Construction Renovation Demolition - Information You Need!
Recorded On: 10/04/2023
This session is designed to help the infection preventionist develop a range of understanding about healthcare construction, renovation, and demolition and the impact these activities have on the environment of care. Often infection preventionists’ come from a clinical background with little experience and comprehension of what construction, renovation, and demolition projects entail within their organization. We want to help attendees recognize the use of nationally established and recognized design and construction guidelines to gain assurance in this area. Regardless of the setting, such as hospital, outpatient, or residential care, there are practices the infection preventionist can follow to determine the minimum standards for any project they may be approached about in their organization. We want to provide some of these steps and tips to practice in their facility. Often because infection preventionists are not familiar with the construction, renovation, and demolition process, there is a lack of confidence when describing and demonstrating their role during the project’s progression. We want to provide the knowledge and skills to remove uncertainty and doubt about the infection preventionists’ role.
John Williams, DOH
Washington State Department of Health’s construction review program
John Williams has over 30 years of experience with healthcare design and regulation. John is the executive director of the Washington State Department of Health’s construction review program which reviews licensed healthcare facilities to state licensing, federal certification and building code requirements. He served as the chair of the International Code Council’s Healthcare Committee from 2011-2023. He is currently the Vice President of content and outreach for the Facilities Guidelines Institute, as well as the chair of the Health Guidelines Revision Committee. He also serves on various technical committees for NFPA and the Washington State Building Code Council. He is a frequent speaker on healthcare codes and standards.
Lela Luper, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC, T-CHEST
Chickasaw Nation Department of Health
Lela Luper is currently Manager of Infection Prevention and Control at the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health in Ada, OK. Lela was an inaugural member of APIC’s Fellow class. A member of the APIC-Oklahoma Chapter, Lela has served as both the treasurer and chapter legislative representative. She has served on the Member Services Committee, Branding taskforce, Annual Conference Committee, Education Committee, APIC Board of Directors, and was recently elected to the Nominating and Awards Committee. She currently serves at the Facility Guidelines Institute as a revision cycle and steering committee member, as well as on the SHEA Educational Committee. Lela contributed to developing the Roadmap for the Novice Infection Preventionist and the Association for Healthcare Environment text. She serves as faculty for APIC educational courses.