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Sterile Processing Technician

LMC Careers 
Full Time 
Regular 
 
2nd Shift: 3pm-11:30pm


Rated as one of the Top 25 Best Hospitals to Work for in the U.S., the heart of LMC is our 508-bed modern state-of-the-art facility. Winning the prestigious, "Summit Award" from Press Ganey for outstanding patient satisfaction, "Consumer Choice Award" from the National Research Corporation, all contributing to our reputation for giving our patients the highest quality care.  Lexington Medical Center was voted one of South Carolina’s “Best Places to Work” for 2019!

We are located in heart of the Midlands, right outside of Columbia, SC, and one of the most successful integrated healthcare systems in the Southeast. As the third largest employer in the Midlands, we invite you to be a part of our ongoing success and join our LMC Family.

Job Summary

Responsible for supporting the daily operations that relate to the reprocessing of instrumentation including decontamination, cleaning, assembly, packaging, and sterilizing instruments, trays, and equipment for the hospital and affiliate physicians’ offices. Responsible for case cart preparation and delivery as well as the replenishment of Operating Room supplies stored within the Sterile Processing Department. Sterile processing technicians will be cross trained in all areas of the department and may participate in precepting new employees if directed by the manager. Techs must have a high level of integrity by following all internal procedures and external regulatory processes.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education: High School Diploma or Equivalent
Minimum Years of Experience: None.
Substitutable Education & Experience: None.
Required Certifications/Licensure: None.
Required Training: Basic computer skills and aptitude;
A willingness to learn, understand, and properly use decontamination and sterile processing equipment;
A willingness to learn and understand how to maintain surgical instrumentation (How they function, are processed, and how to clean and sterilize them).

Essential Functions
  • Cleans instruments and supplies using accepted techniques and procedures.
  • Prepares instruments, procedure trays and instrument sets for sterilization. Inspects instruments and wraps correctly and in the appropriate size wrapper or places in instrument sterilization containers.
  • Uses knowledge of steam and Sterrad to determine proper method of sterilization. Follows proper loading techniques and operational procedures.
  • Operates all equipment used in cleaning, decontamination and sterilization processes. This equipment includes, but is not limited to, steam and Sterrad sterilizers, sonic washers, washer decontaminators and cart washers.
  • Assembles instruments and supplies for Operating Room procedures. Return un-used supplies and instrument trays from the OR to the proper location in the SPD sterile supply room. Restock supplies in OR suites from the SPD sterile supply room inventory.
Duties & Responsibilities
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by the team lead or department manager.
  • Reports all broken instrumentation and equipment and communicates low par levels of SPD consumable supplies to the team lead or department manager.
  • Attends and participates in SPD department meetings and education.
  • Proficient in using electronic instrument tracking system.
  • Ability to act as a resource for staff in both SPD and OR regarding identification and assembly of specialty instruments and trays.

We are committed to offering quality, cost-effective benefits choices for our employees and their families:

  • Day ONE medical, dental and life insurance benefits 
  • Health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs)
  • Eligible employees may also enroll in LMC's retirement plans on their date of hire, including the South Carolina State Retirement System (SCRS)
  • Supplemental 401(k)
  • 457(b) retirement plans
  •  Free life insurance – equal to 1x salary
  • Adoption assistance
  • 401(K) Match – LMC matches dollar for dollar up to 6% 
  • LMC provides its full-time employees short-term disability and long-term disability coverage after 90 days of eligible employment
  • 529 College Savings
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Student loan forgiveness

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of LMC to provide equal opportunity of employment for all individuals, and to remain compliant with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. LMC strives to provide a discrimination-free environment, and to recruit, select, on-board, and employ all employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including but not limited to, lactation. LMC endeavors to upgrade and promote employees from within the hospital where possible and consistent with the employee’s desires and abilities and the hospital’s needs.

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