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Health Care Symposium Educates on Improved Environments, Optimal Air Quality

Apr 15, 2021 02:08PM ● By Kim Lee

Environmental professionals are invited to attend the two-day symposium, held at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on May 25 from noon to 5 p.m. and May 26 from 8 am to 3 pm. Educational seminars will be offered featuring various HVAC experts who specialize in products used in healthcare applications. Topics to be addressed include surgical suite equipment, humidity’s impact on hygiene, energy management, operational savings, chillers, filters, hot water system design and best practices in building automation. 

Serving as the event’s keynote speaker is Stephanie Taylor, MD, M Arch, CIC, and CEO of Taylor Healthcare Commissioning, Inc. based in Stowe, Vermont. A practicing physician for several decades before making a career shift, Dr. Taylor earned a Master of Architecture degree and infection control certification with the intent to gain a better understanding of the impact of a building’s environment on patient well-being. Currently, Dr. Taylor’s patient care commitment focuses on improving healthcare environments and workplace processes, resulting in better patient outcomes and reduced risk of infectious disease.

Amy Rans, Marketing Director for HVAC Elements, says the event organizers expect a blend of health, administrative and facility engineers and managers, as well as consulting engineers and architects from around the region to attend to learn how to better utilize their systems for better patient outcomes and lower virus transmission.

The symposium presenters are representatives from well-known national and international brands, including Condair, humidity experts; Daikin, efficient chillers and air handlers; Global Plasma Solutions, needlepoint bipolar ionization supplies; Siemens, building automation and temperature controls; Ebtron, air flow management for optimal air quality control; Thermal Solutions, energy efficient boilers; AAF Flanders, air filtration experts; and Price Industries, critical environment solutions.

Although the event was originally scheduled for last year and the COVID-19 outbreak forced its cancellation, the pandemic has proven to healthcare professionals just how important healthy HVAC systems are. 

“Planning for this event began several years ago,” Rans explained. “Even before COVID was such a key topic, there was a vast need for additional education on how to better handle indoor air environments. Our goal is to get more education and knowledge in the hands of end users and make this an annual event.”

In conjunction with the symposium, a product showcase will be held as an additional resource for attendees, where symposium presenters and other HVAC professionals will be available for answering questions and making contacts. 

 “It’s important to us that professionals are given the opportunity to network within the industry and know who to contact when they have questions,” Rans said.

 This event provides one professional development hour per session, for a total of six available. For the full symposium schedule and to register, please visit Registration is open now through May 3.