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**UPDATE** 2017 IAHCSMM Elections: President-Elect

IAHCSMM recently conducted the election for the 2017 President-Elect. Three candidates ran for office and voters were requested to submit a vote for one of the three candidates. The result of the election was that no one of the three candidates received a majority of the votes cast.

According to the IAHCSMM Bylaws (Article X Section 2J), when three candidates run for office voters will be asked to designate their first, second and third choices. Members were not given this option in the previous election. Because the election was not conducted in accordance with the IAHCSMM Bylaws, the Nominating Committee and Executive Board agreed that a new election should be conducted.

A new election for President-Elect is now open, and voting will take place May 17 - June 7, 2017. All eligible Active and Associate members in good standing are encouraged to vote, even if you voted in the previous election.

Please review the nominees below, and cast your vote using the "Cast Vote" button.

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WESTON "HANK" BALCH, BS, MDiv, CRCST, CIS, CHL

HankBalchSystem Director for Sterile Processing Operations
University Health System, San Antonio, Texas

VISION FOR IAHCSMM

We are living in the “Age of Sterile Processing.” Few times in the history of our profession has there been as much media and public attention on who we are as Central Service (CS) professionals and the impact our departments have on the safety of hospital patients around the globe. As the preeminent representative body for Central Service and Materiel Management professionals, IAHCSMM has the tremendous responsibility of not only guiding its many members through this season of increased regulatory attention with clarity and resolve, but also of being the international voice for encouraging growth, excellence and education in the profession (all of which is needed now, more than ever).

As your President-Elect, I would commit all my creativity, energy and passion to:

  • Encouraging local chapters of IAHCSMM to form, and existing chapters to flourish into regional epicenters of networking, continuing education, and professional growth. I believe the strength and support of these chapters are critical aspects to IAHCSMM’s larger vision of helping IAHCSMM members achieve CS excellence, right where they are located.

  • Communicating and translating the depth of passion that CS technicians have for our industry into the kinds of broader public support needed to drive required certification across the U.S.; promoting greater involvement of CS leaders in discussions surrounding creation and implementation of manufacturers’ Instructions for Use; and increasing facility-level support of struggling CS departments.

  • Promoting and reinforcing the dignity of our profession in the eyes of our clinical peers, while providing compelling public arguments for the true value of CS certification.

  • Taking advantage of opportunities to partner with professional organizations, such as AAMI, AORN, APIC and others, to ensure effective representation of CS interests and concerns.

  • Addressing existing industry challenges related to provisional certification and the holistic value of IAHCSMM credentials in the healthcare space.

  • Seeking to work with the other members of the IAHCSMM Executive Board to raise the profile of our organization and its members in the eyes of hospital administration, regulatory agencies and the media, at large.

  • Continue building upon the decades of visionary leadership IAHCSMM has provided to CS professionals around the world.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas - Bachelor of Science

  • Southern Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky - Master of Divinity

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT
University Health System, Texas

  • System Director for Sterile Processing Operations

KentuckyOne Health System

  • Director of Sterile Processing Operations

Jewish Hospital, Kentucky

  • Manager of Sterile Processing

  • Integration Specialist

  • Certified CS Technician

Baptist Hospital East, Kentucky

  • Certified CS Technician

MEMBERSHIP/AFFILIATIONS/ACTIVITIES
International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management

  • Member: 2009 to present

  • Subject Matter Expert for CRCST/CHL test revisions: 2015 to present

  • Board of Directors: 2016 to present

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation

  • Committee Member: ST - Sterilization Standards Committee

  • Committee Member: ST/WG 93 - Cleaning of Reusable Medical Devices

  • Committee Member: ST/WG 94 - Rigid Sterilization Container Systems WG

South Texas Association of Sterile Processing Services (IAHCSMM Chapter)

  • President: 2016 to present

Kentuckiana IAHCSMM Chapter

  • President: 2016

Jewish Hospital Ethics Committee

  • Member: 2014 to 2016

American College of Healthcare Executives

  • Member: 2016

PUBLISHED ARTICLES
AAMI News

  • 'Big Data' Underscores Need for Support Staff to Track Inventory. October 2016.

Becker's Hospital Review

  • Invisible Heroes of Healthcare: Sterile Processing Professionals. October 2016.

