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2014 Advocacy Award Winners

ACCE 2014 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).

George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM

George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM

​The Award winner is George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, Director, Department of Engineering, The Joint Commission (TJC). He is recognized for his relentless support of CE and HTM through his writing, speaking, YouTube videos, Blogs, and advocacy for engineering excellence in accreditation activities.

George has presented for ACCE at AAMI symposia, and regularly provides answers to questions from the CE-HTM community on a variety of TJC-related topics. New questions and answers from George are posted each week on AAMI's Joint Commission eForum.

Mills assumed his present position in 2011, after more than 25 years of experience in health care and previous experience in construction and structural steel fabrication. Prior to joining TJC, he served as a director of facilities, consulted and held national positions related to codes and standards, including serving as director of codes and compliance for ASHE. He is a fellow of ASHE, a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager, a Certified Energy Manager, and a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional. George earned an MBA from California Coast University in Santa Ana, California.

ACCE 2014 Tom O'Dea Advocacy Award


Robert Hijazi, PhD, MS, MHA, CCE, CBET

Robert Hijazi, PhD, MS, MHA, CCE, CBET

The winner is Robert Hijazi, PhD, MS, MHA, CCE, CBET, for his efforts to promote the CE and HTM field. Dr.Hijazi's advocacy efforts are wide-ranging, with a focus on many significant topics; with examples such as leadership, process improvement, serving on various committees, publications, and mentoring of younger CEs.

Robert was born and raised in Michigan where he completed his graduate degree in BME from Wayne State University. After graduation, he accepted a BME position in Atlanta GA working with non-profit MedShare that distributes surplus medical equipment and supplies throughout the World. In 2009, he relocated to Columbia, SC and worked as a biomedical / process engineer at a local hospital. He then accepted a position as Chief CE at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Columbia in 2011.

Dr.Hijazi is very passionate CE advocacy, serving on several committees to enhance quality of care and patient safety. As a Six Sigma BlackBelt, he also enjoys working on process redesign projects to improve operational efficiencies while reducing costs. In his spare time, he enjoys reading technical articles and spending time with his wife and two children.

ACCE/HTF 2014 Marv Shepherd Patient Safety Award


Bruce Hansel, PhD, CCE

Bruce Hansel, PhD, CCE

The Award winner is Bruce Hansel, PhD, CCE, Executive Director, Accident and Forensic Investigation, ECRI Institute, for his body of work in CE/HTM-related forensics and patient safety since 1984. His projects recently have included medical device incident evidence preservation, a TJC e-book on Preventing Air Embolism, and avoiding mis-connections for IV and enteral devices.

He presents nationally on Medical Device Accident Investigations and serves on two AAMI standards' committees. His hundreds of studies have included anesthesia, implantable drug delivery, extracorporeal circulation, insufflator, irrigation, RF ablation, and other devices. He also investigates epidemic and endemic illnesses resulting from surgical contaminants.

Bruce has a BS from Emory University in 1974, MS BME and PhD Biochemistry from Clemson University in 1981, and became a CCE in 2008. Dr. Hansel and his family live in Easley, South Carolina.

ACCE 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award


James Wear, PhD, CCE, CHSP, FACCE, FASHE, and FAIMBE, FAIC

James Wear, PhD, CCE, CHSP, FACCE, FASHE, and FAIMBE, FAIC

The Lifetime Award winner is James Wear, PhD, CCE, CHSP, FACCE, FASHE, and FAIMBE, FAIC (whew!). Professor Wear has been and continues to be a contributor to the CE community for the past 45 years. His major contributions include teaching, publishing, and consulting in areas of professional skills development, both technical and managerial. He is one of the founding members of ACCE.

Since his first job in healthcare in 1956, Jim has built a career from Arkansas (AR). With a BS, MS, & PhD in Chemistry from the University (UAR, 1962), Jim joined the VA in 1965, and became involved with Lab devices in 1966. He directed the VA CE-HTM Education and Training Center 1974 to 1997, while also chairing UAR Medical Sciences Biomedical Instrumentation Technology program. With colleagues, he created Scientific Enterprises, Inc., that published the first CE teaching periodical in 1969. Many an older CE got early training in hospital safety and CE management from this source; Jim continues to answer questions from subscribers today. He continued in other VA educational leadership roles to 2007, and was Visiting Professor in Hong Kong in Health Technology/Informatics in 2007.

