Being a member of IAHSS and attending the conferences each year is an incredible opportunity for me personally as well as anyone in the field of Hospital and Healthcare Security and Safety. The organization is one of the most incredible professional organizations I have ever had the privilege of being involved with. The speakers give of themselves to bring their best practices and vision to their colleagues in a very focused setting. I certainly enjoy attending each of the general sessions, as well as the breakout sessions. We also try to stay involved at the regional and local level with our colleagues, friends and neighbors. This years conference was fantastic as these annual IAHSS conferences are, and it was great to reconnect with so many of the people I have met through the years, and worked with on various projects.
However, one of the major things that made this year unique for my team is that we also became a sponsor for the first time, meaning we were exhibiting as well. It was frantic pulling things together to attend the conference, like winter clothing given it was forecasted to snow and be in the 30’s while we were there. The one thing that feels different when you are in the exhibit hall is that for the most part the vendors aren’t trying to “outsell” an exhibiting competitor, they seem to simply stand on their own merit, which is somewhat different than a “trade show”. I feel that shows the integrity of the IAHSS, the professional members and the supporting technology and training companies that stand beside our clients in the Healthcare Security and Safety market, they have an incredible challenge in safely providing the services that they do… So thank you Hospitals and Healthcare workers for what you do each and everyday, and thank you IAHSS for providing us with an incredible community!
Here are some pictures of our wonderful team in the exhibit hall, doing what they do. Thank you to Holly King and Emily Thompson! They handled the exhibit hall, while I attended sessions, had meetings and mingled with various contacts and colleagues.