  • Where is the Next Detroit? America's Surgical Instrument Quality Epidemic. September 2016.

Infection Control Today

  • Sterile Processing, Infection Control and Zero Patient Harm: Collaboration Starts with Us. June 2016.

  • Certifiably Educated: One Department's Drive to Serve with Smarts. May 2015.

Tuttnauer Blog

  • The Age of Sterile Processing. April 2016.

ReadySet Review

  • Staff Retention in SPD: 3 Strategies for Keeping Your Best People. November 2016.

  • Hiring for SPD. August 2016.

LinkedIn Pulse

  • 60 plus articles and commentary on growth and excellence in the Sterile Processing industry. October 2015 to present.

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • SPD Department of the Year - Healthcare Purchasing News: 2016

  • "Triple Crown Certification: How One CS Department is Winning the Race for Quality, Safety and Professionalism," Communiqué, Sept./Oct. 2015 (Hot Topics article that spotlighted the accomplishments of my former CS department)

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

DAMIEN S. BERG, BA, BS, CRCST

DamienBergManager of Sterile Processing
St. Anthony Hospital & Ortho Colorado Hospital, Lakewood, Colorado

VISION FOR IAHCSMM

Never in the history of Central Service/Sterile Processing profession has there been a greater opportunity and responsibility to increase knowledge and professionalism, and demonstrate our many contributions to patient care. IAHCSMM has long been the lead supporter and advocate for CS professionals worldwide, and I have been proud to serve the Association in various ways over the years to help further advance its reach and impact on quality care and patient safety.

If elected as IAHCSMM’s President-Elect, it would be a role I would fully embrace and never take for granted. I would work hard to advance IAHCSMM’s core mission of serving its membership through its education and certification offerings, and advocacy initiatives. I would also see that current and future goals outlined in IAHCSMM’s strategic plan stay on course. I believe my experience serving as chair of IAHCSMM’s Advocacy Committee; as voting member and co-chair of numerous standard committees within the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation; as hospital Sterile Processing Manager and process improvement consultant; as a former U.S. Military Combat Medic; and City Council member for Johnstown, Colo., would make me an effective leader, and one who will remain focused on meeting the current and future needs of IAHCSMM and its membership.

The pillars of my Presidency will be based upon these key principals:

PROMOTING EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

  • IAHCSMM will continue to strive for excellence in all its educational and certification programs. With a focus on certification and competency best practices, I would work to see new and innovative educational offerings come to fruition.

PROMOTING EXCELLENCE WITHIN OUR PROFESSION AND IAHCSMM CHAPTERS

  • The cornerstone of our profession is the dissemination of knowledge, and IAHCSMM has been committed to enriching its educational offerings to support members and help them succeed. IAHCSMM will continue to develop and expand its knowledge building offerings to CS professionals worldwide.

  • Through my speaking engagements at chapter conferences, chapter members have voiced the need for continued resources to help them recruit and retain new members, and create robust chapter conferences with improved vendor participation. As President-Elect, I will bring these needs forward to the Executive Board and ensure that more is done to promote and assist our chapters.

PARTNERING FOR SUCCESS WITH OTHER PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Strategically partnering with business, industry, government and the community is critical to ensure the strength and continued success of IAHCSMM.

BECOMING THE LEADER AND VOICE FOR CENTRAL SERVICE/STERILE PROCESSING WORLDWIDE

  • The time is now for Sterile Processing professionals across the globe to unite on one common goal: patient safety. We are critical for ensuring positive outcomes for patients. Standing up for what is right and speaking up for what must be done will be my call to all members (past, present and future). As President, my primary goal will be achieving success through education, leadership, advocacy and commitment.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

  • IAHCSMM certifications: CRCST (2007 to present)

  • Bronze and Silver Certification in Process Improvement

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT
St. Anthony and Ortho Colorado Hospital

  • Sterile Processing Manager: July 2016 to present

St. Vincent Hospital

  • Sterile Processing Manager: August 2015 to June 2016

University of Colorado Health

  • Process Improvement Consultant: June 2014 to August 2016

Medical Center of the Rockies

  • Sterile Processing Manager: September 2006 to June 2014

U.S. Army and Air Force

  • Combat Medic (Retired Master Sergeant): Nov. 1992 to July 2014

MEMBERSHIP/AFFILIATIONS/ACTIVITIES
International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management

