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Joseph Shanahan, ’79

October 10, 2012 by Lisa McMahon, M.A.'09

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Joseph Shanahan Jr., ’79, is an inside sales coordinator for SPSmedical Supply Corp., the largest sterilizer testing laboratory in North America. In this role, Joe stays on the cutting edge of the industry, providing the most up-to-date information and equipment for clients that include hospitals, dental offices, surgery centers, and tattoo parlors.

Joe’s undergraduate studies in the natural sciences and biology come in handy in his role at SPSmedical, where he assists clients in selecting the sterilization monitoring, packaging and recordkeeping products and educational programs that they use to prevent infection and contamination. He’s proud to note that these products adhere to the standards set by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. “Our products enable our customers to pass inspections by The Joint Commission with flying colors,” he says. “In the end, it’s a win-win for the patients and for SPSmedical. We are a patient-centered company.” This interaction with customers is what Joe enjoys most about the job, and he says that his Niagara experience, with its emphasis on the Vincentian tradition, has given him a dedication to serve them well.

Although it’s been more than three decades since Joe was a student at Niagara, his connection to the school remains strong. His is a legacy family: his father, uncle, two brothers, and daughter Molly are all graduates of Niagara, and his great-grandfather holds the distinction of having been the oldest living alumnus (at age 101) at one time. He’s active in the Niagara University Alumni Association’s Rochester chapter (as Joe notes, “linking the past to the present is the bridge to the future.”). And Joe’s support of Niagara athletics hasn’t wavered since his days as sports editor of the Index; he frequently makes the trip from his home in Geneseo to Monteagle Ridge to take in a basketball game. “NU continues to be a part of my life and always will be,” he says.

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