‘Eye-opening’ OR Webinar Receives High Marks

The February 20 OR Today webinar sponsored by RepScrubs was described as “very interesting” and “eye-opening” by more than one attendee. The session “OR Food for Thought – LITERALLY! What Are We Bringing Into Our ORs and Why?” was presented by Dr. John Kutz, FACS,...

Study: UV Technology Raises the Standard in Disinfecting ORs

Ultraviolet (UV) technology developed by the New York-based firm PurpleSun Inc. eliminates more than 96 percent of pathogens in operating rooms (ORs) and on medical equipment, compared to 38 percent using manual cleaning methods that rely on chemicals to disinfect...

Agiliti Acquires Mobile Instrument Service & Repair Inc.

Agiliti Inc. has acquired Mobile Instrument Service & Repair Inc., the third largest provider, by revenue, of surgical equipment repair services to the U.S. health care industry. The transaction was priced at 11x the company’s 2019 Adjusted EBITDA. “Mobile...

Northwell to Open 4 Cardiac Catheterization Labs

Three Northwell Health facilities – Lenox Health Greenwich Village, Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson and Plainview Hospital – have received approval this month from the New York State Health and Health Planning Council to establish cardiac catheterization labs,...

IAHCSMM Names 2019 Award Recipients

Through its awards program, the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) honors Central Service/Sterile Processing (CS/SP) professionals each year who demonstrate exceptional leadership, dedication and service in the CS/SP discipline.

Many qualified candidates submitted nominations for the 2019 IAHCSMM Awards. The IAHCSMM Board of Directors carefully reviewed each submission and is pleased to name the following as this year’s award recipients*:

CS Leadership Award

Elizabeth Kanzler, CRCST

Director of Materials Management

Community Health Network

Indianapolis, Ind.


Decontaminator of the Year Award

Sunny Vestal, MS, CST, CRCST, CIS, CHL, CER

Regional Manager of Sterile Processing Services

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center

Temple, Texas


Golden Slipper for Service Excellence Award

Teresa Young, CRCST, CER, BLS

Endoscopy Technician

Indiana University Health

Indianapolis, Ind


Technician Achievement Award

Ellen Mushock, CRCST, CIS, CHL, CER

Certified Registered Medical Supply Technician

Department of Veterans Affairs – Eastern Kansas Health Care System

Topeka, Kan.


Chapter of the Year Award

Large Chapter: Pacific Northwest Chapter Central Service Supply Department Professionals

Medium Chapter: Western Wisconsin Chapter of IAHCSMM

Small Chapter: Grand Canyon Chapter


*The official presentation of awards will take place during the 2019 IAHCSMM Annual Conference and Expo, April 28-May 1, 2019, in Anaheim, California.



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