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2017 Advocacy Award Winners

ACCE 2017 Tom O'Dea Advocacy Award

The award will be given to an individual who has written articles, given presentations, or led efforts that have advanced the field of CE – particularly in promoting the profession to people in other related fields


Tom Bauld

Thomas Bauld III, PhD, FACCE, CCE

​The winner is Thomas Bauld III, PhD, CCE, FACCE, for his efforts to promote the CE role in HTM and Health IT field. 
 
Tom has been a leader in the CE community ever since his first position with Sinai Hospital of Detroit. While finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, he changed direction from fundamental research to an applied biomedical engineering career partly by self-study of the field which was then focusing on the narrow issue of medical device leakage currents.
 
 After starting the first department of Biomedical Engineering at Sinai, he soon began networking with other managers in the Southeast Michigan area and in 1975 began organizing the Michigan Society of Clinical Engineers, which later widened its membership and its educational offerings to include Biomedical Engineering Technicians and changed its name to the Michigan Society for Clinical Engineering. He co-chaired 3 AAMI Regional Meetings at five year intervals in Southeast Michigan. While at the University of Michigan Hospitals, where he initiated 24 x 7 service coverage, he was among the Founders of ACCE and, chaired the committee that formulated the Definition of a Clinical Engineer. For AAMI, Tom has been on the Board, chaired the Awards Committee and served as the Engineering VP. Along with a talented group of BMETs with Associate Degrees, in 1996 he helped develop a two plus two year Bachelor’s Degree program in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Technology at Eastern Michigan University. He has been active on the HTF Board and on the Clinical Alarms Initiative since 2005 and is now part of a VHA team working on the transition of enteral feeding components to avoid adverse events due to tubing misconnections.
 
Tom has always enjoyed working and making presentations with nurses, physicians and patient safety professional groups building collaborations, effective teams and promoting Clinical Engineering.
 
Tom currently enjoys his career capstone job as a Biomedical Engineer at the Veterans Administration's National Center for Patient Safety.

ACCE 2017 Challenge Award

​This award honors individuals who are not presently an ACCE member, but are eligible for membership, for their achievements within the field of clinical engineering (CE) / health technology management (HTM)


Mike Busdicker, MBA, CHTM

​The Award winner is Mike Busdicker, MBA, CHTMMike serves as the System Director of Clinical Engineering at Intermountain Healthcare. This non-profit IDN consist of 23 hospitals, 185 clinics, homecare services, and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The healthcare system provides services to patients across Utah, Southern Idaho, and Northern Nevada. Intermountain Healthcare is the largest employer in Utah providing jobs to over 37,000 people and contributes over $380M in charity care to the communities served by their hospitals and clinics. 

Mike started his healthcare career with the United States Air Force as a graduate of the DOD Biomedical Equipment Repair School in May 1983. His total military service included seven years of active duty and 20 years with the Wisconsin Air National Guard. During his military time, he served as a First Sergeant, Human Resource Advisor, completed an operational deployment to Iraq, and achieved the highest enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Mike received his Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Business from Baker College in Flint, Michigan. Prior to employment with Intermountain he has held leadership positions with ServiceMaster Management Services, Aramark Clinical Technology Services, TriMedx Healthcare Services, and Alexian Brothers Healthcare System. Mike is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Utah Healthcare Executives, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, and the Intermountain Clinical Instrumentation Society.

ACCE/HTF 2017 Marv Shepherd Patient Safety Award

​​The award will be given to an individual who has excelled in the "safety" area related to the CE field. This is a joint Award between ACCE and the Healthcare Technology Foundation


TIm Ritter

Tim Ritter, CBET, CCE

The Award winner is Tim Ritter, CBET, CCE, for his substantial contributions to patient safety. During his 40-year clinical engineering career, Mr. Ritter has provided international accident investigation training and participated in a UNESCO exchange program for biomedical engineers. He has also conducted healthcare technology management planning projects in Turkey, Oman, Malaysia, Australia, Rwanda, Ghana and Cameroon.

