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IAHCSMM/3M International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program Ambassadors Announced

Chicago‚ IL‚ and Saint Paul‚ MN (May 15‚ 2012) – The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) and 3M Health Care recently announced the IAHCSMM/3M International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program‚ an educational program designed to promote the global exchange of best practices in hospital Central Sterile Supply Departments.

Paired Ambassadors for the inaugural year of this first-of-its-kind program were announced May 1‚ 2012‚ at the IAHCSMM Annual Conference in Albuquerque‚ N.M. The Ambassadors include

  • Cindy Turney Smith of St. Luke’s Health System‚ Boise‚ ID‚ USA‚ and Myrna Tanedo Tuya of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City‚ Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Debra Joye (DJ) Branch of Trinity Mother Frances Hospital‚ Tyler‚ TX‚ USA‚ and Nancy Diaz of Hospital Universitario Mayor‚ Bogota‚ Colombia
  • Lori Ferrer of Fairview Health System‚ Minneapolis‚ MN‚ USA‚ and Li Hualin of Buddhist Tzu-Chi General Hospital‚ Taipei‚ Taiwan

Under the IAHCSMM/3M International Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program‚ the Ambassadors will participate in monthly teleconferences to discuss critical issues and solutions‚ as well as standards in their regions. Although the program designates a lead individual in each CSSD‚ entire departments may take advantage of the program by participating in the monthly teleconferences and best practice sharing. Additionally‚ participating CSSD managers will engage in a week-long shadowing experience in their sister hospital facility.

IAHCSMM and 3M will issue further updates and related articles on the Sister CSSD Educational Exchange Program as developments unfold.

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management is the premier association for professionals in healthcare central service/materiel management. IAHCSMM provides structural educational opportunities‚ professional development and a forum for information exchange to more than 18‚000 members. For more information‚ visit

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