KISSIMMEE, Fla. — “Prevention, Education, Standards, Management” are the Pillars for Performance Excellence, the theme for this month’s Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) Annual Conference & Healthcare Marketplace.
The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center will host the Sept. 25-28 event, which will include keynote presentations, educational programming, networking, career development opportunities and more.
General sessions and “learning labs” are scheduled each day of the conference. Sessions of particular interest to laundry/linen managers include:
- The 3 A’s of Effective Linen Utilization — Has your facility incurred skyrocketing, or even incremental, increases in linen costs? This session reviews a case study in which a collaborative and comprehensive strategy to reduce linen utilization resulted in a 20% cost savings, increased patient satisfaction and streamlined processes.
- HLAC Standards 2011 — The newly revised Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council Standards, released this year, are an expansion of the laundry infrastructure, and the processing of healthcare textiles, including surgical pack assembly. This session reviews the Standards and their infection prevention intent for patient safety.
- Analyzing Laundry Operations — This session explores the range of options available for the processing of healthcare textiles, with an emphasis on evaluating on-premise, co-op and independent commercial laundry operations.
At other times, there will be extended sessions featuring topics such as lean principles in healthcare, emerging and innovative technology, HCAHPS, and infection prevention.
With more than 200 booths, the Healthcare Marketplace will offer attendees a one-stop shopping experience with high-quality exhibits and product demonstrations.
Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the Gaylord’s state-of-the-art laundry facility.