Golden West Central Service & Healthcare Chapter
Dignity Health St. Joseph's Medical Center
The Golden West Central Service & Healthcare Chapter is now an affiliate of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM). As with the IAHCSMM, we strive to provide and maintain the high standards of educational opportunities, dedicated support services and access to the most up-to-date professional industry development tools available. We want our members to develop quality and professional excellence with the assistance of our member services, especially our annual educational (and enjoyable) seminar. We want all CS professionals to be trained to the same high standards so that we all can be proud of our chosen career path.
Our Mission Statement:
Golden West Central Service Chapter shall provide quality education, community involvement, professional practices, recognition and support toward growth and ideas for our future direction.
- Develop Central Service professionals toward their full potential.
- Enhance quality and efficiency in health care settings for best possible care.
- Maintain active and proficient membership.
- Provide classes, education and information to those who serve, supervise and manage the specialty of central service.
A History Snapshot of Golden West:
The Golden West Central Service Chapter originated in 1965 with 25 members and was, at that time, called the Superior California Association of Central Supply Personnel.
As the chapter progressed with additional members from Northern California, the Chapter's name was changed in 1971 to the Golden West Central Service Chapter of Northern California. The first seminar hosted by GW was held in 1970 in Sacramento, California. From 1970 to the present, the Golden West chapter has provided an annual educational seminar designed to aid all hospital personnel in understanding and keeping abreast of new technologies in the health care delivery system. The Chapter has expanded from 1965 with 25 members to 350 members with seminar attendance at around 250 at each seminar.
With the recognition of new technologies in central service, the Golden West chapter has instituted a certified Central Supply Technician program which entitles personnel to have a more extensive awareness of better patient care.
The objectives of this organization are to foster co-operation and exchange of ideas among central service personnel in order to promote efficiency in facilities' central service staff and central service management. Also,the chapter endeavors to encourage co-operation among hospitals and allied organizations in the health field in matters pertaining to central service and to encourage and assist all central service members to develop their knowledge to increase their effectiveness in their central service departments.