2024 SPD Department Of The Year

Jan. 11, 2024
Nominate your team today! Deadline for nominations is Feb. 12.

Healthcare Purchasing News exclusively has recognized and honored central service/sterile processing and distribution departments for over 30 years. Nominate your team for HPN's 2024 SPD Department of the Year award to be featured in the April 2024 edition of the magazine!

Deadline: February 12, 2024

Document your accomplishments and submit to [email protected]

Nomination requirement details below:

Entries will be evaluated on elements disclosed in writing or provided in the following 5 areas:

  1. Customer service - How the department has handled supply processing and distribution for internal customers, including the operating room and nursing floors.
  2. Productivity - How the department has increased output, improved service levels, and enhanced quality, cost savings, and patient benefits. Has use of technology helped contribute to productivity improvements?
  3. Teamwork - How well department staff members work together; how they work to make the department greater than the sum of its parts.
  4. Education and training - How well the department prepares staff members to do a safe, cost-effective, efficient job; how well it prepares members for career advancement.
  5. Strategic outlook - Does the department have a strategic plan? What does it entail? What are its elements of innovation, creativity, and originality?

There are no limits on the length of your entry, but please provide quantitative support for any claims made.

A judging panel of respected SPD professionals from across the country, as well as selected SPD experts on our editorial advisory board and our HPN editorial staff will evaluate each nomination.

For the nomination, highlight specific, measurable achievements and goals over the past year. Also include your name, telephone number, number of full-time equivalents, scope of responsibilities, and number of beds at the facility.

To qualify nominees MUST comply with the following rules:

  • Only nominations submitted exclusively and originally to HPN and not to any other publication or association awards for any aspect of SPD, will be considered. If you plan to submit or have submitted your case study as a nomination to other organizations (in print or online) in addition to HPN, we ask that you make a choice between HPN and those other organizations.
  • All nominations must focus on team-driven contributions and results more heavily than outsourced/purchased services to consultants, distributors, GPOs, manufacturers and software companies. Basically, emphasize what your team has accomplished over what a third-party vendor did for you.
  • All nominations must include relevant details on how some of your supply and service partners (manufacturers, distributors, GPOs, software companies and consultants) have contributed to your group’s development, growth and success. What did each of these key vendor partners do for/with you that mattered? Brag about what makes each of them useful and how they help /have helped your team succeed. Please identify each supplier/service company by name and include a sentence or two on what each did.
  • All nominated organization must be willing to share information regarding surgical volumes, annual performance and production details including number of instruments processed.
  • Finally, all nominations submitted to HPN become the property of HPN for use in editorial and promotional purposes in perpetuity and shall not be submitted or used anywhere else for any reason without the expressed written consent of HPN’s publisher.

Document your accomplishments and submit to [email protected]


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