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The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is a made up of two divisions in Augusta, Georgia, and 3 CBOCS. Charlie Norwood VA employs about 2,500 people and welcomes about 46,000 Veterans each year with a budget of nearly $600 million. As a level-1b health care system, Charlie Norwood VA is categorized as a high-complexity hospital system and provides tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, and spinal cord injury. This is a full performance level position. The Supervisory MST is responsible for the oversight of SPS non-supervisory employees ranging in grades from GS-3 to GS-7. In this position, the incumbent monitors quality assurance in the cleaning, decontamination, sterilization, reprocessing, and distribution of surgical instruments and technical medical equipment processed in SPS, ensuring proper procedures are followed and the items are safe for use. Ensures national sterile processing standards are adhered to by staff in the process of cleaning/decontamination, sterilization, reprocessing, and distribution. Assures staff is competent for reprocessing critical and critical RME. Oversees attendance and leave, including approval of sick and annual leave and vacation schedules. Informs higher level management of anticipated vacancies or increases in workload. Recommends promotions, reassignments, recognition of superior performance, retention or release of probationary employees or other changes of assigned personnel. Resolves informal complaints of employees and deals with union representatives on personnel matters. Provides technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the organizational unit. The position may be assigned to work as needed on other than normal working tours of duty or shifts, either in the evenings or on weekends. Such scheduling for other than normal working tours of duty will be assigned as needed by the Chief, SPS. Complete training coursework and VA SPS certification as required for a Sterilc Processing Technician position in the VA. Maintain certification by completing approved, annual Continuing Education Units (CEU) and annual in-service hours. The incumbent is required to and supervise SPS services, to include: Decontamination: Oversees the collection, receipt and decontamination of all critical and semi critical RME. Decontamination processing requires strict adherence to the device specific instructions for use (IFU), manufacturer's guidelines, VHA Directive 1116, IAHCSMM and AAMI standards, Sterile Preparation/Processing and Assembly: Manages the meticulous inspection, assembly, packaging and terminal sterilization of all medical, dental and surgical instrumentation, implantable devices and instruments used throughout the Health Care System. Sterile Preparation requires knowledge of and strict adherence to the device specific instructions for use (IFU), manufacturer's guidelines, VHA Directive 1116, IAHCSMM and AAMI standards Additionally, this requires a working knowledge of the operation and troubleshooting of th sterilizers and interpretation of biological testing which is of utmost importance Operating Room and Sterile Storage: Manages the proper storage, transport and delivery of sterile instrumentation and environmental factors that may impact sterility GI Scope Reprocessing: Manages the complete reprocessing of endoscopes for all areas of responsibility to include: Gastroenterology (GI) clinic, Pulmonary area, Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT)) area, as well as the Operating Room. This includes knowledge of the operation of equipment for reprocessing, manual cleaning per manufacturer's instructions, and bioburden testing. HLD: Oversees the high-level disinfection of devices requiring low temperature reprocessing. Assures quality tests are performed and strict adherence to standards is carried out. The incumbent will collaborate on a supervisory level, with other services within the Medical Center to address areas of concern, plans work, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work, ensures that work priority and sequences, procedures, methods and deadlines have been met for the cleaning, reprocessing and distribution of critical and semi critical reusable medical equipment (RME) and surgical instrumentations. The SPS Supervisor will participate in Quality Assurance programs ensuring product quality assurance through random sampling, biological testing, and product assessment. He/she assures the patient's needs are the driving force, places the emphasis on process management and undertaking improvement efforts. Reviews the Temperature and Humidity and air flow to ensure that they are maintained as required per Veterans Health Administration (VHA) policy and directives. And actively participates as a member of, or in an advisory capacity on committees such as the RME Committee, Infection Control and Environment of Care. Work Schedule: 0800-16:30, 09:00- 17:30, 15:30 - MN depending on need of service at time of hire. Non-rotating Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (SPS)/PDF00788 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.