Part of being a successful healthcare facility manager is maintaining a good grasp on what is going on in the world of facilities management. Events like conferences and trade shows can be important for your professional education and development. Understandably, it is impossible to attend every facility manager conference every year (and that wouldn’t be a sound investment anyhow), so we have narrowed down the long list of annual events to five choice conferences that could have a real impact on how you do your job, and well your healthcare facility runs.
The National Facilities Management & Technology Conference (NFMT) group hosts a few events throughout the year, with NFMTVegas being the largest annual event of its kind on the West Coast. Attendees at NFMTVegas, which takes place in 2016 on November 1 & 2 include building owners, property managers, and facility managers. Although the expo is not specific to healthcare facility managers, the breadth of the show is sure to provide valuable information and networking opportunities.
Other annual events from NFMT include:
- CriticalFacilities Summit, October 3-6 2016
- NFMT Orlando, Fall 2017
- High-Performance Buildings and Workplaces, TBD 2017
- NFMT Baltimore, TBD 2017
ASHE Annual Conference & Exhibition
Each year the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) hosts an annual conference and exhibition that attracts professionals from all branches of the healthcare industry. This particular event can be hugely beneficial for healthcare facilities managers because exhibitors include the top inhealthcare maintenance brands. This year’s event will take place July 10 through July 13 in Denver.
IFMA Facility Fusion
The International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) is another group that hosts a range of events throughout the year. IFMA Facility Fusion, which is held annually in the U.S. as well as in Canada, is the most applicable to healthcare employees. The educational conference is sure to offer many opportunities for facility managers to learn about leading edge technology that will change how all types of facilities are maintained and managed.
The 2017 event will be held April 4 through April 6 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
Other events from IFMA include:
European Facility Management Conference
June 8-9, 2016
International Sustainable Asset Management
June 22-24, 2016
IFMA’s World Workplace Conference & Expo
October 5-7, 2016
San Diego, CA
Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo
Another event targeted directly towards healthcare facility management and improvement is the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo. The expo is entering its 29th year as an annual event and attendees will include:
- Healthcare Providers
- Facility Managers
- Interior Designers
- Construction Professionals, and
The 2016 event will take place in Orlando from September 19 through September 21.
Next Generation Health Care Facilities Summit
The Next Generation Health Care Facilities Summit may be a bit skewed towards the design and development of modern health facilities, but could still be a valuable event for healthcare facilities managers. The 2016 Summit has already passed, but facility managers should be sure to check the website for announcements about the 2017 event.