Message from NOSHE 2020 President
Dear NOSHE Members,
It has been an honor to be President of an organization that so many people care deeply about and into which they put many volunteer hours and energy. This has been an especially challenging year for our organization. Although this year we may not see the fruits of the hard work and dedication that went into preparing for the annual conference in 2020, we move forward with gratitude knowing that 2021 will be a fantastic program.
Much of our time and thinking is now wholly focused around this pandemic. It is not business as usual, but a time of great stress and uncertainty. Now more than ever our membership, our coworkers, and our peers are relying on each other for support. As essential workers, many of you are on the front lines trying to navigate a healthcare environment that has never been imagined. We are faced with many challenges in the physical environment such as expanding spaces for alternate care, converting rooms and entire units to negative pressure, and preparing rooms and spaces not designed for patient care, for surge capability. Routine maintenance activity did not cease, nor did the urgent issues that crop up with mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and life safety that come with managing and maintaining buildings. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank you for your dedication, creativity, and perseverance during this unparalleled time.
President, Northeast Ohio Society of Hospital Engineers