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Company: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Location: Nashville, TN
Career Level: Director
Industries: Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Biotech


Director Sterile Processing- VUH 1910919

Your Role: Provides overall leadership for the Sterile Processing department by developing goals and objectives which align with organizational values. Oversees the development of policies which affects the sterilization processes of Perioperative and clinic areas. Prepares, presents and assesses the operating and capital expenditure budgets to insure they meet approved requirements. Monitors and establishes processes to ensure that all practices of the Sterile Processing department are within the established guidelines of the appropriate regulatory agencies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develops goals and objectives for Sterile Processing based on interpretation of the policy and goals of Perioperative and Procedural Services.
  • Develops and implement plan to establish priorities and to achieve short and long- term goals.
  • Ensures department understands and supports the vision of the hospital and medical center.
  • Initiates changes in or develop new policies, procedures and/or methods based on standards of AAMI.
  • Analyzes long-range impact of decisions and plans.
  • Ensures the most effective operations of Sterile Processing through program development, process improvement and coordination/integration of processes within Perioperative and Procedural Services and other departments.
  • Reviews and provides recommendations and support to other departments on issues related to sterile processing.
  • Standardizes processing services, processes, resources, and practices to improve quality and efficiency.
  • Adjusts work schedules or project priorities to meet emergencies or changing conditions.
  • Represents Sterile Processing on departmental and/or interdepartmental committees to address problems and facilitate information exchange about programs, problems, etc.
  • Leads, attends and provides input at intradepartmental leadership meetings to ensure leadership team is aware of department's operational status.
  • Analyzes and evaluate ongoing department programs to identify areas where adjustments/improvements are needed.
  • Develops staffing plans to ensure operational and administrative needs are met.
  • Defines and achieves financial targets in support of business goals of Perioperative and Procedural Services.
  • Prepares annual operating budget for Sterile Processing and Surgical Instrumentation including direct and indirect labor, material and supplies, services, equipment maintenance and replacement.
  • Presents and justifies proposed budgets (operating and capital expenditure) to hospital administration review committee.
  • Evaluates organizational functions and structures to best determine the allocation and utilization of resources.
  • Monitors and reviews department financials on monthly basis; determines cause and corrective action for any variance.
  • Prepares justification or develops alternatives for cost containment/reduction.
  • Projects future budgets based upon analysis of current operations.
  • Creates and exceeds service standards utilizing key service dimension and from knowledge of patient/customer expectations and best practice.
  • Establishes service standards for the department and determine if service standards are compatible with financial targets.
  • Ensures that the service standards are met or exceeded by utilizing customer satisfaction, best practices and market information to improve stakeholder service and satisfaction.
  • Meets or exceeds national operational benchmarks for Sterile Processing Departments.
Position Qualifications Required:
  • Bachelor's Degree and 5 years of management experience in a Sterile Processing or Central Supply department
  • Certified Registered Central Sterilization Tech or Certified Surgical Tech
  • Previous Management Experience
  • Master's Degree
  • Lean Experience
  • Experience managing a large facility of 600 beds or more
  • 3 – 5 years of experience either working in or managing an Endoscopy department
  • Budgeting experience
Department Summary

The Perioperative Services Department at Vanderbilt University Medical Center performs more than 48,000 surgeries in 60 operating rooms. We have 3 Ambulatory Surgery Sites and 3 in house surgical suites. As a level 1 trauma center, some of the most complex and challenging surgeries in the nation are performed here.

Our Sterile processing department is comprised of two locations that work together to ensure high quality instruments needs are met for patients and surgeons. With the use of our instrument tracking system, we excel in the preparation of reusable instrumentation and equipment for clinical and surgical procedures across the entire campus. Services include but not limited to Robotic, Endoscopic, Laparoscopic, Cardiac, Trauma, Neuro, Spine, Orthopedic, Ear Nose and Throat, Plastics, Ophthalmology, Vascular, Donor, and transplant services. Our commitment is “Every Patient, Every Time”.

Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

Click here to learn how we are: Defining Personalized Care

VUMC Recent Accomplishments

Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:

  • US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology (Bill Wilkerson Center), 9 adult and 9 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
  • Truven Health Analytics: among the top 100 hospitals in the US
  • Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
  • The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
  • National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science: 12 faculty members elected fellows in 2014
  • Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee
  • Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
  • American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US


Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 5 years supervisory or management experience in a Sterile Processing or Central Supply department

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

    Additional Qualification Information:

    • Certified Registered Central Sterilization Tech or Certified Surgical Tech

    Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:


    • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
    • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
    • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.
    • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
    • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
    • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
    • Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
    • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.


    • Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
    • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.
    • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

    Environmental Conditions

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