  • Member: 2007 to present

  • Advocacy Committee member: 2012 to present

  • Advocacy Committee Chairperson: 2016 to present

  • Participating author for CRCST and CIS Lesson Plan Writing Workshop: 2015

  • Joint IAHCSMM and AAMI Benchmarking co-founder and Subject Matter Expert

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)

  • Member: 2006 to present

  • Voting member: ST79 (Steam Sterilization for Healthcare Facilities)

  • Voting member: ST92 (Endoscope Reprocessing)

  • Co-chair: ST77 (Rigid Containers)

  • Co-chair: ST91 (Quality Management Systems)

  • Co-chair: TIR84 (Loaned Instrumentation)

  • AAMI Co-Chair Training Committee member

PUBLISHED ARTICLES
Communiqué

  • Career Growth for Instrument Technicians, CIS Self-Study Lesson Plan Lesson No. CIS 257. Sept./Oct. 2016.

AAMI Horizons

  • Roundtable Discussion: Safer Sterilization and Reprocessing Require System-wide Improvements. 2016.

AAMI BI&T

  • A View from the Trenches: Sterile Processing Benchmarks. Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology: Reprocessing, Vol. 46, No. sp12, pp. 24-26, 2012.

  • When Technology Meets Standards…The Challenge of the Modern Sterile Processing Department. Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology: May 2008, Vol. 42, No. 3, pp. 229-231, 2008.

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • IAHCSMM Manager of the Year: 2012

  • Infection Control Today “Who’s Who in Infection Prevention”: 2013

  • Served on Town Council for Johnstown, Colo.: 2011 to 2015

  • Served as All State Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars: 2013 to 2015

PRESENTATIONS

Since 2008, I have presented more than 75 educational sessions at various chapter meetings and healthcare conferences throughout the U.S., Canada and abroad. Some of these presentations include:

  • Speaker/Presenter at 2015, 2016 and upcoming 2017 IAHCSMM Annual Conference

  • Presented on a range of Sterile Processing- and process improvement-related topics at the following IAHCSMM Chapters: Oregon, California, Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Oklahoma, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Connecticut and Florida.

TONY THURMOND, CRCST, CIS, CHL

TonyThurmondManager of Sterile Processing
The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio

VISION FOR IAHCSMM

I have had the honor of serving on the IAHCSMM Executive Board for the past two years. Learning and understanding the history of decisions made, the Strategic Plan, and its focus and goals for the organization have given me the desire to continue in the efforts accomplished and to lead the next phase of the leadership of IAHCSMM. The Association continues to build upon the strengths and contributions set forth by previous leaders and its pioneers. Each year the membership continues to grow, attendance records at the national meeting continue to be broken, the number of certified members grow by the month. IAHCSMM has given me the opportunity to expand my career to heights unimagined.

If elected, I would focus my attention to the following key goals:

  • Continuing the drive for IAHCSMM to remain the leading guiding force for education and support of CS technicians worldwide. We must continue providing study guidance and testing for accredited certifications that are challenging to the individual, and continue to provide opportunities for career advancement.

  • Working to strengthen IAHCSMM chapters and create more participation from chapter members. This will provide chapter leaders with the tools necessary to enhance chapter development and involvement, and promote themselves in the communities they serve.

  • Striving to ensure the IAHCSMM Executive Board remains focused on its core mission: supporting the needs of every IAHCSMM member. Every decision and every vote is for the betterment of the organization, and allows every IAHCSMM member to have a voice in the guidance and success of the organization. I will challenge each Board Member and IAHCSMM member to lead the charge for better patient safety.

  • Assuring that IAHCSMM continues to build its partnerships with allied professional organizations, such as AAMI, AORN, APIC, AST, FDA and SGNA, to provide guidance for proper and safe patient care. The goal is to help these organizations understand that IAHCSMM needs a seat at the table as the industry experts in Sterile Processing.

