VA St. Louis Health Care System
Contract Awarded for New Sterile Processing Department
The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a $6.8 million design-build contract for the temporary relocation, future modernization and permanent expansion of the Sterile Processing Department (SPD) area at the VA Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. Project plans and funding were approved in 2010.
“The new facility and equipment will accommodate today’s technology--providing the most advanced equipment for efficient processing and thorough sterilization of all surgical instruments,” said RimaAnn Nelson, director of the St. Louis VA Medical Center.
In addition to installing state-of-the-art sterilizers and washers, the 13,200-square-foot suite will include a system that allows for real time tracking of surgical instruments. This system offers automated tracking and management of individual instruments, and guarantees accurate tray assembly, manages instrument maintenance, provides sterilization documentation and serves as a productivity tool.
The contract was awarded to J.W. Fuller Construction, LLC, a minority- and Veteran-owned general contracting and construction management firm located in St. Louis. The project is expected to be completed in July 2012.
“We are excited about the tremendous advancements on the horizon,” Nelson added. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the employees of the St. Louis VA Medical Center who work hard every day to provide the very best for our Veterans.”