Jim's professional and personal volunteer roles are legendary, too numerous to mention but a few. He serves as ACCE's Membership chair today, and has served on or led ACCE Education, HTCC,CE & BMET Board of Examiners, numerous AAMI committees, and the Health Technology Foundation-HTF Board chairing their Patient Safety Task Force. He also chaired the US certification board for health safety professionals. This family man, an Eagle Scout, has served many other community organizations, as well. He has hundreds of presentations & book chapters that continue today, and span 60 years.

Jim would tell you a special joy has been his international work. Since 1991, he led curriculum development for ACCE's global workshops and participated in eight, leading the ACEW in Nepal in 2001. He provided CE management training in Hong Kong 2004-2008, participated in numerous WHO programs since 2009 (e.g., CE-HTM training in East Africa), and has taught in Brazil, Malaysia, South Korea, Hungary, Spain, and several times in Peoples Republic of China in recent years.

Jim is certified in CE and Healthcare Safety, a Fellow of ASHE, ACCE, AIMBE, & AIC (Chemists). He received the ACCE / HTF Marv Shepherd Patient Safety Award in 2008, and ACCE/AAMI's Robert Morris Humanitarian Award in 2011. A colleague notes: "I've known Jim 30 years; his productive career (encouraging peers to pursue continuing education), desire to train (young CEs) and to volunteer to help (our community meet its goals) are no less intense today than 45 years ago."

ACCE 2014 Professional Achievement in Technology Award/Professional Development Award


Ken Fuchs, MEng, MBA/Erin Sparnon, MEng

Ken Fuchs, MEng, MBA/Erin Sparnon, MEng

There are two outstanding winners this year. The first is Ken Fuchs, MEng, MBA, honored for his work in advancing standards for medical device interoperability. He began work with HP, then Draeger and Siemens where he held various management positions in both healthcare IT as well as medical device systems. In 2009 he joined Mindray North America (MNA) where he was Senior Principal Architect, Enterprise Systems. Ken's scope included technical roadmaps & coordination of connectivity across MNA's products. In 2013 Ken joined the newly formed Center for Medical Interoperability where he is the Executive VP, Interoperability R&D. The Center is a provider driven organization encouraging the development and procurement of interoperable solutions.

Ken is active in standards development for medical device connectivity and interoperability. He currently serves as the chair of the IEEE 11073 Standards Committee for medical device communication. He has served as a co-chair for the IHE PCD Planning Committee, and participates in AAMI, ASTM F29 ICE and ISO/IEC JWG7 standards efforts with a focus on the IEC 80001 standardization. Ken holds BS & MS Degrees in BME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) and an MBA from Babson College (Wellesley MA).

The second winner is Erin Sparnon, MEng, Engineering Manager in ECRI Institute's Health Devices (HD) Group, for her work in infusion device - EHR integration. Since joining ECRI in 2002, Erin has focused on reducing medication errors through research and education, including dozens of comparative evaluations and guidance articles published in ECRI's HD journal. She has presented on infusion safety technologies and related medical device integration at several national programs including the AAMI-FDA national Infusion Device Summit and at HIMSS and AAMI national conferences and ACCE webinars.

Erin also helps to address safety issues across several disciplines via AAMI's Infusion Systems Steering Council and Infusion Devices standards committee, and HIMSS' Quality, Cost, & Safety committee and Medical Devices & Patient Safety task force, IHE PCD and AAMI/UL JC 2800 on Medical Device Interoperability. She obtained a dual BS BME-EE from Duke (2002), and an MS in Systems Engineering from Penn State-Great Valley (2009).

ACCE 2014 Professional Achievement in Management Award/Managerial Excellence Award


Purna Prasad, MS, PhD, CCE/Mark Thomas, MPH, BSE, PE

Purna Prasad, MS, PhD, CCE/Mark Thomas, MPH, BSE, PE

There are two outstanding winners this year. The first is Purna Prasad, MS, PhD, CCE, CE Director at Stanford University Medical Center, for providing CE-IT leadership at a major teaching hospital, and for sharing his experiences regularly on the national stage.

