This was the first national symposium jointly sponsored by both CMS and the Pioneer Network. It was pretty exciting when CMS Division of Nursing homes said YES to the invitation from Pioneer Network. This symposium focused on the environment. As a contractor to CMS Carmen facilitated the event. Expert speakers taught on various environmental subjects and the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) even sent two featured speakers teaching us both about the NFPA and how the Life Safety Code is developed.