Surgical Care Affiliates

  • Sterile Processing Lead/Supervisor

    Job Location US-IL-Vernon Hills
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    SCA, a leader in the outpatient surgery industry, strategically partners with health plans, medical groups and health systems across the country to develop and optimize surgical facilities. SCA operates more than 210 surgical facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals, in partnership with approximately 7,500 physicians. For more information on SCA, visit


    Facility Description:

    Hawthorn Surgery Center is a busy, multi-specialty, 5 OR, outpatient surgery center, primarily performing orthopedics, ENT, urology, podiatry and pain management procedures. Our center’s new building opened 4 years ago in Vernon Hills, IL and we are growing at an excitingly rapid pace

    Accountabilities / Responsibilities

    Imagine what it would be like to not work weekends, holidays or nights!


    We are seeking an experienced Full-Time Sterile Processing Lead/Supervisor who is a dependable, detail-oriented, skilled problem solver that has a collaborative, friendly working style. 


    The Sterile Processing Lead is responsible for ensuring high quality sterilization of instruments and equipment. The SPD Lead will work with the SPD team to ensure each teammate is competent to perform all duties in SPD- such as decontamination, correct tray assembly, and sterile processing of all instrumentation used in the operating room.  The candidate must have impeccable communication skills when working with OR Charge Nurse and OR teams. The ideal candidate must have a working knowledge of regulatory standards for universal precautions, sterilization methodologies, and regulatory standards for biological monitoring.   Hawthorn Surgery Center is pleased to offer a competitive salary and full benefits including 401K with company match.  


    Key Responsibilities:

    • Maintains area/department in an orderly/organized fashion.
    • Creates schedule for department to ensure coverage for each day
    • Knowledge of sterilization procedures, aseptic technique, and maintenance and care of instruments and equipment.
    • Knowledge of standards and engages in practices and procedures of sterile technique.
    • Cleans and/or disinfects instruments and equipment after use and returns it to the proper area, in appropriate sequence, for storage and/or processing.
    • Differentiates sterilization and disinfection methods required for specific instruments and equipment.
    • Demonstrates ability to understand and use sterilizers, high-level disinfectors, instrument washers, and other designated processors.
    • Demonstrates ability to understand use, function, interpretation, documentation, and record-keeping of chemical and biological indicators related to instrument and equipment sterilization and low, intermediate, and high-level disinfection processes.
    • Completes and verifies all documentation is accurate and up to date and in accordance with established standards.
    • Cleans, wraps, sterilizes, and disinfects instruments and equipment and maintains the functions of the instrument processing area/department.
    • Perform weekly inventory of processing supplies and notifies appropriate personnel of order needs.
    • Continues assigned daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly routines, including requirements with reports, logs and related documentation.
    • Assists teammates with daily preparation for current and future facility schedules (pulling cases and assembling supplies) as assigned.
    • Is available to assist all areas of facility as needed and assigned.
    • Demonstrates flexibility in assuming duties and responsibilities.
    • Assists in room turnover when needed and as assigned.
    • Completes all employee/patient incident documentation in a thorough and timely manner, as required by facility policy and according to management guidance.
    • Practices infection control and standard precautions as instructed or trained.
    • Assists with the preparation of the operating room/procedure room for surgery/procedures as directed.
    • Checks updated schedule every morning and prepares rooms with supplies and equipment as assigned and directed by management.
    • Performs all other duties as assigned by management.


    • Certification in Sterile Processing highly preferred
    • High School Graduate or equivalent
    • 4 Years of Sterile Processing Experience required
    • 1-2 years as Lead Technician/Supervisor preferred
    • Knowledge of typical OR equipment required
    • Orthopedic (Total Joint, Sports Medicine, Hand, Ankle, Spine and Pain Management) surgical experience strongly preferred.
    • Must be personable, friendly, and exhibit flexibility and positive interpersonal skills
    • Ability to be flexible with work schedule and maintain regular attendance

    Please send resumes to



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