CHICAGO — Judy Reino of Reino Linen, Gibsonburg, Ohio, is the new chairperson for the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC), which reports to have more than 70 laundries accredited or signed up for inspection to become accredited.
The other officers for 2008, announced during the HLAC board meeting here on Dec. 10, are Steve Tinker, Gurtler Industries, South Holland, Ill., vice chairperson; Rick Kislia, Crescent Laundry, Davenport, Iowa, secretary/treasurer; and David Stern, Paris Companies, DuBois, Pa., immediate past chairperson.
“We have an excellent board of directors and I look forward to growing HLAC with their assistance,” Reino says. “Reino Linen was the first laundry to become accredited back in April 2006. It’s not the easiest process to prepare for inspection, but if you form a team, follow HLAC’s guidelines and tackle the process in a logical way, you can pass the inspection and become accredited. It’s all about documenting safety, training and processing procedures.
“I believe every healthcare laundry should become accredited. If we want to increase the use of reusable textiles and grow our businesses, it’s important to increase the professionalism of what we do.”
HLAC’s mission is to publish high standards for laundering healthcare textiles, and to provide an inspection and accreditation process that recognizes those laundries that meet these high standards. The decision to become accredited is voluntary. The HLAC does not have members, but is comprised of a 12-person board.
In addition to the officers, board members are Nancy Bjerke, BSN, RN, MPH, CIC, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC); Patti Costello, American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES); Linda Fairbanks, Association for Linen Management (ALM); Bob Pfeifer, Sodexho Laundry Services; Randy Wendland, CLLM, Port Huron Hospital/HHA Services; Woody Ostrow, CleanCare; and Lynne Sehulster, Ph.D., M(ASCP).
In other news, the board learned that Executive Director Chris Isely was leaving the organization. The board thanked Isely for his work in organizing HLAC and establishing its basic operation over the past three years. HLAC’s executive committee is conducting a search for Isely’s replacement.