IAHCSMM and ASHSCP Merger is Finalized

CHICAGO -- Nearly five months after the American Society for Healthcare Central Service Professionals (ASHCSP) formally announced its intent to merge with the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM), the merger has been finalized.

Although the legalities surrounding the merger took longer than anticipated, IAHCSMM says it is pleased that the goal of creating a unified front for the central service profession is now a reality.

Over the course of this business transaction, IAHCSMM practiced due diligence to ensure that members best interests remained at the forefront, said IAHCSMM president Richard Schule. IAHCSMM is looking forward to welcoming with open arms any ASHCSP member who wishes to become part of our dynamic association.

From the initial announcement of the merger intent, IAHCSMM has stood behind its promise for creating a stronger voice for the industrys CS professionals, which include technicians, supervisors, managers, directors, and educators. The healthcare community as a whole will benefit from stronger educational materials, robust educational conferences, enhanced lobbying efforts, and a single organization to conduct future business in a prompt, efficient manner. Energies, talent and finances spent supporting two organizations will now be focused on one entity to develop new products and enhance existing quality documents and educational resources.

Our continued goal is to provide a caring, dedicated, experienced association that is committed to lending a hand and personal touch to each and every member and chapter, added Schule. IAHCSMM believes that quality experience should include a warm, friendly and knowledgeable voice when calling headquarters, and above all, a team of experienced leaders and experts available to support members and provide them with industry-leading educational resources to promote quality and ongoing professional growth.

The finalization of the merger comes just weeks before IAHCSMMs 43rd annual meeting, which will mark the associations 50 years of serving the central service community. The meeting, scheduled for May 4-7 in Reno, Nev., will provide an opportunity for new members to become well acquainted with IAHCSMM, its executive board, and the associations educational resources.

Any time two organizations merge or one group is acquired it can, understandably, be an emotional time for both sides, especially for those who have poured their hearts and souls into the organizations, Schule acknowledged. Change isnt always easy, but in this case, we are confident it will bring a decidedly positive outcome for the CS profession. We look forward to welcoming any member who wants to become a part of our organizations next 50 years.

Source: International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management