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O’Rear Appointed Founding Vice Chair on the AAMI Credentials Institute

GBIS is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael O’Rear, Vice President of GBIS, has been appointed to serve as the Founding Vice Chair on the AAMI Credentials Institute (ACI). The ACI was created by the AAMI Board of Directors this past November to operate three functions: certification, ABET activities, and assessment-based certificate programs.  It replaces the ICC and USCC Boards. O’Rear will serve a three year term, which began January 1, 2015.

O’Rear’s duties as Vice Chair of the ACI will include overseeing the three current ACI certifications and assist with two others currently in production. ACI will also be developing two more certifications next year and has the possibility of becoming owners of three existing certifications offered by another credentialing body. That would give ACI 10 active certifications by the end of 2015.

O’Rear, along with other ACI Board members, will also approve the eligibility criteria, certification schemes, examinations, scores, exam and item performance standards, and other essential certification decisions; recommend new or revised policies; suspend, withdraw, or change the scope of an individual’s certification; hear appeals; advise staff on ACI’s role as an ABET member society and accreditation body of assessment-based certificate programs; authorize the formation of committees and define their scope and responsibilities; and ensure activities comport with ISO/IEC 17024(E). The final function of the ACI is to have AAMI University and third party assessment-based certificate programs accredited under ANSI/ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs.

O’Rear, an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering technology at Chattahoochee Technical College, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electronic engineering (with his master’s thesis on biomedical engineering technology) from the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN, and his PhD in Human Resource Development (Training) from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

In a congratulatory email to Dr. O’Rear, Horace Hunter, Executive Director of GBIS, said “I know this will be a very challenging position for the next three years. This is a very encouraging move to have a voice from GBIS in this position. GBIS will be behind you 100%!” Please join GBIS in welcoming Dr. O’Rear to this position”.

Editor: Melissa K. Lott

GBIS Membership Category Changes

Effective January 2016, GBIS will implement new membership categories to ease the application process and to boost the number of members. A committee appointed by the Board of Directors has made the following recommendations:

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP: Individuals actively working as biomeds and other HTM professional fields.

ASSOCIATE /STUDENT MEMBERSHIP: Students of Biomedical Technology programs and other disciplines.

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP: Manufacturers, vendors, and institutions that wish to support the mission of GBIS.

CORPORATE SPONSORS: Manufacturers, vendors, and institutions that wish to receive full benefits of GBIS.

HTM Week Recognition

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta won the 2015 HTM Week photo contest and received a gift card for pizza.

Celebrate Biomed/ Healthcare Technology Management Week May 22-28, 2016.

This annual celebration is designed to promote the awareness of — and appreciation for — the critical work of biomedical technicians (BMETs), clinical engineers, and other members of the healthcare technology management (HTM) field.  Sponsored by the AAMI Technology Management Council. Visit the website and click on “events” for more details.

Remembering Clyde Cunningham

Warner Robins, GA – Chief Master Sergeant (USAF, Retired) Clyde Cunningham, Jr. went home to rest with the Lord on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

A memorial service was held in celebration of his life on Tuesday, August 26, at the Robins Air Force Base Theater. Clyde was preceded in death by Myrtle Westbrook Cunningham, his loving wife of almost 56 years. 

Clyde was a co-founder of the Georgia Biomedical Instrumentation Society at the time of its incorporation. He had served as a board officer for the Central Georgia Biomedical Association when that organization merged with GBIS. His service to this Society continued as he held several positions on the GBIS board of directors. 

Clyde graduated from New York State AG & T Institute with a degree in Food and Refrigeration. His military career spanned 30 years, from 1950 to 1980, working in electronics in the United States Air Force. After retiring from the military, Clyde worked for ServiceMaster/Aramark as a Biomedical Technician Supervisor at Houston Medical Center. 

Clyde touched the lives and hearts of many. No one will ever forget Clyde Cunningham’s “famous cinnamon rolls,” gentle smile and excellent leadership. Until we meet again, Clyde, we love you! 

Published by: GBIS (Georgia Biomedical Instrumentation Society)

 GBIS 2014 Vendor of the Year 

Melissa Pressley

The GBIS Vendor of the Year Award is presented to a manufacturer or company that has displayed dedication to the profession of Healthcare Technology Management for exemplary commitment to education, professional integrity and engineering involvement.  Candidates are scored on a criteria base ballot.

About the company

US Medical System was founded in 1995 by Doug Woods. US Medical Systems is a sales and service organization servicing the healthcare markets in the US and Canada. They focus on both Biomedical and surgical Services. US Medical Systems considers it a wonderful privilege to serve some of the world’s best customers. They are devoted to quality, service and customer satisfaction in the provision of sales, repair and assisting their customers and taking care of them in our hospital systems.

