Leo M. Gehring Elected 2006 President-elect of Health Care Engineering Society

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LITTLE ROCK – Leo M. Gehring, vice chancellor for Campus Operations at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been elected president-elect of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association (AHA).


The ASHE represents more than 6,600 facilities managers, engineers, clinical engineering/medical equipment managers, and professionals in the fields of health care design, construction and safety. Members provide expert opinions on proposed revisions to existing codes and formation of new codes and work for repeal of obsolete standards and the adoption of evidence-based standards.


A member of ASHE since 1987, Gehring has served on several committees, including facilities management, planning, design and construction, advocacy, and editorial and publications. In 2003 he achieved Senior Member Status (SASHE) and in 2001 he became a Certified Healthcare Facility Manger (CHFM). He also served as an ASHE board member from 2001 to 2003.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.3 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.