Reporting to the Executive Director of Sterile Processing this position supports the overall mission and strategic vision of LeeSar Regional Service Center and Lee Health System. Manages the daily operations of sterile processing workflows, staffing, scheduling, and staff performance to optimize productivity and eliminate defects. Leads staff in a continuous improvement culture through Lean management principles, methods, and tools with leader standard work for best in class standards of quality and productivity. Participates in collaborative real-time root cause analysis and corrective action planning as defects occur. Serves as the liaison with surgical services leadership, surgical teams, and physicians to maintain high levels of quality, accuracy, and timeliness of sterile products needed to support patient care. Collaboratively ensures the sterilization processes adhere to standards of practice established by OSHA, FDA, AORN, DNV, and AAMI. Assumes the role of instrumentation expert in all areas of surgical services, assists with staff education, mentors and develops SPD staff, and assists in evaluation of staff performance.
Additionally this role serves as a resource, coach and mentor to SPD managers located at all Lee Health sites. May lead project management to collaboratively assist the leaders and teams to maintain high levels of quality, accuracy, and timeliness of sterile products needed to support patient care. Supports the education and deployment of the Lean Management System to achieve and maintain continuous improvement structure and culture for best in class standards of quality and productivity. Collaborates with all key stakeholders to achieve shared goals and support the mission, vision, and strategies of both LeeSar and our member hospitals.
GENERAL COMPETENCIES: ATTENDANCE:
Demonstrate ability to meet LeeSar attendance policy, being at work, on time every shift
Identify and escalate safety issues
Ability to follow detailed directions with or without supervision
Self-motivated, excellent at multi-tasking, detail-oriented
ADHERENCE TO COMPANY POLICIES:
Follow all documented LeeSar policy and procedure
Follow all documented LeeSar SPD standard work processes
Ability to demonstrate integrity in protecting confidential patient information
COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION, & ENGAGEMENT:
Demonstrate good verbal and non-verbal communication skills including positive and strong team communication skills
Demonstrate strong written and verbal skill; clearly and professionally communicates with all peers, customers, and leadership
Participate in peer mentoring and feedback
Demonstrate strong desire to learn and develop new skills
Daily demonstration of great focus and attention to detail in all processes
Maintains positive relationships by serving as the leadership liaison between LeeSar SPD and Lee Health leadership, staff, and surgeons.
PROBLEM-SOLVING (CREATITIVITY & INITIATIVE):
Ability to participate in team problem solving as part of a continuous improvement culture
Demonstrate ability to identify potential solutions to department quality opportunities
Document a minimum of 6 improvement opportunity ideas annually
Demonstrate flexibility and strong teamwork skills in any required job duties
Participates in Lean projects as required
Collaborates with LeeSar / Lee Health staff in using Lean tools including root cause analysis, PDCA, and corrective action planning for project management and problem solving for a continuous improvement culture.
Complete at least one approved leadership course per year
Decontamination - Demonstrates the ability to:
Properly set up the decontamination area (sink levels, soap concentration, equipment needs)
Properly sort and stage trays if needed (scanning, stay / go, type of decontamination, spray)
Follow proper cleaning procedures for instruments that will go through automatic washer and follows the standard work for basic instruments (scan, sort, open, soak, scrub, brush, flush, sonic, rinse) and follows the IFU’s for different instruments
Follow proper cleaning procedures for instruments requiring hand wash (no submersion, scrub, brush, flush, rinse, dry) and follows the IFU’s for different instruments
Run the equipment properly and according to instrument IFU’s and properly load manifolds for optimal cleaning
Assembly – Demonstrates the ability to:
Properly utilize the instrument tracking system and assemble trays one instrument at a time by checking off one item at a time according to standard work and policy
Properly inspect basic instruments and instrument sets according to IFU’s (scissor testing, box locks, clamps, brush & flush lumens, insulation testing, assemble / disassemble, check function, visual check for bioburden) by following standard work and policies
Properly string items, bag, or organize tray according to count sheets, standard work, and IFU’s for basic instruments and trays
Properly prepare tray with indicators, count sheet in bucks bag, wrap, container & filter, locks, and labels according to standard work and IFU’s.
SKILLS * In-depth knowledge of the following standards of AAMI, AORN, FDA, DNV, and OSHA
Strong computer skills, including proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office products such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
Effective communication, collaboration, and team development skills
Strong business acumen and ability to exercise analytical judgment with strong teamwork approach
Ability to effectively coordinate and manage staff and customers
Extensive knowledge of sterilization methods, case cart deployment, supply chain logistics and surgical instruments
Extensive knowledge in hardware and software management
Extensive knowledge in quality management systems, project management, and Lean principles, methods, and tools
Three years of experience in sterile processing for a multi-hospital system
Experience should demonstrate effective leadership, management, and organizational skills
Must have acquired knowledge of decontamination, assembly, and sterilization processes, case cart systems, and medical/surgical supplies & equipment.
Proven experience in team engagement and process improvement
PHYSICAL DEMANDS * Visual acuity necessary to accurately type, file and proof-read documents and ensure accuracy , neatness and thoroughness of job.
Manual dexterity necessary to perform tasks such as typing, filing, sorting, writing and using keyboards, telephones and other office equipment.
Ability to work the hours for this position which may flex depending on business needs.
Ability to safely drive and be present at customer sites or external events as needed.
Ability to meet additional Job Specifications as indicated below with or without reasonable accommodation.
Job Type: Full-time
Internal Number: 22049
About LeeSar, Inc.
CommittedSince our humble beginning in 1998 LeeSar/CSF has been dedicated to increasing efficiencies, assuring quality, and creating opportunities for savings by equipping healthcare systems to perform at their best.Every contract signed and new process implemented reflects of our commitment to advance patient care by providing reliable, cutting-edge solutions.LeeSarLeeSar’s supply chain services provide healthcare professionals with the resources they need to ensure high quality patient care. We pride ourselves in utilizing innovative technology and processing solutions to cover a range of services, including surgical, medical, pharmaceutical, and more.Cooperative Services of FloridaIn order to drive value through the healthcare supply chain, Cooperative Services of Florida (CSF) uses the power of group purchasing: working on behalf of our members to negotiate cost-saving contracts with manufacturers and service providers.As an industry leader in healthcare supply chain management, LeeSar/CSF provides optimal resources at the best value, positioning our members for success and the delivery of excellent patient care.