Mr. Ritter is a senior project engineer in ECRI Institute’s Health Devices group and program manager for the accident and forensic investigation group. He has authored and contributed to numerous medical device hazard reports, evaluations, inspection and preventive maintenance procedures, and accident investigation reports.   

ACCE 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is the highest award given by ACCE. It will be given to an individual based on life-long accomplishments and contributions to the clinical engineering (CE) profession.

The two 2017 Lifetime Award winners are Emanuel Furst, PhD, CCE,  and J. Tobey Clark, CCE CHTM FACCE


Manny Furst

​Emanuel (Manny) Furst, PhD, CCE

Emanuel (Manny) Furst, PhD, CCE, is President of Improvement Technologies, LLC, Tucson, Arizona, consulting in medical equipment interoperability, management and benchmarking.  During this time, he was the IHE-Patient Care Device Domain (PCD) Technical Project Manager (2005-2014) and supported the Interoperability Showcases until 2015 as he glided toward retirement.  Earlier he was a CE Manager for Premier and Philips and began his CE career as Director, Biomedical Engineering at University Medical Center (Arizona) for 21 years. 

Manny has received awards for professional activities from ACCE, AAMI and HIMSS, including the 2013 ACCE/HIMSS Excellence in CE and IT Synergy Award and ACCE Tom O’Dea Advocacy Awards. He has been active in ACCE, AAMI, ASHE, and IEEE, serving on the Board of Directors and as a committee chair at AAMI (including for 32 years the initiator and co-chair of the Annual Conference on Clinical Engineering Productivity and Cost Effectiveness). He wrote or delivered over 70 papers and presentations. He wrote or co-authored Outsourcing Or Insourcing: Securing A Successful CE Program; e-Essentials: EC Knowledge and Assessment; and CE Improvement Tools, a forerunner to benchmarking, and was a contributing editor of Facilities Engineering Improvement Tools.

Manny considers the colleagues and friends he made as among the most rewarding aspects of his career. He appreciates the opportunities for collaboration that were available at the University of Arizona, AAMI, ACCE and the IHE-PCD. 



Tobey Clark

J. Tobey Clark, CCE, CHTM, FACCE

J. Tobey Clark, CCE CHTM FACCE, for his contributions to the clinical engineering field particularly in the areas of training, international service and patient safety. He is the Director, Instrumentation and Technical Services (ITS), at the University of Vermont (UVM). Tobey is responsible for a 30+ hospital shared service clinical engineering program and the university’s instrumentation development lab. The departments have grown twenty-fold during his leadership tenure with significant credit to the strong team at ITS.

At UVM, he has faculty appointments in the School of Engineering and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Tobey led the development of a successful bilingual medical equipment technology online course sequence taught at UVM and in the Americas. He developed a clinical engineering internship program for US and international students. Tobey has served as an ACCE volunteer faculty leader or member in seventeen Advanced Clinical Engineering Workshops worldwide. He is actively involved in international work through ACCE, WHO, and IFMBE CED with the most extensive collaboration in Peru bringing HTM/CE to the MoH, universities, and other stakeholders.

Tobey has made over 100 national and international presentations and many authored papers, articles and book chapters. He was the President of the Healthcare Technology Foundation 2011-2015 and has been a leader in the clinical alarms safety and management effort for HTF. In 2009, Tobey received the AAMI/ACCE Robert Morris Humanitarian Award and became a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Engineering. In 2002, he was awarded the AAMI Biomedical/Clinical Engineering Career Achievement Award.

