Erlanger Moving Ahead With Major Sterilization Project

Monday, January 21, 2019

Erlanger Health System is moving ahead with a major sterilization upgrades over a year after it was first approved by the board.

Robert Brooks, chief operating officer, said some costs have increased in the meantime and the overall price will be higher. He said it was found that some air-handling equipment will need to be replaced on campus. 

The new contract will be for $9,484,950 per year. There will be inflation increases built into the 15-year contract with STERIS/IMS.

Mr. Brooks said the alternative would be for Erlanger to have to fund $24 million in sterilization equipment and locate 40,000 square feet of space for the operation.

Under the contract, 60 percent of the sterilization of equipment trays will continue to be at Erlanger. In addition, STERIS/IMS will build a new facility at a site on Broad Street that will handle the other 40 percent.

Mr. Brooks said the firm can be penalized if there are lapses in sterilization or if the needed surgical equipment is not in a particular tray.

Kevin Spiegel, Erlanger CEO, said STERIS/IMS is the leader in hospital sterilization. "They are state of the art," he said. The firm has a similar contract with Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

It is expected to take 6-9 months to get the offsite operation up and running. There will be 10-12 months of construction on campus.

Officials said it will be about two years until the program is completely up and running.

Britt Tabor, Erlanger chief financial officer, said the chief concern coming from surgeons is upgrading of sterilization and making sure the correct equipment is on a tray.

Erlanger is now doing 100 percent of the sterilization onsite in a central sterile department that was launched in 1993. A trailer was also used until recently when it was no longer allowed.

The new washer will sterilize a tray in 15 minutes. The current wash time is 45 minutes.

Officials noted that over 10 new operating rooms have been added since the current central sterile department was set up. 

 

 

 

 

 


Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Dalton Police Department Seeks Suspects In Car Break-Ins


Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BEENE, JASON TODD 203 4TH ST NW FORT PAYNE, 35967 Age at Arrest: 41 years old Arresting Agency: Tenn Highway Patrol DRIVING ... (click for more)

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, KENNETH MARK HOMELESS CHATTANOOGA, 37404 Age at Arrest: 47 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga CRIMINAL TRESPASSING ... (click for more)

The Dalton Police Department is seeking help from the public to identify two men who broke into three vehicles parked at the Planet Fitness gym on Walnut Avenue. There have been several car ... (click for more)


Breaking News

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BEENE, JASON TODD 203 4TH ST NW FORT PAYNE, 35967 Age at Arrest: 41 years old Arresting Agency: Tenn Highway Patrol DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE SUSPENDED LICENSE (NONRESIDENT) POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE --- BLACK, JOHNATHON JOSEPH 1020 W 37TH ST CHATTANOOGA, 37410 Age at Arrest: 23 years ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, KENNETH MARK HOMELESS CHATTANOOGA, 37404 Age at Arrest: 47 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga CRIMINAL TRESPASSING --- BARCLAY, RONELL HARRIS 108 HOLLYBERRY LN CHATTANOOGA, 374113745 Age at Arrest: 22 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga CRIMINAL TRESPASSING RESISTING ARREST OR OBSTRUCTION ... (click for more)

Opinion

Save The Wildlife, Mr. Berke

Why in the world would there be any question regarding the wildlife at East Lake park, and the humane relocation of same? Why would anyone need to beg for the right thing to be done? Maybe if the ducks could ride scooters, there would be money for this. Or maybe if they had means to pay for one of the so-called affordable apartments we have in Chattanooga, they would rate the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: An Easter Invitation

One of the hardest things a lot of people face is one of the easiest. Every so often someone will ask me about my faith and, while I mention it occasionally in a story, I never want to force my spirituality on anyone. But for some people, just the thought of asking God for forgiveness and His gift of eternal life is scary and it shouldn’t be. It costs nothing yet is priceless. And, ... (click for more)

Sports

Softball: Baylor Beat Summit To Claim Lady Trojan Invitational Gold

Baylor defeated Summit, 3-0, Saturday to win the Lady Trojans Invitational Gold Bracket championship at Warner Park on a cold, windy afternoon. The Lady Red Raiders came up with a run in the third and two more in the fourth of a five-inning showdown. In the third, Cadashia Collins drew a one-out walk and went to second on Emily Rye’s groundout. MaKayla Packer stroked an RBI ... (click for more)

Sale Creek Wins Soggy Yellow Jacket Classic

It was a miserable afternoon to be sitting at Lookout Valley Elementary School’s O’Mary-Conard Field for the last three games of the annual Yellow Jacket Classic softball tournament, but Sale Creek coach Clifford Kirk was just happy for his Sale Creek girls to have a chance to play. It was a worthwhile weekend for the Lady Panthers as they won their pool by winning all three ... (click for more)