2022 Symposium on Healthcare Value Analysis & Infection Prevention

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Healthcare Hygiene magazine, the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP), and The Pearce Foundation for Scientific Endeavor/Environmental Services Optimization Playbook (EvSOP) partnered to develop this three-day virtual symposium that explored imperatives relating to healthcare value analysis and infection prevention, and these disciplines’ impact on the products and processes clinical end users depend on daily. Learn from the experts who are leading these initiatives.

All sessions rolled out May 24-26, 2022 but will continue to be available on-demand through Dec. 31, 2022.

This symposium offers 6 free contact hours of continuing education for nurses (Healthcare Hygiene magazine/Keystone Media Inc. is an approved provider #17500 of the California Board of Registered Nurses).

Sessions will address:
• environmental hygiene-related imperatives
• healthcare textiles and laundry-related imperatives
• infection prevention and value analysis opportunities
• healthcare value analysis concepts for the infection preventionist
• supply chain-related imperatives that impact clinician preference
• product evaluation and purchasing: a review for clinicians
• healthcare supply chain trends and purchasing-related decision-making for the future


Special thanks to our partners:



We acknowledge the generosity of our platinum sponsor:



Tuesday, May 24, 2022

11 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT

Session 1 (Infection Prevention Track)

Environmental Hygiene-Related Imperatives

Presenters: Rob Tussey, Aaron Jett, Paul Pearce, and John Scherberger

12-12:30 p.m. chat with session 1 presenters


12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT

Session 2 (Healthcare Value Analysis Track)

Healthcare Value Analysis Concepts for the Infection Preventionist

Presenter: Susan Miller and Kelly Zabriskie

1:30-2 p.m. chat with session 2 presenters


Wednesday, May 25 , 2022

 11 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT

Session 3 (Infection Prevention Track)

Healthcare Textiles and Laundry-Related Imperatives

Presenters: Michael Overcash and Lynne Sehulster

12-12:30 p.m. EDT chat with session 3 presenters


12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT

Session 4 (Healthcare Value Analysis Track)

Supply Chain-Related Imperatives Impacting Clinician Preference

Presenters: Hudson Garrett and Karen Niven

1:30-2 p.m. EDT chat with session 4 presenters


Thursday, May 26, 2022

11 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT

Session 5 (Infection Prevention Track)

Infection Prevention and Value Analysis Opportunities

Presenters: Beverly Nieves and Michael Parker

12-12:30 p.m. EDT chat with session 5 presenters


12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT

Session 6 (Healthcare Value Analysis Track)

Presenter: Lisa Kilgore

1:30-2 p.m. EDT chat with session 6 presenter




Aaron Jett has a clinical background as an infection preventionist and APIC-CJIC partner, certified safety professional (CSP), and OSHA walkway auditor (WACH) for STF injury prevention. Additionally, he is a designated trainer for the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) of the American Hospital Association. Jett is designated to train and certify through AHE’s Certified Health Care Environmental Services Technician, Certified Surgical Cleaning Technician, Certified Non-Acute Care Cleaning programs (T-CHEST/CSCT/CNACC). He is also a master trainer for value-based mapping and teaches AHE’s Value-based Product Evaluation and Implementation Program (VPEI), a component of AHE’s Strategic Leadership Program. He is also a member of the advisory board for the Pearce Foundation for Scientific Endeavor and is one of the lead researchers for the Environmental Services Optimization Playbook (EvSOP). He serves as an infection prevention and environmental resource to many of the top health systems in the U.S. and Canada and healthcare contract cleaning companies.

Beverly Nieves, CIC, MHA, BS, is the current corporate manager of infection prevention for Orlando Health System in Florida. She actively participates in numerous committees, including infection control, critical care, value analysis, as well as the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Institutional Review Board. Her career accomplishments at St. Joseph include medical technologist in microbiology, infection preventionist, and manager. She directed all infection prevention and control efforts at the Richmond University Medical Center, East Orange General Hospital, and Oak Hills Hospital. She specializes in the environment of care, working closely with environmental services. She is an active member of APIC, ASM and AHE.

Hudson Garrett Jr., PhD, MSN, MPH, MBA, FNP-BC, CPHQ, PLNC, AS-BC, IP-BC, VA-BC™, CFER, CPPS, CDONA, DICO-C, GDCN, CPXP, CADDCT, CFRDT, CCPDT, CCHR-T, NREMT, FACDONA, TR-C, FAAPM, FNAP, FSHEA, FIDSA, is president and CEO of Community Health Associates, LLC. He also serves as an adjunct assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He also co-founded the nonprofit Infection Prevention Institute to help shepherd dissemination of best practices of infection prevention and control across the healthcare continuum of care globally. Garrett was selected as one of 20 healthcare leaders globally to participate in the 2021 13-month Global Patient Safety Fellowship with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He holds board certifications in patient safety, healthcare quality, patient experience, vascular access, antibiotic stewardship, prehospital emergency medicine, tactical medicine, as a designated infection control officer, in flexible endoscope reprocessing, healthcare remediation, critical care, and as a director of nursing in post-acute care and infection prevention and control. He has served on international and national organizational boards in the areas of environmental services, dental infection control, infection control, acute care infection control, post-acute care infection control, and vascular access. He has served on expert panels related to disinfection and sterilization with the FDA, CDC and the EPA, most notably serving on the FDA’s Panel and Working Group for Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing. Garrett has lectured around the world and provided testimony to government and regulatory agencies on a variety of topics related to infectious diseases and infection prevention and control.

