HSS believes so wholeheartedly in CABMET’s mission that it pays membership dues for all MEM employees. Marshall and Oetker join a long chain of HSS employees who have dedicated volunteer hours as officers in the organization, including MEM Vice President Ken Ottenberg. “HSS has always been actively involved in CABMET with membership, sponsorship, and hosting meetings and training opportunities,” says Richard Marshall.
CABMET’s 216 members range from entry-level equipment techs to directors of clinical engineering departments, equipment manufacturers, vendors, and administrative support staff. The wide variety of specialized equipment technicians among the membership includes sterilizer, imaging, dialysis, respiratory, laser, anesthesia, and lab.
CABMET affords members opportunities for professional development including quarterly meetings and an annual symposium featuring two days of classes, which cover such topics as troubleshooting, preventive maintenance procedures, standards, and regulations. The quarterly meetings and symposium also help technicians certified through the International Certification Commission to maintain their certifications. “CABMET hosts a certification study group that is known worldwide as one of the premier study groups for the certification exam,” Matt Oetker notes. HSS pays for employee participation in the study group and also for one exam.
Marshall, who has belonged to CABMET since 2008, was able to set up an internship with HSS through CABMET at his very first meeting. A couple years later he won the CABMET essay contest, which took him to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) conference in Tampa, Fla. As president he sets up the quarterly meetings with vendors, oversees some of the symposium, and runs monthly officer/board meetings. “CABMET is very much a team-oriented organization and our roles really stretch across many lines,” he observes. “I felt it was important for me to take on a leadership role because CABMET has done so much for my career through certification and professional development. I also felt that I could take a great organization and make it better.”
Oetker joined CABMET when he relocated to Colorado in 2010. He attended the CBET study group and passed his certification exam in spring 2013, and was voted in as vice president that October. He assists in setting up the locations and discussion topics for quarterly meetings, but his main responsibility as VP is planning classes and procuring the keynote speaker for the symposium. “I think the goal of all CABMET officers and board members is to supply our members with relevant and fresh information related to as many topics as possible,” he explains. “Like Richard, I felt it was time for me to give back to CABMET. I have also been able to meet others in our field in the area through the meetings. Networking is an important part of why CABMET exists.”
About Richard Marshall
Supervisor Richard Marshall is a biomedical technician for HSS, and is currently based at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo. He started his career in 2008 after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering Technology from DeVry University in Denver. He received his International Certification in March 2010.
He has received formal training on the Servo I and BiPap Vision Ventilators from South Pacific Biomedical, Pulmonary Function Plethysmograph training from nSpire Health, Medrad Injector training from Maull Biomedical, and a customer service workshop from InterAct Inc.
Marshall enjoys spending time with his two shepherd/husky mix dogs, as well as drag racing, fishing, camping, and hunting.
About Matt Oetker
Sterilizer Group Supervisor Matt Oetker supervises 10 HSS service technicians along Colorado’s Front Range and Western Slope. He began his biomed career after graduating from the U.S. Army Biomedical Equipment Repairer School at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in 1994. Oetker received his CBET certification in May 2013.
Oetker served as a member of the Iowa and Missouri National Guard from 1993 through 2000. He has worked in several specialties for a few different companies in his career including dental, audiometry, and his current specialty, processing equipment. He began his career with HSS in 2010 after relocating from Des Moines, Iowa, where he had worked for the Iowa Health System at Iowa Methodist Medical Center for three years.
He has been happily married to Stephanie since September 2001. The couple has one son, Justin, and three daughters, Taylor, Paityn, and Tegan. From their son they also have two granddaughters, Haylee and McKenna. Two dachshunds complete the family portrait. The Oetkers spend many nights at inline hockey practice, piano lessons, and at their church.