|You have continued to demonstrate the resiliency that has been required due to vast weather-related events and other global emergencies. There has been a continued focus on climate change and reducing the healthcare carbon footprint. Sustainability project work globally is truly inspiring, but we must share our learnings with each other and keep the good work progressing. All people within the healthcare engineering community, whether associated with facility operations, design, construction, bio-medical, planning, or maintenance have met the challenges with great determination, innovation, and dedication. You should be very proud of your accomplishments.
It was great to get together in Mexico City in November at the International Congress, Hospital of the Future, Transversality of Health Infrastructure for our Executive Committee (ExCo) and Council Meetings. It was very gratifying to hear Michele Di Marco, Techne Coordinator at the World Health Organization (WHO) speak about the important alliance between IFHE and the WHO at both meetings. Many thanks to those professionals that have volunteered their valuable time to help others around the world.
Looking into 2024, I see the need to continue the focus on Climate Change in both decarbonization of our facilities and building resiliency to extreme weather conditions. I look forward to work with the other members of the Executive Committee (ExCo) to continue to improve communication with our members, and to fulfill our mandate to encourage and facilitate exchange of information and experience in healthcare facility design, construction, engineering, operation, commissioning, maintenance, and estate management.
There has never been a time more important than now to share our learnings and experience. I am very excited about our next Congress, October 15th-17th, 2024 in Cape Town, South Africa. It will be important for us to continue work on our strategic action plan there.
On behalf of your IFHE Executive Committee, I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and if you do not celebrate Christmas, I wish you Happy Holidays and Best of the Season!
As the New Year approaches, I hope the best for you in 2024!