John Scherberger, BS, FAHE, CHESP, is principal of Healthcare Risk Mitigation, a consulting firm that assists healthcare, laundry, hospitality, and other professionals in enhancing their operations through incorporation of industry best practices into their operations through risk mitigation, improvement of healthcare laundry operations, healthcare environmental services and hospitality housekeeping operations, and infection prevention processes and practices. He is a past president of the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) and a former member of the Certification Center of the American Hospital Association. He is a past board member of the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) and the South Carolina Chapter of the AHE. He is currently as member of the advisory board of the Environmental Services Optimization Playbook (EvSOP).

Karen Niven, MS, BSN, RN, CVAHP, is the 2022 president-elect of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP). Her primary responsibility is managing the value analysis committee and the clinical process within the Performance Groups line of business, an ongoing value analysis process of identifying and articulating market requirements that define a product category’s attributes. As a clinical expert she uses her understanding and medical expertise to analyze current and future market technology trends while prioritizing customer needs. In addition Karen’s responsibilities also include assisting the clinical work groups for all Performance Groups as well as working with members and suppliers to identify and develop strategies to introduce new technology and improve product utilization. Prior to joining Premier, Niven leveraged more than 33 years of nursing experience in the perioperative services area to include circulating, working in PACU and management of all areas in the peri-operative arena. Her management duties included capital equipment acquisitions, total joint implant management, physician preference product ordering, daily oversight of the department of anesthesia, and responsibility for 50-plus operating rooms, 12 endoscopy procedure rooms, and all pre-op and post-op departments.

Kelly Zabriskie is the enterprise vice president of infection control at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia and has more than 13 years of experience in infection prevention. She is a fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and is certified in infection control (CIC).

Lisa Marie Kilgore, MBA-HCM, BSBM, CIC, is director of epidemiology and infection control for Scripps Health, a position she has held for 15 years. She is also involved in corporate quality and patient safety. Prior to her leadership in healthcare, she served as a satellite communications operator in the U.S. Army. Following a decade of military service, she returned to school and has been practicing infection prevention since 2007. She has worked in healthcare for more than 21 years. She also has been a part of emergency management and disaster preparedness for 17-plus years, with extensive training through FEMA, CDC and the Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP) in technical emergency response training for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosives (CBRNE) and is a part of the DECON team at Scripps Health.

Lynne Sehulster, PhD, M(ASCP), CMIP(AHE), is currently a health scientist providing consultation as principal of Environmental Infection Prevention, LLC. She retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2017 after a career spanning 20-plus years. While there she worked in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) within the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). Prior to the CDC, she served as an infectious disease epidemiologist for 15-plus years at the Texas Department of Health (currently known as the Texas Department of State Health Services). Her areas of expertise include environmental infection control, microbial inactivation, and transmission of infectious diseases. She has advised CDC and other federal and state health agencies, healthcare professionals, and the public on issues concerning environmental cleaning, sterilization and disinfection, healthcare-built environment and construction, healthcare laundry issues, prion disease epidemiology, and environmental management of emerging diseases.

Michael R. Overcash, PhD, is a researcher and consultant specializing in life cycle inventory research,
developing the new areas for utilization of the life cycle tools and inventory techniques, leading to the discovery of the environmental genome. His work has focused on healthcare evaluations based on quality patient care at lower environmental impacts. He is also a thought leader in sustainability research used by healthcare systems and healthcare textiles associations, and contributed to the emergence of standards for sustainability of products and services in healthcare. His professional contributions include 14 books, 700-plus journal papers and reports, and participation in numerous symposia. He is the executive officer of the non-profit Environmental Genome Initiative.

Michael Parker, T-CHEST, CMIP, T-CSCT, T-CNACC, is the director for environmental services and linen services at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He also serves as a subject-matter expert in providing guidance and development of the relationship between infection prevention and environmental devices. He has 30-plus years of experience in management, 20 of those years being in healthcare contract management with various responsibilities in environmental services, linen, food services, hotels, concierge, and transport. He currently serves as the chair of Orlando Health’s Environmental Services Council. He is a former multi-service general manager and a district manager in Florida for Sodexo, as well as working previously in sales and marketing positions. Parker also authors training programs as well as procedures for environmental services.

Paul J. Pearce, PhD, is a medical microbiologist with 45 years of experience who leads the Pearce Foundation for Scientific Endeavor. He is the former CEO of Nova Biologicals, the laboratory testing organization he founded more than 30 years ago. He specializes in air and water quality, laboratory testing, healthcare operations, and scientific discovery around biofilm and the complex microbes that reside on environmental surfaces and their role in infection. He is also a member of the advisory board for the Environmental Services Optimization Playbook (EvSOP).

