Kentuckiana Chapter



Karen Owens
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.

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Karen Owens, RN, MSN, CRCST, CIS, CHL, FCS
Jewish Hospital

Vice President:

Irvin Francis Kyle III, DMin, ThM, MDiv, BA, CRCST, CIS, CHL
CS Tech
Jewish Hospital


Joseph Martin, BA, CRCST, CIS, CHL
Instrument Coordinator
Jewish Hospital



Board Member:

Larry Parsons

Immediate Past President:

Caryn Nicholson

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Chapter News:

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:

8:00am - 2:30pm (registration opens at 7:30am)
Heart Center Auditorium
Baptist Health Paducah
Paducah, KY
$20 includes breakfast and lunch

Registration and $20 payment deadline is July 28, 2017. Visit

Speakers from Aesculap Academy presenting, "Hot Topics in Sterile Processing"
5.75 CEUs

pdfClick here to view the complete program.

Topics will include an AAMI update, performing routine instrument quality checks, tips on reusable rigid sterilization containers and IAHCSMM’s “loaner” position. The meeting will conclude with a question-and-answer session. This continuing education activity “is intended for sterile processing personnel, perioperative nurses, and other healthcare professionals who are interested in learning more about hot topics, rules and regulations, and suggested performance recommendations for rigid containers and instrumentation.”

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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