In 2006, Victoria Nahum became the face the American health care system has come to associate with the problem of health care acquired infections after 3 members of her family became infected in 3 different hospitals in 3 different states in 10 months’ time, culminating with the death of her stepson, Josh. He was 27.

Just weeks after Josh’s death, she and her husband Armando created Safe Care Campaign (www.safecarecampaign.org) to bring a sharper focus on infection prevention within the American health care environment.

Safe Care Campaign partners with health care systems, hospital administrations and frontline caregivers to remind, provoke, motivate and inspire all who work within the continuum of care of their most noble challenge and moral duty to prevent these infections that annually infect more than 1.7 million and kill more than 99,000 patients in the U.S.

The story of Safe Care Campaign’s work has been featured on many national and local television and radio programs including:

  • The Dr. Oz Show
  • The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
  • CNN’s The Empowered Patient
  • The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric
  • FOX News

It has also been featured in numerous articles in journals and publications including:

  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Washington Post
  • The New York Times
  • Infection Control Today

In 2011 she wrote the book, “How to be Safe While Receiving Medical Care.” It is available in the Apple iBook store, on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

The same year she also produced (along with partners the CDC, The Joint Commission’s Speak Up Campaign, the Patient Channel and Kimberly Clark) a free patient safety education program now in use (called the same name as her book) in hundreds of hospitals across the U.S. and the world. This program allows patients and their families to instantly access important safety videos 24/7 at the bedside simply through the use of strategically placed posters, smartphones and QR codes. It allows patients to access safety information right when they need it without any staff time requirements, training or cost.

In 2012 Victoria was invited to work with President Obama’s Partnership for Patients as a member of the National Priorities Partnership. From her affiliation with that work she co-created H2Pi (The Healthcare and Patient Partnership Institute) along with Dr. Tim McDonald and Martin Hatlie. This institute is a free offering to hospitals wanting to engage patients and their families as well as reach the stated goals of President Obama’s Partnership for Patients.

She currently sits on the Joint Commission’s Patient and Family Safety Advisory, is a past member of the Board of Directors at Consumers Advancing Patient Safety and is part the Georgia Hospital Association Advisory Board to Prevent Infection.

Read A Mother’s Letter to a Hospital CEO, by Victoria Nahum, whose stepson Josh died from a healthcare-acquired infection.

Speaking: Friday 0845-1015; Opening Keynote Speaker

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Michelle Alfa, Ph.D., FCCM, University of Manitoba; St. Boniface Research Centre

Dr. Michelle J. Alfa is a professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology at the University of Manitoba. In addition, she is a Principal Investigator at the St. Boniface Research Centre. She has worked for the past 25 years as a Ph.D. certified Clinical Microbiologist involved with diagnostic microbiology, teaching, and research in the area of hospital-acquired infections.
Her primary area of research is related to improving reprocessing of complex medical devices to reduce the risk of infection transmission. Monitoring cleaning of endoscope channels and other difficult to clean medical devices has been a key focus. This provides a way to detect improperly cleaned devices and ensure they are re-cleaned prior to being disinfected or sterilized.
Dr. Alfa has over 150 publications, has received the “Distinguished Microbiologist” award from Canadian College of Microbiologists, and the “Research Innovation” award from the University of Manitoba.

Friday 1030-1200; Featured Speaker: Endoscopes & Biofilms
Friday 1315-1415; Endocavity Probes
Sunday 1000-1100; Monitoring of Cleaning Effectiveness Advantages & Disadvantages

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Barbara Bolding, Consultant, Medical Device Reprocessing

Barbara Bolding is a Registered Nurse who has worked in the areas of the OR, Medical Device Reprocessing and Clinical Education, for more than 35 years. She is a graduate of nursing programs at BCIT and the University of British Columbia, and holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University.
Barbara developed the Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Programme at Vancouver Community College, and has recently retired from a Clinical Education Consultant position for the Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) group at Johnson & Johnson Medical Companies. In this role, among other things she provided reprocessing education for staff in reprocessing departments of hospitals and clinics in Western Canada.
She is also an active member of a number of the Canadian Standards Association’s medical device reprocessing subcommittees. She has been closely with the medical device reprocessing technician certification exam for CSA. She has also worked with an expert group in BC to revise the Medical Device Reprocessing Best Practices document. And most recently, she has worked with Vancouver Community College to revise and update the curriculum content for their Medical Device Reprocessing Technician program.

