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Golden West Central Service & Healthcare Chapter

Golden West Central Service & Healthcare Chapter



Judith Synigal
CS Tech
Dignity Health St. Joseph's Medical Center
Stockton, CA

About Us:

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.

Our Goals:

  • 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.

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  • Chapter News
  • Meetings
  • Contact Form

Judy Synigal

Past President:

Huy Hong


President Elect:


Interim Treasurer:

Judy Synigal


Arle Simon

Information Services:

Virgil "Skip" Simon

Member at Large:

JoAnn Gwinn




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Chapter News:

From the Wild West to the Modern Frontiers

Barbara Hill, Golden West Central Service and Healthcare Chapter Volunteer

From Wednesday, September 30, through Friday, October 2, 2015, Golden West Central Service and Healthcare Chapter hosted another informative and fun seminar, especially since this celebrated our 45th year as an educational organization. Our theme of medical changes covered a wide range of topics.

Opening day was hosted by Chuck Hughes of SPS. He addressed all aspects of Best Practices, and we all had new information to take to our SPD departments. He covered in Point of Use, Transport and Decontamination, Prep and Pack, Sterilization, Storage and Quality Control, and Reprocessing Flexible Endoscopes from Point of Use to Storage.

Thursday included both speakers and vendor exhibition. Rose Seavey gave details of dealing with CJD in the morning, and then Stephen Kovach addressed CSSI (Central Service Sterile Investigation) and led a hands-on workshop in the afternoon to emphasize the importance of visual and magnification glass inspection of instruments and scopes. Participants did three types of testing for blood and proteins to see this is an important toll to ensure cleanliness, as well as practicing a variety of "dry" instrumentation IFU decontamination steps.

On Friday, Mark Duro discussed making workflow more efficient using LEAN/Muda practices. He gave examples of duplication, inefficient machine locations, slow areas, and, of course, how to eliminate these problems and create a smoother operation in our SPD Departments. Cheron Rojo discussed communication between OR and SPD. He showed good ways to improve communication and relationships with all co-workers and create effective OR-SPD teams.

Of course, we made time for fun! Our Wednesday evening dinner party was full of good food and company for everyone. The Thursday lunch with the vendors provided an opportunity to get to know one of the exhibition vendors and their products. The exhibition gave everyone two hours to explore a wide variety of products, equipment, and instrumentation.

Golden West Chapter continues to grow after 45 years of educational opportunity. Speaker subject matter expands with new medical technology. We appreciate the support of attendees, speakers and vendors and invite everyone to travel to Reno next year for our October 4-7, 2016 seminar. Information will be available on our website.

For more information about the annual educational seminar, please visit

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Upcoming Meetings:

The Golden West annual General Membership meeting will be held on January 20, 2018, at noon at the Sizzler Restaurant in Auburn, CA.

We encourage members to attend this annual meeting. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the Golden West organization and a great time to consider becoming a volunteer or board member. We are always looking for talented, committed people to join the Golden West Team. We would love to see you in January. We encourage participation and welcome ideas for seminar topics, additional education programs, and thoughts on how Golden West can be an even stronger organization for the central service community.

Save the date – the Golden West annual seminar for 2018 will be held the week of September 25th, 2018. The seminar will again be held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.

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