Welcome to CABMET

Welcome to the of the Colorado Association of Biomedical Equipment Technicians, known as CABMET.  CABMET is an association of individuals interested in the advancement of Biomedical Equipment Technology dedicated to better patient care.  The association encourages a free exchange of information between BMETS, hospitals, and vendors.  We meet every other month at 6:30 P.M. usually on the third Thursday.

What is a BMET?

A Biomedical Engineering Technologist or Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) is one who is knowledgeable in the theory of operation, the underlying physiological principles, and the safe clinical application of biomedical equipment.

More about BMET

The biomedical engineering technician applies electrical, electronic, mechanical, chemical, optical, and other engineering principles to perform maintenance service, repairs and overhaul of all medical equipment and medical systems. Examples of equipment may include imaging, hemodialysis, physiological monitoring systems; EKG's, EEG's, physical therapy, lasers, sterilizers, dental equipment, etc. Due to the diversity of the equipment specialization is sometimes required.

The field of biomedical engineering is the application of engineering techniques in the solution of medical problems. The profession is interdisciplinary and combines technology and the life sciences. 


RESPONSIBILITIES 
The responsibilities of a BMET may include installation, calibration, inspection, preventive maintenance, and repair of biomedical and related technical equipment. Additional responsibilities may include operation of equipment, equipment control and safety. In research facilities, BMETs may also be involved in the modification of equipment.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Most BMETs are employed by hospitals, clinics, research labs, medical equipment manufacturers, and service organizations. The starting salary range for an entry-level position is about $35,000 - $40,000 and varies from region to region.

PREPARATION
The requirement to become a BMET is generally the completion of a 2-year BMET program leading to an Associate of Science (AS) degree from an accredited institution. All accredited institutions that offer an AS in BME provide instruction in both engineering technology (traditionally electrical engineering and computer engineering) and the life sciences (specifically human anatomy & physiology). In addition, BMETs need effective oral and written communication skills. To be effective, BMETs must know the relevant codes and standards that apply to both biomedical equipment and to healthcare facilities.

RELATED PROFESSIONALS
A Clinical Engineer is a professional who supports and advances patient care by applying engineering and management skills to healthcare technology. Clinical Engineers manage personnel, finances, instrumentation and projects to promote the safe and cost-effective application of technology. Such a person while having an administrative function also participates professionally with physicians, nurses, administrators, and other personnel of a healthcare facility. The preparation requires at least a 4-year degree (Bachelor of Science) in engineering with significant knowledge in physiology, medicine, and clinical care of patients. Clinical Engineers are heads of most clinical/biomedical engineering departments of healthcare facilities. Clinical Engineers who work in a healthcare facility are sometimes also referred to as Biomedical Engineers.

A Biomedical Engineer applies electrical, mechanical, chemical, optical, and other engineering principles to understand, modify, or control biologic (i.e., human and animal) systems, as well as design and manufacture products that can monitor physiologic functions and assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The Biomedical Engineer usually works in a corporate or university setting in the design and development of devices applicable to living organisms. The preparation requires at least a 4-year degree (Bachelor of Science), although most Biomedical Engineers in university settings hold a post-graduate degree.

Generalized Job Descriptions
Jr. BMET: Biomedical Equipment Technician I
An entry-level or junior BMET. Works under close supervision. Performs skilled work on preventive maintenance, repair, safety testing, and recording functional test data. Not certified. Usually has less than four years of experience.

BMET: Biomedical Equipment Technician II
A BMET who usually has an AS (2-year) degree or higher and several years of related or equivalent experience. Has good knowledge of schematics and works independently on repairs, safety testing and preventive maintenance (PM). Maintains records, writes reports, and coordinates outside repairs. Average experience is eight years.

Sr. BMET: Biomedical Equipment Technician III
A highly experienced or specialized BMET usually having an AS (2-year) degree or higher. Has substantial experience and may be certified (CBET). Does highly skilled work of considerable difficulty. Has comprehensive knowledge of practices, procedures, and types of equipment. Average experience is twelve years.

Equipment Specialist: Lab Equipment Specialist (LES) or Radiology Equipment Specialist (RES)
A highly specialized BMET having special training, or equivalent experience in lab equipment (LES) or radiology equipment (RES). Usually has an AS (2-year) degree or higher. Performs highly skilled work of considerable difficulty and many hold certifications as CLES or CRES.

BMET Supervisor
A BMET who supervisors others. Has a significant amount of training or education or equivalent experience. Most have a BS (4-year) degree or higher. Schedules and assigns work to subordinates, but also continues to do highly skilled repairs. Has comprehensive knowledge of practices, procedures, and types of equipment. Average experience is thirteen years.

Clinical Engineer
A graduate engineer holding a BS, MS or PhD. Performs engineering-level work of considerable difficulty. Has the ability to modify devices, and do analysis of devices and systems.

Director/Department Manager
Most are educated or experiences as clinical engineers (CE) or BMETs, but others may be trained in administration or business or have extensive healthcare supervisory experience. Most have a significant amount of technical or management experience, and have the skills to select high-tech equipment, and acquire, maintain, and repair equipment. Supervisors BMETs, CEs and support personnel. May also be the Chief Technology Officer or Vice President for Healthcare Technology. 


