In Memoriam – Teckla Ann Maresca 10-3-44 – 12-23-20
Teckla (Tammy) Maresca of Mt. Tabor, New Jersey passed away at Morristown Memorial Hospital on December 23, 2020. She was well known in the sterile processing profession, especially in New Jersey. She was a graduate of the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ as a Licensed Practical Nurse. For a number of years, she worked as a scrub technician at the former Green Brook Hospital in Green Brook, N.J. She then accepted a position as SPD Manager at Dover General Hospital in Dover, NJ where she worked for 30 years. She then became SPD Manger at St. Clare’s in Denville, NJ when Dover General became part of St. Clare’s Health System. She remained at St. Clare’s for 10 years until her retirement in 2012.
Tam was one of the first SPD course instructors in New Jersey starting a program at the Community College of Morris. She also taught a SPD program at Somerset County Technical Institute in Bridgewater, NJ and Kean College in Union, N.J.
She was an active member of the New Jersey Healthcare Central Service Association for many years and was an active proponent for certification for SPD technicians. In 1988, she was awarded the SPD Educator of the Year award from the American Society for Healthcare Central Service Professionals.
Tammy was one of the original Board members of the Certification Board for Sterile Processing (CBSPD) and continued to serve since 1988, most recently as Secretary of the Board of Trustees. Her dedication to education and certification was one of her most passionate causes.
Tam contributed to educational articles, was a speaker at many SPD conferences both state and national and was a contributing author for the Basics of Sterile Processing textbook.
Tammy leaves behind many professional colleagues and friends. However, her legacy of education, certification and patient safety will live on for the many hundreds of SPD technicians and managers who she shared her knowledge with over the years.
A virtual celebration of her life will be held late February, date to be announced.