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Healthcare Facility Managers Learn to Optimize Surgical Suites at 2008 ASHE Annual Conference

- Panel Discussion on Benefits of Group Purchasing Organizations Hosted by Trane -

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) offers professional learning opportunities for its members -- and this years' annual conference is no exception. Added to the roster for the first time is Trane, a leading global supplier of indoor comfort systems and comprehensive facility solutions.

Leaders from Trane will make two presentations at the 45th annual event and will sponsor the overall festivities held on July 20-23 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

"Healthcare facility managers are under extreme pressure to constantly improve their buildings' performance despite tightening budgets and strict regulations," said Laura Rygielski, healthcare director for Trane. "We plan to supply these professionals with an array of tools and knowledge that will make their lives easier, while helping them provide the optimal environment for patients and staff."

Optimizing Surgical Suites -- The Most Profitable Part of the Hospital

Ronnie Moffitt, PE, CEM, a principal applications engineer for Trane, will present: "Surgical Suite Temperature and Humidity: Providing What Surgeons Want Versus the Limitation of Your Equipment." Details of his presentation are:

-- Date: July 21

-- Time: 9:45-10:45 AM ET

-- Moffitt is available for media interviews upon request and appointments

Moffitt will discuss what surgeons want out of the physical environment of their surgical suites -- and how to deliver on them. This includes:

-- Explaining humidity requirements in an operating room,

-- Discussing associated documentation and strategies needed for easier compliance and administration

-- Sharing various control systems that are available for operating room suites

-- Highlighting practical solutions to regulate humidity and temperature.

Maximizing Group Purchasing Organizations

Laura Rygielski-Preston will lead a panel discussion on "Soft Skills for Engineers -- GPO, a Tool for Your Portfolio." Representatives from the top three group purchasing organizations and their owner representatives will participate in the panel. Details of this panel are:

-- Date: July 22

-- Time: 9:30-10:30 AM ET

-- Rygielski-Preston is available for media interviews upon request and appointments

Panel members will provide insights into how group purchasing organizations (GPOs) function, the value of a GPO to a healthcare system and how facility managers can leverage GPOs within their role to expand their footprint within the facility and increase their professional portfolio.

About the Annual Conference

The ASHE Annual Conference theme for 2008 is "Always Ready." A variety of programs, including a keynote address from Gene Kranz -- best known as the flight director for Apollo 11 and the Apollo 13 missions to the moon -- will provide practical, timely and realistic information to help ensure facility management professionals are always prepared to respond to emergencies and critical missions.

About ASHE

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA), represents more than 8,700 facilities managers, engineers, clinical engineering / medical equipment managers, and professionals in the fields of facility management, healthcare design, construction and safety. With the many government regulations and other codes and standards affecting healthcare facilities, ASHE's efforts are focused on providing its members with much needed information and education through comprehensive publications and educational programming. For further information on ASHE, please visit

About Trane

Trane has worked with health care facilities for over 40 years, providing a range of systems, services and solutions to optimize healing environments, improve patient outcomes, increase comfort levels of staff and patients, and optimize facility investment. Nearly half of all healthcare facilities in North America rely on Trane systems for their comfort needs.

Trane, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR), provides systems and services that enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings around the world. Through its two premium brands -- Trane and American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning -- the business offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning solutions. Its systems and services comprise dehumidifying and air cleaning products; aftermarket service and parts support; advanced building controls; and building and financing solutions, including those that allow energy-efficient systems to pay for themselves through energy savings. Trane's systems and services have leading positions in premium commercial, residential, institutional and industrial markets; a reputation for reliability, high quality and product innovation; and a powerful distribution network. The business has 35 plants in 10 countries and more than 29,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit ; ; and .

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