Staying Positive During the Pandemic

The good news for patients in need of outpatient surgery is that, across the country, health care providers and policymakers have recognized that elective surgery is not the same thing as optional surgery and are allowing ASCs to remain open to provide this care.

Handling of Explanted Medical Devices Addressed in AORN’s Revised Guideline for Specimen Management

SP professionals must manage explants safely and properly any time a request is made to sterilize an explanted device, such a screw, hip, plate and so on, for return to the patient.

Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

With all the different cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing processes that go on inside of hospitals, I find disinfection to be the most complex and complicated among them.

Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update

After three years, a widely used standard in health care and industry has undergone an important update.

Healthmark Makes Clinical Education Appointments

Stephen Kovach

Healthmark Industries has announced the appointment of former Clinical Education Director Stephen Kovach to clinical education emeritus. Healthmark Industries also announced the promotion of Mary Ann Drosnock, MS, CIC, CFER, RM (NRCM), FAPIC to director of clinical education.

“Steve has been a vital element to our success at Healthmark over the years and we can’t thank him enough for his years of service,” says Vice President Ralph Basile. “In his new role as clinical educator emeritus, Steve will continue to play a vital role in our continued success.”

Kovach has been in the hospital field for over 44 years. He started his career as a sterilization orderly in 1975. He has a BS from Central Michigan University, with a major in biology and history. He is active on the state and national levels of various organizations having held many positions.

He was the educational chair for AORN Specialty Assembly for SP/MM (2006-2010). This was a volunteer position. He is a voting member on various AAMI committees. He also has been an instructor at the community college level and published many articles varying in subject matter from perfusion to the importance of cleaning surgical instruments.

Many of his articles are available online at He has also authored chapters in both the IAHCSMM 7th technical manual and the management manual.

Kovach received the IAHCSMM Award of Honor for his dedication to improving the role central service plays in the hospital. He also was named by Hospital Purchasing News in 2007 as one of the 30 most influential people within the field of central service. He is very proud to say he has “worked in central service the heart of hospital” and he is just as proud to say “he works for Healthmark Industries the company that services the people who work in the heart of the hospital.”

Mary Ann Drosnock, MS, CIC, CFER, RM (NRCM), FAPIC

“Mary Ann has been a key part of our success and we are thrilled to promote her to this important position,” says Basile.

“I am honored to accept this position and together with my team of clinical educators, I look forward to continuing to promote proper processing of medical devices to prevent infections,” says Drosnock.

Drosnock joined Healthmark in 2015 as the clinical education manager for endoscopy. Before joining Heathmark, Drosnock was responsible for management of the infection control program and device reprocessing functions for Olympus America, including Canada and Latin America. In this role, she had responsibility for the development of position statements and policies regarding device compatibility, and health and safety information related to device utilization and reprocessing.

Earlier in her career, she worked for 9 years in the pharmaceutical industry in a supervisory capacity as a microbiologist in both quality control and research and development. Immediately following this role, she moved on to be an adjunct professor of microbiology at a local college.

In 1999, Drosnock received a B.S. in biology from Albright College and in 2006 she received a master’s degree in medical device and pharmaceutical quality assurance and regulatory affairs from Temple University. She has also obtained certifications in both drug development and pharmaceutical science from Temple University. In 2011, she received her certification in infection control through APIC and the Certification Board of Infection Control (CBIC). In 2012, Drosnock received her certification as a Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor (CFER) through the Certification Board of Sterile Processing (CBSPD). In 2013, she attained the status of Nationally Certified Registered Microbiologist (RM [NCRM]).



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