Kentuckiana Chapter



Dr. Irvin Francis Kyle III
Sterile Processing Department
Jewish Hospital
Louisville, KY

About Us:


To advocate for professionalism within the Sterile Processing industry in Kentucky and Southern Indiana by:

  • Pooling the knowledge and experience of members for the purpose of providing the best service possible to all departments of the hospitals;
  • Discussing and attempting to solve problems submitted by fellow members;
  • Stimulating interest in CSSD improvements through presentation of new techniques and products; and
  • Promoting and improving processes and techniques through collaboration and networking within the Kentuckiana region and across the country.

  • Board of Directors
  • Chapter News
  • Meetings
  • Contact Form

Irvin Francis Kyle III, DMin, ThM, MDiv, BA, CRCST, CIS, CHL

Vice President:



Joseph Martin, BA, CRCST, CIS, CHL



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Chapter News:

April 14, 2018. Our third annual vendor fair and spring meeting was a great success. This first gathering in 2018 was held at KentuckyOne Health's Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky. A special thank you to the vendors for their presence and support, and especially ReadySet Surgical (Cincinnati, Ohio) for sponsoring guest speaker Rose Seavey (Colorado), oneSOURCE (Salt Lake City, Utah) sponsoring our other guest speaker David Jagrosse (Connecticut), and Casechek (Chicago, Ill.) for providing lunch. The four educational seminars included SPD Accreditation Surveys; The Wild, Wild West of SPD; Wet Packs: Time to Reprocess; and CSSD Teamwork and Communication. Meeting attendees received 5.5 CE credits.

August 5, 2017: Baptist Health Paducah in Paducah, Ky., served as host as our newly revived (April 2016) Kentucky/Southern Indiana chapter seeks to continue to offer educational opportunities outside of the metro Louisville area. A total of 5.75 CEU's were available to attendees who listened to and interacted with veteran healthcare workers Stephen Sayers (Missouri) and Joan Spear (Maryland) of Aesculap Academy. With “Hot Topics in Sterile Processing” as the theme, an AAMI update, performing routine instrument quality checks, tips on reusable rigid sterilization containers, and IAHCSMM’s “loaner” position were all expertly covered. The meeting concluded with a question-and-answer session, the giving away of IAHCSMM gift card door prizes, and in time for some local site-seeing by some of the out-of-town attendees to historic and artsy Paducah, a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art and home to the National Quilt Museum. An optional tour of the host hospital was offered by its sterile processing manager Larry Parsons. Larry serves on the national IAHCSMM executive board and has been a great help and encouragement to our new chapter. Also at the meeting, Joseph Martin, B.A., CRCST, CIS, CHL, was voted in as our new chapter treasurer. Joseph is the Instrument Coordinator at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.

April 8, 2017: The recently revived (April 2016) Kentuckiana IAHCSMM chapter held its first 2017 meeting and annual vendor fair on Saturday, April 8. Louisville’s Jewish Hospital served as host. Guest speaker Chris Nelson of Key Surgical spoke on “Manual Cleaning: Instrument Cleaning Brushes” and “Communication is Key: Bridging the Gap Between OR and SPD” (total 2 CEUs). We thank our vendor fair participants for their presence and support: Halyard Health, Healthmark, Key Surgical, Progressive Medical Instrumentation, Preston and Associates Manufacturers Representatives and ReadySet Surgical.

December 3, 2016: Norton Hospital, Louisville, Ky. Speaker Peggy Prinz Luebbert, Consulting Educator, Halyard Health. "How Do You Know If A Sterilized Package Remains Sterile?" (1 CE). And Kelly Walker, Account Manager, Halyard Health. "The Efficacy of Various Containers" (1 CE). Plus, a "Hot Topics" question-and-answer session about particular issues and concerns members had at their own facilities, thereby learning what others may have done to address a similar concern at their facility.

October 15, 2016: Jewish Hospital, Louisville, Ky. Speaker Martha Page, Clinical Education Specialist, STERIS: "Verification of Clean: How Do You Know Your Instruments Are Ready To Be Sterilized?" and "Sterility Maintenance Concepts" (total 2 CE). And speaker Karen Owens, Senior Professional Services Consultant, STERIS: "Using Lean Methodology: Demystifying Real Applications for CS" (total 1.5 CE).

