California Society for Histotechnology

A Continuing Education Program

A message from CSH President Kathy Hardy

March 18, 2020

CSH Symposium/Convention Update:

The new dates for the 2020 Symposium/Convention are August 6-9, 2020. Please update this on your calendars and cancel any hotel room reservations made for the original dates (April 30 - May 3rd). We will provide the new room booking link from the hotel once they provide it to us. Please note that the room rates for the new dates will be slightly more: Double Queen rooms will be $179, Single King $159.

Thank you and see you all soon.

Kathy Hardy, HT (ASCP), LATG

March 17, 2020

CSH Symposium/Convention Update:

As you all know the COVID-19 virus is changing our lives in how we move around at home and at work. The CDC and the CA Governor has mandated a hold on all meetings with attendance of 50 or more. The safety of our membership is very important to us and we want to make sure that our meeting can be attended in a safe environment. Therefore our April 30-May 3, 2020 meeting will be rescheduled!

I am currently working with the Hilton Mission Valley Hotel on providing a new date for our meeting that will work for our speakers. Once I have a final date for the CSH Symposium/Convention we will announce the date to you via email and our website.

I appreciate your patience and consideration. We look forward to seeing you all very soon.


Kathy Hardy, HT (ASCP), LATG

CSH President

March 12, 2020

Dear CSH Members,

With the concerns on the COVID-19/Coronavirus I wanted to take a moment to inform you that CSH will keep our commitment to hold the Symposium/Convention April 30-May 3, 2020 at the Hilton Mission Valley Hotel. I have spoken with the Catering/Sales Director at the hotel regarding the changes that they are conducting to keep their guests safe and will be posting that information on our website once that information is available.

I have informed our speakers and vendors of our plans to keep the meeting schedule as planned. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions regarding the upcoming CSH meeting.

Thank you for your continuous support of the California Society for Histotechnology. We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

See you in sunny San Diego!

Kind regards,

Kathy Hardy, HT (ASCP), LATG

CSH President

A message from Hilton Hospitality

Aimbridge Hospitality- Response to meeting planners and group business questions.

The COVID-19 situation is dynamic, Aimbridge Hospitality's corporate leadership team and the Hilton Mission Valley continue to monitor it closely, utilizing the latest guidance from the CDC, local health authorities and Hilton. Our primary concern is the health and safety of both our associates and guests and we are taking precautionary measures to reduce their exposure. Proper cleaning of the hotel and associate hygiene have always been key operational components of our hotel's daily procedures, but with the advent of COVID-19, these protocols have been strengthened via the CDC's revised guidelines and with assistance with our partners. Training of our associates is paramount in reinforcing prevention programs which focus on our associates COVID-19 awareness, proper hygiene, personal protective equipment and guidance to stay home if they develop any flu like symptoms.

We have implemented and are reinforcing the following programs to protect our associates and guests:

COVID-19 information from the CDC and FAQs are provided to department heads, discussed in department meetings, daily stand-up huddles and at weekly safety trainings. We believe in communicating clearly with our teams to educate them with facts provided from trusted partners such as the CDC, local health department, Ecolab and Ambridge's Corporate Risk & Safety Department.

CDC recommended hygiene training including hand washing and prevention of cross contamination when removing personal protective equipment. Associates are reminded to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.

We enforce the proper procedures provided by Ecolab for cleaning guest rooms, including guest touch points and the use of approved Ecolab antibacterial cleaning products.

We have increased the frequency in which our public area high touch points are cleaned with approved Ecolab antibacterial products,

Associates have been informed not to report to work if exhibiting any cold or flu like symptoms. Associate cail offs related to illness are reported to our Human Resource and/or leadership teams for additional monitoring. Qualified associates have paid time off availability which can be used for these absences,

We enforce the associates use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when cleaning guest rooms and in all food handling positions.

As long as antibacterial hand sanitizer products are commercially available, we have provided stations in high traffic public areas in the hotel.

Know that Aimbridge Hospitality and The Hilton Mission Valley are taking all the recommended precautions to protect our associates and guests, doing our part to help diminish the spread of COVID 19.