Thursday 0800-1200; Certification Exam Success: Improving Your Score on the CSA Medical Device Reprocessing Technician Exam
Friday 1315-1415; Decontamination and Infection Prevention & Control in Non-Hospital Reprocessing Areas
Sunday 1000-1100; Routine Monitoring of Tabletop Steam Sterilizers in Non-Hospital Settings

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Janet Bristeir, Vancouver Coastal Health

Janet Bristeir is a UK trained, Registered Nurse, with post graduate certificate in Operating Room Technique. She has worked in the OR, Medical Device Reprocessing, Education and Quality Assurance, for many decades. She is currently the Regional Reprocessing Practice Improvement Program (RPIP) Coordinator, for Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). In this position Janet supports VCH Operations to demonstrate and maintain compliance with B.C. Ministry of Health (MoH) Communiqué on Reprocessing of Medical Devices 2011 and the Best Practice Guidelines for Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Critical and Semi-critical Medical Devices in BC Health Authorities 2011. This work includes, compliance monitoring, annual audits – planning, survey, and follow-up with 176 sites across VCH and including the Lower Mainland Consolidation Medical Imaging.
Janet is a member of the Reprocessing Working Group (RWG) of the MoH BC, an expert group collaborating with the MoH to produce the Best Practices Guidelines document. She is the Chair of a sub-committee of the RWG, currently developing reprocessing on-line education modules for B.C. The modules are intended to bridge the gap for rural MDRD Staff, giving them access to information on current reprocessing procedures and guidelines. She is also an active member of IPAC Canada, with membership on the Reprocessing, Foot Care and Dental interest groups. In her spare time Janet is an Amazon #1 bestselling author of; Medical Tourism – Surgery for Sale! How to have Surgery abroad without it costing your life and the accompanying workbook and Journal, Medical Tourism – Pre-Surgery Checklist and Workbook plus Your Surgery Journey.

Speaking: Friday 1430-1530; From Star Trek to MDRD – Replicators (3D Printers) are Making Medical Devices. Are we Ready?
Sunday 1000-1100; Routine Monitoring of Tabletop Steam Sterilizers in Non-Hospital Settings

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Michelle Davis, Eastern Health

Michelle started her career in health care in 1998 as a supervisor at Central Laundry. In 2003 she moved to the Medical Device Reprocessing department as Site Supervisor for the Health Sciences Centre and very quickly realized this was where she was meant to be. She completed Purdue University Sterile Service Technical Training course in January 2005. She managed a staff of 41 at the Health Science Centre, the largest acute care facility in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, providing reprocessing for adult, oncology, women’s health, and pediatric services from one central reprocessing department.
In 2010, she moved into the newly created position of Regional Quality Manager for Medical Device Reprocessing. This position had responsibility for quality management in the five central reprocessing departments within the Eastern Health region, as well as all areas where reprocessing activities are taking place outside central MDR’s. In this capacity, she was responsible for writing policies, creating standard operating procedures, creating and conducting audits and competency testing, and coordinating process improvement initiatives as needed. In September 2015, Michelle returned to Eastern Health’s Health Sciences Centre as Site Manager for the Medical Device Reprocessing Department. Michelle has been chair or co-chair of the past three Accreditation Canada Reprocessing and Sterilization teams for Eastern Health. She sits on the Eastern Health Product Quality and Safety committee as well as numerous other committees related to quality and safe patient care.

