At IHEA we are all about helping our members to further their careers by connecting them to other industry professionals through conferences, networking events, site tours and more. Hear what IHEA member Tom Kelly has to say about joining IHEA.


Why did you join IHEA?

Starting in Hospital Engineering I was seeking to network with industry professionals to learn from their practical experience and continue to develop my knowledge of emerging technologies. I have been an active member of IHEA for 5 years which has allowed me to attend multiple events & site tours in which I have been fortunate enough to meet many like-minded industry professionals.

What is your industry experience & what have you achieved?

After completing work experience in 2013 within St John of God Subiaco Hospital (SJGSH) i graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Power Engineering. This experience led to a position at SJGSH as an Assistant Engineer. In a leadership role managing day-to-day repairs and maintenance as well as overseeing 12 in-house trade staff and around 100 contractors I have implemented significant engineering improvements:

  • Water Quality Management Plan
  • Installation of first portable CT scanner in the southern hemisphere
  • Design & installation of domestic heating water plant
  • Site wide electric distribution upgrade, including retrofitting rapid bumpless transfer to the hospitals emergency generator.

How has IHEA furthered your career?

IHEA has provided me with numerous opportunities for self-development and peer-to-peer learning with experienced people in what is effectively a very niche industry. I have completed professional development sessions with experts in their field, including but certainly not limited to; confined space identification, risk management in a healthcare setting, changes to numerous industry standards, production and distribution of medical gases, and the control of water borne bacteria.

I have also been exposed to a number of different healthcare and large industrial facilities. Viewing industrial plant operations in settings outside of my own facility has enabled me to implement significantly improved systems and process into my own workplace.

Why would you recommend joining IHEA?

IHEA has enabled me to open lines of communication between myself and other hospital engineers within the region. Being able to call these engineers and ask questions about faults we have experienced and to hear how they have solved the same problems is invaluable. This allows us collectively to cultivate and maintain the highest possible standards of knowledge, skill, ethics and efficiency for the design, construction and maintenance of health care facilities.

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