It is with a heavy heart that the Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) announces news of the passing of Betty Hanna, a true pioneer in the profession who served as IAHCSMM’s Executive Director for 48 years.

Hanna was an integral part of the Association since its inception in 1958, and her more than 50 years with IAHCSMM was testament to her commitment to serving and supporting Central Service/Sterile Processing (CS/SP) professionals worldwide, and ensuring that the organization met those professionals’ ongoing needs on all fronts – from education and certification to advocacy, grassroots support, and beyond.

In the Association’s early years, she maintained records and planned conferences. At that time, she also served as assistant editor of Hospital Management, a Chicago-based trade publication, and provided management and secretarial services for The National Association of Hospital Purchasing Managers and The American College of Legal Medicine. Her roles grew rapidly at the National Association of Hospital Central Service (which later became IAHCSMM), and by 1964 she was managing the Association full time as Executive Director.

In recognition of her storied career and valuable contributions to the profession, Hanna was inducted into the Bellwether Class of 2011 by Bellwether League Inc., the healthcare supply chain leaders’ hall of fame. She retired December 31, 2012, and more greatly pursued some of her other passions – animal advocacy and the arts – all while never forgetting her love for the Association and the professionals it serves.

A more detailed farewell to Hanna will be published in the Sept/Oct issue of IAHCSMM’s PROCESS magazine.