Brian Rowan, clinical engineering supervisor at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and president of the Kansas Healthcare Engineers Association, addressed the American Society of Healthcare Engineers annual meeting in Baltimore, M.D., on July 14. Rowan joined the engineering department at Hutch Regional in 2012.
Rowan joined 4,000 other delegates from across the nation at the meeting and spoke at three breakout sessions titled “Running a Successful Chapter.” In 10-minute presentations, Rowan offered suggestions on developing board of director leadership, volunteer engagement and strong operational practices.
Also, Rowan accepted a Platinum Award on behalf of the Kansas Healthcare Engineers Association for successful efforts in training participating hospitals on best methods in achieving Joint Commission accreditations, compliance with Fire Marshal guidelines, and maintaining mechanical aspects, boilers and other mechanical needs necessary to efficiently run a hospital.
Rowan said he found the interchange of ideas to be beneficial. “In Baltimore, we shared what works for Kansas and had an opportunity to learn what is working in other states,” he said.
Wes Hoyt, chief operating officer for Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, said it is a high honor for a Hutch Regional supervisor to be extended an invitation to address a national gathering of health-care professionals.
“Brian was an excellent representative for not only Hutch Regional, but for the 127 other hospitals in Kansas,” Hoyt said. “The meeting was very productive in generating new ideas and plans we can utilize at Hutch Regional.”