The above was taken from: Journal of Clinical Engineering :: American College of Clinical Engineering :: Clinical Engineering Division; Walter Reed Army Medical Center 

Meet the CABMET Officers and Board Members

We are pleased to introduce your CABMET Officers. 

President: Leticia Reynolds
VP: Nathan Bell
Secretary: John Jetchick
Treasurer: Jonathan Howell


And our Board Members: Ryan Titus, Michael Kelley, Halie Anthony, Robert Smothers, Christopher Eastridge, and Richard Marshall

Our Leaders

 

President

Leticia Reynolds
president@cabmet.org

I am a Senior Biomedical Equipment Technician for Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.  I started my career as a biomedical equipment technician when I graduated from the Department of Defense Medical Equipment Repair School at Shepard Air Force Base in 2003 and I am still currently serving in the United States Army Reserve.  I moved to Colorado in June 2006 working for a healthcare system in Northern Colorado.

I started working for Memorial Hospital in November 2012.  I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Biomedical Electronics in 2012 and I will be graduating with my Master’s in Organizational Leadership in September 2017.  I received my CBET in 2008 and have been an active member of CABMET since then.




Vice President

Nathan Bell
vicepresident@cabmet.org

Nathan Bell has been a technician and leader in the field of medical equipment repair since getting his start at Alta Vista hospital back in 2003. Beginning with 3 years as a facilities tech and boiler room specialist in Las Vegas NM. Followed by in-house Biomed work in 2006 in Laredo TX, with the shift to Biomed field repair in 2008 in Dallas TX. Moving to CO and as an employee of HSS since 2012, Nathan has worked in the roles as both sterilizer field service tech and team supervisor.


Having worked on a wide range of modalities and projects, with teams comprised of different specialists and training, Nathan looks to bring a realistic and practical solutions to an expansive range of potential issues.


A graduate and post graduate of GCU in the field of Health Care Administration, Nathan brings a spirit of servant leadership into his management style. As well as to strive and embody a role that exists to help give others a better chance to succeed and benefit to the equipment, patient, community and employer.


A strong advocate for team trust, communication and growth, it is Nathan’s desire to support CABMET in supporting the local communities of Colorado with their medical equipment management, providing a safer and more reliable deliverable to the patient.

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Secretary

John Jetchick, CBET
secretary@cabmet.org

I started my biomedical studies at a community college in Livonia, MI.  I later enlisted in the Army, and attended both the basic and advanced biomed training courses at the United States Army Medical Equipment and Optical School (USAMEOS) at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, CO.  I taught at the school as well.  During my 6 years in the military, I received an Associate Degree in Biomedical Electronic Equipment Maintenance from Regis College.  Additionally, I received my CBET certification from AAMI.

I began my civilian Biomed career with Hospital Shared Services of Colorado (HSSC).  I worked at Presbyterian and St Luke’s hospitals while with HSSC, as a technician and later as a supervisor.  I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology from Colorado Technical College during my 6 years with HSSC.

I continued to work at Presbyterian and St. Luke’s as an in-house Biomed until 1996.  I then joined National MD, an independent service organization that had been tapped by GE to manage the Healthone accounts.  After 2 years, GE assumed full control of the biomedical program at Healthone.  I worked at Swedish Medical Center as a senior BMET, and later as the Senior Program Coordinator, for 14 years.

In 2010, I began working with Aramark Healthcare Technologies, who had been awarded the contract for the Healthone hospitals.  I was a Senior HTM for 6+ years with Aramark.

I thoroughly enjoyed my career as a BMET and HTM for 43 years, and retired in February of 2017.  I have been a member of CABMET since 1975.  I have previously held the position of President of CABMET.  I have assisted with creating annual seminars, brought vendors to Denver for training on medical devices, and have been a supporter of continuing education and certification as a means of improving our standing within the medical community.

 


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Treasurer

Jonathan Howell
treasurer@cabmet.org

Jonathan is a Field Service Supervisor for HSS in the Denver Metro Area.  Jonathan has been employed by HSS since 2012.  Before that, Jonathan worked for the University of Missouri as a biomedical technician. Jonathan received his AA in IT in 2011.  Jonathan received his CBET certification in 2012 and CHTM in 2015.  Jonathan is currently enrolledin the University of Phoenix at Lone Tree CO in pursuit of a BS in Business Management.

When not working, Jonathan enjoys spending time in the mountains Jeeping and camping.

 
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Board Member

Ryan Titus

I am the Operations Manager of Clinical Engineering for Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. I started my career after graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Biomed-Technology in 2000. Moved to Colorado and worked with a field service company out of Denver from August 2000 until December 2003.

