Are you an award-worthy SPD team? Share your story!

Nov. 25, 2020

Healthcare Purchasing News exclusively has recognized and honored central service/sterile processing and distribution departments for 28 consecutive years. Your department could be the 29th recipient – so nominate your team for HPN's 2021 SPD Department of the Year award today!

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

Customer service- How the department has handled supply processing and distribution for internal customers, including the operating room and nursing floors.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? Teamwork- How well department staff members work together; how they work to make the department greater than the sum of its parts. 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. 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 and 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. 

·         You must share with us 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. 

Once an organization has been honored and profiled for this award, it is NOT eligible to be renominated.

Submit your nominations to [email protected] by Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.

Read about last year's winner – M Health Fairview – here:

Read about all past winners here: