The first Minnesota Health Care Engineers seminar was held in Brainerd, Minnesota at the Holiday Inn, September 30, and October 1, 1976. At that time only the Southern Hospital Engineers and Twin City Hospital Engineering Association were meeting on a regular basis. Some of their members, George Burton, Jerry Glynn, Lynden Johnson, Lynwood Steiert and Gary Boesen conceived the idea of such a seminar and did the planning. Their first session was held at the Holiday House in St. Peter, Minnesota. Lynden Johnson was coordinator and treasurer for the first conference.
also our American Society for Hospital Engineers (ASHE) region six representative and
could see many good things occurring with national seminars.
He noted that many of the smaller health care facilities found it difficult,
if not impossible, to send engineers to national meetings.
The group felt that this type of seminar would be good on a state wide basis
to provide education and sharing of ideas to all Minnesota engineers, whether in Hospitals
or Nursing Homes. As many of the members
recall this was the era of the energy crisis. There
was a lot of publicity about hospital electrical safety, and the start of emphasis on
codes and standards for health care buildings. The
first seminar addressed these items with national speakers, Charlie Morrison and J. Armand
Burgun, of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and committee chairman of the
Life Safety Code 101.
group started they had no funds and borrowed $100.00 from the Twin City Hospital
Engineering, for printing and postage, all the time hoping attendance would be enough to
cover expenses. A fee of $35.00 was set which
included coffee and two lunches. That first
meeting was attended by 76 engineers that resulted in income of $2,660.00 with total
expenses of only $1,926.70. This gave the
group income of $733.30 that insured that further seminars would be held.
seminar Gary Boesen and Jay Felten gathered all the engineers in the Midwest area to
discuss meeting at times other than at an annual meeting.
As a result of their efforts the Midwestern Health Care Engineers
Association was formed on October 21, 1976, and became a sponsor of our annual seminar.
seminar in 1977 was held at Arrowwood Lodge in Alexandria.
Attendance at this meeting was 72. Starting
with the 1978 seminar at the Holiday Inn in St. Cloud, the Minnesota Telecommunications
Managers joined our group. At that time
telecommunications was a section within ASHE and met with them at their annual meetings. Attendance that year topped out at 97. The telecommunication group stayed with us until
1988 when they decided that low participation on their part did not make it financially
feasible to continue.
seminar fee of $35.00 continued in effect through the 1979 meeting. In 1980 the meeting fees were raised to $60.00. That year two vendors were solicited to sponsor
social hours on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. This
practice continued until 1983 when we started a trade show with fifteen vendors, and the
association then sponsored social hours. Vendors
are still part of our seminar and have helped in keeping the seminar registration fee at
In 1983 we
also honored Jerry Glynn from Spring Valley Hospital with our first Minnesota Health Care
Engineering Award for outstanding work in promoting the State meeting. This was a busy year as two engineers,