2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

2016 Winner - Gerry Daigle 

(Left to Right:  IAHTM Treasurer, Paul Seigel; 2016 Award Winner, Gerry Daigle; IAHTM President, Rocco Romeo)

The International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM) has named Gerry Daigle (in photo) its “2016 Lifetime Achievement” recipient. The honor was presented at IAHTM’s Annual Meeting and Education Conference held Oct. 15-18 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

            Daigle is vice president of the Canadian Business Unit of MIP Inc., a global manufacturer and distributor of reusable of healthcare textiles and related products based in Montreal, QC, Canada. 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.

            Each year, IAHTM recognizes an individual with its Lifetime Achievement award for his or her career-long contributions to and accomplishments in the textile industry.     Daigle was nominated for the award by IAHTM board member Paul Seigel. In his nomination, Seigel noted Daigle’s active role in: communicating and educating healthcare laundries on the use of reusable incontinent products as an alternative to disposables; helping to introduce to the industry the benefits of knitted hospital linens vs. woven bed linens; supporting through education sponsorship industry organizations like IAHTM, Association for Linen Management (ALM) and American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA); and continually participating and volunteering in proactive efforts to promote the educational aspects and growth of the industry.

            “Gerry has lots of fans in the industry who have recognized that, in many ways, it’s because of the career-long contributions and support of folks like him that we’re able to enjoy continued success,” Seigel said. “We’re happy to salute Gerry Daigle with our ‘2016 Lifetime Achievement’ award.”

            Daigle, upon receiving the award, said, “This is a great honor. The industry is changing by the day and it’s important to keep up or get left behind. IAHTM is one of those organizations that’s leading the way and I’m proud to receive their distinguished appreciation.”


2015 Lifetime Achievement Award - Inaugural Winners


 2015 Award Winners

(Left to Right:  2015 Award Winner, Don Pedder; 2015 Award Winner Jim Hunt (Chris Hunt (son) accepting award); IAHTM President, Rocco Romeo)

Powell, OH – Oct.. 30, 2015 – The International Association for Healthcare Textile Management (IAHTM) has named James Hunt and Don Pedder its “2015 Lifetime Achievement” recipients.

The newly created honor was presented for the first time at IAHTM’s Annual Meeting and Education Conference held Oct. 24-28 in Clearwater Beach, FL. Ed McCauley, Past President of IAHTM and President and CEO of United Hospital Services of Indianapolis, IN, presented the award. Hunt’s award was posthumous and accepted by his son Chris Hunt.

“In addition to their long and distinguished careers, Jim Hunt and Don Pedder put together IAHTM’s group purchasing program, which today enables our members to benefit from chemical and linen costs below those offered by the largest GPOs and management companies,” McCauley said. “It’s because this program is so successful that we are able to generously subsidize the continuing education and training of members and their staffs.”

IAHTM Lifetime Achievement award was established to honor an individual’s career-long contributions to and accomplishments in the textile industry.

“Jim and Don are also the architects of the modern IAHTM conference, which opened the doors to attendance by vendors that, in turn, paved the way for more meaningful conferences offering relevant subject matter.”

Pedder has more than 45 years of experience in the commercial laundry industry. He has assisted laundries in numerous cost-reducing and profit-enhancing projects; he is an independent inspector for the Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council.

Hunt was an active IAHTM member for more than 20 years. The IAHTM James Hunt Memorial Scholarship Fund is named after him. The fund reimburses eligible member applicants for educational-related registration fees and travel costs.