Healthmark Industries has had an exciting year and is looking forward to an exciting future with its continued expansion of staff and innovative products. This year marks the company’s 50th anniversary. Over the years, the company has experienced a great deal of growth with a variety of products and services. Known for providing innovative solutions for infection control to health care facilities, Healthmark Industries is currently expanding its product line. The company has over 200 employees and has moved to its headquarters that is an overall size of around 100,000 square feet in Fraser, Michigan.

Healthmark Industries was established in 1969 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, by Ralph A. Basile and his wife, Suzanne. After a successful career in medical sales, Ralph decided to start his own company. In the early days, Healthmark was operated out of the family home, for their first-generation products. After a few years of success and growing business, Healthmark moved to its first “real” office on the corner of Mack Avenue and Harvard Road in Grosse Pointe Park. Continued success led to the need for a larger facility and, in 1979, Healthmark moved to a building on 9 Mile between Mack and Jefferson avenues in St. Clair Shores. From the beginning, Healthmark operated as a family business. Sons Ralph, Mark and Steve were among Healthmark’s first “employees,” stamping literature with the company information on a pay-for-piece basis. As time went on, each of the sons, at different times and with different prior experiences, joined the family business and helped it grow. Healthmark’s founder and patriarch, Ralph A. Basile, passed away in 2001 after a battle with cancer. Through the efforts of his wife, three sons, grandchildren and many loyal employees, the company has continued to grow.

Members of the Basile family are (back row, from left) Ralph Basile, Dan Basile, Mark Basile and Theresa Basile; and (front row, from left) Suzanne Basile, Karen Mac Donald-Basile, Delores Basile, Lily Basile, Steve Basile and Pete Basile.

 

Over the years Healthmark has expanded its product line to fit the needs of health care facilities and one of the product lines that they added to is optical products. One of the newest products that just launched is the Flexible Inspection Scope (FIS-006). It features a distal tip composed of a light source and camera lens at the end of a 110cm, flexible shaft. Designed for lumens 1.18 mm in diameter or larger. The camera and light are powered by the USB connection on a PC. Compatible with computers running Windows 7, 8 and 10, the included software allows viewing and recording.

Cleaning verification continues to be an important issue in health care across the country. News headlines often report about complications from surgeries caused by instruments and equipment that have not been properly cleaned. It has affected the health care field in recent years.

Healthmark added products to its ProFormanceTM monitoring tools over the years to help ensure surgical instruments and other equipment are reprocessed correctly. AAMI1 and AORN2 recommend at least weekly testing of the cleaning process. These products are designed to help facilities comply with standards and ensure they are reprocessing equipment and cleaning surgical instruments properly.

“One of the ongoing challenges in the health care industry is to effectively reprocess surgical instruments on a consistent basis,” says Ralph Basile, vice president.

Healthmark has products designed to help hospitals and health care facilities provide safe environments and prevent infections.

Researchers have discovered that devices that haven’t been reprocessed correctly can emerge from the cleaning process with bits of bone, blood and tissue from the previous operation. These contaminants can be reservoirs for some potentially lethal bacteria. Proper cleaning and sterilization are essential for ensuring that medical and surgical instruments do not transmit infectious pathogens to patients.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), multiple studies in many countries have documented lack of compliance with established guidelines for disinfection and sterilization. Failure to comply with scientifically based guidelines has led to numerous outbreaks.

“Our ProFormanceTM products are designed to help hospitals and healthcare facilities meet the challenge to regularly test their cleaning process in order to ensure their medical devices are being reprocessed properly. Once reprocessed, inspection will need to take place to ensure the surgical instruments are indeed clean,” Basile explained.

Healthmark also launched a new software application this year, ProFormanceQA™ 2.1 to its ProFormance™ Cleaning Verification product line. This database that Healthmark offers for free for their ProFormance™ product customers. It’s a secure online database that allows professionals to record key statistics for the performance of decontamination procedures, including the test results from Healthmark’s ProFormance™ line of monitoring products. With this cloud-based database professionals can record data, use the information to generate impactful reports and track equipment cleaning performance over time.

To begin the setup process go to www.proformanceqa.com. Then, please call 800-521-6224 ext. 6657 or email proformanceqa@hmark.com to schedule a call with the ProFormanceQA Help Desk.

Look for Healthmark’s newest online game this fall on Crazy4Clean.com. It is another unique free service that Healthmark offers. Crazy4Clean.com is a website that consists of educational games designed to teach health care professionals about proper reprocessing of instruments/equipment while earning free CEUs.

“Games are a great way to learn. They simulate experiences that teach you new skills while you’re entertained,” said Basile. “This will be the15th game we have launched on Crazy4Clean.com and we are very excited for everyone to play it online.”

At the end of each game, players receive a free CEU by completing a quiz based on what they’ve learned.

If you are looking for industry news, helpful hints and other information, Healthmark produces a weekly newsletter that is distributed to thousands of readers. Each Healthmarket Digest features a story written by a member of the Healthmark team as well as a weekly coupon.

For more information about Healthmark Industries, visit www.hmark.com or call 800-521-6224.

References

1. AAMI (ST79 Comprehensive Guide to Steam Sterilization and Sterility Assurance in Health Care Facilities)
2. AORN Recommended Practices for Cleaning and Care of Surgical Instruments and Powered Equipment