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Rachel Malinowski
CS Tech
Family Health Center / Marshfield Dental Center
Marshfield, WI
Email the Chapter: westernwi09@gmail.com

About Us:

Welcome to the Western Wisconsin Chapter of IAHCSMM!  The Chapter was established in 2009 by Lori Ferrer.  She had a vision to bring education to rural, central, and western Wisconsin.

We've grown so much since then.

The first group of Board Members in 2009 were:
Lori Ferrer: President
Mellisa Ndiaye: President Elect
Nancy Benish: Secretary
Karen Gont: Treasurer

Since 2009, our membership included Central Sterilization professionals from hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental clinics and private practice offices.

The goal of the Western Wisconsin Chapter is to stay abreast of the rapidly changing technology in our field.  We have bi-monthly meetings, spring workshops, fall retreats and tours of various facilities.  The Chapter also hosts speakers of diverse topics and offers Continuing Education to maintain certifications.

There are opportunities to become active board members, participate on committees, network with colleagues and earn points for paid trips to the IAHCSMM Annual Conference.  Best of all, we offer an opportunity to build lasting friendships.

Our accomplishments:

2010: IAHCSMM Small Chapter of the Year Award, San Diego

2013: IAHCSMM Small Chapter of the Year Award, San Diego

  • Immediate Past President Lori Ferrer was chosen by the IAHCSMM/3M International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program to visit Taiwan;
  • Immediate Past President Lori Ferrer was chosen by Aesculap for Manager/Supervisor of the year award;
  • President Dawn Rooney participated in an "Item Writing Workshop" creating questions for the IAHCSMM certification exams;
  • President Dawn Rooney submitted a proclamation to Governor Scott Walker for Central Service Week in Wisconsin (Oct 13-19, 2013);

2014: President Dawn Rooney was asked by Jo Colacci, IAHCSMM Government Affairs, to serve on the Advocacy Committee;

  • President Dawn Rooney was nominated by Paul Thomas for "Who's Who" in the Infection Control Today magazine.
  • 5 years as a chapter 2009-2014
    • Lorie Plaza (President) and Dawn Rooney (Imm. Past President) sent letters to the Wisconsin Governors in obtaining a proclamation to proclaim October 12-18, 2014 Central Service Week
    • Cami Solsrud (Chapter Member): Letter sent to LaCrosse Tribune celebrating Central Service week
    • Nancy Benish: Our 1st member to become an Honorary Member. Nancy was a part of the first group of Board Members in 2009, serving as the Chapter Secretary
    • Document Launch Team (Natalie Lind) contacted WWCI members to participate in the IAHCSMM document share and review team (Members include: Lorie Plaza (President), Dawn Rooney (Imm. Past President), Rachel Malinowski (President Elect), Karla Uptagraw (Chapter Member), and Jen Weiker (Chapter Member)
    • Lorie Plaza (President) was invited by Larry Parsons (Nomination Committee Chairperson) to help assist on the committee. Lorie Plaza is currently serving on the IAHCSMM Nomination Committee

2015: IAHCSMM Medium Chapter of the Year Award, Fort Lauderdale;

  • Lorie Plaza (President) sent letters to the Wisconsin Governors in obtaining the proclamation, proclaiming October 11-17, 2015 Central Service Week
  • Nancy Pengra won Decontaminator of the Year Award, Fort Lauderdale
  • Jen Weiker (chapter member) had a letter sent to the Lacrosse Tribune, celebrating Central Service Week

2016: Lorie Plaza (President) was one of the Final Four Wrap Race finalists at the IAHCSMM Annual Conference. She competed in the 3rd Annual Halyard 2016 Smart-Fold Wrap Race competition in San Antonio, Texas.

Poster Presentations by Chapter Members at the Annual Conference:

2010: Jan Myers, "Improving the Quality of Care and Service for Patients"

2011: Jan Myers, "Above and Beyond - Measure Improvements to Internal Customer Satisfactions"

2012: Tom Thompson, Nancy Hammes, & Jane Burr, "Envision the Green Initiative"

2015: Lorie Plaza (President), "How to Host a Chapter Meeting"

  • Dawn Rooney (Imm. Past President), "Problem Solving Surface Stains on Instruments"
  • Rachel Malinowski (President Elect), "Promoting Our Chapter"
  • Diane Amborn, "Moving Into a New Era of Sterilization"

2016: Jen Weiker, "Implementing Endoscope Reprocessing Education, Training and Testing"

Articles written by Chapter Members:

2012: Jan Myers, "Above and Beyond Improving Internal Customer Satisfaction," printed in Infection Control Today

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Rachel Malinowski
Marshfield Clinic


Peggy Barak
Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital


Lisa Anderson
HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital


Nancy Hammes
Gundersen Health System

Executive Board Member:

Tammy Niles
Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital

Executive Board Member:

Jennifer Weiker
Gundersen Health System

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Chapter News:

Our chapter is keeping up with our goal to stay abreast of the rapidly chaning technology in our field. Our workshop committee is busy getting ready for our Annual Spring Workshop coming up April 21 & 22, 2017. This workshop will be held at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Weston, WI. The theme for this workshop is CS the Unknown Super Heroes. We have many great topics and speakers this year.

pdfClick here to download the Workshop brochure and registration form.

Once again our Chapter feels the importance to give back to our communities. In December we decided to take on a community project to help out others. "Jason's Presents" was our recipient this year. We gave monies to this organization to provide presents and a Christmas party for the less fortunate children and their families from the Chippewa Falls area. At our February meeting we had a great discussion about what others are doing in their facilities to follow some of the AAMI guidelines. For example: How do facilities transport utensils and instruments from a patient room to the dirty utility room? Who is responsible for the IUSS process in the OR? Are facilities implementing arm coverings in the OR and the Central Service area? How did everyone handle the road blocks for some of these changes? It was a great discussion and everyone learned a lot from others. This is one of the great advantages to being part of a chapter, learning from others. Anyone interested in joining our chapter please let us know. Our e-mail is westernwi09@gmail.com.

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Upcoming Meetings:

October 10, 2017: Mayo Clinic Health System - La Crosse

December (TBD), 2017: Marshfield Dental Center - Marshfield

Come join us - even if you are not a member of our chapter - you are always welcome to come and attend so you can see what our chapter is all about! If you need more information about our chapter or a meeting, you can always contact us at westernwi09@gmail.com, or visit our Facebook page: "Western Wisconsin Chapter of IAHCSMM."

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