  • With 34 years of experience in both the Operating Room and Sterile Processing, I have gained the insight and knowledge to understand that each patient deserves the best quality and standard of care. As a Sterile Processing professional, I understand that our role is as vital to that patient and their outcome as any member of the surgical team. I would like for every technician to leave at the end of the day feeling proud that they had the knowledge and support of an organization to help them be successful, and that they were prepared and ready to provide safe quality care.

  • I am proud of the efforts accomplished and the direction IAHCSMM is heading. I would like to continue to give back to the career field, which is where my passion lies. I want to continue to give back to IAHCSMM, which has broadened my career and given me so much satisfaction.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Community College of the Air Force, Healthcare Administration: 1990

  • U.S. Air Force Healthcare Sciences, Surgical Technician Program: 1983

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

IAHCSMM certifications:

  • CRCST (2005 to present)

  • CHL (2007 to present)

  • CIS (2015 to present)

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT
The Christ Hospital

  • Manager of Sterile Processing: 2017 to present

Lima Memorial Health System

  • Manager of Sterile Processing: 2016

Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center

  • Manager of Sterile Processing: 2012 to 2016

Fort Hamilton Hospital

  • Manager of Sterile Processing: 2009 to 2012

Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center

  • Supervisor of Sterile Processing: 2005 to 2008

Good Samaritan Hospital

  • Surgical Technician/SPD Supervisor: 1998 to 2005

Kempf Surgical

  • Orthopedic Sales Manager: 1994 to 1998

U.S. Air Force

  • Surgical Technician/SPD Technician: 1984 to 1994

MEMBERSHIP/AFFILIATIONS/ACTIVITIES
International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management

  • Member: 2005 to present

  • Board of Directors: 2014 to present

  • Executive Board Representative: 2015 to present

  • Awards Committee Chairperson: 2017

  • Conference charity event volunteer: 2016

  • Communiqué contributing author: 2016 to present

Buckeye Central Service Association

  • Member: 2008 to present

  • President: 2013 to present

  • Communications Officer: 2011 to 2013

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

  • Rapid Cycle Improvement Collaborative council member: 2014

PUBLISHED ARTICLES
Communiqué

  • Anticipation Versus Preparation: Sept./Oct. 2016.

  • You Have Just Become CRCST Certified – Now What? Nov./Dec. 2016.

  • The Frustrating Results of Missing Instruments: Jan./Feb. 2017.

  • The Keys to Great Teamwork: March/April 2017.

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarter, March Air Force Base: July-September 1989

  • Non-commissioned Officer of the Year, March Air Force Base: 1989

  • Strategic Air Command Non-commissioned Office of the Year, SAC Command: 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WESTON "HANK" BALCH, BS, MDiv, CRCST, CIS, CHL

HankBalchSystem Director for Sterile Processing Operations
University Health System, San Antonio, Texas

VISION FOR IAHCSMM

We are living in the “Age of Sterile Processing.” Few times in the history of our profession has there been as much media and public attention on who we are as Central Service (CS) professionals and the impact our departments have on the safety of hospital patients around the globe. As the preeminent representative body for Central Service and Materiel Management professionals, IAHCSMM has the tremendous responsibility of not only guiding its many members through this season of increased regulatory attention with clarity and resolve, but also of being the international voice for encouraging growth, excellence and education in the profession (all of which is needed now, more than ever).

As your President-Elect, I would commit all my creativity, energy and passion to:

  • Encouraging local chapters of IAHCSMM to form, and existing chapters to flourish into regional epicenters of networking, continuing education, and professional growth. I believe the strength and support of these chapters are critical aspects to IAHCSMM’s larger vision of helping IAHCSMM members achieve CS excellence, right where they are located.

  • Communicating and translating the depth of passion that CS technicians have for our industry into the kinds of broader public support needed to drive required certification across the U.S.; promoting greater involvement of CS leaders in discussions surrounding creation and implementation of manufacturers’ Instructions for Use; and increasing facility-level support of struggling CS departments.

  • Promoting and reinforcing the dignity of our profession in the eyes of our clinical peers, while providing compelling public arguments for the true value of CS certification.

  • Taking advantage of opportunities to partner with professional organizations, such as AAMI, AORN, APIC and others, to ensure effective representation of CS interests and concerns.

  • Addressing existing industry challenges related to provisional certification and the holistic value of IAHCSMM credentials in the healthcare space.

