The Board of Directors selects HLAC Inspectors. They are independent contractors who have wide-ranging experience in the industry, and they are distinguished in skill, temperament, and integrity. Each inspector is provided with in-depth training of HLAC standards and inspection guidelines before they begin their work.

Thomas (Tony) Fitzgerald BBA, CHESP

Thomas J, Fitzgerald III was appointed Director at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in June 2017 and served in that position until retired in January 2021.

Jack Vroegh

Jack Vroegh, who began his career in textile care in 1983, is the previous owner of a Merrillville, IN-based ImageFIRST Healthcare Laundry Specialists franchise.

Mark Hoenemeyer

Mark J Hoenemeyer has over 28 years of experience as a CEO of BayLinen, a large healthcare linen processing facility, which also supplies towels and gowns to healthcare facilities. BayLinen serves 24 hospitals and 22 outpatient operations. Mark attended the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy and Xavier University MHA.

Debbie Hurst RN, BSN, CMIP, CHESP, FAPIC, CIC Infection Prevention & Control Consultant

Debbie Hurst has been an HLAC Inspector since 2018.  She is a registered nurse with nearly 40 years of experience in healthcare including 28 years spent specializing in the field of healthcare infection prevention and control.

Gettysburg (George) Huber, RLLD

G. George Huber had been the manager of Laundry/Linen Services at Gundersen Health System (325 bed hospital/trauma and emergency center) located in La Crosse Wisconsin from 2005 to 2017.

Brett Higgins, CHESP

With 35 plus years of experience, Brett Higgins is a seasoned healthcare professional currently serving as Director of Environmental Services for Genesis Health System in Davenport, Iowa.
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