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Engineers Occupy Newport

Short of a catastrophic event requiring technical expertise it’s not often that engineers occupy a historic venue. But last week Newport, RI clearly became home to the New England Healthcare Engineer Society (NEHES). 

Yes, as the calendar flipped to October and shorter days and colder nights became the norm, NEHES closed the book on a success-filled 2015 Fall Seminar, held last week at the Newport Marriott. For 4 days, the home port to 12-meter yachts, mansions, and the Tennis Hall of Fame graciously hosted New England’s healthcare engineers and consultants.  

NEHES President Paul Cantrell’s opening remarks kicked off festivities during a food-filled cocktail reception. The evening event followed a sun-drenched day during which hundreds of NEHES members played the links at the Newport National Golf Course. 

Gosselin Associates was pleased to work with NEHES to develop the educational program for the conference. Interactive sessions included Active Shooter, Energy Management, and Thinking Like a Business Person, a presentation which challenged directors to augment their technical mindset with a business mindset. Dana Swenson, Senior Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer at UMASS Memorial Healthcare, presented.

The Keynote session, titled Moving, Remoting, and Booming, focused on the future of healthcare and the myriad of challenges facing healthcare facility professionals. Presented by Holly Brenneise, Associate Principal at Perkins Eastman Architects, the session was different, and thought-inducing. 

Additional speakers included George Mills from The Joint Commission, ASHE President Dave Dagenais, and an executive filled roundtable of speakers who discussed issues impacting New England healthcare. The participants were Steve Carbery, System Vice President of Facilities Design, Construction, and Real Estate at Yale New Haven Health System, CT;  Walter Dias, Senior Vice President for Site Operations, Care New England, Butler Hospital, RI;  Dawn LeBaron, Vice President Hospital Services at The University of Vermont Medical Center, VT;  and Dennis McCarthy, Senior Director of Labor and Employee Relations, Cambridge Health Alliance, MA (see photo, below). 

In addition to developing the educational curriculum, Gosselin Associates was pleased to present three interactive sessions including Level Setting, Change Management, and Engaging Employee Minds. 

Our thanks to NEHES, as well as all of the speakers who worked with us, including Jason Brennan of Synergy Solutions, Richard Barnett and Jim Elcock of Colliers International, and Steve Jalowiec, Larry Williams, Gene Cable, Andy Ives, Sean Gouvin, Kirsten Waltz, Chris Lynch, Josh Digloria, Dan Green, and Nick Derr. 

 roundtable full photo

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