Speaking: Sunday 0845-0945; Featured Presentations Panel Discussion: Day to Day Problems/Solutions (Hot Topics) / Problèmes/solutions au jour le jour

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Dalyce Fredette-Percy, Portage District General Hospital

Dalyce Fredette-Percy has worked in the Perioperative field for the past 41 years. She is currently the Manager of the Operating Room, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Medical Device Reprocessing Department, Pre Admission Clinic, OR Slating and Same Day Surgery Unit at the Portage District General Hospital in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
She began her Perioperative career in 1974 as an Operating Room Technician at the Health Sciences Centre for 10 years. She then entered Nursing school and continued working in the OR after school and on weekends until she graduated from Nursing. She then continued in the Perioperative field in the OR at HSC in Winnipeg. She then became the Manager of Surgical Processes for the MDRD at HSC from 2010-2014, until moving to Portage la Prairie, where she currently works and resides.
Dalyce has been a member of the MDR Regional Working Group for four years and is now a member of the MDR Working Group for Southern Health Santé Sud. She has also been a member of the MDR Advisory Committee. Dalyce continues to be a member of the Regional Planning Committee for the Provincial Conferences/ Workshops for the past four years.
Dalyce continues to be a member of CAMDR and was a committee member on the CAMDR Planning Committee in which Winnipeg hosted the 2014 Inaugural National Conference. Dalyce looks forward to assuming her new role as CAMDR Provincial Advisor for the province of Manitoba.

Speaking: Sunday 0845-0945; Featured Presentations Panel Discussion: Day to Day Problems/Solutions (Hot Topics) / Problèmes/solutions au jour le jour

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Chuck Hughes, Infection Prevention Consulting Services

Certified as a NY State Health Education teacher, Chuck has worked over 25 years in the manufacturing industry in areas of Research & Development, Regulatory Affairs, Microbiology, Marketing and Sterilization Training. A corporate member of AAMI, AORN, APIC, AST, CSA and IAHCSMM; Chuck has extensive lecturing experience to medical device manufacturers and healthcare organizations worldwide. In 2004, he was awarded “Educator of the Year” by the Inland Empire Chapter of ASHCSP and in 2005 received the distinguished “Award of Honor” from IAHCSMM. In 2006, Chuck was inducted into the first-ever Who’s Who in Infection Prevention issue of Infection Control Today, and in 2008 was selected to the Who’s Who in the Ambulatory Surgery Industry. In 2009, he received “Speaker of the Year” from the California Central Service Association and an “Acknowledgement for Exceptional Service and Dedication to the Profession” award from IAHCSMM. In 2012, Chuck received the “Robert Hilboldt Memorial Award” which is a lifetime achievement award presented by the Michigan Society for Healthcare Central Service Personnel and “Educator of the Year” from the Golden West Central Services Association.

Speaking: Saturday 1315-1415; Table Top Sterilizers – 10 Common Practices that are not Best Practices!

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Sue Lafferty, Infection Control Consultant

Sue Lafferty is an infection control consultant with a long-standing interest in the area of reprocessing medical devices. Sue is a graduate of the Royal Alexandra Hospital School of Nursing and obtained her BScN at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She is a past member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Committee on Sterilization and was chair of CSA working group for Decontamination of Reusable Medical Devices. She serves as an IPC advisor to Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons. For the past 5 years, Sue has been instructor for IPAC Canada’s Basic Online IPC Course, teaching infection control students about medical device reprocessing. Sue was a member of IPAC-Canada for 24 years and is a member of CAMDR (Canadian Association of Medical Device Reprocessing).

Speaking: Friday 1430-1530; Making it Work in Your Medical Device Reprocessing Environment

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Colleen Landers, Weeneebayko Area Health Authority

Colleen is a Registered Nurse and a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician who has worked in healthcare since 1967 in Ontario in many health care areas. She worked 19 years in the operating room and 20 years in medical device reprocessing at Timmins & District Hospital and Weeneebayko Area Health Authority. She presently runs her own healthcare consulting company and has consulted in the reprocessing of medical devices field in Canada for the past 16 years.

