Upstate News

October 11, 2007
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Burton Thomas awarded designation as Certified Healthcare Facility Manager

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Burton W. Thomas, a SUNY Upstate Medical University senior administrator who has played a key role in overseeing some of the university’s most complex building projects, including the Vertical Expansion and the Golisano Children’s Hospital at University Hospital and the University Hospital lobby, has been awarded designation as a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager by the American Hospital Association. The national credential distinguishes Thomas as being among the elite in a critical field of healthcare management.

To earn the CHFM, an individual must satisfy eligibility requirements that incorporate a blend of work experience and education, agree to adhere to Professional Standards of Conduct and pass the CHFM examination. The CHFM examination tests knowledge in the area of compliance, planning, design and construction; maintenance and operations; finance and administration.

Since joining SUNY Upstate in 1992, Thomas, associate director of physical plant for facility design services, has helped manage more than $300 million worth of construction projects on the SUNY Upstate campus.

Thomas, a resident of Syracuse, is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

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