Robert Tussey is national training manager for environmental services at CommonSpirit Health and EVS director at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical System in the Houston market. He has a hospital and hospitality background as a director of environmental services (T-CHEST and T-CSCT accredited) trainer for American Hospital Association's Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) - Train the Trainer for Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Technician and Certified Surgical Cleaning Technician, Certificate of Mastery in Value-based Product Evaluation and Implementation. He specializes in the training, implementation, transition, and management of large enterprise-wide healthcare programs, and works to ensure smooth and safe day-to-day operations of a world-class environmental services program.

Susan G. Miller, RN, MN, CMRP, CVAHP, is senior director of enterprise value analysis for Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health in Philadelphia. In this role, she facilitates and leads clinicians and multi‐disciplinary teams to ensure optimal patient outcomes through clinical efficacy of healthcare products and services for the greatest financial value and serves as the lead facilitator of the enterprise value analysis process, committees, policy and procedure. She is the liaison between supply chain management, administration and the clinical and physician communities, to ensure cost effective utilization of supplies, medical devices, services and processes. A seasoned healthcare professional, Miller has been an RN for more than 40 years. Miller regularly speaks on the topic of healthcare value analysis at national and regional conferences as well as at supplier national meetings. Miller has been an active member of AHVAP since 2010, chairing the organization’s membership committee for a number of years. She has served on the AHVAP board of directors and was the organization's 2019 president.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the symposium virtual?

A: Yes, 100 percent online.


Q: Will the event be made available beyond May 3-5, 2022?

A: Yes, the symposium will be available on demand through Dec. 31, 2022. You can return to the symposium platform as much as you’d like within that time.


Q: How much does it cost to attend?

A: Symposium attendance is free.


Q: How do I participate in the symposium?

A: You must be a registered participant to attend the symposium. You will also need to download the Zoom desktop client or Zoom app to be able to access the symposium platform.


Q: How do I register?

A: This website will provide a link that will take you to the symposium, where you can click on a Register button that will allow you to share your information with us. Once that step is completed, you will be able to enter the symposium lobby, where you can learn more about the symposium’s slate of educational sessions, read about the speakers, bookmark sessions of interest, etc.


Q: How do I watch the sessions?

A: Once you have registered, you will be sent a confirmation email containing the link you will use to gain access to the symposium platform. Check the agenda for days and times, and then access the sessions through the same access link provided at registration.


Q: What if I have a technical issue?

A: We want you to have a trouble-free experience, but sometimes things happen. There are some steps that you can take to ward off any potential glitches. Prior to participating in the symposium, please check with your institution’s information technology (IT) staff to determine if there are any firewalls that could potentially interfere with your viewership; sometimes watching at your residence instead of your place of employment can be easier, for this reason. Using Chrome as your browser offers the smoothest Internet experience. Temporarily disable any pop-up blockers, as we use this function to relay important information throughout the symposium. If your screen freezes or buffers, we suggest refreshing it by hitting the F5 key. Using a wired Internet connection as opposed to wireless can help eliminate these issues. Most of all, don’t panic, as all the sessions will be available on-demand for the next 90 days, so you won’t miss anything, including the Q&As (see below). If you get stuck, please email: kelly@healthcarehygienemagazine.com


Q: Will I be able to ask questions?

A: Yes. You will be able to chat with other attendees in the symposium virtual lobby. In addition, when sessions have concluded, we have provided 30 minutes of time where you can chat with presenters. If a presenter has been called away due to a clinical emergency, the symposium hosts will collect your question(s) and submit them to the presenter(s). The symposium organizers will make available to all registered attendees a transcript of the Q&As and will make them available for download in the on-demand period of the event.


Q: How do I navigate the virtual expo?

A: You will be asked for your name at the time a virtual badge is made available, and you will be able to select an avatar at that time. You can follow the platform’s directional signage to access booths to view videos and other materials, download PDFs, etc. as well as converse with a booth representative during the May 3-5 live days.  No representatives will be manning the booths after that time throughout the on-demand period.


Q: How do I earn my contact hours of continuing education?

A: You must watch an entire session and then click on the link provided. You will be asked to register on FlexiQuiz, the CE portal associated with this event, where you will be able to store and share your test grades, certificates, etc.


Q: How do I get my CE certificate(s)?

A: You must watch each session completely, take the 10-question true/false test associated with each session, and pass with a grade of 90 percent or better. You will have five attempts to take each test. Once you pass the test, you will be able to view, download, print and store your certificate on the CE portal.


Q: What entities accept these contact hours?

A: These contact hours are designed to meet nurses’ licensure requirements in the United States. You will need to inquire about acceptance of our contact hours with any other entity that is not a nursing licensure board.


Q: How long are the contact hours valid?

A: The contact hours we issue are valid for two years from the date of issuance and will expire in August 2024.