NewSplash Feature Author Bios
Hank Balch is the co-founder and principal consultant of Beyond Clean. He began his career in instrument reprocessing as a frontline technician in 2009, and has served as an instrument database specialist, department manager, and system director for various SPDs across the country. Hank is an award-winning sterile processing leader (Healthcare Purchasing News 2016 CS/SPD Department of the Year); twice nominated for IAHCSMM president; founder of two state-wide IAHCSMM chapters; conference speaker; and well-known industry writer, blogger, and social media connoisseur. His work has been published in Becker’s Hospital Review, Infection Control Today, Healthcare Purchasing News, PROCESS (formerly Communiqué), Outpatient Surgery Magazine, AAMI’s BI&T, Steri World, and other publications across the globe. His passion is seeing frontline sterile processing professionals equipped to #FightDirty, every instrument, every time.
Rose Seavey, MBA, BS, RN, CNOR, CRCST, CSPDT, is the president/CEO of Seavey Healthcare Consulting, LLC, and formerly the director of the sterile processing department at The Children’s Hospital of Denver. Ms. Seavey served on the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) board of directors from 2008–10. She received AORN’s award for Outstanding Achievement in Mentorship in 2012 and the Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Nurse Education in 2001.
In 2003, Rose served as president of the American Society of Healthcare Central Service Professionals (ASHCSP) and was awarded the National Educator of the Year Award in 2002. Rose was selected as one of the Who’s Who in Infection Prevention in 2006 by Infection Control Today.
Ms. Seavey also received the 2013 national IAHCSMM Award of Honor, the Industry Leadership Award from the Massachusetts chapter, and the Educator of the Year Award from the Golden West chapter.
Ms. Seavey is widely published in professional journals and is the author of the book Sterile Processing in Healthcare Facilities: Preparing for Accreditation Surveys, published by AAMI. She sat on the AAMI national nominating committee for 2011–14 and cochaired the AAMI working group for hospital steam sterilizers from 2006–13. She is a member of several AAMI working group committees and is on the ST79 advisory council (2013–15). In addition, she has given more than 300 presentations nationally and internationally.
Jonathan A. Wilder, Ph.D., has worked with all thermal and chemical sterilization methods, as well as cleaning and disinfection methodologies, bringing his background in physical chemistry and surface physics to bear upon difficult problems in the field. He has been an active participant in U.S. and international standards development since 1998 through AAMI.
Dr. Wilder is the managing director and chief scientific officer for Quality Processing Resource Group, which provides consulting that covers the entire spectrum of needs of medical device reprocessing facilities and manufacturers of reusable medical devices. He is the president and cofounder of Stericert. Stericert offers products, services, and consulting in the areas of medical device reprocessing, including sterilization, disinfection, and cleaning. He was a staff scientist for Getinge USA, where he was responsible for the development of new sterilization, washing, and disinfection technologies and developed a plasma sterilization method upon which four patents were granted.
Dr. Wilder’s academic background includes a doctoral study in physical chemistry and a postdoctoral study in surface physics, with fellowships from the U.S. Department of Energy in physical chemistry and the Max Planck Society in surface physics. He has been published in academic and trade journals. He holds an MBA in technology management. He has been an active participant in AAMI sterilization standards committees since 1998 and, as of January 2018, he is the cochair of the U.S. standards-making committee for hospital steam sterilizers.
Shawn Flynn, CRCST, CIS, CHL, has more than 27 years of combined experience as a clinician, technician, manager, director, and senior-level executive in the perioperative/SPD/tissue banking and medical device industry. He is currently a 2019 candidate for an IAHCSMM board of directors seat.
He began his career by serving in the U.S. Army as a surgical tech, which included training and working in sterile processing. This was followed by a lengthy career in biotech and tissue banking where he focused on training staff in accordance with FDA, OSHA, and AATB standards. He then took that regulatory and training experience back into healthcare by leading the sterile processing department at one of the largest level 1 trauma centers in the southeast, focusing on training and competencies; restructuring sterile storage for increased efficiency in workflow; replacing antiquated equipment; HLD reprocessing consolidation; and updating all policy and procedures to meet AAMI, AORN, CDC, and TJC standards.
Upon achieving transformational change at Grady Memorial Hospital, he obtained the entrepreneurial bug and co-founded a medical device manufacturing company focused on products and techniques that promote SSI reduction, safety, and productivity in sterile processing and perioperative services. As president/co-founder, he led the company’s efforts in obtaining 510(k) clearance and ISO 13485 with CAMDCAS designation. He has taken that combined unique healthcare experience into leading Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s hospital’s SPD in creating the model department, which will include implementing ISO.
Sara Freiberg, CST, CBSPDT, CER, has more than 15 years’ experience working as a certified surgical technologist, with five of those years spent traveling to various operating rooms across the U.S. Following Sara’s time in the clinical arena, she worked as a surgical technology didactic and lab instructor at Rasmussen College. Sara holds bachelor degrees in science and business and marketing, which led to her work with various medical device companies as a clinical specialist, product manager, and clinical training manager. She has experience working on quality and regulatory teams, monitoring patient-adverse events, and postmarket surveillance activities.
Sara currently works for Northfield Medical as a clinical education manager, where she provides education based on current manufacturer and regulatory guidelines regarding various healthcare topics for SPD, OR, and GI staff. Training entails the care and handling of medical devices to ensure patient safety, as well as targeted education addressing department cost concerns. Her passion is working with SPD, OR, and GI departments; providing assessments; and sharing best practices with respect to patient and staff safety, surgical instruments, and medical devices. Sara is a voting member of the AAMI WG84 ST91 flexible endoscope committee, and she has developed several CEU presentations approved through CBSPD, CBRN, NCCT, and IAHCSMM. Sara also authors a healthcare article for Ultra Clean Systems.
Sara is currently studying for the Certification Infection Control (CIC) exam through APIC.