Live Conversation with Garrett Hollembeak, ICRA, CER, CHL, CIS, CRCST

Garrett Hollembeak is a dedicated Infection Preventionist currently serving at Bon Secours Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital. Prior to his role in infection control, Garrett worked as department manager, instrument coordinator, and front-line technician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Sterile Processing Department. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University – Idaho and multiple certifications, including Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA), Certified Endoscope Reprocessor (CER), Certified Healthcare Leader (CHL), Certified Instrument Specialist (CIS) and Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST). Garrett’s commitment to patient safety is demonstrated through written publications and active involvement in the Transmission Control Advisory Group, which aims to advance infection prevention through educational resources and industry best practices.

Join us for an insightful discussion on the crucial partnership between Infection Preventionists (IP) and Sterile Processing and Distribution (SPD) in our upcoming program, “The Power of Partnership: How Infection Preventionists Support Sterile Processing (and vice-versa) for Safer Hospitals.

The collaboration between IP and SPD may seem intuitive, given their shared goal of minimizing patient infections. However, their distinct expertise and perspectives on the microbial world highlight the need for mutual learning and understanding. This session will explore how these two critical departments can navigate initial challenges and forge a strong alliance to enhance patient safety.


  • Identify the key roles and responsibilities of Infection Preventionists (IP) and Sterile Processing and Distribution (SPD) departments in reducing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
  • Describe the fundamental principles of infection prevention and sterilization processes, and explain how these principles are applied in hospital settings.
  • Assess the current level of collaboration within their own institutions, identifying strengths and areas for improvement in the IP-SPD partnership.
  • Develop a plan to enhance interdepartmental cooperation between IP and SPD, incorporating best practices and evidence-based strategies to reduce HAIs.
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