DENVER, CO • AUGUST 16-18, 2020

EDUCATION

TUESDAY 10:15-11:15 AM • 1 CE CREDIT

Taking the Direct Route to Sustainable Solutions in Sterile Processing

Robert Leenan, CRCST, CIS, CCSVP, Senior Professional Consultant, STERIS Instrument Management Services and Christy Newland, System Director Emory Healthcare and Instrument Processing Lean Transformation Team

This presentation will examine whether a sterile processing department needs a complete transformation or a few improvements. It can be a complex platform to meet the type of quality and customer service goals facilities want to achieve. It can be difficult to always understand how changing one area/process can affect another, knowing when to stick with an approach, knowing when to fine-tune it and knowing when to abandon it all together.

Robert Leenan has over 25 years of experience in the sterile processing field, 10 years as an SPD technician and over 15 years in leadership positions. He has managed a multitude of health systems and academic centers around the country.

Christy Newland, Director of Operations and Lean Transformation, is part of the STERIS Instrument Processing Leadership Team. Christy holds a degree in surgical technology and business management. During a long career in surgical services, Christy has held positions as a surgical tech, service line supervisors, manager of operations SPD, senior professional consultant, manager of continuous improvement, and regional director of operations for seven hospitals in Ohio. In 2015, Christy began her journey in lean healthcare transformation becoming certified as a facilitator of Kaizen Events, Standard Work Events and problem solving. In 2017, as part of a Quality and Affordability initiative, Christy lead the Workforce Innovation Team by facilitating Lean events to improve efficacies and quality which resulted in over 1 million in cost avoidance.

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