We present our annual list of exceptional individuals working in infection prevention and control, as nominated by Infection Control Today magazine readers.
Congratulations to these dedicated professionals who are working hard to advance the infection prevention agenda. (This article, with winners' photos, originally appears in the November issue of ICT.) It's not too soon to start thinking about submitting a nomination to ICT's 2009 who's who section. Watch this site for details to come.
Tim Brooks is director of surgical services material management at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz. Nominating Brooks is a trio of his colleagues, Julie Lubecki, RN, MSN, director of surgery; Kim Maryniak, RNC, BN, MSN, clinical lab specialist educator; and Leslie Morin, RN, perioperative interim UBE. “Tim is one of the most dedicated professionals I have ever had the opportunity to know,” Lubecki says. “He has been at the facility for over 20 years. One of his multiple responsibilities is the service end of the department of surgery. He assisted me with the design of four new fully integrated ORs; Tim went to the state of Arizona and proved to them that we did not require sub-sterile rooms between each OR. Turnaround time in the OR is an average of 20 minutes with the assistance of his staff. He implemented a data-entry position for the OR so all the OR charges are done when they occur in the OR, not across town in an office where the staff is unfamiliar with surgical procedures. The SPD department is one of the most organized I have ever seen and I have worked in hospitals across the nation for the past 20 years.”
Maryniak comments, “Tim is always ready and able to help anyone in the hospital. He was a vital part of developing a solution for improving the sterilization of hospital equipment. In leading the decontamination surgical instrument process team, Tim was able to reduce costs and manual instrument washing, as well as expedite instrument turnover. He reduced flash sterilization by 90 percent over six years for the department of surgery, and introduced a new racking system to improve the cleaning process for surgical instruments. Tim is an asset to the sterilization industry.”
“The relationship he and his team have with the operating room and the rest of the hospital is No. 1,” notes Morin. “Because he changed our hospital to a ‘no flash-sterilization facility,’ we have a less than 1 percent infection rate for SSIs, which is extraordinary. He runs a great department and I am proud to have him on our team.”
Brooks has been published in Infection Control Today magazine, and has presented at industry conferences and served as a Webcast speaker. This year he launched a Web site devoted to central sterilization and OR materials management issues.