STERILE PROCESSING DEPT SUPERVISOR in Indianapolis, IN at Eskenazi Health

Date Posted: 12/13/2019

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Job Description

Organization: HHC

Division:Eskenazi Health  

Sub-Division: Hospital  

Req ID:  2737 

Schedule: Full Time 

Shift: Days 

Eskenazi Health serves as the public hospital division of the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services at the 315-bed hospital and outpatient facilities both on and off of the Eskenazi Health downtown campus as well as at 10 Eskenazi Health Center sites located throughout Indianapolis.


The Sterile Processing Department Supervisor coordinates, facilitates, and supervises the distribution, replenishment, receipt, and return of specialty/replacement instruments and supplies to the OR, Women’s Center, and other service provided areas; monitors instrument maintenance and repairs.


  • Proactively contributes to Eskenazi Health’s mission: Advocate, Care, Teach and Serve with special emphasis on the vulnerable population of Marion County. Models Eskenazi Health’s values of Professionalism, Respect, Innovation, Development, and Excellence.
  • Understands and is accountable for maintaining AAMI and AORN standards, current clinical skills, and knowledge in multiple areas of practice
  • Adheres to and enforces hospital/departmental policies, procedures, and standards while demonstrating a professional and positive image
  • Recommends and supports policies and standards to ensure sterilization practices that meet the state and national standards
  • Assists with continuous education plans and implementation in collaboration with instrument room manager/Perioperative management
  • Works closely with Infection Prevention and Control to ensure infection controls standards are met
  • Functions in the instrument reprocessing assignment rotation as needed
  • Decontaminates, assembles, and sterilizes equipment and instrumentation according to written procedures, techniques, and manufacturer guidelines
  • Uses detergents/disinfectants to decontaminate surgical instruments, power equipment, scopes, cameras, light cords, and procedural instruments
  • Operates steam, Sterad, Medivator, ultrasonic, washer-decontaminator, and sanitizing machines
  • Supports consistent regulatory readiness for unit/area via rounding, coaching, and monitoring
  • Coordinates, facilitates, and supervises the distribution, replenishment, receipt, and return of specialty/replacement instruments and supplies to the OR, Women’s Center, and other service provided areas; monitors instrument maintenance and repairs
  • Resolves discrepancy issues, rotates supplies with expiration dates, and communicates back to customers issues concerning sterilization
  • Initiates process improvement activities that provide greater clinical reliability, improved functional use of space and resources that apply to instrument care and sterilization
  • Provides economic and purchasing insight to clinical staff; applies clinical applications and effectiveness to sterilization practices and policies; advises vendors to meet the clinical and economic interests of Eskenazi Health
  • Assists with annual physical inventory counts and financial valuation of “owned” inventory assets with both process and outcome subject to standard accounting principles
  • Initiates vendor competition for best product/best price with emphasis on long-term economic advantage and patient outcomes
  • Supports vendor guidelines and policies in the best interest of Eskenazi Health
  • Works with biomedical and clinical staff related to maintenance and training
  • Maintains records appropriate to monitor sterilization processes
  • Demonstrates ability to lead by example
  • Promotes a healthy work environment by presenting self as an open, accessible leader
  • Serves as a resource for staff by answering questions, helping trouble shoot, identify, and resolve problems
  • Encourages team effort by working with and assisting coworkers
  • Coordinates vendor visitation in the instrument room
  • Maintains and updates master instrument file information
  • Counsels and develops staff in conjunction with manager
  • May evaluate and make recommendations regarding staff performance
  • Facilitates disciplinary action and improvement plans in conjunction with manager
  • Acts as a super user for in-service and educational competency training for staff
  • Trains OR and instrument room staff regarding sterilization and processes
  • Plans and implements education for new and existing processes in conjunction with instrument room manager/perioperative management/education
  • Participates in ordering processes
  • Maintains good relationships with served areas, vendors, staff, and area instrument reprocessing departments
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills in working with staff, physicians, and other departments, both internal and external, including verbal and non-verbal skills
  • Assists Service Line Coordinators, Educators, Managers, and Directors as needed with overall operation of the department
  • Understands and applies crisis management and critical incident skills when needed and is a resource for unit/area emergencies, disasters, or other emergent situations by responding and facilitating communication and resources with management and administrative support

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  • Performs other job related duties as assigned


  • High school diploma with a minimum of 10 years related hospital experience in instrument reprocessing/sterilization
  • Current BLS required

Accredited by The Joint Commission and named one of the nation’s 150 best places to work by Becker’s Hospital Review for four consecutive years and Forbes list of best places to work for women, and Forbes list of America’s best midsize employers’ Eskenazi Health’s programs have received national recognition while also offering new health care opportunities to the local community. As the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the city’s primary EMS provider, Eskenazi Health is also home to the first adult Level I trauma center in Indiana, the only verified adult burn center in Indiana, the first community mental health center in Indiana and the Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care – Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, just to name a few.


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