Join industry experts as we clarify the CMS com-pliancy mysteries at this one-of-a-kind event. The Legionella Summit, to be held on November 13 at the Sharonville Convention Center, will help you align your Water Management Plan with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements. You’ll learn how to apply each step of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) toolkit, which aims to provide an easy-to-understand interpretation of ASHRAE Standard 188 to help develop an effective water management plan.
Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect from this rare opportunity to hear from a pool of renowned experts:
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Janet E. Stout is director of Special Pathogens Laboratory and research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. A clinical and environmental microbiologist, she is recognized worldwide for 30+ years of Legionella research. Author of over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters on Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease, her expertise includes both prevention and control strategies. She has evaluated all major Legionella disinfection technologies in use today.
CDC Legionella Tool Kit Step 1: "Establish a Water Management Program Team”: Dr. Angela Booth Jones, Director, Infection Prevention & Epidemiologist at Premier Health Partners. Graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Pre-Med. Upon graduation, Dr. Jones continued her graduate work earning a Master’s degree in Environmental Health in 1994 and doctorate degree in Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2000 with an emphasis in molecular Epidemiology. Dr. Jones worked several years at CDC and Cincinnati Children’s hospital prior to joining Premier Health, Dayton, OH in 2004. She is the executive lead for the water safety program at Premier Health and is board certified in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology. Dr. Jones is very active in training by providing webinars to varying audiences of doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, other allied professionals, and students and the community on varying health topics including immunizations, infectious diseases, multi-drug resistant organisms, worker safety, Ebola, Zika, water safety and several other topics.
CDC Legionella Tool Kit Step 2: "Describe the Building Water Systems Using Text and Flow Diagrams”: Frank Sidari, technical director for SPL Consulting Services at Special Pathogens Laboratory, oversees a multidisciplinary team providing Legionella solutions. Their focus includes water safety programs, facility audits, disinfection assistance, outbreak response and engineering support. A professional and board-certified engineer, Sidari has over 18 years of experience in water engineering projects, specializing in water quality and Legionella.
CDC Legionella Tool Kit Step 3: "Identify Areas Where Legionella Could Grow and Spread”: Dr. Aaron Peacock, Director of the Microbac Laboratories molecular biology laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is an environmental scientist and microbial ecologist. His professional focus understands the ecology of microbes in various environments and the interactions between humans and microbes. He has worked in academic research, consulting and government.
CDC Legionella Tool Kit Step 4: "Decide Where Control Measures Should be Applied and How to Monitor Them”: Rebecca Fugitt has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geological Sciences from Ohio University with specialization in hydro-geology. A registered sanitarian, she is Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection, responsible for supervising the Residential Water and Sewage, X-Ray, Radiation Health and Safety and Agreement State (radiation materials handling inspection and licensing) Programs at the Ohio Department of Health.
CDC Legionella Tool Kit Step 5: "Establish Ways to Intervene When Control Limits Are Not Met”: Steve Elrich joined Solid Blend in 2011. Erich’s technical abilities and interest in continuous learning of waterborne pathogen monitoring and control practices advanced him to the business development role. His focus is on healthcare and long-term care facilities, with an emphasis on waterborne pathogens such as Legionella.
Steve is teaming with Ron Jackson, Director of Quality Assurance for Danis Construction Company, for this presentation. Working in tandem with the Field Operations Teams, Jackson’s areas of focus are corporate continuing education programs: construction defect prevention, construction quality management for contractors (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) and the National Center for Construction Education and Research. He also specializes in project-specific procedures pertaining to prevention of Legionella associated with building water systems in new and renovation projects.
CDC Legionella Tool Kit Step 6: "Make Sure the Program is Running as Designed and is Effective”: Angela Booth Jones, Director, Infection Prevention & Epidemiologist at Premier Health Partners
CDC Legionella Tool Kit Step 7: "Document and Communicate All the Activities”: Angela Booth Jones, Director, Infection Prevention & Epidemiologist at Premier Health Partners
This event is emceed by Lois Elrich, co-owner and President of Solid Blend Water Management Solutions. Elrich will bring her skills as a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation to inspire attendees as they work to create compliant water management plans.
Find answers to your Legionella water management plan questions, network with peers and experts, and stay prepared to protect your patients and facility. Space is limited, so register today!