Special Notice

Former Colleague Larry LeForge

It is with great sadness to inform you of the passing of our former colleague, Larry LeForge, on Friday, July 7th, at the age of 72, after a 27-month battle with cancer.

Larry joined The Joint Commission in 2009 as a Life Safety Code Surveyor until his retirement in 2015.  He served as a Board Member and President of the Michigan Society for Healthcare Engineers (MiSHE).  He was also the creator and founding father of the MECH program which provides Certification and Education for Healthcare Mechanics.  In 1997, Larry was recognized by his peers as Michigan’s Outstanding Healthcare Engineer, only one of three ever awarded.  Larry was an avid fly fisherman, a Detroit Redwings fan, and 500 card player.

Note by MiSHE Board Member and Past President David Holsworth SCHM, CHSP

Larry has had a great impact on many Healthcare Facilities Manager's in Michigan and across the country. While on the MiSHE board Larry showed his dedication to promoting our profession by developing the M.E.C.H. program (Mechanic Evaluation and Certification for Healthcare) to recognize the expertise of Healthcare Mechanics.  M.E.C.H is now established in many states across the country and is the standard for Healthcare Mechanic Certification.

Larry was always willing and looked for ways to mentor and develop new Healthcare Facilities Manager's, and was always willing to share his vast knowledge with anyone needing help.  His contributions to our field through his work with MiSHE, MECH, The Joint Commission and by just being a good friend and ally have impacted many of us in MiSHE.  He will be greatly missed by those of us that have been affected by his generosity and his passion for what we do every day to improve the care we provide to our patients.  

Larry has had a profound influence on me professionally and personally, by helping me develop my skills and imparting in me the knowledge that he had gained over many years of service.  Without his guidance and generosity I would not have the career that I am so fortunate to have today.  I was very lucky to have the opportunity to watch him work every day with such a passion for the work that he was doing, and with a tremendous work ethic and drive.  He will be greatly missed!