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{Past Event} - Waste Volume Reduction Strategies in the Operating Room

September 14, 2007 - 2:00 pm - September 14, 2007 - 2:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


The operating room is the largest “departmental” source of waste within a health care facility, so what a great area to focus for measurable waste reduction and cost savings efforts. Points To Include: Waste Prevention Opportunities, Recycling Implementation, Red Bag Reduction & Suction Canister evacuation, Reusable Linens, Reprocessing single use devices, Material Donation, and more.


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Peter Weber, RN, MSM, Clinical Education Coordinator RHC Surgical Pak Operations, Resurrection Health Care
Telephone: 847/316-6146
Peter became a Registered Nurse back in 1978 and went straight to the Operating room from school. He’s seen first hand the conversion of the old cotton surgical drapes to disposable, and now the conversion of disposable drapes to the modern barrier fabrics. In his last position he oversaw the conversion back to reusable drapes, and in his present position he coordinates the implementation of reusable drapes throughout the Resurrection Health Care System.

George Dempster, Summit Consulting Services, LLC
Telephone: 720/988-7238
George has worked in healthcare for over thirty years as a Certified Surgical Technologist, Certified Surgical First Assistant, Materials Coordinator for Surgical Services and Sterile Processing Department Manager. He has served in outpatient and acute care settings in hospitals in California and Colorado. While employed as the Manager of the Sterile Processing Department at Boulder Community Hospital, in Boulder, Colorado, George developed and coordinated an initiative to mitigate waste and reduce direct costs at the facility by eliminating the utilization of single use polypropylene “blue wrap” and implementing the use of reusable rigid containers for the sterilization and processing of surgical instrument sets. That initiative was highly successful and led to negotiations with orthopedic and neuro OEMs in an effort to promote collaboration on their part to provide their loaned and consigned instrument trays in rigid, reusable containers. The facility’s success with both of these projects was featured in the cover story of Materials Management In Healthcare’s cover story in their September 2006 issue. In February of 2007, George formed Summit Consulting Services, LLC. Created specifically to assist end user facilities and manufacturers in achieving volume waste mitigation and direct cost reduction in the surgical suite, he is currently collaborating with Cardinal V. Mueller on a project targeted at offering solutions to meet the growing issues related to containerizing loaned and consigned orthopedic and neuro instrument trays. George resides in Erie, Colorado, with his wife, Billie, a 4-year-old Golden Retriever, Maverick, and a 17-year-old Calico, Callie. George functions as a consultant in his home as well, in addition to performing maintenance, landscaping, chef, and chauffeuring duties on an as needed basis. The other three tenants comprise the Board of Directors, and execute all Administrative Decisions. George and Billie have a daughter currently attending the University of Colorado, for whom they provide a small banking and catering service.

Julie Moyle, Surgery Manager, Boulder Community Hospital
Julie received her BSN from Vanderbilt. She worked 3 years in the OR at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida before moving to North Carolina to begin work on her Master’s degree in Nursing Administration at Duke University School of Nursing. Upon completion of her Master’s program, Julie served as a Visiting Research Instructor at the University of North Carolina School of Nursing where she assisted faculty with research grants and was a co-instructor for a senior course, Organizational Leadership. Heeding a call to return to a clinical setting, she spent the next 4 years in the OR at Duke University Medical Center. There, she worked a split shift, assumed evening charge responsibilities, and then moved into a manager position in the Cardiothoracic specialty. From there, she moved into industry, spending the next 5 years as a Surgical Services consultant for Cardinal Health, where she assisted customers with cost-containment, standardization, process improvement and interim management. She was drawn to Boulder, Colorado, where she currently lives, and the opportunity to oversee and manage the opening of a brand new surgical department at Boulder Community Foothills Hospital. She commutes to work by bike (weather permitting), and enjoys hiking, fly-fishing, camping, skiing, golf and cooking.

Vickii Pierce, Boulder Community Foothills Hospital
Vickii Pierce has been an OR nurse for 31 years. She earned her BSN at the University of Central Arkansas, and is CNOR and RNFA certified. She presently serves as the Clinical Lead for the ENT service at Boulder Community Foothills Hospital and has a growing first assistant business on the side. She has been, and continues to be, a champion of environmentally sustainable initiatives throughout the organization.

Beth Wulfeck, Six Sigma Black Belt, MBA, Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati
Telephone: 513/585-6801
Beth Wulfeck is a Six Sigma Black Belt with an MBA. She presently manages Business Operations for Supply Chain Management at The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. One of Beth’s supply chain Six Sigma projects is leading the Heath Alliance’s efforts to reprocess, rather than scrap, FDA approved devices and items designated as “single use” by the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) – without sacrificing quality, safety, or service to the patients and clinical staff. In the first year, reprocessing saved the Heath Alliance $625,000 and landfills received 8,000 fewer pounds of waste. Results in the current fiscal year are exceeding $900,000 in savings and 10,000 lbs of waste. The Health Alliance is the largest integrated health care delivery system in southwest Ohio with six acute care hospitals, one long-term rehabilitation hospital, and the area’s largest primary care physician group.

Tom Badrick, Sustainability Coordinator, Legacy Health System
Telephone: 503/413-6066
Tom Badrick is the Sustainability Coordinator for Legacy Health System. Legacy has 5 hospitals, multiple clinics and 8500 employees in the Portland metro area. Tom is responsible for nearly all waste management including recycling for all Legacy properties. Legacy has a recycling rate of 48.5% (2006) and partners with both vendors and competing healthcare systems to increase recycling in the region. In addition, Tom is coordinating many sustainability activities and partnering with other departments on green building efforts. Legacy has recently initiated 9 different Green Teams with several more planned.

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