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IAHTM Names Larson and Sealey Lifetime Achievement Recipients

The International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM) has named Janice Larson and John Sealey “2019 Lifetime Achievement” recipients. Larson and Sealey received their awards at IAHTM’s annual meeting held recently in Scottsdale, AZ.

Established in 2015, IAHTM’s Lifetime Achievement award recognizes an individual or individuals with for his or her career-long contributions to and accomplishments in the textile industry.

Larson, a 40-year veteran of the healthcare industry, recently retired as vice president of clinical resources and consulting for Encompass Group LLC, McDonough, GA. She was nominated for the award by Joe Przepiorka of Encompass. Among the many endorsements submitted on behalf of her nomination, Melanie Miller RN CVAHP CNOR said this about Larson, “Janice Larson is a powerful strategist, educator, analyst, mentor and leader. She has always been the face of the textile industry going the extra step on behalf of patients and caregivers nationally and globally.”


Sealey, also a 40-year industry veteran, retired earlier this year as chief operating officer of London Hospital Linen Service Inc. (LHLS), London, ON, Canada. He was nominated for the award by Brendan O’Neill of LHLS. In his nomination of Sealey, O’Neill said, Throughout his career, John has supported the development of all those who worked for him, and those in the industry. Continuous education and development have been hallmarks of his legacy. His vast experience in all components of the laundry operation (production, finance, administration, HR, compliance, purchasing, IT and maintenance) is very unique.”

IAHTM Board President Myles Noel (CEO, COMTEX) who presented the awards said, “This year’s recipients were selected because of their continuing drive for business excellence, because they’re considered among the top experts and teachers in the healthcare industry for linen and textiles use and utilization, and because of their continued involvement with professional associations. We salute Janice and John.”

IAHTM is a nonprofit membership organization for healthcare laundry cooperatives that provides senior-level textile managers with resources and support to maximize their laundries’ efficiencies and control costs without compromising quality or patient focus.