After receiving a BSBME from Boston University, he went to UVM to get a MSEE and stayed in Vermont where he lives with his wife Laurie, three children, and six grandchildren.​

ACCE 2017 Professional Achievement in Technology Award/Professional Development Award

The award will be given to an individual for his/her contributions to the CE profession of a professional or technical nature, such as research or development of a new technique or product, a paper of significance on a technical issue, or "trailblazing" work in a new application of CE


Monroe Pattillo

Monroe Pattillo

​The winner is Monroe Pattillo, independent consultant in healthcare device interoperability. He is a Co-Chair of the IHE Patient Care Device Domain, leads their alert communication efforts and their medical equipment management efforts for medical device communication and location service. Monroe is a PCD Domain liaison to the IHE Co-Chairs Committee and is a member of multiple standards and healthcare professional groups. He has been a software engineer, product manager, testing monitor at IHE Connectathons, testing analyst at the IHE-USA Certification Pilot program,  and a technical planning manager at HIMSS Interoperability showcases.
 
His efforts in alert management, medical equipment management, and location services in healthcare improve patient care and support clinical engineering in the management of medical devices.

ACCE 2017 Professional Achievement in Management Award/Managerial Excellence Award

The award will be given to an individual for his/her contributions to the CE profession of a managerial nature, such as a paper of significance, solving of a problem or issue for the profession, or the application of new techniques to CE with measurable positive results.​

The three 2017 Professional Achievement in Management Award/Managerial Excellence Award winners are Kim Greenwood MASc CCE CET CBET P.Eng, Omer Iqbal, MSc PE and Ricardo Silva, PhD CCE.​


Kim Greenwood

Kim Greenwood, MASc CCE CET CBET P.Eng

Kim has been a consistent contributor to both the profession of Clinical Engineering and to the field of Healthcare Technology Management for nearly forty years. He started his career at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 1991 Kim joined ServiceMaster of Canada’s (later Aramark Healthcare’s) Clinical Engineering unit and led the national support and sales activities within Canada. In 1997, Kim accepted the role of Director of the Regional Biomedical Engineering Service based out of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa. Since then, Kim has successfully developed the CHEO clinical engineering service from a group of 5 technical staff into a large comprehensive regional HTM program with a staff of 29. The current team provides external services to 18 hospitals at 23 sites in Eastern Ontario.
 
Kim has been a long-time champion and innovator for the development of HTM program at CHEO. He successfully implemented an effective clinical technology planning and management methodology over the last two decades that has been validated with measured statistical results. This approach was featured in the Journal of Clinical Engineering in 2013 and later recognized by ECRI Institute. Under Kim’s leadership, CHEO Clinical Engineering Department is selected as the winner of the 2016 International Federation of Medical and Biomedical Engineering (IFMBE)’s outstanding clinical engineering teamwork award. Kim has encouraged his team’s involvement with the local Biomedical Engineering programs over the years with both formal and informal teaching assistance, and he participated in numerous publications.
 
Kim serves on the Canadian Board of Examiners for Biomedical Engineering Technologists and Technicians, as well as the board of directors of the Ottawa Health Sciences Centre in Ottawa. In addition, he has acted as a resource to both the federal and provincial governments on multiple occasions, and participated in medical device related provincial committees. He currently serves as co-chair of the technical working group that is developing a new standardized airworthy level III neonatal transport system across Ontario. Under Kim’s leadership, CHEO Clinical Engineering has developed an informal outreach program that has provided functional medical equipment to eight other countries around the world in conjunction with a number of charitable organizations.
 
Kim graduated from Masters of Applied Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Carleton University, and is a licensed professional engineer​.


Omer Iqbal

Omer Iqbal, MS PE

Omer Iqbal, PE, Biomedical Engineering Manager at Rehman Medical Institute, Pakistan.

In 1994, he started his career as a pioneer biomedical engineer, at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Center at Lahore. At Raditech, General Electric Healthcare distributor, he was a lead biomedical engineer and modality leader for Computed Tomography LightSpeed Series and Gamma Camera.

At Rehman Medical Institute, he was Head of Medical Equipment Technology Assessment and Advisor to Director Administration for technology planning. Rehaman Medical Institute is a cardiac hospital affiliated with Rehman Medical Institute - General Hospital (RMI-GH) and Rehman Medical College(RMC). RMI and RMI-GH is a 500-bed facility. During long-term tenure at RMI working in a healthcare technology and consultative environment, he was an active board member for governance agenda discussions on Technical Evaluation, Acquisition, and Acceptance of Major Capital Medical Equipment. Hospital wide task force with medical device resource management and facilties management.

