NorthShore’s SPD earns the Healthcare Purchasing News 2022 SPD of the Year Award

March 24, 2022

Healthcare Purchasing News has named NorthShore University HealthSystem as the HPN 2022 Sterile Processing Department of the Year.

Just as a train works efficiently to connect a community, a major hospital system like NorthShore operates most effectively by optimizing interconnectedness.

It has been through applying standards of solid collaboration and communication that NorthShore’s Sterile Processing Department has transformed its quality of services and garnered recognition as the winner of HPN’s 2022 SPD Department of the Year.

HPN has been recognizing and profiling top-flight SPD teams for 30 years now, and we continue to be honored to do it and proud of those we feature as the best in the industry for three decades running,” said Rick Dana Barlow, HPN Senior Editor. “We appreciate all of the SPD teams who submit nominations for this prestigious annual award, which only reinforces the dedication and devotion to high-quality healthcare by SPD departments nationwide.

 “Through the thick and thin of the last two pandemic-stricken years, NorthShore’s award-winning SPD team simply epitomizes the quest for and value of teamwork, which became evident to its key clinical customers that recognized their pursuit of quality service through partnerships,” Barlow continued. “NorthShore SPD worked side-by-side with customers and fellow departments in multi-disciplinary meetings, and they embraced automation, integration and specialization to deliver high-quality, reliable service during the toughest of times.”

Located in the suburbs of the Windy City and comprising four hospitals (Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park and Skokie), NorthShore has been a pillar of the Chicago community for well over a century.

The NorthShore SPD team has underdone something akin to a revolution over the past few years in terms of its dedication to and achievement of multi-facility, SPD excellence. Through a focus on improving point-of-use (POU) instrument care and pre-treatment in operating rooms, consistently providing SPD-related education, and adhering to a policy that values, above all, communication between SPD staff and its perioperative partners, NorthShore’s SPD team meets and exceeds industry standards on an everyday basis.

About Healthcare Purchasing News: Healthcare Purchasing News (HPN) magazine, now in its 45th year, explores and analyzes all elements of clinical, general and specialty supply chain operations and the developing and integrating professional relationships between the business and clinical areas of healthcare organizations for devices, equipment, products and services. Our comprehensive readership base includes healthcare executives in the C-suite, high-ranking to entry-level professionals in supply chain management, surgical services, sterile processing and distribution, infection prevention and critical care, as well as those clinical and specialty areas with whom supply chain experts provides purchased services leadership, including diagnostic imaging and radiology, information technology, laboratory and environmental services. Visit

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