  • Seeking to work with the other members of the IAHCSMM Executive Board to raise the profile of our organization and its members in the eyes of hospital administration, regulatory agencies and the media, at large.

  • Continue building upon the decades of visionary leadership IAHCSMM has provided to CS professionals around the world.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas - Bachelor of Science

  • Southern Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky - Master of Divinity

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT
University Health System, Texas

  • System Director for Sterile Processing Operations

KentuckyOne Health System

  • Director of Sterile Processing Operations

Jewish Hospital, Kentucky

  • Manager of Sterile Processing

  • Integration Specialist

  • Certified CS Technician

Baptist Hospital East, Kentucky

  • Certified CS Technician

MEMBERSHIP/AFFILIATIONS/ACTIVITIES
International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management

  • Member: 2009 to present

  • Subject Matter Expert for CRCST/CHL test revisions: 2015 to present

  • Board of Directors: 2016 to present

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation

  • Committee Member: ST - Sterilization Standards Committee

  • Committee Member: ST/WG 93 - Cleaning of Reusable Medical Devices

  • Committee Member: ST/WG 94 - Rigid Sterilization Container Systems WG

South Texas Association of Sterile Processing Services (IAHCSMM Chapter)

  • President: 2016 to present

Kentuckiana IAHCSMM Chapter

  • President: 2016

Jewish Hospital Ethics Committee

  • Member: 2014 to 2016

American College of Healthcare Executives

  • Member: 2016

PUBLISHED ARTICLES
AAMI News

  • 'Big Data' Underscores Need for Support Staff to Track Inventory. October 2016.

Becker's Hospital Review

  • Invisible Heroes of Healthcare: Sterile Processing Professionals. October 2016.

  • Where is the Next Detroit? America's Surgical Instrument Quality Epidemic. September 2016.

Infection Control Today

  • Sterile Processing, Infection Control and Zero Patient Harm: Collaboration Starts with Us. June 2016.

  • Certifiably Educated: One Department's Drive to Serve with Smarts. May 2015.

Tuttnauer Blog

  • The Age of Sterile Processing. April 2016.

ReadySet Review

  • Staff Retention in SPD: 3 Strategies for Keeping Your Best People. November 2016.

  • Hiring for SPD. August 2016.

LinkedIn Pulse

  • 60 plus articles and commentary on growth and excellence in the Sterile Processing industry. October 2015 to present.

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • SPD Department of the Year - Healthcare Purchasing News: 2016

  • "Triple Crown Certification: How One CS Department is Winning the Race for Quality, Safety and Professionalism," Communiqué, Sept./Oct. 2015 (Hot Topics article that spotlighted the accomplishments of my former CS department)

 

 

DAMIEN S. BERG, BA, BS, CRCST

DamienBergManager of Sterile Processing
St. Anthony Hospital & Ortho Colorado Hospital, Lakewood, Colorado

VISION FOR IAHCSMM

Never in the history of Central Service/Sterile Processing profession has there been a greater opportunity and responsibility to increase knowledge and professionalism, and demonstrate our many contributions to patient care. IAHCSMM has long been the lead supporter and advocate for CS professionals worldwide, and I have been proud to serve the Association in various ways over the years to help further advance its reach and impact on quality care and patient safety.

If elected as IAHCSMM’s President-Elect, it would be a role I would fully embrace and never take for granted. I would work hard to advance IAHCSMM’s core mission of serving its membership through its education and certification offerings, and advocacy initiatives. I would also see that current and future goals outlined in IAHCSMM’s strategic plan stay on course. I believe my experience serving as chair of IAHCSMM’s Advocacy Committee; as voting member and co-chair of numerous standard committees within the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation; as hospital Sterile Processing Manager and process improvement consultant; as a former U.S. Military Combat Medic; and City Council member for Johnstown, Colo., would make me an effective leader, and one who will remain focused on meeting the current and future needs of IAHCSMM and its membership.

The pillars of my Presidency will be based upon these key principals:

PROMOTING EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

  • IAHCSMM will continue to strive for excellence in all its educational and certification programs. With a focus on certification and competency best practices, I would work to see new and innovative educational offerings come to fruition.

