Douglas S. Erickson, FASHE, CHFM, HFDP, CHC
CEO, Facility Guidelines Institute
Senior Adviser, Specified Technologies, Inc.
Doug has more than 40 years of experience in health care facility planning, design, and construction. He’s been a health care facility manager, a consultant, an authority having jurisdiction, and the principal advocate representing the American Hospital Association (AHA)/American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) membership on national codes, standards, and built environment committees. Doug is a member of ASHE, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
In the past 26 years, Doug has represented AHA/ASHE membership on more than 15 NFPA Technical Committees and is the immediate past chair of NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code and NFPA 110: Emergency Power Supply Systems. He is also chair of the Clinical Subcommittee of ASHRAE Standard 170: Ventilation of Health Care Facilities.
A past chair of the NFPA’s Health Care Section, Doug has served on the NFPA’s Standards Council. He also served on the Joint Commission’s Committee on Healthcare Safety for more than 10 years.
Doug is a founding board member of FGI and has had a leadership position with the Guidelines since 1985 and has been a committee member since 1978. He currently chairs the 2018 edition and was chair of the 2014 and 2010 editions and vice-chair of the 1987, 1992-92, 1996-97, 2001, and 2006 editions.
Doug is also a senior adviser to Specified Technologies, Inc., the premier firestop authority, providing consultation and strategic leadership on the health care built environment.
Doug earned his Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois/Champaign-Urbana. Other positions he has held during his professional career include deputy executive director of ASHE; director of planning, design, and construction for AHA; and director of engineering for the Joint Commission.
He is a featured speaker at national and local conferences on health care facility codes, standards, guidelines, and environmental infection control. In 2013 he was honored with the Crystal Eagle Award from ASHE, which recognizes an outstanding ASHE member for excellent leadership qualities, innovation, and overall contribution to ASHE and the field of health care facility management.
The Guidelines standards help me explain project requirements and negotiate with the executives who operate the more than 200 hospitals in our system. As well, the Guidelines minimum requirements are focused on providing the best possible fundamental environments for patient care.