Jack McGurk is President of Systems Improvement Initiators, Inc. (Si3) a consulting firm specializing in assisting companies, hospitals, and healthcare facilities to improve their operations, reduce employee injuries, implement cost-effective environmental improvements, and increase workplace morale. Mr. McGurk retired in August 2004 from the California Department of Health Services where he served as the Chief of the Environmental Management Branch. In his former position, he was responsible for the oversight of eight environmental health programs including medical waste management, shellfish growing water sanitation, the clean-up of radiation from closing military bases, environmental health inspections of the state-owned institutions such as prisons, hospitals and fairs, providing emergency preparedness and response to the nuclear power plants operating in California, and recreational health.
Mr. McGurk has a Bachelors degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Public Administration. He has been employed in the public health field for 52 years, working for health departments at both the county and state levels, and consulting in the healthcare industry. Mr. McGurk played a key role in developing the legislation that became the California Medical Waste Management Act and during 2014 and 2015 he worked on legislation to update the Act. Mr. McGurk developed and led a pollution prevention project with California hospitals to reduce the solid and medical wastes they generate and eliminate mercury from their waste streams. This effort reduced the mercury in the hospitals of one major California health system by 93 percent and assisted hospitals in saving money through the implementation of new efficient technologies. Mr. McGurk was honored by Region IX of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by receiving a 2004 Environmental Award for Outstanding Achievement for leading these efforts.
Recently, Mr. McGurk has been working with hospitals to improve their cleaning of patient care areas in an effort to reduce healthcare-acquired infections. He serves as the Executive Director of the non-profit Hospital Alliance Association (HospAA); helping to train EVS managers and workers.
Mr. McGurk is a Past President of the California Environmental Health Association. He also served for 20 years as a member of the Environmental and Public Health Council of Underwriters Laboratory and is currently a board member of the Community Foundation of Orangevale and Fair Oaks.