Healthcare Technology Management Association of SC

Formerly - South Carolina Biomedical Association

Healthcare Technology Management 
Association of South Carolina

HTM Week — May 17-23, 2015
Sponsored by AAMI’s Technology Management Council (TMC)

CMS Allows RTPs!  Sept 25, 2014

CMS reverses its position and allows power strips in hospitals!  Download their Waiver HERE.  

Also, here is the NFPA 99-1363A definition of an SRPT (Special RPT).

NFPA 1363A.docx

New Downloadable file added - 6/25/14

We have added a spreadsheet for you to download.  It is the average of the prices paid for medical equipment.  If your inventory is missing this important information, you can use this list to populate your inventory and know the value of your inventory.  If you are a member, go to DOWNLOADS - MEMBERS and look for CostofMedicalEquipment1A.xlsx

New Board elected for HTMA-SC.

A new Board was elected to run the HTMA-SC.  Thanks to all who volunteered, but we only had 12 slots.  Here are the elected Board:

Jason Botko, A Plus Medical
David Cicale, St. Francis/Aramark, Greenville
Mary Coker, Providence Hospital
Midge Frantz, M&R Medical
Michael Glover
Todd Hazzard, McLeod
Pat Lynch, GMI
Justin Miller, Aramark
David Orders, Atlantic Pulmonary Services
Larry Sampson, Palmetto
Bobby Stephenson, Conway/Aramark
Dur Thomason, GMI

This group will meet sometime in the next few weeks to elect officers.  Until then, the old officers will retain their positions.

More info here:

Biomeds Without Borders

A new organization has been started to collect surplus biomedical test equipment, tools and maintenance supplies for Biomeds in third world countries.  Please visit to
find out how to participate.

A new opportunity for BMETs -
visit the BMET Donation website to see what it is about (and to participate).

                                HTMA-SC Corporate Members






         2013 Conference set for May 10 in Columbia

We'll have a one day conference on May 10 (Friday) in Columbia.  The SC Hospital Association has a great facility that should fit our size group well.  We will have 3 tracks of education, each with 3 classes.  And over lunch, we'll have a keynote speaker whose name we'll release when we think that your heart can stand it! 

Plan to drive in on Friday morning, spend a day networking with your friends, both old and new.  End it up at 5:00, in time to start your weekend.  But not before a bunch of prize drawings and some complimentary beer and wine to finish off a wonderful day.  We'll announce the educational tracks as they become solidified.  I hope to see you all there.  

See the Agenda here:  SC-HTMA - agenda 2013 (2).doc 

Pat Lynch


Tour of GE Plant a Success

About 20 SCBA members visited Florence, SC on Wednesday April 4 to take a tour of the

GE MRI manufacturing plant there.    Arranged by Todd Hazzard at McLeod Regional, the

tours were conducted in groups of 3 to 10 and lasted about an hour.

For those or you that don;t know, GE manufactures all of its MRIs in Florence.  There are currently 4 magnets being produced there, 1.5 Tesla and 3.0 Tesla in both regular and large bore sizes.  There were probably about 150

magnets in some phase of construction, wiring, piping or testing.  Photos were not allowed, but below is one of the attendees.

Many thanks to GE for allowing this tour and providing some very knowledgeable tour guides.


SCBA changes its name to HTMA-SC

Mar 26, 2012

The SCBA (South Carolina Biomedical Association) members have voted to change the name of

the organization to HTMA-SC (Healthcare Technology Management Association of South Carolina). 

This is the first professional association to adopt the new name of the profession which was

selected (recommended) at a meeting of industry leaders last year. 

The HTMA-SC feels that the new name will be more accurately reflect the direction of the

profession.  The former designation of "Biomedical" seemed to discouraged the participation of

imaging engineers and IT professionals by not representing their names in the title.  We hope that

the new name will encourage membership, participation and information exchange among a much

larger group of people than the current name implies.  It is critical that we begin sharing knowledge

with other related professions to further the cause of patient safety.

The HTMA-SC hopes that other associations follow suit and consider changing their names to a

similar format.  They can then promote this to a wider range of people who have a stake in

medical equipment operation, maintenance and interconnectivity.

Our website will change to very shortly.  Our logo will be modified also to

reflect this new name and expanded emphasis on bringing together the different people involved

in making the technology of a hospital work.

The Board of the HTMA of SC


 SCBA Changes Membership costs and Benefits!

In a Board conference call on March 2, 2012, the Board made some landmark

decisions that should positively affect the SCBA for the future.  The Board

decided that SCBA Individual Membership will be free form this point forward.

This is in anticipation of some valuable additions to the website that will only

be available to members.

In another action, the Board decided that all SCBA corporate members will

have the opportunity to construct an email of their choosing which the SCBA

will send via email blast to all members.  All corporate members will have

this opportunity once per year.  This is seen as a large addition to the benefits

of corporate membership, as the annual cost is only $300.00 per year per

company.  It is hoped that the addition of this benefit will result in more

corporate members and offset the free individual membership.

The SCBA will be the



Right now, the SCBA is among the smallest of the local biomedical associations in the US,
but we are determined to make it the biggest and the be
st.  How are we going to do this? 

To be the best, we are going to ask what you, our members want and need for their daily job, and then giving it to them.  Do you want monthly meetings in your hometown? 

Do you want a Newsletter?  If so, what do you want in it? 

Do you want educational meetings throughout the year?  If so, what topics?   Do you want an annual Symposium?  If so, what day of the week, and what features are most important - location?  cost?  education available?  socializing?   something else?

To be the biggest, we are going to load our website with unique information that all BMETs
need, wherever they are located.  And we will make it available only to members.  But
here's the catch - membership will be FREE.  

If the Board approves my proposal, membership in the SBCA will become free for all
individuals.  Support of the organization will be through Corporate members.
  Our goal is to
grow the SCBA to become the largest in terms of individual members, and have the
most-visited website  Come along for the ride.  This year is going to be one of much change
and innovation.  We will try the best ideas from around the country, and make up a few of
our own.  We hope that you are there with us.

Send me you ideas, comments and suggestions.

Patrick K. Lynch, CBET, CCE, MBA

President, SCBA
Honorary Lifetime Member, NCBA
Honorary Lifetime Member, KAMI
Newsletter Editor, NCBA
Advisory Council, VBA
Advisory Council, ICIS
Advisory Council, OCEA


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