KC Biomed Society

A professional society for BMETs in Kansas and Missouri

HTMA-MW 2019 Symposium Sept 27th and 28th


The Board wanted to express thanks to everyone that came out to the 2019 Symposium.

Our Friday started with a wonderful breakfast sponsored by AUE and Ozark Biomedical.

Our AEM program that was presented by Matt Baretich and Frank Painter was full of valuable information and worth the time invested. Special thank you to PartsSource for helping sponsor the AEM program.

Our Exhibit Hall was full of great vendors that came out to support us by showing to us the latest in technology and explaining how they can partner with us to help manage our medical equipment and networks.

Our Friday Welcome Reception had plenty of food and drinks plus the best people in town to share time with! Special thanks to Ozark Biomedical and Unipower Corporation for sponsoring this event.

Saturday Exhibit Hall opened with breakfast sponsored by AUE and Ozark Biomedical.

Tom Mulligan – Managing Director Coffman Group held a great session with motivational training and DISC overview and profiles.

Our great lunch and Keynote speaker was sponsored by Adepto Medical and Pioneer Biomedical. We are very fortunate to have these great companies located here in Kansas City. They invest so much in our organization both financially and by volunteering time to serve. Special thanks to Tommy Creal.

Keynote Speaker – Herman A. Mckenzie, MBA, CHSP Acting Director, Department of Engineering in the Standards Interpretations Group with The Joint Commission gave us an update on Medical Equipment Standards, Survey Types, Current and Emerging Patient Safety Risks, onsite survey focus, Safer Matrix, increase of level of findings, See it-Site it, Top 10 Frequently Cited Medical Equipment Requirements for Improvements (RFIs), Surgical Site fires, Survey Process Changes, Survey Preparation and Documentation, Evidence of Standards Compliance, Device Inventory, and Cybersecurity. We will be sending out the PowerPoint presentation for those that attended the presentation.

Panel Discussion with Dan DeMaria and Doug Dreps was very informative. These guys are a world of knowledge and have such good advice and business knowledge.

We ended our Saturday with more great food and drinks sponsored by Adepto Medical.  Special thanks to KLM Medical, Synergy Medical, Retrieve Medical Equipment, Adepto Medical, Tenacore, and Ozark Biomedical for sponsoring prizes.  We had many gift cards ranging from $25, $50, $100, and $250.

We want to thank all our vendors that came out and supported us and AAMI for sending the cool SWAG.

Participating Vendors: Adepto Medical, Agiliti, AUE, Avante Health Solutions, Boehringer Laboratories, Fluke Biomedical, RaySafe & LANDAUER, GE Healthcare, KLM Medical Equipment, NETECH Corporation, North American Medical, Ozark Biomedical, Philips Healhtcare, Pioneer Biomedical, Prescotts Inc, Pronk Technologies, relink Medical, Respiratory Maintenance Inc, Retrieve Medical Equipment, Stanley Healthcare, Synergy Medical Inc, Tenacore, Unipower, USOC Medical, and Verathon.


The HTMA-MW Board 




Herman A. McKenzie, MBA, CHSP

Acting Director, Department of Engineering -The Joint Commission  (Keynote Speaker) 


Herman McKenzie is currently the Acting Director, Department of Engineering in the Standards Interpretation Group at The Joint Commission. In this role, he manages all activities associated with the daily operations of the Engineering department, provides standards interpretation and education to The Joint Commission’s Surveyors and accredited organizations, reviews equivalency requests and survey reports, conducts surveys and Intracycle Monitoring conference calls, and serves as faculty for educational programs and a speaker for national, regional, state, and local audiences.

Mr. McKenzie has more than 25 years of health care experience having held managerial and director level roles in clinical engineering, plant operations and facilities services throughout the Chicagoland area. He was part of the team that opened the first new hospital in Illinois in over 25 years.

Mr. McKenzie holds a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration from Governors State University. He also is a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP).