Her main goals in life are to “Make a Difference in Improving Health Care in Canada” and to work towards “Ensuring That All Patients Receive the Best Quality Care Possible”. She pursues these goals tirelessly by dedicating thousands of volunteer hours to endeavors to improve central reprocessing practices in Canada and promoting the Canadian Standards in reprocessing. She is an author of the Medical Device Reprocessing Technician textbook and workbook being used in colleges and course across Canada.

She is a member of the technical committee for healthcare standards for 20 years. She won the “National Canadian Standards Award for Health Care” participation for 2005 for her countless volunteer hours over the past years in assisting to improve the best practices standards for reprocessing medical devices. She is a Canadian Surveyor for Accreditation Canada for healthcare.

As a volunteer, she was a member of the “Health Canada Scientific Advisory Panel on the Reprocessing of Medical Devices”. Colleen was appointed to the College of Teachers Board by the Minister of Education in January 2016 for a three-year term to protect public interest. She has spoken at numerous conferences across North America.

Speaking: Thursday 0800-1200; What’s new with CSA Standards

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Terry McAuley, STEAM Consulting Pty Ltd.

RN, MSc Medical Device Decontamination; Grad Dip Education and Training; Cert Mgt Decontamination Reusable Medical Devices (UK); Cert Sterilization and Infection Control; Cert Perioperative Nursing; Cert Operating Suite Management; Cert IV A & W T; MACORN; MACN.
Terry has over 22 years’ experience as an independent Consultant in her own business, STEAM Consulting Pty Ltd. In this capacity, she has conducted training and consultancy reviews of hospital based sterilising services, day procedure centres, dental, podiatry and general office-based practices and performed state-wide audits for various Australian Departments of Health.
She represents the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control on the Australian Standards Committee responsible for AS/NZS 4187 Reprocessing Reusable Medical Devices in Health Service Organisations and the sister Standard AS/NZS 4815 applicable to office-based practice. Terry also participates in ISO TC 198 Sterilization of Healthcare Products Working Group 6 – Chemical Indicators and Working Group 12 Information for reprocessing resterilizable medical devices.

Speaking: Saturday 1600-1715; Reprocessing of ‘Single-Use’ Orthopaedic Implants: A Study on the Effects of Repeated Reprocessing of Single-Use Screws in Screw Caddies

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Gerald McDonnell, PhD, Senior Director, Sterility Assurance, DePuy Synthes Companies, Johnson & Johnson

Dr. Gerald McDonnell is a Senior Director for Sterility Assurance for DePuySynthes (a Johnson & Johnson company). He serves as the global technical leader in the areas of microbiology and contamination control including sterilization, reprocessing and microbiology. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, he was the Vice President of Scientific and Clinical Services for STERIS Corporation in Mentor, Ohio. Dr. McDonnell has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Medical Laboratory Sciences and a Ph.D. in Microbial Genetics. He is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences with over 180 publications and patents in the area, including a new book published in 2012 entitled ‘A Practical Guide to Decontamination’. He is a member of national and international working groups, including AAMI, ISO and EN committees, for standard and guideline development. He is the current convener of CEN TC 102 WG8 (washer-disinfectors) and a faculty member for the AAMI Industrial Sterilization Program.

Speaking: Saturday 1315-1415; The Development of Instructions For Use and How We Can Ensure They Are Being Followed

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Janice E. McVeety, RN, Master of Health Administration (MHA), Accreditation Canada

Janice McVeety has worked with Accreditation Canada as an Accreditation Product Development Specialist since 2014. In her role, she is responsible for the research and development of national standards of excellence and accreditation processes for health care services.
Janice has been a Registered Nurse for 33 years and has worked in the capacity of clinical nurse, program analyst and clinical manager. Janice has experience working in many hospital health services but specialized in obstetrics (birthing unit), gynecology and newborn care. Her experience in health care has made her passionate about patient safety. Prior to her work at Accreditation Canada, she worked as a consultant, a project manager at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and as a patient safety officer for the Queens Joanna Briggs Collaboration at the Queen’s School of Nursing in Kingston Ontario.
Janice holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Psychology from Carleton University.