Omer is also the General Manager Turn-Key projects in Hospital Engineering and Board Member at Medvision Enterprises, Lahore, since January 2016. His project development empahsis on viability studies, and Master Planning for hospitals in Private stakeholders.

In 2002 he received the GE Healthcare Certificate of Achievement on CT/I systems.

Omer graduated from Master of Biomedical/Medical Engineerng from The George Washington University, and he is a licensed professional Engineer in Pakistan.


Ricardo SIlva

Ricardo Silva, PhD. CCE

Ricardo Silva, Phd, CCE, just finished his post as founding president for the Community College at Yachay, the City of Knowledge in Ecuador.  More than president for the Community College, his responsibility was that of leading the complex transformation of technical college into a knowledge based economic system.  He acted as advisor, for both, the Secretariat for Science Technology and Innovation (SENESCYT) and for the City of Knowledge Authority. 
 
Research and professional achievement include areas as diverse as e-health, medical device certification, medical school accreditation, risk-based preventive maintenance, regulation, biosafety, mathematical modeling, computer simulations, neurosensors, occupational health, neural signal analysis, robotic surgery, and use of smart phones in smart health.
 
Ricardo collaborated in the national re-organization of the framework of higher Education in Ecuador, which gave him privileged access to leadership across the principal Ministries of the Ecuadorian government.  He also created Promeinfo (medical informatics research program), the largest research and development programs at Universidad de Guayaquil (Over 200 students involved, 4 schools, 26 faculty).
 
In Venezuela, he led the Integrative Biosciences, “Prof. Luis Lara Estrella” Laboratory, responsible for medical device accreditation. Managed the Health Technology Unit (UGTS), responsible for the Development of R+D+I, Industry-University Projects. Under his management, UGTS increased revenue by 400% and became the second highest income generator for the Research and Development foundation (FUNINDES-USB). Designed, developed and led the Clinical Engineering Specialization Program. 
 
Ricardo holds a Ph.D. in Integrative Biosciences, Neuroscience Option from Penn State University, a M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor in Electronic Engineering form Simon Bolivar in Venezuela. ​

ACCE 2017 Antonio Hernandez International Clinical Engineering Award

​The award recognizes a CE professional from a country where CE is emerging who has made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of CE in his/her own country or, a professional from another country for his/her similar efforts in supporting this advance


KP Lin

Kang-Ping Lin, PhD

The winner is Kang-Ping Lin, PhD, for his dedicated and remarkable contributions to Clinical Engineering (CE) in Taiwan, China.

In the last decade, the progress of CE in Taiwan was particularly swift due to the efforts of Professor Kang-Ping Lin. Although his academic research was initially focused on Biomedical Engineering (BME), Professor Lin has the vision that the growth of BME is intimately tied to the growth of CE due to the larger demand of qualified personnel and the direct impact of CE to the health of Taiwanese people. 

Leveraging his academic prestige and leadership talent, Professor Lin led several efforts to create a certification program for CE professionals and organized numerous events and workshops devoted to CE with wide participation from all parts of Taiwan.  A series of workshops he organized in 2016 brought together the Taiwanese Food and Drug Administration of Taiwan (TFDA) and the CE community of that country.  This kind of dialog and close collaboration is an example for other countries. 

Professor Lin also started an online adverse event reporting system in Taiwan allowing anonymous sharing by CE professionals of their experience in medical device malfunction that resulted or could have resulted in patient harm. This is the first of such experiment in the world and could serve as an example how CE professionals in other countries can learn from each other without the fear of litigation or prosecution. 

Dr. Kang-Ping Lin is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Director of Technology Translation Center for Medical Device at Chung-Yuan Christian University, Taiwan.  He is also the current Secretary General of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).​

ACCE / HTF 2017 International ACEW Award

An Award given to the organization that demonstrated significant improvements in national HTM structure and outcomes since ACCE and its partners conducted Advanced Clinical Engineering Workshops (ACEWs) in its country.