A CE at Stanford since 1991, he has been Director since 1999, and is currently part of the IT Executive group. His CE team is heavily involved with integration of various device-EHR connectivity solutions, and is directing the design of device infrastructure and networks for a $3.1 billion new children's hospital project. He has successfully implemented ongoing cost-savings and cost-avoidance through innovative in-sourcing strategies for anesthesia, ultrasound, Telepresence, and Cath Lab CE-IT equipment, with a 30% reduction in contract fees for other systems. He has also standardized/integrated clinical networking architectures, established a networking core group, and introduced monitoring network failing-in features. He is also known for pioneering the first Telemedicine Network to connect the Philippines. Purna received an MS BME, Sacramento State in 1990, and PhD in IT Management from Capella University in 2011.

The second Mark Thomas, MPH, BSE, PE, National CE Director, Indian Health Service-IHS, & a Captain in US Public Health Service, for ongoing CE leadership to underserved populations.

As far back as he can remember, Mark either received dental and medical care from or worked professionally for the health system caring for America's first nations, nearly 2 million American Indians and Alaska natives. Born in Montana, his Native American mother raised him and his siblings near the Crow/Northern Cheyenne reservation where he received health services and education. At 18, his mother launched her son to independence and the big university campus with just a few, poignant words: "get yourself to the university, then explore the world, but ONLY after you finish your engineering degree, do you hear me?"

He has done that. After BS BME at Arizona State (1985) & later MPH at Johns Hopkins (2004), Mark joined government service, later becoming IHS Director in 1997. His goals: "to improve the delivery of medical care in rural and remote native America while continuing with technical and business teams to streamline delivery with re-engineered business processes, implementing new clinical technologies to gain efficiencies &clinical effectiveness." Examples: telemedicine in Alaska; sharing health data across public-private systems, eg, VA, IHS, and academic medical centers; and training of young native Americans for technology jobs, including CE-HTM.

ACCE 2014 Student Paper Competition

All papers are available for viewing from the ACCE website.

Katherine Chan, University of Toronto

Katherine Chan, University of Toronto

Mitigating Risks Associated with Secondary Infusions: An Empirical Evaluation of a Technology-based, Training-based, and Practice-based Intervention

ACCE 2014 Student Paper Competition (Runner-up)

All papers are available for viewing from the ACCE website.

Christine Vogel, University of Connecticut

Christine Vogel, University of Connecticut

Procedures for Testing and Troubleshooting Radianse RTLS

ACCE 2014 Student Paper Competition (Runner-up)

All papers are available for viewing from the ACCE website.

Michelle Hanbidge, University of Toronto

Michelle Hanbidge, University of Toronto

Improving Patient Safety through Incident Reporting and Learning in Health Care

ACCE 2014 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 their similar efforts in supporting this advance.

Zhou Dan, DBA, CCE

Zhou Dan, DBA, CCE

The winner is Zhou Dan, DBA, CCE, Vice President, Medical Management, PLA General Hospital (the premier military hospital in China), and provost, PLA Medical College. He is a pioneer of CE and its undisputed leader in China. After earning a BS in BME from the Zhejiang University in 1986, he started his career as an engineer at PLA's Medical Engineering Center. In 1995, he was promoted to be the Director and was one of the distinguished participants of the 1995 ACEW held in Beijing, China, with the sponsorship of ORBIS International.

Since then, Dr. Zhou has been promoted several times to his current role, also earning an MBA at Beijing Institute of Technology and a DBA at the Southern California University for Professional Studies. He spent four months at Children's Hospital of TMC learning CE management, and has been certified as a clinical engineer by the ME Division of the Chinese Medical Association (MED-CMA).

Besides growing the CE team at PLA, Dr. Zhou has been extensively involved in advancing CE in China. He is one of the founders of the MED-CMA, becoming its Chairman from 2009 to 2012. Currently, this Division has approximately 7,000 members in China. Through the MED, Dr. Zhou became the prime proponent of CE certification in China, with the notable assistance of several ACCE members (Drs. David, Hyman, Wear, and Sloane). By the end of 2012, there were 219 CCEs in China. In addition, Dr. Zhou also has been engaged in several other noteworthy activities, e.g., chair for national standards for Emergency Medical Equipment, chief editor of the China Medical Devices Journal, and chief expert for the national High Technology Research and Development Program. Dr. Zhou has published 12 articles, including one in the IFMBE's News (D. Zhou & J. Yin, Development of Clinical Engineer Certification in China, IFMBE News, 93:25-27, 2013). Furthermore, he has led several research projects. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Zhejiang University.

