Health Care Institute of IFMA Selects New Leaders

HOUSTON, Texas — The Health Care Institute, an IFMA Alliance Partner, has announced leadership changes including appointment of a new president.

Stepping in as President is Ron Kalich, national facilities director at Kaiser Permanente. Shifting to Immediate Past President is William L. Gregory, vice president facility management at Adelphoi USA. Appointed to the Board of Directors is Dr. Steven Driggers, chief medical officer and vice president of physician services or Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc, Wis.

HCI serves a constituency that interacts directly with the business office and/or C-suite, and supervises multiple aspects of healthcare facilities management including facility design, construction and operations. Major activities of HCI include the “Benchmarking 2.0 for Health Care Facility Management Report,” which is being produced jointly with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society. The upcoming edition is being expanded into a full-fledged North American report.

HCI’s predecessor, the IFMA Healthcare Council, was creator of the Green Patient Lab, which was viewed by more than 75,000 people in 14 different venues in North America. The nationwide educational seminar series has traveled to 25 different cities (some multiple times) resulting in a forum where facilities managers can problem solve with healthcare architects, designers, engineers, contractors and administrators.

Ron Kalich, the new president, oversees facilities operations for more than 70-million-square-feet of Kaiser Permanente real estate in more than 1,000 buildings including hospitals, medical office buildings, parking lots, administrative and support buildings, laboratories, pharmacies and training facilities. He is also chairman of the Kaiser Permanente’s Sustainable Energy Council, which recently established a targeted reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 30 percent by 2020.

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Posted November 30, 2012

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