Educational Opportunities

CSHE provides opportunities for members to communicate and exchange ideas to keep abreast of operational disciplines through local chapter meetings, the annual institute, code review committee communications, newsletters and seminars.
The CSHE Board of Directors and the executive committee meet quarterly to conduct the business of the society. In its first five years, CSHE doubled its membership and the number of hospitals represented, established the CSHE Annual Institute, published the CSHE News, and participated on code review committees. CSHE members have held board positions in the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), including several presidencies, and serve on various ASHE advisory committees.

CSHE has established health care facility engineering educational programs in community colleges, apprenticeship programs and coordinated with professionals in the architectural, design and mechanical/electrical engineering fields of health care facility construction.

Chapters meet bi-monthly or monthly featuring speakers on topics of educational value to the health care facility engineer. These meetings  provide the opportunity to exchange ideas with other CSHE members on common health care facility engineering issues.

Membership

Membership in the California Society for Healthcare Engineering, Inc. (CSHE) is open to individuals who are actively employed in the field of health care facility engineering. The field embraces the engineering disciplines plant, bio-medical and telecommunications - and includes the art and science of efficiently planning, managing, operating and maintaining the physical plants, facilities and equipment for health care. Members are eligible to belong to one of the 11 area chapters affiliated with CSHE in one of four membership categories:
FACILITY
An individual whose principal employment is directly related to hospital engineering or a related discipline in a health care facility or health care system.
AFFILIATE
An individual who provides consultative or advisory services to health care facilities or an individual who markets or provides a product or equipment to health care facilities. This category could include architects, consulting engineers, independent consultants, inspectors of record, construction managers and employees of state agencies such as OSHPD, the Fire Marshal’s Office and OSHA, as well as distributors and original-equipment manufacturers.
RETIRED
Retired CSHE members with at least ten years of service who still desire to belong to the society.
STUDENT

An individual whose educational pursuit is directly related to health care facility engineering or a related discipline.


Services

Code Review

The CSHE Board of Directors maintains a code committee to review all proposed and approved code changes, and participates in hearings and on various code advisory committees. The information is summarized and published in the CSHE Engineering News to keep CSHE members current on changes which may affect their facilities.

Intradisciplinary Awareness

The constantly expanding scope of health care engineering, through technical and regulatory changes, makes it mandatory for plant, biomedical and telecommunications personnel to interact with all departments so that each facet of health care engineering can cooperate effectively and efficiently.

Affiliations

CSHE is affiliated with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). ASHE is the largest of the affiliated societies of the American Hospital Association, representing 2,500 hospital engineering personnel.

Publications

The CSHE Engineering News, is published for the members, containing the code review report, activities of the state board of directors, and articles on timely topics submitted by members on pertinent health care engineering topics. Information sharing is a prime asset of the News and many members’ articles have been reprinted in other national trade journals.

 

Annual Institute

The one and a half day CSHE Annual Institute happens each spring and alternates between Northern and Southern California. The institute features topics of current interest presented by professional, qualified, expert speakers and panelists. One-day educational seminars are scheduled in the fall in Northern and Southern California.

MECH Certification Program

CSHE members are eligible to participate in the Mechanic Education and Certification for Healthcare (MECH) Program which enables a health care engineer to become a certified health care mechanic or a senior certified health care mechanic. Those who qualify receive a certificate and a patch which enable health care facility engineers to distinguish themselves from other engineering trades.  For more information or to submit for recertification, please visit the MECH Website.