MoH Ethiopia

Federal Ministry of Health - Ethiopia

The winner is Federal Ministry of Health – Ethiopia.

The award was given as a result of the national CE leadership demonstrated since their country ACEW in 2006 as well as strategic participation in the 2010 ACEW Reunion and the 2015 Denver-Toronto Global Best Practice ACEW.  These efforts have been led by Mulugeta Mideksa, MS BME, BS in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, Technical Advisor, Medical Equipment and Facility Management, Medical Service Directorate, Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mulugeta and his colleagues have contributed to significant advances in CE / BME education, national Health Technology policy, and FMoH collaboration with WHO. Examples in Education: contributing to standardized curriculum for HTM with six East Africa countries, as well as for CE/BME in two national universities; and gaining CE/BME recognition in FMoH hospitals.  For Policy: developed for equipment standardization, donations, and management, including Equipment Lists for primary, secondary and tertiary level hospitals.  For Collaboration: improving access to medical devices through local production and technology transfer initiatives, including working with General Electric to begin local production in Ethiopia. 

Ethiopia CEs also have a robust national professional society.

ACCE 2017 HTM Champion Award

​This Award is given to a health delivery system leader - typically a physician - who has championed CE and Health Technology Management-HTM in a manner that has significantly enhanced the status of the profession either in the U.S. and/or around the world

​The two 2017 HTM Champion Award winners are Dale Nordenberg, MD and Thomas Judd, CCE, FACCE, FHIMSS


Dale Nordenberg, MD

Dr. Nordenberg, Executive Director for the Medical Device Innovation, Safety, and Security Consortium (MDISS), co-chairs the Medical Device Security Information Sharing Council, a partnership between MDISS and NHISAC that includes the medical device ISAO-NHISAC. He is a member of the Health Information Technology Standards Advisory Committee (HHS) and served on the FDA’s National Evaluation System for Technology Planning Board.
 
MDISS is funded by DHS to develop the Medical Device Risk Assessment Platform.  MDISS is also collaborating with NHISAC and FDA, under a memorandum of understanding, to develop the Medical Device Vulnerability Intelligence Program for Evaluation and Response (MD-VIPER) and the National Cyber Surveillance and Safety Network for Medical Devices, a comprehensive public health initiative that advances security and safety of healthcare delivery operations, device evaluation and critical infrastructure.
 
Dr. Nordenberg is a public health professional leveraging the public private partnership model to address complex public health challenges; since 2010 his principle focus has been medical device cyber security and safety. Previously he served as the CIO and Associate Director for CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases and led informatics for terrorism preparedness and response. He was a member of the FDA technology review committee of the FDA Science Advisory Board, 2007 and 2009. Dr. Nordenberg, also Co-CEO of Novasano, is board certified in pediatrics and medical informatics. He completed medical epidemiology training in the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service.


Thomas Judd, MS CCE FACCE FHIMSS

Thomas Judd, MS CCE FACCE FHIMSS, has been recognized for his efforts to champion the CE and HTM role in the U.S. and around the world. After serving in various ACCE leadership positions, Tom was elected to the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) CE Division (global CE society) Board Secretary role in 2015. Since then, Tom has helped facilitate a series of CED activities bringing many countries’ CEs together… celebrating our successes/impact on the Annual Global Engineering Day, enhancing CE recognition with health leaders through WHO, and sharpening our ongoing CE-HTM contribution to world health. 

This former Navy pilot retired from his ‘day job’ in 2016, after 40 years in healthcare and 25 years with Kaiser Permanente, amassing certifications in CE, quality, and health IT, and helping ACCE and CED to nurture relationships with over 100 countries.  He plans to continue “flying at the edge of the envelope”, as a new grandfather in 2016 (two so far), as a healthcare consultant, and as a volunteer for CED and other ventures – such as improving mother-baby healthcare in Haiti and Macedonia.  Most importantly, Tom likes working with CE colleagues from all over as partners to make a difference.​

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