Speaking: Friday 1430-1530; Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices Standards

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Sherryl Merritt, University Health Network

Sherryl Merritt worked in healthcare in Quebec before moving to the University Health Network (UHN) in 2007 where she assumed an implant specialist role. It was not long before the opportunity to be clinical educator presented itself. Sherryl became the educator for Central Processing (MDRD) at the Toronto Western site of University Health Network in 2008. In 2012, Sherryl became the manager of the (MDRD) where she is continuing to make new paths for the advancement of medical device reprocessing.
Sherryl is a graduate in leadership development of Rotman School of Management University of Toronto 2014. She is presently working on her MBA at University Of Cumbria.
Sherryl is passionate about patient safety and the advancement of sterile reprocessing. She is currently co-chair on the UHN Reusable Medical Device Committee; this committee addresses the challenges which the MDRD may experience with medical devices for cleaning and sterilization.

Speaking: Saturday 1315-1415; The Development of Instructions For Use and How We Can Ensure They Are Being Followed

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Rodney (Rod) Parker, PhD, Stryker

Dr. Parker is a Senior Principal Scientist in the Instrument Division of Stryker. In this role, he is responsible for research on a variety of topics. He holds an undergraduate degree in medical technology, a master’s degree in biomedical engineering and a PhD in business. Dr. Parker worked in pharmaceutical research for 18 years before joining Stryker in 1995. He has developed and validated cleaning and sterilization protocols for many different types of medical devices and has designed and patented cleaning solutions for medical equipment. He speaks often on the methods of validation used by medical device companies and the issues associated with compliance to instructions for use.
He is a current member for numerous ISO, AAMI and Canadian Standards Association technical sterilization standards committees.

Speaking: Saturday 0845-1015; Featured Speaker: When Knowledge and Understanding is Shared, Improvements to IFU’s can be Impactful – A Case Study

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Andrée Pelletier, Institut national de santé publique du Québec

Andrée Pelletier détient un baccalauréat en Sciences infirmières de l’Université de Montréal. Infirmière clinicienne de formation. Depuis 2012, elle travaille à l’INSPQ à titre de conseillère scientifique pour le Centre d’expertise en retraitement des dispositifs médicaux. Elle a été gestionnaire durant 10 ans dans une unité de retraitement où elle a été lauréate du programme de reconnaissance Organisation du travail et gestion du changement. Elle a été impliquée dans plusieurs dossiers, dont la réalisation et l’implantation du premier logiciel de traçabilité des dispositifs médicaux, la réalisation du programme d’attestation d’études collégiales (AEC) et du programme de reconnaissance des acquis et des compétences (RAC) en retraitement des dispositifs médicaux du Cégep de St-Laurent, la réalisation d’un centre de retraitement des dispositifs médicaux en Ontario d’une capacité de retraitement de plus de 2500 plateaux par jour et la révision du Programme Qmentum en retraitement des dispositifs médicaux réutilisables de Santé Canada. Depuis près de 20 ans, elle participe aux différents travaux de l’Association québécoise en retraitement des dispositifs médicaux (AQRDM).

Présentation: Dimanche 0845-0945; Featured Presentations Panel Discussion: Day to Day Problems/Solutions (Hot Topics) / Problèmes/solutions au jour le jour

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Ian Pequegnat, STERIS Canada

Ian is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a BSc in Health Sciences. He has over 30 years experience in the medical device industry. In his current role, he is the Director for Consumable Sales and Clinical Services for STERIS Canada. Ian is also an active member and Chair of the CSA Technical Committee for Sterilization in Healthcare and represents Standards Council of Canada as a delegate on various ISO Working Groups.

Speaking: Thursday 0800-1200; What’s new with CSA Standards

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Gale Schultz, RN BN, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Gale Schultz is a registered nurse with over 35 yrs experience in health care. She is currently the Regional Director, Medical Device Reprocessing for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Gale is a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and current Vice-Chair, Technical Advisory Committee on Reprocessing. She is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Medical Device Reprocessing (CAMDR) and current executive member. Gale is an active member of the Manitoba Provincial MDR Committee and is the lead planner for the biennial Manitoba MDR Conference. Gale was awarded the 2016 Manitoba Institute of Patient Safety (MIPS) Patient Safety Champion award.

