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February 2021Diamond Chapter Emblem

President Letter

What I’ve learned from the pandemic and what it might mean for WSHMMA moving forward. As we move into phase 2 and try to resume our past lives, we now find ourselves searching for answers. I hope we band together to remain strong.

Wow! What a wild last twelve months. During this time, I have often felt removed from WSHMMA, but I find myself reconnecting now. I suppose many of us felt unconnected at times. What I’ve realized is people were always there the entire time, I just needed to pick up the phone. Does anyone call anymore, lol. I write to you with hopes you aren’t feeling disconnected. WSHMMA stands by your side and so do I.

2020 was an incredibly hard year and many of you have endured struggles which I’ll never know. This I do know, for many of us, we’re still here and fighting. Fighting to understand how to make it through the day. Fighting to find the next pair of gloves or isolation gowns. Fighting to stay financially viable. Fighting to fight another day.

I suppose when this is all over, we’ll look back and find some sort of silver lining. I don’t know what that is yet, but I’m sure some of you may have found it. WSHMMA has learned a few things as well. We learned pivoting to deliver high quality education and networking isn’t easy. Technology platforms are rapidly changing and at times costly. Connecting folks virtually demands tradeoffs. Often, tradeoffs we’re not accustomed to. Lastly, I think WSHMMA has learned who really cares and who is really going to become future leaders.

Franklin Pangrazi, CMRP
President, WSHMMA



Elections Update

2021 WSHMMA Board Elections are upon and we’re looking for go getters to take us into the future! To nominate yourself or an individual you feel is qualified, email information@wshmma.org with the subject line: Election 2021.

We’re looking to fill the following positions. Individuals who are interested are nominated and then voted upon by the membership. Generally, this is done at the annual conference, however this year is different of course. We will be sending out voting ballots via email in 2021. Please nominate yourself or others who want to participate in this exciting opportunity!

  • President Elect (6-year term)
  • Secretary (2-year term)
  • Treasurer (3-year term)

For more information visit our Board of Directors website here.



2021 WSHMMA Conference Update

Virtual or Face-to-Face?

The WSHMMA Board is considering options for the 2021 conference. While we’ve agreed a spring event is off the table, the following options are up for discussion. Therefore, we’re surveying the members to see what might work well. Click here to take our survey!

  • Face-to-face conference in Fall 2021
  • Virtual offering in Fall 2021
  • Postpone until Spring 2022



WSHMMA Regional Update Information

Improvement Initiative to Ensure Quality Instrumentation in the OR.

Seattle Children's

Here is an article on some improvement work Seattle Children's Hospital has done over the past few years. The focus was on SPD however there was a lot of supply chain collaboration including putting peel packs on a 2-bin system.

Read the full article here!



AHRMM Update Information

Find national updates about AHRMM and information on AHRMM sponsored topics and events.

AHRMM Become a Member of AHRMM!
CMRP Learn about CMRP!
CQO What is CQO?
AHRMM 20 Order Virtual Conference Here!
AHRMM 21 Learn more!


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