ACCE / HTF 2014 International ACEW

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

Ghana Health Service, Clinical Engineering Department (GHS-CED)

Ghana Health Service, Clinical Engineering Department (GHS-CED)

The winner is Ghana Health Service, Clinical Engineering Department (GHS-CED).

Two ACEWs were held in Accra, Ghana in 2009, hosted by the GHS and these two leaders. Dr. Adjabu has been a strong advocate for HTM in Ghana and other African countries. Mr. Zienaa is a Deputy Chief Clinical Engineering Manager in the Ghana Health Service and the Executive Secretary of the Ghana Biomedical Engineering Association (GBEA). Starting in 2009, GHS–CED has been implementing internationally recognized practices in HTM. Both have been presenters at the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Medical Device Forums held in 2010 and 2013, and at the 2010 ACCE ACEW reunion, ACCES17 & CMBEC35 Joint Conference in 2012. They are also collaborating with the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society in 2014 in a research project entitled "Improving the Effectiveness of Medical Equipment Donations to Developing Countries", that will benefit many countries.

Dr. Adjabu is a qualified Medical Practitioner and CE with 18 years' experience. He has a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB), University of Ghana Medical School in Accra, post-graduate diploma (PGD) in Medical Electronics and Medical Equipment Management, MS in Medical Electronics & Physics from Queen Mary, University of London. He is a Member of Ghana Medical Association, with Full Registration, Medical and Dental Council, Ghana. He is also a founding member of the National Kidney Foundation, Ghana, a founding member of GBEA, and is a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Health Technology-HT, Global Initiative on HT, WHO Geneva. He is also a Temporary Adviser on HT for WHO AFRO (Africa Regional Office). He is also a Technical Adviser on HT for the Trust Hospitals, Ghana Ports & Harbors Authority and the Diagnostic Centre Ltd, all in Ghana.

John Zienaa holds BS in Industrial Engineering, Instituto Technologico Rene Ramous Latour in Havana, Cuba in 1985, PGD in Medical Electronics and Medical Equipment Management, Queen Mary, University of London, MS in Health Services Planning & Management, KNUST, Kumasi, and MS Engineering & Management, GTUC, Accra. He started work as a CE at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in 1992 and later moved to the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate of the GHS to start the CE Unit for the region. He was transferred to GHS headquarters in 2009 to support the Deputy Director, CE Department. He is the Executive Secretary of the GBEA and a board member of the Presbyterian HT Unit. He has played different roles in medical equipment management in Ghana including project planning, equipment selection, equipment installation, acceptance testing, training, etc.

ACCE HTM Champion 2014 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.

Adam Darkins, MD, MPHM, FRSC

Adam Darkins, MD, MPHM, FRSC

The HTM Champion Award winner is Adam Darkins, MD, MPHM, FRSC, Chief Consultant for Telehealth Services, Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Washington, DC.

Since 2003, Dr. Darkins has fostered the highest development of CE-HTM capability and collaboration within VA nationally for Telehealth. From the beginning, he organized an HTM group to support his re-engineering efforts, using IT, telehealth, & disease management technologies to enhance and extend care and case management, resulting in improved access to care for patients, reduced utilization of resources, and high levels of patient satisfaction. VA is seen as a global leader in Telehealth with estimated 500,000 patients receiving services annually via 4,500 clinical video-conferencing endpoints on VA's clinical enterprise videoconferencing network that links VA's 150 hospitals and over 380 clinics.

Adam received his early medical training at University of Manchester, UK medical school, receiving his MD in 1987. He completed an MPH at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1991, and a Masters Certificate in Project Management at George Washington University in 2011. Dr. Darkins notes:

In the mid-1990s I was involved in two health care start-ups, one a health care provider in the public sector and the other a technology company in the private sector. Lessons from both these experiences directly impacted how I approached the clinical, technology and business aspects of taking telehealth programs to scale.
Prior to moving into this field I worked in neurosurgery, trained and accredited in the UK. Direct experience with managing critically ill and chronic care patients whose health and wellbeing depended on access to scarce and distant resources, motivated me to explore using new technologies to deliver care.
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