RSC Helps Cincinnatian to Career Path of Surgical Assistant
A few years ago, Kevin Arrington was serving customers in a
buffet-style restaurant. Seeking a career change, in spite of a
learning disability, he received services from the Ohio
Rehabilitation Services Commission that set him on the path to a
new, very successful career.
Kevin is part of a surgical support staff unit at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. His job has him staging patients for upcoming surgery or moving them to recovery, assembling operating tables for surgical procedures and cleaning up afterward, and making trips to the blood bank or pathology. He tracks all this activity via the hospital’s new NaviCare computer system.
“The good part of working with Kevin is that he does everything to the best of his ability – 100 percent – buy also goes above that because he does it with a pleasant attitude and a smile,” said an operating room manager. Kevin, who has been nominated several times for employee-of-the-month, has been recognized for demonstrating proficiency in assembling at least 16 different types of operating tables – all unique to the type of surgery being performed.
Among Kevin’s duties, is to check that the right person is in the right surgical room and confirm that they are scheduled for the right procedure. His manager notes that “everything (in the surgical process) has to be perfect and that’s one of the things he manages. He knows the equipment well. Co-workers who trained Kevin praise his ability to learn quickly and adapt to new technology saying further, that he’s very good with equipment, people and the hospital’s computer system.
Christ Hospital is part of the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, which operates seven facilities
that employs 13,000 people.