PROMOTING EXCELLENCE WITHIN OUR PROFESSION AND IAHCSMM CHAPTERS

  • The cornerstone of our profession is the dissemination of knowledge, and IAHCSMM has been committed to enriching its educational offerings to support members and help them succeed. IAHCSMM will continue to develop and expand its knowledge building offerings to CS professionals worldwide.

  • Through my speaking engagements at chapter conferences, chapter members have voiced the need for continued resources to help them recruit and retain new members, and create robust chapter conferences with improved vendor participation. As President-Elect, I will bring these needs forward to the Executive Board and ensure that more is done to promote and assist our chapters.

PARTNERING FOR SUCCESS WITH OTHER PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Strategically partnering with business, industry, government and the community is critical to ensure the strength and continued success of IAHCSMM.

BECOMING THE LEADER AND VOICE FOR CENTRAL SERVICE/STERILE PROCESSING WORLDWIDE

  • The time is now for Sterile Processing professionals across the globe to unite on one common goal: patient safety. We are critical for ensuring positive outcomes for patients. Standing up for what is right and speaking up for what must be done will be my call to all members (past, present and future). As President, my primary goal will be achieving success through education, leadership, advocacy and commitment.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

  • IAHCSMM certifications: CRCST (2007 to present)

  • Bronze and Silver Certification in Process Improvement

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT
St. Anthony and Ortho Colorado Hospital

  • Sterile Processing Manager: July 2016 to present

St. Vincent Hospital

  • Sterile Processing Manager: August 2015 to June 2016

University of Colorado Health

  • Process Improvement Consultant: June 2014 to August 2016

Medical Center of the Rockies

  • Sterile Processing Manager: September 2006 to June 2014

U.S. Army and Air Force

  • Combat Medic (Retired Master Sergeant): Nov. 1992 to July 2014

MEMBERSHIP/AFFILIATIONS/ACTIVITIES
International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management

  • Member: 2007 to present

  • Advocacy Committee member: 2012 to present

  • Advocacy Committee Chairperson: 2016 to present

  • Participating author for CRCST and CIS Lesson Plan Writing Workshop: 2015

  • Joint IAHCSMM and AAMI Benchmarking co-founder and Subject Matter Expert

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)

  • Member: 2006 to present

  • Voting member: ST79 (Steam Sterilization for Healthcare Facilities)

  • Voting member: ST92 (Endoscope Reprocessing)

  • Co-chair: ST77 (Rigid Containers)

  • Co-chair: ST91 (Quality Management Systems)

  • Co-chair: TIR84 (Loaned Instrumentation)

  • AAMI Co-Chair Training Committee member

PUBLISHED ARTICLES
Communiqué

  • Career Growth for Instrument Technicians, CIS Self-Study Lesson Plan Lesson No. CIS 257. Sept./Oct. 2016.

AAMI Horizons

  • Roundtable Discussion: Safer Sterilization and Reprocessing Require System-wide Improvements. 2016.

AAMI BI&T

  • A View from the Trenches: Sterile Processing Benchmarks. Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology: Reprocessing, Vol. 46, No. sp12, pp. 24-26, 2012.

  • When Technology Meets Standards…The Challenge of the Modern Sterile Processing Department. Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology: May 2008, Vol. 42, No. 3, pp. 229-231, 2008.

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • IAHCSMM Manager of the Year: 2012

  • Infection Control Today “Who’s Who in Infection Prevention”: 2013

  • Served on Town Council for Johnstown, Colo.: 2011 to 2015

  • Served as All State Commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars: 2013 to 2015

PRESENTATIONS

Since 2008, I have presented more than 75 educational sessions at various chapter meetings and healthcare conferences throughout the U.S., Canada and abroad. Some of these presentations include:

  • Speaker/Presenter at 2015, 2016 and upcoming 2017 IAHCSMM Annual Conference

  • Presented on a range of Sterile Processing- and process improvement-related topics at the following IAHCSMM Chapters: Oregon, California, Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Oklahoma, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Connecticut and Florida.