For a copy of the presentation, click here 


Coffman Group


Tom Mulligan brings to the Coffman Group a record of uninterrupted success in sales and sales training. He is an award-winning performer at the fortune 500 level and has helped thousands of sales people and businesses achieve their goals.

Tom’s background in sales, training, media, management and leadership has taught him the problems business owners and sale people face in today’s market. After years of working with more traditional sales models he has come to understand that with changing times, we need changing techniques without jumping on the latest fads or tricks. With Sandler he has found both a proven system.

Known for his unrelenting enthusiasm and energy Tom is highly sought after to coach organizations looking for immediate improvement.  He not only takes pride in the results his clients receive, but responsibility. 

You can expect not just an immediate impact, but steady growth over time with market leading techniques employed by some of the nations leading businesses and organizations. 


Panel Discussion with Dan DeMaria, Doug Dreps, and Scott Ostrand.

Doug Dreps -

Doug Dreps has been in Healthcare Technology Management field for 33 years.  He currently is the HTM Eastern Regional Director for Mercy Health, where he has worked the last 12 years.  Doug is also the President of the Gateway Biomedical Society and a member of the AAMI Healthcare Leadership Committee. 

Doug has an associates of applied science in electrical engineering majoring in biomedical equipment technology, an BBA in finance and an MBA in international business.

Doug was born in Toledo, Ohio and moved to Galveston Island Texas where he raced his sailboat for many years, before moving to St Louis.

Scott Ostrand -

Scott Ostrand started his career in HTM in 1982. Currently Scott is a Regional Director for CHI Health – Nebraska and is the President of the Heartland Biomedical Association based in Omaha and surrounding communities.

He has been employed in-house, with ISO’s and OEM’s in his career. Scott has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Scott has a life-long love/hate relationship with golf and has been known to rearrange work to accommodate his golf schedule.

Dan DeMaria-

Dan DeMaria has been in the Healthcare Technology Management field for 36 years. He is currently the Director of HTM at Saint Luke’s Health System. He has worked in-house, ISO, and OEM.

Dan is the President of Healthcare Technology Association of the Midwest. He also serves as the Chair of AAMI Healthcare Technology Leadership Committee.

Dan has an Associates in Computer Studies, a BS in Biomedical Equipment Technology, and an MBA in IT Management.

While passionate about the field of HTM, Dan also enjoys the excitement of playing Hockey and Motorcycle Road Racing.





Join HTMA-MW You can apply for membership online or you can contact us for the next meeting info and fill out an application in person.

As many of us are now getting out renewal requests in the mail.  I have created a Excel page that will help with the calculations and readability for most of us.  You will still need to know what category and the number of CEUs you will receive for each entry, but it should be helpful to most of us.  Please let me know what you think of it and any improvements you can suggest.  Note that I am not a Excel wizard, so please keep the suggestions out of the major programming arena.  You will want to print the sheet without the calculation area. (1st improvement will be to move the calculations off the 1st sheet and onto the 2nd so printing will be easier.)  I will post improvements as I can get to them.

download Excel sheet here

Biomed Breaks the Mold by Working for Veterinary Practice

Rick TrexlerThe patients at the healthcare facilities where Rick Trexler, CBET, works tend to be rather furry, are prone to pacing, and have been known to bark or purr on occasion.

Trexler, you might say, is a rare breed: He’s a healthcare technology management (HTM) professional who works for a veterinary practice.

“Less a couple of ‘sabbaticals,’ I’ve been working in veterinary medicine since 1985, my senior year of high school. I am a registered veterinary technician, which is the equivalent of a registered nurse on the human medical side,” said Trexler, who is the equipment and facilities manager at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Kansas City, MO. “The bulk of my career has been in canine and feline medicine, but I have also worked in the aviculture department of Sea World with penguins, alcids, waterfowl, and parrots; with other wildlife; and for a short time in large animal medicine.”

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