AAMI News September 2019

‘100% Certified’ Elevates BMET Team

100% Certified
Pictured, from left to right, are Edwin Pamintuan, CBET; Joel Yusi, CBET; Ron Wood, CBET, CRES; Kavitha Subramanian, CBET; Andrew Abuan, CBET; and Jojo Gonzales, CBET, CHTM

The six biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs) at Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego Medical Center in California have a combined 120 years of experience. Now, the team has a new credential that attests to their expertise. The Clinical Technology Department has earned the “100% Certified” designation from the AAMI Credentials Institute, which means all six BMETs have passed the rigorous certified biomedical technician (CBET) exam.

“We have a culture that promotes continuous personal and professional development,” said Jojo Gonzales, lead BMET in the department. “There exists a spirit of camaraderie in the shop whereby each team member enthusiastically helps each other through sharing of knowledge, cross-training, and mentorship.

“Continuing professional development is very important for us to keep up with the rapid changes and technological advances in the HTM [healthcare technology management] world,” added Gonzales, the AAMI and GE Healthcare BMET of the Year. “Our team must be able to adapt quickly, think independently, and be innovative. We must maintain adaptability to deal with constantly evolving clinical priorities and operational needs. Being certified demonstrates the individual’s competency and drive to achieve high standards in performance and stay current with new technologies and trends. It also establishes professional credibility not only in the HTM community but also in the healthcare industry in general.”