An Overview of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering

Introduction

Established over 50 years ago, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is a personal membership group that falls under the umbrella of the American Hospital Association (AHA). ASHE is the largest organization in the field of healthcare design, development in North America and represents about 25% of the total membership of the AHA.

ASHE fully supports the health care industry, as well as the health care engineering profession, and accomplishes this by informing and educating all of its members about the challenges and issues that the health care industry currently faces.

Certifications Offered by ASHE

Given the industry’s emphasis on evidence-based design, health care engineers need to have a holistic understanding of environments that promote healing. ASHE provides outstanding training for professionals in this field through its two certifications: the Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) and the Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM). These two certifications are officially recognized by ASHE and by the AHA. Both certifications test skills that professionals have developed through academic and professional experiences and that are considered critical in the competent practice of healthcare design, development and management. They require applicants to take a strict multiple-choice examination and upon successful completion of examination, to maintain certification by completing a minimum of credits through continuous education.

Efficient Standard and Code Compliance

ASHE seeks to provide guidance through the myriad of standards and codes that affect health care facilities. While there are many ways to achieve this, ASHE focuses on conducting seminars and conferences, which enable its members to use the most efficient way to meet any standard or code compliance. ASHE provides an extensive calendar of in-person and virtual conferences to help health care engineers choose the best available option for their specific facilities, established budgets, and schedules.

Visit the official website of ASHE at http://www.ashe.org.

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Retrieved January, 2012, from http://www.ashe.org/ http://kastenconstructiongroup.com/ashe/

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