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Larson, Sealey Receive IAHTM Lifetime Achievement Award

POWELL, Ohio — Janice Carter Larson, CLLM, who recently retired as vice president of clinical resources and consulting for Encompass Group LLC, and John Sealey, who retired earlier this year as chief operating officer of London Hospital Linen Service Inc. (LHLS), London, Ontario, Canada, have been named International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM) 2019 Lifetime Achievement recipients.

The awards were held Sept. 24 at IAHTM’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Education Conference held in Scottsdale, Ariz. Each year, IAHTM recognizes an individual with its Lifetime Achievement award for his or her career-long contributions to and accomplishments in the textile industry. 

In presenting the awards, IAHTM Board President Myles Noel (CEO, COMTEX) says, “This year’s recipients were selected because of their continuing drive for business excellence, because they’re considered among the top experts and teachers in the healthcare industry for linen and textiles use and utilization, and because of their continued involvement with professional associations. We salute Janice and John.”

Joe Przepiorka, vice president, marketing, Encompass Group LLC, notes about Larson, “Janice is a 40-year veteran of the healthcare industry and is a pioneer in hospital-based linen cost management consulting. For over half of her career, Janice has led a team of RN-based consultants at Encompass helping hospitals and healthcare laundries focus on linen use and utilization, saving customers well over $100 million in the process.

“Through her customer engagements and results, she is considered one of the top experts and teachers in the healthcare industry for linen and textiles use and utilization. She has authored countless articles, served on several industry and publication boards, and is regularly found on industry conference agendas.”

She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Iowa and a certificate in management from the USC Marshall School of Business. 

Larson taught linen management in hospitals throughout the United States and presented at industry conferences including AHE, ALM, ARTA, Clean, TRSA and the Clemson University Conference on Medical Textiles, as well as the American Linen and Laundry College at Eastern Kentucky University.

She has a Certification in Linen and Laundry Management (CLLM) from the Association of Linen Management (ALM) and is a member of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) and Professional Women in Healthcare (PWH). She served on the Board of Directors for ALM, as well as the editorial board for American Laundry News and the distance learning committees for ARTA and PWH. 

Larson resides in Ventura, Calif., with her husband, Steve, and enjoys snow skiing, live music and international travel. 

Sealey, also a 40-year industry veteran, was nominated for the award by Brendan O’Neill of LHLS.

In his nomination of Sealey, O’Neill commented: “Throughout his career, John has supported the development of all those who worked for him, and those in the industry … Continuous education and development have been hallmarks of his legacy … His vast experience in all components of the laundry operation (production, finance, administration, HR, compliance, purchasing, IT and maintenance) is very unique.”

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