Speaking: Friday 1315-1415; Endocavity Probes

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Samantha Shone, Vancouver General Hospital

Samantha Shone is a CSA CMDRT certified Coordinator in the Medical Device Reprocessing Department at Vancouver General Hospital. Samantha’s career in MDRD started 10 years ago as a MDR technician at St. Paul’s hospital. The summer of 2016 marks her fifth year with Vancouver Coastal Health at Vancouver General Hospital.
Samantha’s professional interests include streamlining Legacy manual processes by utilizing technology to be more efficient within MDRD. Samantha’s work even extends to Uganda where she has volunteered and supported Medical Device Reprocessing with USTOP: an orthopedic trauma surgery team based out of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
When Samantha is not chasing instruments (or trying to save trees), she can be found hiking, camping, or planning her next outdoor adventure with her best dog friend, Pete, by her side.

Speaking: Sunday 0845-0945; Featured Presentations Panel Discussion: Day to Day Problems/Solutions (Hot Topics) / Problèmes/solutions au jour le jour

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Wava Truscott, PhD. MBA., Truscott MedSci Associates, LLC.

Dr. Truscott is President of Truscott MedSci Associates, an independent consulting and educational advancement company. Her doctorate in Comparative Pathology is from the University of California emphasizing Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology; MBA from the University of La Verne, in California; and Bachelors in Botany and Zoology from Brigham Young University. Wava’s employment history includes Kimberly-Clark Health Care, SafeSkin Corporation, Baxter HealthCare, and MIDECO, a medical device testing laboratory. Responsibilities have included test development, standards setting, microbiological studies, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, teaching and writing.
Dr. Truscott was appointed as a US delegate to the International Standards Organization committee developing medical device biological safety requirements for the then forming European Union and was a prominent researcher working with the CDC, FDA, and clinicians in identifying the allergens responsible for causing latex allergy and developing processes to reduce their levels in the manufacture of medical gloves and urinary catheters. She is an advocate for the removal of all powdered gloves in healthcare and the reduction of lint and particulate contamination during surgical procedures. She has authored over 90 articles, 6 book chapters, co-authored the microbiology section of the AAMI Sterilization Recommended Practices, and is a prominent infection prevention advocate. She is an international educator/speaker and has presented in 17 countries.

Speaking: Sunday 1115-1215; Closing Keynote Speaker: Medical Device Reprocessing… What is my purpose? Is it worth it?

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Catherine Williamson, Alberta Health Services

Catherine Williamson is the Edmonton Zone Lead for Medical Device Reprocessing with Alberta Health Services and she is directly responsible for the Medical Device Reprocessing Departments and the Endoscopy Departments at the University of Alberta Hospital, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Orthopaedic Surgery Centre, Kaye Edmonton Clinic, Northern Alberta Urology Centre, ENT Clinic, Cross Cancer Hospital and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.
She managed the Royal Alexandra Hospital from 2007 until 2011, and prior to that she held a similar position with the Sturgeon Community Hospital. After the creation of Alberta Health Services, the Edmonton Zone took on a zone approach and Catherine was made responsible for her zone in 2011.
Catherine’s primary focus since entering the world of MDR has been in promoting educational opportunities for staff and quality assurance initiatives and she is a strong supporter of the Surgical Processor/Medical Device Technician training program and certification program and was one of the founding members of the Alberta provincial working group struck up in 2010 to successfully work towards both mandatory qualification by 2014 and certification by 2015 for all AHS employees performing Medical Device Reprocessing.
Catherine’s background is in Education and she worked for 10 years as an English teacher followed by a further 12 years as an interpreter/business manager for a multi national corporation in Italy where she lived for 20 years prior to coming to Canada in 1995 when she transitioned into a career that she is passionate about and loves, health care.

Thursday 0800-1200; What’s new with CSA Standards
Friday 1315-1415; Measuring “Competency & Quality” in Endoscopy

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