TONY THURMOND, CRCST, CIS, CHL

TonyThurmondManager of Sterile Processing
The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio

VISION FOR IAHCSMM

I have had the honor of serving on the IAHCSMM Executive Board for the past two years. Learning and understanding the history of decisions made, the Strategic Plan, and its focus and goals for the organization have given me the desire to continue in the efforts accomplished and to lead the next phase of the leadership of IAHCSMM. The Association continues to build upon the strengths and contributions set forth by previous leaders and its pioneers. Each year the membership continues to grow, attendance records at the national meeting continue to be broken, the number of certified members grow by the month. IAHCSMM has given me the opportunity to expand my career to heights unimagined.

If elected, I would focus my attention to the following key goals:

  • Continuing the drive for IAHCSMM to remain the leading guiding force for education and support of CS technicians worldwide. We must continue providing study guidance and testing for accredited certifications that are challenging to the individual, and continue to provide opportunities for career advancement.

  • Working to strengthen IAHCSMM chapters and create more participation from chapter members. This will provide chapter leaders with the tools necessary to enhance chapter development and involvement, and promote themselves in the communities they serve.

  • Striving to ensure the IAHCSMM Executive Board remains focused on its core mission: supporting the needs of every IAHCSMM member. Every decision and every vote is for the betterment of the organization, and allows every IAHCSMM member to have a voice in the guidance and success of the organization. I will challenge each Board Member and IAHCSMM member to lead the charge for better patient safety.

  • Assuring that IAHCSMM continues to build its partnerships with allied professional organizations, such as AAMI, AORN, APIC, AST, FDA and SGNA, to provide guidance for proper and safe patient care. The goal is to help these organizations understand that IAHCSMM needs a seat at the table as the industry experts in Sterile Processing.

  • With 34 years of experience in both the Operating Room and Sterile Processing, I have gained the insight and knowledge to understand that each patient deserves the best quality and standard of care. As a Sterile Processing professional, I understand that our role is as vital to that patient and their outcome as any member of the surgical team. I would like for every technician to leave at the end of the day feeling proud that they had the knowledge and support of an organization to help them be successful, and that they were prepared and ready to provide safe quality care.

  • I am proud of the efforts accomplished and the direction IAHCSMM is heading. I would like to continue to give back to the career field, which is where my passion lies. I want to continue to give back to IAHCSMM, which has broadened my career and given me so much satisfaction.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Community College of the Air Force, Healthcare Administration: 1990

  • U.S. Air Force Healthcare Sciences, Surgical Technician Program: 1983

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

IAHCSMM certifications:

  • CRCST (2005 to present)

  • CHL (2007 to present)

  • CIS (2015 to present)

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT
The Christ Hospital

  • Manager of Sterile Processing: 2017 to present

Lima Memorial Health System

  • Manager of Sterile Processing: 2016

Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center

  • Manager of Sterile Processing: 2012 to 2016

Fort Hamilton Hospital

  • Manager of Sterile Processing: 2009 to 2012

Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center

  • Supervisor of Sterile Processing: 2005 to 2008

Good Samaritan Hospital

  • Surgical Technician/SPD Supervisor: 1998 to 2005

Kempf Surgical

  • Orthopedic Sales Manager: 1994 to 1998

U.S. Air Force

  • Surgical Technician/SPD Technician: 1984 to 1994

MEMBERSHIP/AFFILIATIONS/ACTIVITIES
International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management

  • Member: 2005 to present

  • Board of Directors: 2014 to present

  • Executive Board Representative: 2015 to present

  • Awards Committee Chairperson: 2017

  • Conference charity event volunteer: 2016

  • Communiqué contributing author: 2016 to present

Buckeye Central Service Association

  • Member: 2008 to present

  • President: 2013 to present

  • Communications Officer: 2011 to 2013

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

  • Rapid Cycle Improvement Collaborative council member: 2014

PUBLISHED ARTICLES
Communiqué

  • Anticipation Versus Preparation: Sept./Oct. 2016.

  • You Have Just Become CRCST Certified – Now What? Nov./Dec. 2016.

  • The Frustrating Results of Missing Instruments: Jan./Feb. 2017.

  • The Keys to Great Teamwork: March/April 2017.

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarter, March Air Force Base: July-September 1989

  • Non-commissioned Officer of the Year, March Air Force Base: 1989

  • Strategic Air Command Non-commissioned Office of the Year, SAC Command: 1989

 

 

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