In December of 1992, the Michigan Society for Healthcare Engineering (MiSHE) formed a subcommittee to explore a new way to recognize healthcare mechanics. Through the work of several MiSHE members, this recognition system was transformed into a certification program. Finally, an independant non-profit organization called MECH was formed to provide this certification to healthcare mechanics nationwide.

In December of 2022, MECH Certification joined the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) suite of nationally recognized certifications, which includes the Certified Healthcare Facility Manager and Health Care Physical Environment Worker certifications.


The MECH Board is comprised of facilities managers and Senior Certified mechanics, overseeing the remaining operations of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization during the legal dissolution process.


Amy Urick
Executive Director

With her background in publishing, marketing and public relations, Amy has aided MECH's progress several times starting from its early years. She has served as the National Coordinator for eight years prior to taking over the executive role.

James Keyzer, CHFM
MECH Treasurer
Director of Facilities Engineering
Greater Baltimore Medical Center; Towson, MD

Jim’s career in healthcare spans 30 years, many facilities and three states, beginning in Michigan. He holds a Masters Degree from Ferris State University and has received the Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager designation. Prior to his current service to MECH, he was active on the board of MiSHE.

Edward J. Belanger II, Sr MECH
Director of Facilities and Plant Operations
Munson Medical Center; Traverse City, MI

Ed has a diverse background in which he has served as a technician, providing troubleshooting, repair and preventative maintenance of various HVAC systems, and provided customer relations and training. He serves with several professional development organizations and councils.

Scott Foster
Lead Plant Operator
Palomar Medical Center; Escondido, CA

Scott has 15+ years invested in healthcare, but began his career in the maritime industry—earning an Unlimited Horsepower, Chief Engineer's License with the Panama Canal Commission. He has an extensive experience with generators, internal combustion engines, and in ATS switch gear areas.

Sandy McCurdy, CHFM
National Director of FM Operations – Regulatory Compliance
Sodexo – Healthcare Facility Solutions
Greater Boston Area, MA

Sandy has served several roles within healthcare facilities management; including Director of Engineering and District Manager for multiple healthcare organizations. She currently oversees regulatory compliance for multiple healthcare accounts throughout the United States. Sandy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Facilities Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and is a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager. She has a diverse professional background with expertise in facilities management, compliance, maintenance and operations, and project management..

Rick Shisler, Sr MECH
Senior Mechanic
Mayo Clinic Health System
Onalaska, WI


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