2021 Healthcare Symposium

Conserving Energy, Saving Money & Enhancing Patient Experience

HVAC Elements (O’Connor Company, G & R Controls and Balancing Professionals) is hosting a Healthcare Symposium on May 25-26, 2021 at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown in Sioux Falls, SD. As we look to serve and inform the healthcare industry, we invite you to a two-day symposium on relevant building environment topics. Educational seminars will be held on May 25 from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. and May 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The event will kick off with Master of Architecture, Dr. Stephanie Taylor, MD, M. Arch as the keynote speaker. Dr. Taylor worked as a physician for several decades before obtaining her Masters in Architecture and Infection Control certification to gain a better understanding of the impact of a building’s environment on patient well-being. Currently her patient care commitment focuses on improving healthcare environments and workplace processes resulting in better patient outcomes and reduced risk to infectious disease.

Educational seminars will be offered from various HVAC experts who specialize in products used in healthcare applications. Topics include surgical suite equipment, humidity’s impact on hygiene, energy management and operational savings, chillers, filters, hot water system design and best practices in building automation. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be offered for each session. Seminar descriptions will be available on the registration website.

A product showcase will be on display throughout the duration of the event for attendees to view and ask additional questions.

Event is free of charge, but we ask you to register for planning purposes. If needed, hotel room reservations can be made during the registration process.

Registration ends May 3 EXTENDED to May 10


Full descriptions below.

Tuesday, May 25

  • 11:00-12:00 Registration & Product Show
  • 12:00 Welcome & Lunch
  • 12:30-1:30 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Taylor
  • 1:40-2:30 Session 1: Condair
  • 2:40-3:30 Session 2: AAF Flanders
  • 3:40-4:30 Session 3: Siemens
  • 4:40-5:30 Session 4: Ebtron
  • 5:30 Cocktail hour/Product Show

Wednesday, May 26

  • 7:00 Breakfast & Product Show
  • 8:00-8:50 Session 5: Price Industries
  • 9:00-9:50 Session 6: Daikin
  • 10:00-10:50 Session 7: GPS
  • 11:00-11:50 Session 8: Thermal Solutions
  • 11:50-12:00 Wrap Up
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Taylor

Tuesday, May 24 12:30-1:30pm

After receiving her MD from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts Dr. Taylor practiced clinical medicine and did academic research in cellular growth mechanisms for the next several decades. During this time, she became increasingly concerned about the role of the hospital building in patient outcomes, she returned to school and obtained her master’s degree in Architecture.

After several years working in an architecture firm which focused on hospital design, she founded Taylor Healthcare Consulting, Inc., a physician-led company that specializes in designing, building and maintaining hospitals and other commercial buildings for optimal occupant health and productivity. In 2020, her colleagues and her founded Building4Health, Inc. The company mission is to make visible indoor factors that affect building occupant health, thereby revealing strategies for buildings to prioritize the most valuable asset, the occupant.

Dr. Taylor now works as an international consultant and research leader to better understand how the design and operation all building types impact occupant health. She has published in Nature, Science and other peer reviewed journals, is a Distinguished Lecturer for ASHRAE and a columnist for Engineered Systems magazine. She received the, "Women to Watch in the HVAC Industry" award in 2019. She is a member of the ASHRAE Environmental Health Committee, the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force and Harvard Medical School’s Incite Health Fellowship.

Session 1: Humidification, New Technologies, and Energy Efficiencies for Healthcare

Tuesday, May 25 - 1:40-2:30 p.m.

Presented by: Alvie Stephenson, Regional Sales Manager Mid-West US, Direct Room Systems

Condair Inc.

Are your building occupants at risk?  In addition to proper ventilation and optimal temperatures, maintaining an ideal relative humidity level between 40-60% can have a significant impact on the health of patients, visitors, and employees in a healthcare facility.  Relative humidity not only affects the ability of potentially viral aerosols to remain suspended, but also plays an important role in how long these infectious aerosols remains contagious. This presentation will cover the importance of humidity in an indoor healthcare environment, along with new technologies, and energy-saving opportunities.

Session 2: Healthcare Filtration Updates with Ashrae 170-2021 Ventilation Standards & Design Guides to Optimize Filters and Energy

Tuesday, May 25 - 2:40-3:30 p.m.

Presented by: Brian Abel, Foremarket Sales & Technical Support Manager

AAF Flanders

This session will review the latest updates from ASHRAE to the 170-2021 Healthcare Ventilation Standards as well as discuss the New Design Guides to quickly assist in making informed filtration selections and PM choices to reduce risk, defer maintenance and view energy usage.

Session 3: Helping Hospitals prevent and reduce Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) by implementing a Pressurized Spaces Program using ASHRAE 170

Tuesday, May 25 - 3:40-4:30 p.m.

Presented by: Dino Coliano, Head of Healthcare

Siemens Smart Infrastructure

To support infection control and clinical care teams and satisfy accreditation compliance requirements, facilities staff in hospitals operate and maintain a variety of critical and pressurized spaces. Unfortunately, the built environment may be having a negative impact on patient outcomes due to improper pressure relationships and infrequent inspection, testing, and maintenance activities.

Session 4: ​Enhanced Airflow Measurement Strategies

Tuesday, May 24 - 4:40-5:30 p.m.

Presented by: Jim Riendeau, Vice President


Jim will discuss COVID-19 updates for HVAC systems, innovative airflow control strategies, including normal and pandemic control strategies, building pressurization control strategies and air flow measurement technology comparisons.

Session 5: Air Distribution for the Modern OR

Wednesday, May 25 - 8:00-8:50 a.m.

Presented by: Kristopher Geyson, P.E., Engineered Technical Sales - Critical Environments

Price Industries

This presentation will cover the changes to the design of hospital operating rooms over the last few years. Starting with standard laminar flow diffusers with hard ceiling, through air curtain systems and into fully integrated OR suites. It will discuss benefits and savings that can be achieved by utilizing these integrated solutions.

Session 6: HVAC Equipment Design and Efficiency for Healthcare Facilities

Wednesday, May 26 - 9:00-9:50 a.m.

Presented by: Ben Schlinsog, Regional Equipment Sales Manager

Daikin Applied

Healthcare facilities are unique buildings and have specific HVAC needs. Many operate 24/7, need to meet specific code requirements, and are under pressure to reduce energy costs while maintaining a safe environment. We will review different HVAC products and how they adapt to those specific needs not only for Hospital applications but medical office buildings as well.

Session 7: How to Make Your HVAC Systems Pandemic Ready with Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization

Wednesday, May 26 - 10:00-10:50 a.m.

Presented by: Charlie Waddell, Founder & CTO

Global Plasma Solutions

The presentation will discuss pathogen transmission within a facility and how to reduce the probability of transmission. The method in which Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI) reduces particles and also kills mold, bacteria and inactivates virus will be discussed.

Session 8: Hot Water Boilers & Hydronic Heating Systems

Wednesday, May 26 - 11:00-11:50 a.m.

Presented by: Jim Donnelly, Sales Manager

Thermal Solutions

Presentation to provide insight on the basic system design and equipment selection of hydonic hot water heating systems. Topics covered will include system design considerations and major equipment with an emphasis on hot water boilers. Information will be provided on hydronic piping systems and components, boiler types (watertube vs. firetube, condensing vs. non-condensing), materials of construction, fuels, venting systems, efficiency ratings, agency approvals and feedwater treatment (water quality).

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