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Two hospital employees earn certification

Hinsdale – Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner recently underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum and “clean up some loose fragments” in his left hip. New York Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez had the same surgery in early March.

Until recently, this type of hip injury might have dealt a career-ending blow to such athletes. A small number of surgeons around the country – including one at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital – have pioneered this new arthroscopic procedure for the hip, which has made it much easier to repair these injuries with minimal recovery time. 

Dr. Benjamin Domb, who specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy, is treating active patients with hip injuries using the same arthroscopic procedure these professional athletes received. Domb, considered one of Chicago’s leading experts in hip arthroscopy, refined his technique while training with Dr. Marc Philippon – the same surgeon who treated Warner and A-Rod.  

Hinsdale – After a weeklong seminar hosted by Adventist Midwest Health, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital employees Kathy Tolomeo of Downers Grove and Kurt Martz of Darien received certification as Healthcare Environmental Managers (CHEM) through ECRI Institute, a nonprofit international health services research agency that provides information and technical assistance to the healthcare community. Tolomeo is the hospital’s safety manager and Martz is plant operations manager.

The seminar educated healthcare professionals from across the country on safety regulatory requirements, principles of industrial hygiene, chemical hazards, waste management, infection control, and a variety of other healthcare specific safety topics.      

“We are proud of Kathy and Kurt for their achievement of certification and their commitment to leading-edge hospital safety practices,” said Jim Today, administrative director of patient experience and facilities. “This accomplishment also underscores Adventist Midwest Health’s commitment to employee engagement and patient satisfaction. Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is investing in its next generation of leaders to carry the hospital into the future.”  

Through Martz’s hard work and dedication, he has also earned the designation of Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM) after a year of self study. The CHFM program assesses the knowledge and skills of all aspects of facilities management. Each candidate must pass a 110-question online exam that takes four hours to complete. The exam covers many areas of study including compliance, planning, design and construction, maintenance and operations, finance, and administration. In addition, the candidate must agree to follow the Professional Standards of Conduct. 

 "Learning the latest information about hospital safety and facilities management and interacting with other healthcare professionals in my field was such a valuable experience,” Martz said.