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Vail Valley Medical honored for its ‘sterile processing’ work

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Randy Hillman, Vail Valley Medical Center’s Director of Sterile Processing, attended a Denver Area Operating Room and Nursing Room Association conference earlier this month and returned with a prestigious award.

Hillman and his department received an award from 3M, a major supplier to the medical industry, for providing the highest level of care possible in sterile processing. Of the more than 100 Colorado hospitals represented, VVMC was one of only three to receive the award.

“We were elated,” Hillman said. “We have taken measures to ensure safety far above those required of us by law; to be recognized for it in the presence of our peers was a real treat.”

Hillman and the rest of the 13 employees in the department is certified by a professional school or teacher in sterile processing.

“This is not the norm,” said Hillman. “I’ve been a consultant in sterile processing for more than 30 years and VVMC is one of a very few hospitals that I’ve worked in where the entire sterile processing department is certified.”

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Government regulations require that each machine used in sterilization must be tested by the department once a week. The medical center’s team tests each machine each time it is used to ensure all equipment is properly sterilized.

“Sterile processing is the backbone of any surgical hospital and we are fortunate to have such a talented team at VVMC,” said Nurse Epidemiologist Heather Gilmartin.

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