works at the University of Utah Hospital on the inpatient spinal cord injury team. Thomas earned his master's degree from the University of Utah and has a professional background in public relations and advertising. Thomas is a member of the assistive technology team and is currently working with to broaden the scope of assistive technologies and 3D printing in a medical setting. Thomas has worked at the University of Utah for 5 years, he volunteers with the University of Utah's spinal cord injury adapted recreation program TRAILS, the University of Utah's outpatient brain injury support group, volunteers with the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah, co-leads an adaptive shooting group for individuals living with SCI, and is clinical faculty at the University of Utah College of Health.

    2:15 PM  Break

    2:30 PM  Emergency Response Case Study: Garfield Memorial Hospital Water Interruption

    By Steve Ikuta, Intermountain Healthcare, Emergency Management South Area Manager, and Nickolas Frandsen

    This case study will cover how Garfield Memorial Hospital responded a city “No Use Water” order, then a “Boil Water” order and finally a system reactivation “Post Water Boil” order.  The response to this incident lasted six days. The scope of the water disruption was not only to the hospital but to the long term care and rural clinic that is located on the same footprint as the hospital.  The study will show how the hospital became self-sustained with supplying clean water to the residents, patients, visitors and caregivers.  It is the first Utah hospital, LTC and clinic to have used a high capacity water filtration system.

    Speaker bio: Steve Ikuta has more than 36 years of experience in the medical field with 11 of those years in healthcare emergency preparedness.  He currently coordinates Intermountain Healthcare’s emergency management south area programs.  Steve graduated from Utah Valley University, magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management Administration Services.  He is also a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner. Steve volunteers on the Santa Clara/Ivins Fire and Rescue as a safety officer and PIO. He serves on the southwest regional hazmat response team, the southwest regional field medical hospital strike team, Utah Disaster Advisory Executive Committee and the Utah Crisis Standards of Care Committee.  Steve is the recipient of the 2014 American Red Cross Heroes Award for Emergency Preparedness and a nominee for Homeland Security’s 2014 Rick Rescorla Award for Resiliency.

    Nick Frandsen has 6 years of experience in emergency response including 4 of those years within the medical field.  He works in Intermountain Healthcare’s Corporate Real Estate division creating life safety mapping to support Plant Operations and Emergency Management. His scope of services includes all Intermountain Healthcare Hospitals, Clinics, Workmeds, Homehealth and Hospice located in Utah and Idaho.Nick also volunteers on the Panguitch City Fire Department and is the primary pilot for Garfield County’s Search & Rescue Program.

    3:30 PM  Shaping the 2022 Hospital Design & Construction Standards

    By Bill Bonn, University of Utah Health, Safety Manager, and co-chair of the 2022 Hospital Guidelines Revision Committee

    The presentation will cover the history of the Guidelines and how the next edition is being crafted right now.  The edition being crafted, which becomes an enforceable rule in Utah and approximately 40 other states, will impact new and remodel projects for the next decade or longer. He will explain how members can help shape the standard.  

    Speaker bio: Bill Bonn is a licensed Architect, Certified Healthcare Safety Professional and Special Deputy State Fire Marshal.  He has spent more than 30 years designing, regulating and working for healthcare facilities.  He has been involved in development of Healthcare facility construction standards and rules since the 1990’s including co-chairing the national Health Guidelines Revision Committee 2014 Outpatient section and the 2018 and 2022 editions of the Hospital section. 

    4:00 PM   Closing Remarks


    $0.00 USHE Member Registration

    $70.00 Non-member Registration

    $50.00 Break Sponsor

    $200.00 Lunch Sponsor

    $50.00 Associate Member Walk-In Attendee

    $35.00 Professional Member Walk-In Attendee