Division of Health Facilities Engineering (DHFE)
To support the delivery of health care and preventive services to American Indians and Alaska Natives and to safeguard interests in property.
DHFE advocates and supports tribes and tribal health programs at the national, state, and local levels regarding health facilities engineering. DHFE maintains a tribal health facilities database, formulates and distributes annual budgets, develops projects, and participates on various national facilities related committees and workgroups. DHFE serves as the liaison between tribal health programs and other agencies, to satisfy compliance requirements. DHFE also assists tribal health programs with seeking alternative funding sources.
DHFE assists with tribal planning efforts for site selection and develops facility criteria related to services provided, staffing levels, and facility space requirements for new or expanded tribal healthcare facilities.
Facilities Design and Construction
DHFE supports tribes with developing scopes of work, selecting consultants and construction firms, and reviewing designs and construction progress for healthcare facilities engineering projects. This includes assistance with preparing requests and justifications for IHS and other funding sources for new or replacement facilities.
DHFE provides guidance to tribes on the operation and maintenance of healthcare facilities to ensure compliance with applicable laws, codes, and standards, and conducts periodic facility inspections to maintain compliance. DHFE also assists with developing programs for preventive maintenance, energy conservation, training, and accreditation and manages the Maintenance and Improvement funds appropriation for the tribal health programs.
DHFE distributes replacement clinical equipment funds to the tribal health programs and provides a mechanism for acquiring excess government property. DHFE provides guidance for compliance with all federal laws, codes, and standards and assists with developing accreditation programs. DHFE also administers the tribal facilities general equipment program for new space constructed by the tribal health programs.
DHFE provides guidance and support for activities related to federal leases, tribal leases, and acquisition of excess federal properties.