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Mercy Medical Center Clinton Central Processing Tech FT in MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center - Sioux City, Iowa

Employment Type:

Full time


Day Shift


Under limited supervision and on a rotating 24-hour, 7-day week staffing basis, cleans and sterilizes patient care supplies, instruments and equipment, prepares surgical procedure sets involving complex instrumentation, maintains and dispenses supplies and equipment throughout the hospital. Adheres to the principles of Service Excellence Guiding Behaviors and the philosophy and mission of Mercy in all aspects of job performance.




Under limited supervision and on a rotating 24-hour, 7-day week staffing basis, cleans and sterilizes patient care supplies, instruments and equipment, prepares surgical procedure sets involving complex instrumentation, maintains and dispenses supplies and equipment throughout the hospital. Adheres to the principles of Service Excellence Guiding Behaviors and the philosophy and mission of Mercy in all aspects of job performance.



Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide service/care appropriate to the age of the patients served, in accordance with Mercy standards.


Demonstrates numerical and clerical ability necessary to assemble complex instrument sets involving potentially hundreds of unique devices.


Is knowledgeable of and is able to function in a decontamination area. Processes various items by means of ultrasonic or washer-decontaminators, cart washer and/or hand processing as appropriate to the structural composition of the instrumentation or equipment.


Inspects all instrumentation and medical equipment for damage, malfunction or breakage. Reports such findings to appropriate source as necessary for correction.


Is knowledgeable of and is able to demonstrate universal precautions in the performance of this role. Uses appropriate PPE when working with contaminated equipment, instruments and supplies.


Serves as a resource to surgeons and surgical support staff in regard to available surgical supplies and instrumentation.


Responds quickly and courteously to intercom calls from the OR.


Works closely with other employees in the rapid handling of equipment and supplies in order to respond to emergency needs. Organizes and prioritizes work in an efficient manner during periods of stress or staffing shortages.


Maintains proper inventory levels in relation to daily assignments. Assists in the rotation of supplies according to stated polices and procedures. Notifies Manager of shortages or independently arranges for re-supply.


Operates and maintains departmental sterilization equipment; i.e., steam sterilizer, Sterrad sterilizer, cart wash, washer-decontaminator and Ultrasonic cleaner. Trouble shoots problems and reports problems or malfunctions to Manager.


Demonstrates an understanding of supply costs and critical usage. Reports unusual or increased/decreased usage of a specific supply or supplies to Manager so that proper levels are maintained and waste is minimized.


Understands and accurately performs chemical, biological and air removal tests on sterilizers as part of a comprehensive quality assurance program.


Accurately interprets and documents test results. Maintains records on all items sterilized and information on date, sterilizer, and load number, along with test results.


Performs additional biological testing whenever implantable devises are sterilized and records finding. Immediately notifies Manager of all unacceptable test results.


Understands sterilization failure and immediately initiates load recall procedures.


Actively maintains knowledge of all new products, changes in product lines, instruments, instrument sets, scopes, equipment, etc., as necessary to serve as a resource for medical personnel.


Quickly and accurately fills case cart orders and sends appropriately to requesting area.


Cleans and disinfects medical equipment for patient use.


Recognizes and communicates issues/occurrences utilizing established lines of authority, and assists in identifying ways to resolve variances or unacceptable outcomes.


Utilizes One Source to research cleaning and sterilization parameters per manufacturers recommendation.


Applies principles of wrapping, packaging, handling and storage procedures per AAMI Standards.


Applies general principles for high temp steam sterilization and low temperature sterilization.


Actively participates in department meetings, committees, conferences, and in-services.


Actively participates in improving patient safety and reducing risk to patients. Complies with Safety and Infection Control Policy & Procedure.


Knows, understands, incorporates, and demonstrates the Mercy and Trinity Health Mission, Vision, and Values in behaviors, practices, and decisions.


Adheres to applicable Federal, State, and local laws, AAMI Standards and Recommended Practices, Mercy and Trinity Health’s Organizational Integrity Program, Standards of Conduct, as well as other policies and procedures in order to ensure adherence in a manner that reflects honest, ethical, and professional behavior.


Maintains confidentiality of information pertaining to clients, physicians, employees, and Mercy business.


Demonstrates general working knowledge of computers and department specific software (i.e. Healthstream, internet, etc.)


Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties so assigned.


We serve together in Mercy and Trinity Health, in the spirit of the Gospel, to heal body, mind and spirit, to improve the health of our communities and to steward the resources entrusted to us.


The Guiding Behaviors are the behaviors necessary for all of us to achieve our Vision. They are:

We support each other in serving our patients and communities. We communicate openly, honestly, respectfully and directly. We are fully present. We are all accountable. We trust and assume goodness in intentions. We are continuous learners.


Must be able to embrace and adhere to the Guiding Behaviors of the organization and support the Mission of Trinity Health.

Must demonstrate good work habits such as time management, attendance, punctuality, team building and other behaviors aligned to the Guiding Behaviors of the organization.


High school graduate required, prefer certified surgical technologist and/or a minimum of two years Central Processing experience. Requires Central Processing Technician certification within 18 months of position hire date to meet position qualifications. Ability to work in a highly stressful environment. Ability to rapidly perform numerous and repetitive short-cycle operations accurately and according to precise instructions. Must have a general working knowledge of computers and department specific software (i.e. Healthstream, internet, etc.) Must be comfortable operating in a collaborative, shared leadership environment. Must possess a personal presence that is characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity, and caring with the ability to inspire and motivate others to promote the philosophy, mission, vision, goals, and values of Mercy and Trinity Health.

Mercy cultivates, upholds and supports a safe work environment. Associates support patient and staff safety by demonstrating aptitude and maintaining organizational employment standards and requirements. Associate job performance is continually appraised and formally evaluated during the course of employment with Mercy.


Must successfully pass employment physical examination and must adhere to applicable organizational requirements on an annual basis for Employee Health Directives. Must possess the ability to comply with Mercy and Trinity Health policies and procedures. This job is categorized as "Medium Work". Has the physical stamina to meet the requirements of this job. Exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and /or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly. Must be able to handle stress effectively. Must understand and accept the possibility of exposure to environmental elements, internal and external, which may affect the work place, such as infectious disease, chemical and/or chemical fumes, dust, noise, physical injury from an out of control patient, and adverse effects of inclement weather which may occur.

These essential functions identify the major requirements of the job. They are not an exhaustive list of all job requirements. An employee may be called upon to perform physical actions not specifically identified in this job description.

Trinity Health's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Trinity Health employs about 133,000 colleagues at dozens of hospitals and hundreds of health centers in 22 states. Because we serve diverse populations, our colleagues are trained to recognize the cultural beliefs, values, traditions, language preferences, and health practices of the communities that we serve and to apply that knowledge to produce positive health outcomes. We also recognize that each of us has a different way of thinking and perceiving our world and that these differences often lead to innovative solutions.

Trinity Health's dedication to diversity includes a unified workforce (through training and education, recruitment, retention and development), commitment and accountability, communication, community partnerships, and supplier diversity.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities, and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.

Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $17.6 billion and assets of $24.7 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians.

Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services — ranked by number of visits — in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs. For more information, visit at . You can also follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.