President: Jeffrey Phelps, North Bay Regional Hospital
Vice President: Tammy Bennardo, Sault Area Hospital
Treasurer/Past President: Colleen Landers, Weeneebayko Area Health Authority
Secretary: Tiffany Lessard, Anson General Hospital
Educator: Michelle Bellefeuille, Sault Area Hospital
THETA CHAPTER HISTORY
Celebrating 25 Years in 2015
THETA Chapter was formed in 1990 so we have been in existence for 25 years. MDRAO prior to that date only had chapters in southern Ontario. Northern Ontario formed the THETA chapter and latter LAMBDA chapter was formed. At the beginning meetings were held once a year in one location and people had to travel up to 6 hours to attend. Attendance at this event was low due to travel costs as our chapter is large in geography covering from Barrie south to Lindsey East, West to Manitoba Border and north to the Sault including the James Bay Coastal area. We held one classroom course per year and it was in one location so cost to attend to applicants in the north was over $2,000.00 due to registration, travel and accommodations. We tried attaching our annual meeting to the education sessions to see if it would improve attendance and offered education at the meeting and this helped in 2005.
In 2009 we were able to start holding our meetings by Ontario Telemedicine so all healthcare facilities in Theta Chapter could register. We then held 4 meetings a year. This increased participation to 20-28 sites registered and 35 to 65 members attending. The format used for these events was a 30 minutes meeting and 1 hour education session with attendance and participation by a questions and answers period at the end. This format continues today with excellent attendance and the ability for our members to communicate. We also started holding our classroom course by OTN with 6 sites and have had from 90-130 students attending. We have reduced sites to 5 which include the host site and we thank the healthcare settings that offer their site and the facilitators at those sites as without them we could not offer these options to keep travel and cost down for our members.
These formats have facilitated education for Medical Device Reprocessing Technicians, Managers and Infection Control Practitioners in the north. This has raised the bar in reprocessing practices and improved patient outcomes.
Membership in our chapter has grown from 35 to 164 over these years due to the ongoing communication, educational opportunities and incentives developed by the chapter. A great networking system is in place to facilitate conversations and assistance to many sites when required.
Get all staff and managers to register by September 1st as MDRAO THETA members by going to www.mdrao.ca and the membership tab. You receive newsletters, Theta draws and educational opportunities to keep current. All MDRD staff and managers require ongoing education and this is a great way to do it for $30.00 for technicians and $40.00 for managers. Membership year runs from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017 so you have to renew each year. Membership forms are available under the member’s section on the website and can be paid by printing the form and submitting a cheque or pay online.
Theta chapter is offering the following incentives to all 2015-2016 members for this year.
- Be a Theta MDRAO 2016-2017 member before September 1st 2016 and you will be for the draw for 2 free conference registrations for MDRAO Annual conference 2017 if you attend 3 OTN education sessions (Sept. 14th, Nov 16th, & Feb 8, 2017). This includes your MDRAO conference registrations and expenses for gas, meals and room for 2 nights with receipts totaling $1000.00 per winner.
- 2016-2017 MDRAO members who take a classroom course and achieve 90% or over will be eligible for the Steris award ($1000.00).
- 2016-2017 MDRAO Members: Register for the MDRAO refresher course, pass and you could be one of 3 winners for the 3-M award. ($300.00).
THETA Chapter classroom course will be May 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, & 13th, 2017
Host Site Timmins Total 25;
OTN sites: Thunder Bay Total 35, Sault Ste. Marie Total 25, North Bay Total 25, Midland Total 25 .
Register early as all sites have limited space. Once the sites are full you will need to go to another site. Spots cannot be saved only once payment is received.
Registration form is on the MDRAO website under education and registration must be done online.
Registration deadline March 17th, 2017
At the November 16, 2016 meeting the THETA passed the following proposed changes to be presented to the Provincial Executive.
OTN EDUCATION AND MEETINGS 2016-2017
Dates and Topics:
February 8, 2017 Validation of all Cleaning in MDR – Event #54231124
April 12, 2017 Endoscopy Best Practices by Vantage – Event #54231245
The OTN is open for self registration through your OTN coordinator. Colleen Landers will register your site so you must send in your site number and system email@example.com
Register you site before June 1st for all sessions.
THETA CHAPTER HOSPITALS
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