ACE Advisory Board
These industry leaders provide input and guidance in development of the ACE Summit education program.
Mike Gerhardt leads the Energy, Construction, and Facility Management team at Intalere. This team provides consulting support to Intalere members to reduce costs and improve quality related to capital equipment, construction, facility and energy management technologies. Collectively the five individuals on his team have over 130 years of healthcare, supply chain, and construction experience. Individually,
Mr. Gerhardt has more than 30 years of healthcare industry experience, ranging from Biomedical Engineering leadership to Facility Management Consulting. Over the course of his career he has been recognized as the 2006 Outstanding Fee for Service Consultant at a large group purchasing organization and in his current role at Intalere he was recognized as the 2014 Senior Director of the Year. Having spent half of his career working directly for healthcare providers, he has a connected and aligned perspective on helping healthcare organizations improve their quality and maintain a healthy bottom line so they can continue the critical mission of caring for patients. He has a passionate interest in sustainability, reducing energy costs and human impact on the environment. Mr. Gerhardt received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and also holds an Associate Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Cincinnati State University.
Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE is the Penn State Health System Director of Clinical Engineering. She has 10+ years’ experience as a healthcare director, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a board member for the American College of Clinical Engineering. She is active in the creation of AAMI standards, works with the AAMI Foundation on Alarm Management and Healthcare Technology and works with CHIME on healthcare policy. Previous to Penn State, she was the Director of Clinical Engineering at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Dave Kistel is Vice President of Facilities & Support Services at Lee Health located in Lee County, Florida. He is a graduate of FurmanUniversity.
Dave is responsible for the integrated facilities and support service operations of a multi-hospital system including four acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals with a total of 1,557 beds, 3 million square feet of physical plant, one nursing home, and over fifty (50) outpatient / physician office sites.
His division includes five departments with four hundred and sixty-five employees. The departments managed are: Facilities Management Administration, Plant Operations, Facilities Planning & Design, Construction, and Environmental Safety.
- LH is implementing a 10 year system facility master plan.
- LH just completed a 128 bed, 300,000 sq. ft. Children’s Hospital on the HealthPark Medical Center campus.
- LH is adding a 268 bed expansion onto an existing 356 bed campus
- LH has just broken ground on a 163,000 sq.ft. bed less facility in Estero, FL.
- LH is expanding its Regional Cancer Center campus in East Lee County
- Lee Memorial Health System was founded in 1916.
- LH has over 10,000 employees, 4,500 volunteers and auxilians, 115 employed physicians and more than 1,100 physicians on staff.
- Four acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals with a total of 1,557 beds
- Cape CoralHospital – 291 beds
- Gulf Coast Medical Center – 356 beds
- HealthPark Medical Center and the Golisano Children’s Hospital– 496 beds
- Lee Memorial Hospital and the Rehabilitation Hospital– 414 beds
- Is the largest public health system in Florida that receives no direct tax support
- Makes more than 1 million patient contacts each year
- Has the only state approved Level II Trauma Center between Tampa and Miami
- Is ranked No. 1 in the nation for the minimally invasive cardiac surgery program
- HealthPark Medical Center was the first commercial site, after clinical trials, to perform Trans aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, for the treatment of severe aortic stenosis.
- Has the largest orthopedic program in Southwest Florida
- Is accredited by and represented on the National Board of Review for Community Health Accreditation Program.
- AARP ranked Lee Health as fifth in the nation on its list of 2008 Top Employers for Workers over 50 and second in the nation on its list of 2009 Top Healthcare Employers for Workers over 50.
James Venker has been instrumental in the development of Premier’s Construction program and collaborates in the negotiation of many of the agreements within the facility's portfolio as well as several construction web tools. He provides construction and facilities expertise to Premier members and their facilities teams, and assists members in capital contract utilization. His responsibilities include the promotion, education and utilization of Premier’s Construction Services Program in the areas of construction materials, infrastructure equipment and non-clinical equipment. Additionally, Jim provides construction spend and contract utilization reviews, assists members in integrating Premier agreement opportunities into construction contract document specifications, and works to assist contracted suppliers in addressing member needs.