From its humbling beginnings US Medical Systems has grown to a successful business that provides services to all over the United States. On June 1st, 2014, USMS announced the opening of a new sales and service center located in Houston, Tx. As Doug Woods states, “Our efforts are to establish strategic locations to increase our coverage footprint and provide quality service in growing markets”.

On June 29, 2012, USMS was awarded a sole source contract with Carolina Shared Services (second largest healthcare network in the United States. September 2013, US Medical Systems signed an agreement with Phillips Medical as a depot repair facility which allows all Phillips Medical managed healthcare providers nationwide to use USMS services. In that same month USMS signed an authorized Samsung Electronics agreement that allows warranty work and routine services to be performed by USMS. This agreement also allows USMS to provide service to the consumer market as well.

USMS has contracts with hospital systems, Group Purchasing Organizations, Independent Distribution Systems and Original Equipment Manufacturers. Ratings and reviews are at an all time high. USMS has been supportive of GBIS for many years. They continue supporting and assisting our organization in many ways.  

About Melissa

Melissa Pressley was hired by USMS to cover and expand the Georgia Territory. She had previously been employed by various excellent companies such as: Parts Source, Sodexco and Four River Software.

 Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts with a Marketing Major from the Florida Institute of Technology and an associated degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology where she was on the facility Dean’s List. Melissa always works with a positive attitude and has a willingness to help when called upon. USMS is definitely proud to have her as an employee and team member. Melissa is a prime example of what companies have in their employees to get where they are to this day. She has traits of being humble, professional, and has a great care for the field of Biomedical Instrumentation. Melissa’s history proves that she is a very well-deserving lady to receive our 2014 “Vendor of the Year” recognition.

She possess a wealth of knowledge in all and everything she does, which always results in positive and wonderful solutions not only for GBIS, but for the whole world of biomed.

Melissa has been very devoted to supporting local and state biomed societies, trade shows and helping biomeds with any problems they encounter. You can always count on Melissa for answers.

GBIS is very proud to award US Medical Systems the 2014 Vendor of the Year Award.

GBIS 2014 BMET of the Year

Keith Lott

The GBIS 2014 BMET of the Year received so much recommendation for this award when checking out the references and involvement in all of the biomed organizations that it was phenomenal. All of the hospitals and clinics that he services said, “Nobody deserves this award more than he does.” Some of the hospitals quoted that they enjoy and trust his work ethics, honesty, and dedication to their institution. He makes sure the institutions are well cared for, and if there is a way that he can save them money, he does it. This individual is always smiling, happy, and willing to do anything he can to assist those under his care. He is an all-around example and displays a disposition of what a true Biomed Technician is and should be. He has been involved with GBIS for many years and does everything he can to assist, put into action his ideas, and holds true to what he says he will do.

The GBIS 2014 BMET of the Year received his biomedical training at Okefenokee Technical Institute in Waycross, GA, during a nine-year stretch at Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas, GA, nearly 20 years ago (but we can’t mention his age). He has been currently employed with CE-Tech for almost 11 years. During his first year there, he received and still maintains his certification as a CBET through AAMI.

One of his top priorities is to see that his customers are dealt with fairly. He does everything in his power to see that those under his care get more than their money’s worth. He is hard-working and is the epitome of service (which is doing unto others as you would have them do unto you), and he does this with a smile. Many have stated that he is always a pleasure with which to work.

Just a few institutions he has worked with include: Archbold Memorial Hospital (which Horace, Christa, and all the other technicians in the shop can vouch for), Bacon County Hospital, Coffee Correctional Facility, Taylor Regional Hospital, Louis Smith Memorial Hospital, Clinch Memorial Hospital, Southern Podiatry, Dorminy Medical Center, and many, many more.
He is a member of the Biomedical Advisory Committee at Okefenokee Technical Institute to help promote and better prepare new biomeds for their field work. He served in the United States Air Force where he was trained in avionics electronics. He is an active member of Morningside Baptist Church in Douglas, GA, where he runs the soundboard, chairs the Sound & Technology Committee, and plays the drums for the Praise Team.

He and his wife, Melissa, have been married for almost 21 years and have two children, Kelsey (18) and Keagan (10).
The 2014 GBIS BMET of the Year, Mr. Keith John Lott, is a well-deserved winner and is a tremendous man in every aspect of life – whether it’s work, church, family, spiritual, leadership, and friend. This 2014 GBIS BMET of the year is well-deserved to be recognized.

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