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The Director of Sterile Processing (SPD) reports to the Executive Director of Surgical Services at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center. As a member of the leadership team, this individual is responsible for developing a vision and executable plan to attain world class quality and safety processes and procedures across the hospital and all hospital outpatient departments.
The Director of SPD is responsible for developing, planning and implementation of key clinical quality, safety and accreditation initiatives as defined by hospital leadership and regulatory agencies. The Director of SPD major accountabilities include: planning, organizing, developing, coordinating and directing the operations of the department; coordinating related services performed for other departments.
This person will also ensure quality of service and supplies to patients and to the hospital and will implement strategies that will financially and administratively enhance the service and functioning of the department. In addition, this leader will work to effectively integrate functions and coordinate collaboration across the care continuum; including sites on and off campus under the Kennestone umbrella. The Director of SPD will be accountable to ensure successful development and deployment of the departments strategy to all care sites and services lines at Kennestone Regional Medical Center.
This individual will partner with external organizations to ensure regulatory compliance and best practice efforts. Ensures sterilization equipment is monitored and maintained to meet sterilization parameters. Develop policies and procedures in accordance with AAMI, The Joint Commission (TJC), and OSHA guidelines.
The individual in this role will identify opportunities to optimize performance, build internal competencies and create a more rigorous approach to the process of procuring sterile instrumentation. The establishment of a culture of ownership, teamwork, responsibility, and accountability will be a foundational characteristic for this role.
He/she utilizes sound interpersonal skills ensuring communication with employees, physicians, and customers to resolve problems and assure proper coordination between departments.
The Director of SPD participates as an active part of WellStar's leadership team in developing and implementing Kennestone and System strategic quality plans and initiatives. Demonstrates sound critical thinking skills ensuring that all necessary instruments and supplies are available for each surgical procedure.
Required Minimum Education: Bachelor degree required. Prefer master's degree in business nursing or healthcare administration.
Required Minimum Licensure/Certification: Required: 1) Maintains active membership in IAHCSMM 2) Must be certified in the field of sterile processing; CRCST and CHL within six (6) months of employment. Preferred: Currently licensed as, or ability to become, a Registered Nurse in the State of Georgia or hold a privilege to practice in the State of Georgia under the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).
Required Minimum Experience: Seven (7) to ten (10) years of progressive clinical leadership experience, with a minimum of five (5) years in management at the manager and/or director level is required.
Previous experience with proven leadership in regulatory and accreditation survey readiness, quality improvement in a large acute care system or facility required, including demonstrated ability in interpreting quality metrics to lead actionable change. Proficient regarding the transport, testing, cleaning, inspection, disinfection/sterilization, and storage of instruments, supplies and endoscopes in accordance with industry standards, guidelines and regulations, and manufacturer's instructions for use.
Required Minimum Skills:
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and work with all levels of healthcare providers including physicians.
Ability to perform duties and responsibilities promptly and consistently with little direct supervision. Ability to execute a plan and use project management methodology. Ability to plan and direct activities of others and objectively appraise and analyze their job performance.
Ability to work collaboratively with other departments within and outside the Hospital. Direct the work, practices, and procedures of a major work group. Establish the unit's priorities, control budgets and costs, assure work quality; may have subordinate supervisory staff.
Strong computer skills required. Excellent communication, presentation and organization skills required.
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