Linda McCurdy has assumed her role as board president of the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC), a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of inspecting and accrediting laundries processing healthcare textiles for hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. McCurdy’s role as president became effective Jan. 1. She succeeds Bradley J. Bushman, who had been board president since 2017.
McCurdy, has been an HLAC board member since 2017. She is president and chief executive officer of K-Bro Linen Systems Inc., a provider of healthcare and hospitality laundry and linen services in Canada. She was named president-elect by HLAC’s board of directors in November 2018. At that time, Bushman said, “Linda McCurdy’s passion for this industry is as close to incomparable as one can get. She has transformed K-Bro into a market leader and with her team has helped to revolutionize all aspects of laundry processes for the healthcare industry. She has long recognized the importance of standards in the processing of textiles and is a tremendous advocate of HLAC accreditation. The organization will benefit greatly from her leadership.”
McCurdy was recently named an EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Prairies winner. She joined K-Bro in 1998 as chief financial officer and became president and CEO in 2000. K-Bro, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, is the largest owner and operator of laundry and linen processing facilities in Canada. K-Bro provides a comprehensive range of general linen and operating room linen processing, management and distribution services to healthcare institutions, hotels and other commercial accounts. The company operates facilities throughout Canada and the United Kingdom (Fishers Laundry Group).
“I come to the position of board president at a time of HLAC’s steadily increasing stature within the industry,” McCurdy said. “We are known as tireless supporters of the use of reusable healthcare textiles. When it comes to the processing of these textiles, we enjoy a reputation for developing the highest standards with the greatest regard for patient safety and infection prevention. Our accreditation inspection process is considered by many the industry gold standard. The number of HLAC-accredited laundries continues to grow. And, last but not least, we continue to innovate by developing breakthrough technical advances like our recently introduced HLAC Laundry Processing Monitoring Toolkit™. I look forward to continuing down this road to success in the years ahead.”