Surgical Technician - Operating Room

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Unit Description

Platte Valley Medical Center (PVMC) in Brighton, Colorado is a 98-bed community hospital with outpatient medical office plazas on its Brighton campus, in Fort Lupton, and in the Reunion area of Commerce City. PVMC has been designated one of the world's most patient-centered hospitals by Planetree, Inc. Platte Valley's 10 Pillars of Healing are incorporated into every patient experience. They include integrative therapies, human interactions, support networks, healing design, education and information, healthy and delicious food, healing art therapy, spirituality, healing touch, and healthy communities to help patients recover.


Also a nationally ranked top performing hospital, PVMC offers high-level services -including a Primary Stroke Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center and advanced cardiovascular program, a Level II Special Care Nursery, and innovative surgical, orthopedic and women's care - found in larger metropolitan hospitals.


 The Operating Room offers 4 Surgery Suites + 1 Endoscopy suite performing basic surgery services, primarily general surgery, orthopedic, and GYN.



Care Site Description
Platte Valley Medical Center is an excellent place to work with a proven success of hiring and retaining quality employees. In fact, the turnover rate among our associates is significantly lower than that of Denver metro area healthcare facilities. In 2015, Platte Valley’s overall turnover rate was 13.2% compared to a Denver Metro area healthcare turnover rate of 24.3%.
A Culture of Excellence and Care
Platte Valley Medical Center is proud of our Planetree Designation which represents the highest level of evidence based achievement in patient/person-centered care. All associates at Platte Valley commit to the Platte Valley Behavior Standards that help to sustain our culture of excellence. Platte Valley is Brighton’s third largest employer with 750 staff and we recognize and value that one of our greatest strengths continues to derive from the friendships and alliances found throughout the Hospital.
Platte Valley Medical Center (PVMC) promotes the science that tobacco use is harmful to health and does so by leading by example, encouraging abstinence, and sponsoring stop smoking education for the community. According to the Center for Disease Control, tobacco use is the nation’s leading killer and the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. There is no safe way of using tobacco, and substances in tobacco and tobacco smoke may cause harm even at low levels of exposure. Tobacco, nicotine, and marijuana use by employees diminishes the hospital’s capacity to advocate for healthy living and sends a message counterproductive to the hospital’s mission and values.
If you have been tobacco-free, nicotine-free, and marijuana-free for the past 90 days, please continue to fill out your application. If you have not been tobacco-free, nicotine-free, and marijuana-free for the past 90 days, we are unable to accept your application at this time. We will be happy to accept your application in the future, once you have been tobacco-free, nicotine-free, and marijuana-free for 90 days. We reserve the right to do a nicotine and/or a marijuana test randomly or for cause.



Under direct supervision, the Surgery Technician is responsible for assisting with the preparation of the operating room and instruments for assigned surgical cases. He/she anticipates the needs of the doctor before and during the procedure, assists in the clean up of the room and instruments after the procedure, takes Surgery call. The tech must attend all required in-services, no less than 6 staff meetings per year, and must maintain current CPR certification. Performs all other duties as assigned.

Core competencies: Age Specific, Compliance and computerized annual required education (HealthStream); additional competencies as defined by Department Director.


Education: High school graduate or G.E.D. preferred. Registration as Surgical Assistant or Surgical Technologist with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies pursuant to C.R.S. 12-43.2-101 required prior to working. CPR required by completion of the unit-specific orientation and before working independently. 

Experience: 1 year of scrubbing experience preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities: Clinical knowledge of sterile technique, with demonstrated ability to actively use this knowledge before and during the surgical procedure. This job may require the employee to be responsible for the assessment, treatment, or care of patients of all ages, including child, adolescent, and geriatric. Consequently, the employee must be competent in the interpretation of a patient's self-report or behavior, and this information must be interpreted with an understanding of the cognitive, physical, emotional and chronological maturation process. The treatment of patients should be individualized and should reflect an understanding of the developmental needs and range of treatment needs for each patient. (See “Competency Assessment” policy)


DRESS REQUIREMENTS: Scrubs or other appropriate attire approved by the Department Director.

Organization: Platte Valley Medical Center
Primary Location: CO-Brighton
Department: PVMC-Operating Room
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Shift
Job Posting: 6/15/2017 10:59:54 PM
FTE: 1.0
Job Number: 17003403
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