March 2019

Healthcare Associated Infections and Hospital Indoor Air Quality

Organized by Victoria Branch and ASHRAE Vancouver Island Chapter

Status: Advanced registration is now closed or the event is full. For space availability, you may contact [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM–8:00 PM
Location: Sandman Hotel - Orchid Room, 2852 Douglas, Victoria, BC
Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Taylor
CEO, Taylor Healthcare Commissioning, Inc.
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Event Cost: $50.00 + GST= $52.50
Contact: Stephen Lyon
Email: [email protected]
Note: There will be a half an hour of greeting and networking, before dinner taking place from 6 PM - 7 PM. From 7 PM - 8 PM, Dr. Taylor will be delivering her presentation followed by a question and answer period.

Parking for the University Club is available at UVic Parking Lot 9, and do not forget to purchase a ticket. The building is just across the road from the parking lot. If you have any dietary restrictions please mention them and we will try our best to accommodate. The food will be served as a buffet-style dinner at the clubhouse.
Important Dates: Please register by Thursday, March 7, 2019.
The Victoria Branch is joining efforts with the Vancouver Island chapter of the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to offer members a presentation from the Distinguished Lecturers at ASHRAE. The distinguished lecture program has been operating for over 20 years, and offers presentations on a variety of topics. This event also offers a chance for members to network with the members of ASHRAE in attendance in Victoria.

The focus of the topic is on indoor air quality as it applies to healthcare, but will apply to all building types.


  • 5:30 PM–6:00 PM: Meet and Greet
  • 6:00 PM–7:00 PM: Dinner
  • 7:00 PM–8:00 PM: Presentation, Q&A

About the Presentation

As new research clarifies how essential the built environment is to patient healing and employee health and productivity. Dr. Taylor will communicate clear and up-to-date research on how indoor air management relates to patient healing, length of stay, and hospital profits. Given the exorbitant cost of healthcare, the frightening increase in antibiotic resistance, and the epidemic of patient harm from new infections, these insights offer exciting new tools that cannot be ignored. In addition, this study shows that the current focus on hand hygiene and surface disinfection to decrease transmission of infections will never be adequate without considering the added dimension of indoor management. For those still unconvinced about the value, the business case for these interventions will be presented. Best of all, these findings apply to all building types, not just hospitals.

About the Speaker

Dr. Stephanie Taylor received her MD from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts in 1984. For the next several decades, she practised clinical medicine and did academic research in cellular growth mechanisms. During this time, she became increasingly concerned about patients who were harmed by new infection during their in-patient treatment. Determined to gain a better understanding of the impact of the built environment on patient well-being, she returned to school and obtained her master's degree in architecture and engineering from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. After working for several years in a healthcare design architecture firm, she founded Taylor Healthcare Consulting, Inc., in order to focus on designing, building, and maintaining hospitals to better support patient healing. She quickly learned that many of the building and indoor air characteristics that affect people in hospitals also influenced the health of all people in buildings.

Dr. Taylor is currently working at the intersection of architectural design, indoor air management, the microbiome of the built environment and occupant health. She finds the impact of buildings on our health startling! Managing the built environment and indoor air with the goal of decreasing diseases from acute infections to chronic inflammation to cognitive impairment, is a very underutilized yet powerful approach to disease prevention. She finds that her physician insights and biological research helps her understand the science behind the interaction of buildings, human physiology, and energy consumption.

Dr. Taylor has designed hospitals globally, from the United States to Papua New Guinea to Vietnam. In addition to her Taylor Healthcare Consulting work, she is a member of the Harvard Medical School Incite Health Fellowship. This program brings together multidisciplinary teams from across the US, trains them in design thinking and entrepreneurship, and gives them the tools and resources to guide the future of medical care.

To communicate her work and understanding about the fascinating convergence of human health, microbiology, and architecture, Dr. Taylor writes monthly columns and bi-annual feature articles for Engineered Systems Magazine and publishes in other healthcare journals. She is an active member of ASHRAE, ASHE and national and international medical associations. When not working elsewhere, Dr. Taylor lives in beautiful Stowe, Vermont with her husband and eight dogs. One of her favorite activities is skydiving, which she finds is great practice for staying outside of her comfort zone!

Guest/Non-member Registration

If you are not a member of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, you can register online by quickly creating a 'Non-member' account. After clicking on the 'Register' link, you will be brought to a login screen. Towards the bottom, there is a ‘Create new account’ link. Click this link and follow the prompts to create your account and then you will be able to register online with this new account. Thank you and we look forward to having you join us.


Thank you to our sponsor, UBC Masters of Engineering Leadership. 


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