August 13, 2016: St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center, Evansville, Ind. Speaker Joan M. Spear, independent sterile processing consultant with JMS Consulting, and Group Director, Clinical Services, Aesculap: "Testing, Validation, IFU and UDI: What Do They Mean?", "Rigid Sterilization Containers" and "AAMI 2014 and IAHCSMM: Loaned Critical and Semi-Critical Medical Devices" (total 4 CE).

June 25, 2016: Jewish Hospital, Louisville, Ky. Summer Seminar and Vendor Fair. Speaker Don Garrison of Prezio Health: "Safety in the CSPD/OR: How Safe is Your Sterile Processing Department?" and "TEE Probe Care and Handling" (total 2 CE).

April 2, 2016: Jewish Hospital, Louisville, Ky. Inaugural meeting to create a new regional chapter after the former chapter disbanded years prior. New officers elected.

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Upcoming Meetings:

In Honor of International Central Service Week

Saturday, October 27, 2018

FREE registration (online or at the door) - includes coffee, snacks and lunch

UK Healthcare Chandler Medical Center
MN-William R Willard Medical Education Building
RM MN263
(click here to view the campus map)

University of Kentucky
1000 S Limestone
Lexington, KY 40536

8:00am - 3:00pm
*Registration opens at 7:30am

**PLEASE NOTE: Park in the Chandler Hospital Parking Garage. Proceed to the Concourse Bridge on Level C which will take you to the first floor Atrium of Chandler Hospital's Pavilion A. There, a UKH ambassador will greet you and escort you to the difficult-to-find auditorium. If having trouble with directions the day of the meeting, please text or call UKH SPD/OR educator Jared Weber at (859) 494-9910. Or text or call Kentuckiana IAHCSMM president Francis Kyle at (860) 471-3328.

Speakers (sponsored by oneSOURCE):

David Jagrosse, CRCST, CHL (Connecticut)
Alison Sonstelie, B.S., CRCST, CHL (North Dakota)

6 CEs provided

Register Today FREE: includes coffee, snacks and lunch

1) A Winning Approach to Professional Relationships (1.5 CE)

The day-to-day functions of a hospital can be chaotic. The onslaught of fluctuating workloads and demanding customers can leave us feeling overwhelmed and defeated. How do we transition from a victim mentality to a victor mentality, get ahead of the barrage, and deliver excellent service? In this presentation, we will discuss how to transform your relationship with the OR into a partnership and share tools for promoting professionalism within your department. These tactics can be implemented immediately and include service agreements, scripting, and rounding. We will share examples and discuss implementation strategies.

2) Teamwork & Communication: Forecasting the Surgical Schedule (2 CE)

This seminar covers the entire process for forecasting procedures and the relationships around acquiring the necessary instrumentation for the day of surgery. A case study of proven successes at Middlesex Hospital (Connecticut USA) are reviewed and discussed. Also covered: discuss and define teamwork; discuss and define communication; case study of process at Middlesex Hospital; forecasting the schedule; team huddles; scripting with vendors; drop off log in department; day of surgery and post case considerations.

3) CSS @ War (1.5 CE)

This presentation gives a unique perspective on how we “combat” the germs within the field of our work. Topics covered are mechanical, chemical, and biological monitoring. Strategies on how to combat and prevent insects from entering your hospitals SPD/OR is also covered. Also covered: history of CSS; review aspects of CSS processing; discuss strategies to control insects entering hospital and department; review standards on washer verification and highlight latest test devices.

4) Continuous Improvement for Everyday Processing (1 CE)

One of the most difficult and important tasks for any department is to continuously improve. How do we manage to stay ahead of the game when it’s always so busy? In this presentation, we will discuss ways to develop a culture of improvement within your department, including establishing standard work and training programs, staff-driven improvement projects, and thoughtfully delegating project work for technician development.

Use the Contact Form tab to email the chapter officers any questions or comments.

Throughout the year we will be hosting a number of additional events, such as vendor roundtables, industry speakers, educational seminars, professional development/networking opportunities and much more. Make it a point to join us and help our chapter push this industry forward in Kentuckiana (Kentucky and southern Indiana)!

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Healthcare Central Service Materiel 
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