Bringing It Home

Jan. 23, 2020

Quality-focused Sterile Processing (SP) professionals who commit to staying abreast of continuing education and skill development — as well as industry standards, technologies and trends that impact the dynamic, ever-evolving discipline — play an essential role in the delivery of safe, high-quality patient care and customer service.

  Fortunately, these vital professionals can meet each of those goals by attending the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management’s (IAHCSMM’s) 2020 Annual Conference & Expo, taking place in Chicago (the hometown of IAHCSMM headquarters), IL, April 26-29. This annual event will deliver the widest range of educational and networking opportunities available to SP professionals to improve their leadership and technical skills and help their departments and facilities operate more effectively, efficiently and safely. Professionals from allied healthcare departments can also glean critical knowledge to facilitate improved interdisciplinary processes, communication and teamwork.

  This year’s Conference & Expo themed “Bringing It Home” will provide everything from knowledge-building hands-on labs and workshops to timely management and technical updates taught by some of the profession’s most renowned and respected experts [attendees can earn up to 21 continuing education (CE) credits to apply toward their recertificaton, and additional CEs can be earned by participating in vendor-provided education during the Expo]. Poster sessions, discussion groups, and the largest vendor exposition for the SP profession will also be offered, along with valuable networking opportunities that allow attendees of various backgrounds, titles and tenures to share best practices and challenges, and engage in professional problem-solving discussions.

  Those arriving in Chicago early can participate in pre-conference hands-on labs and workshops Saturday, April 25. Concurrent hands-on labs and workshops are offered to conference registrants at no extra charge. Other pre-conference workshops, including the Educators Forum, Sterile Processing Management Workshop and StrengthFinder Workshop, are offered for an additional registration fee and on a space-available basis. Early registration is recommended for the paid pre-conference sessions. In between all the learning and networking offerings, attendees will also be able to explore the beauty and excitement of Chicago, including its world-famous dining, shopping, entertainment, art and cultural establishments. Regardless of whether this Conference will be an attendee’s first or twentieth, it’s sure to be one of their most memorable. 

About the Author

Julie E. Williamson

Julie Williamson is the  IAHCSMM Communications Director.

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