Joined Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs in December 2003. Went back to school and completed my Bachelor’s in Management in 2005 and Master’s in Business Administration in 2006. Received my CBET in 2008. Continued at Memorial as a biomed tech until February 2012 when I was promoted to the Vendor Services Manager. As the VSM, responsible for all vendor services and service contracts on medical equipment. Oversaw and budgeted for $3.5 million annual spend on contracts and another $900k for non-contract services. Created quarterly vendor reviews, annual evaluations and vendor scorecards to ensure the organization was receiving quality services. Responsible for cancelling over $1 million in frivolous contracts.

Started as the Operations Manager of Clinical Engineering at Memorial in February 2015. Responsible for staff development and performance, yearly budgets, department performance improvement, multiple equipment and construction projects, database integrity and any in-house functions of the department. 

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Board Member

Michael Kelley

Michael Kelley is currently the Operations Manager of Clinical Engineering at UC Health Northern Colorado.  He has worked in the Healthcare field over 24 years. He began his career in Healthcare Technology Management by completing the Biomedical Equipment Technician School at Sheppard Air Force Base in 1999. He also honorably served 16 years of active duty in the United States Navy. Soon after, he obtained his Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET) in 2003.

In a pursuit to enter the management world, he obtained his Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Management from Southern Illinois University in 2005. Finally, he earned his Masters of Science in Management (Healthcare Administration) from Colorado State University in 2013. He has been an active member of CABMET since 2008 and was just appointed to the board this January 2016. Michael has a true passion for strong leadership, staff performance and development. The ability to positively impact technician’s, team member’s lives both professionally and personally continues to be his focus. 

He has been an active member of CABMET since 2008 and was just appointed to the board this January 2016. He is excited for this opportunity to represent the HTM community as a board member of the highly respected CABMET family.

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Board Member

Halie Anthony

Halie Anthony is the Manager of Information Technology, Ancillary Applications for the University of Colorado Health System. She obtained both a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration/Management and an MBA from Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs. Halie worked in the DoD industry for 12 years in the areas of Information Technology, Systems Engineering, Space, and Missile Defense. She deployed twice and worked closely with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). As a manager for Lockheed Martin, she worked in various locations around Colorado Springs such as NORAD, Schriever AFB, and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and held different leadership positions such as IT Manager, Team Chief, and Systems Engineer.

Halie moved into the Healthcare Industry in 2012 to start her role as the Operations Manager of Clinical Engineering. During her time in Clinical Engineering, she brought IT and Clinical Engineering closer together at the hospital level by working with IT security on patching medical devices. She was able to setup training for her staff and have them come to the table with IT to work through critical security concerns as well as help IT understand the delicate issues of patching FDA regulated medical devices. As the VP of CABMET, Halie hopes to continue to influence and facilitate conversations between Clinical Engineering and IT in our rapidly changing HTM environment.

 

 

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Board Member

Robert Smothers, MSGT (ret)

Robert is a biomedical equipment technician field service engineer employed by HSS. He currently covers Colorado Springs, Canon City, Pueblo and points east. He started his biomedical career when he graduated with honors from the United States Air Force Biomedical Equipment Apprentice training 3 Sep 1997. And has been CBET accredited since 27 Nov 2006.

He has received formal training from many equipment manufacturers. Such as: Midmark on their full range of products
Zoll on defibrillators
B Braun on their Vista basic infusion pumps
Covidien on their range of electrosurgical devices

Robert has been an active member of CABMET since being stationed in Colorado in 2004. Before that he was an active member of the local BMET organizations wherever he was stationed.

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Board Member

Christopher Eastridge

Christopher has dedicated the last 13 years to developing best practices in the sterilization world. He is currently the Regional Operations Manager at HSS, overseeing sterilizer and biomedical programs across the United States and a few international locations as well. His first years into the medical field were focused as a Field Service Engineer specializing in autoclave preventative and corrective maintenance. Now, managing over 250 accounts including surgery centers, rural hospitals, laboratory, and large healthcare systems.

Recently Christopher has been providing consulting services in sterilizer processing departments throughout the US and internationally. His true passion and long-term goal is patient safety using evidence-based models. Patient safety is achieved by providing best practices of infection prevention, education and standardization in the sterilization community.

Achieving his associates degree over 20 years ago, Christopher has made the decision to go back to school for his Bachelors of Science in Business Management with an anticipated graduation date of July, 2018. His intentions are to continue in pursuit of his Masters. Early 2017, Christopher recently received his Oregon Boiler III Certification.

He has been a member of CABMET for 7 years and is excited to serve the board in any possible way. Growing talent in the biomed community through education and awareness are some of his top ambitions.

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Board Member

Richard Marshall, CBET, CRES, CHTM

Richard is the regional operations manager at HSS. 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 of 2010 and followed with the CRES in 2011 and CHTM in 2016. 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 to expand upon his knowledge base.

Richard was the recipient of the CABMET sponsored AAMI trip essay contest, which allowed him to become more involved in CABMET and eventually led to the Board Member position he currently holds.

 

 

Governor's Proclamation 

A Biomedical Engineering Technologist or Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) is one who is knowledgeable in the theory of operation, the underlying physiological principles, and the safe clinical application of biomedical equipment.


CABMET Bylaws

CABMET Constitution

 

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