The Circle of Care Indy Chapter’s 1st annual HAI Prevention Conference was an absolute success! I along with many of my colleagues had the privilege to attend this event at the beautiful Riley Hospital for Children Auditorium. Founder Kisha Miller and Indy Chapter President Lisa Wakeman did a great job putting everything together. Turnout was good and as to be expected with an inaugural event which included healthcare professionals from many area hospitals and healthcare facilities. It was great to have so many different disciplines converge in one room, from nursing and infection prevention to surgical technologists and sterile processing professionals.
Speaker Sharon Greene-Golden, former IAHCSMM President, was a pleasure to listen to. She was the keynote speaking at the conference and kept the attendees engaged and laughing the entire time. The way she mixes humor with serious subject matter was absolutely brilliant. Great way to keep everyone awake and ensure they are not only hearing what she is saying, but also retaining that information.
Heather Hohenberger was another speaker at the conference, who lives and works in the Indianapolis area. She gave a lot of good information that I’m sure resonated in all who attended. She is very well spoken and truly has a passion for what she does.
Throughout the conference there were several breaks in which attendees had the opportunity to network, chat with industry experts, and enjoy the plethora of food and beverages provided. Attendees also enjoyed one on one time with several interesting vendors including ORx Solutions and Restore to name a few.
The conference was wrapped up with a panel review including Sharon Green-Golden, Heather Hohenberger and Lisa Wakeman. Attendees received their certificates of participation upon completion of the conference to which was recognized by AORN, APIC, AST and IAHCSMM. Feedback from attendees was unanimous, they want more of the “Circle of Care” and intend on and eagerly await the 2nd annual conference!
This was written by our industry partner Chris Franklin.
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