Statewide BMET week developed; Florida Medical Consultants now SonoDepot; three elected to AAMI Board of Directors; Philips to acquire Stentor; and more.

Statewide BMET Week Developed
Earlier this summer, Ronald D. Snodgrass, president of the North Coast Clinical Engineering Technology Association (NCCETA), sent a letter of proclamation to Ohio Governor Bob Taft, requesting that the governor approve his request for an official clinical engineering and biomedical equipment technology week. Much to Snodgrass’s delight, the proclamation was approved. As a result, the first Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Equipment Technology Week will take place September 19–23, 2005.

The weeklong recognition of the biomedical profession coincides with the re-establishment of NCCETA.

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September 10–23, 2005, is Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Equipment Technology Week in Ohio thanks to Ronald D. Snodgrass (left) and Governor Bob Taft (right).

“As the newly appointed president of NCCETA, I felt a proclamation would serve as an important milestone in re-establishing the biomedical society, which had been inactive for several years,” Snodgrass said. “I felt this endorsement would help honor our organization and all the valuable hardworking biomedical professionals in our great state. I also wanted to join other successful biomedical societies that have established biomedical technology week proclamations from their respective state governments.”

The week, according to Snodgrass, will serve as a well-endorsed marketing tool for the profession, offering biomedical equipment technicians and clinical engineers the chance to advertise their skills and the value they bring to customers and health care employers.

In honor of the event, the NCCETA will hold a special meeting at DITEC Inc in Solon, Ohio.


CCE Certification—What You Need to Know
• The next Clinical Engineering Certification exam, offered by the Healthcare Technology Certification Commission, established under the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) Healthcare Technology Foundation (AHTF), will take place on November 19, 2005.

 • The written exam for the certified clinical engineer (CCE) credential will be given in 28 cities across the United States.

• For an extra fee, the written exam can be administered in almost any city in the United States or in almost any major city in the world.

• The deadline for having returned a completed application (including references and transcripts) for the November 2005 exam is September 24, 2005. This is a firm date, so the ACCE suggests that you submit your application well in advance of this date (that is, in September).

• The handbook that describes the process and the application can be downloaded at www.accenet.org/certification/ or www.acce-htf.org/certification.

• A study guide is available from the ACCE for $30.

Send requests to secretariat@accenet.org.


Florida Medical Consultants Now SonoDepot

 A 20-year-old ultrasound specialty firm has changed its name. The name change for SonoDepot, formerly Florida Medical Consultants Inc, is the direct result of the company’s ongoing growth and expanding services, according to Floyd McAuliffe, president of SonoDepot. “Starting as a regional operation in 1985, we now cover the nation, offering system sales, repairs, service, and support—backed by our own team of certified specialists and an extensive parts and accessories inventory department,” McAuliffe said. “The new name and logo more clearly communicate our specialized commitment to the ultrasound community and our national reach.” For more information, visit www.sonodepot.com.


 Three Elected to AAMI Board of Directors
A trio of medical instrumentation and technology experts have been elected to 3-year terms on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).

The new board members are:

• Eamonn V. Hoxey, PhD, senior director in Johnson & Johnson’s quality and compliance worldwide department;

• Nathaniel Sims, MD, director of the Smart Infusion Pump Learning Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital; and

• Steven J. Yelton, PE, AS, BSEE, chairman of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College’s biomedical equipment and information systems technology program.


Nuts & Bolts

 PartsSource Hits Sales Milestone
On the heels of becoming a national parts distributor for Eastman Kodak Co’s (Rochester, NY) medical imaging equipment, PartsSource (Twinsburg, Ohio), a supplier of replacement medical parts for hospital equipment, reached its 100,000th part-request milestone.

 Philips to Acquire Stentor
Royal Philips Electronics will acquire Stentor Inc, a provider of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), for approximately $280 million in cash. Under the terms of the agreement, Stentor will be incorporated into the Healthcare IT business of Philips’ Medical Systems division. From its headquarters in Brisbane, Calif, Stentor will become the global headquarters of Philips’ overall PACS business.

 Toshiba Declares Home Base for Showcasing Products
To expand its position in the US cardiology market, Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc (Tustin, Calif) has entered into a long-term partnership with Shands HealthCare of Florida to serve as the company’s national show site, highlighting the latest medical-imaging advances and offering regional physician-education programs.


Service and Support Certification Programs Developed
Aiming to enhance the operational performance of organizations that deliver on-site services to technology customers, the Association for Services Management International and Service Strategies Corp helped create two new industry standards.

The Field Service Practices certification program is targeted at organizations that deliver field technical support, traditional break/fix repair, and ongoing product-maintenance services. The Professional Service Practices certification program was designed for organizations that deliver proactive services, such as product implementations, system integration, and product or service consulting.

“These new programs close the loop in driving quality through the service train,” said John Hamilton, president of Service Strategies. “They join the Support Center Practices (SCP) certification program.” SCP certification quantifies the effectiveness of technology-support operations, establishes a foundation for optimizing business processes, and focuses on measurable results. For more information, visit www.servicestrategies.com.


 Compensation Survey Now Online
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Please complete the survey by September 15, 2005, and we will report on the results in the December 2005 issue.

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