Bay Pines VA Triumphs with 2023 Ron Hesch Award for Healthcare Innovation and Excellence in Sterile Processing and Patient Care

December 19, 2023


Bay Pines VA Healthcare System has emerged as a beacon of healthcare innovation, particularly in the realm of sterile processing, setting new benchmarks in healthcare efficiency and patient safety. Their journey, marked by significant achievements and culminating in the prestigious 2023 Ron Hesch Award, reflects a deep commitment to advancing healthcare practices. In an industry continually reshaped by challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic, Bay Pines stands out for its exceptional approach to operational excellence and patient care.

In the latest episode of the ConCensis podcast, host Vanessa Cavanaugh engages with Sheryl Eder, the Assistant Chief Nurse of Perioperative & Sterile Processing Service, in a conversation that sheds light on the strategies behind Bay Pines’ success. They delve into the innovative methods and leadership techniques that positioned Bay Pines as a leader in healthcare services. The two discuss:

  • Sheryl Eder’s unique approach to staff engagement and leadership transformed the sterile processing department.
  • The role of advanced tracking systems in enhancing sterilization processes and staff efficiency.
  • How the Bay Pines team navigated the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic, including innovative N95 mask reprocessing.

Sheryl Eder’s extensive background in nursing and healthcare management, complemented by her educational achievements and industry recognition, has been a cornerstone in fostering healthcare innovation within her department. Her proactive and hands-on leadership style has led to significant advancements in healthcare practices.

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