The Sterile Processing (SP) profession is dynamic, ever-evolving and critical to patient safety and positive outcomes. Those who comprise this challenging, yet rewarding discipline and consistently go the extra mile in the name of service excellence are certainly worthy of formal recognition. The HSPA Awards Program does just that by paying tribute to SP professionals’ many contributions and successes, and their commitment to delivering safe, high-quality service to healthcare customers each day. We thank you for your hard work and commitment to doing what's right in the name of quality and patient safety!

Call for Submissions

Nominations Are Currently Being Accepted

Nominations for the 2022 HSPA Awards are now being accepted! All Award nominations are due by Monday, January 31, 2022.

View the available categories below and nominate yourself or another individual today.

HSPA Award Categories

Confidence Builder

This is a team award. This award recognizes a Sterile Processing (SP) team that has implemented initiatives or programs that have led the team to build confidence within the organization through improved service and positive patient outcomes.

SP Leadership

This award recognizes an SP supervisor, manager, director or equivalent who has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and has made significant contributions to their team, department and facility.

Decontaminator of the Year

This award recognizes the author of an outstanding paper on the topic of decontamination. The Decontaminator of the Year Award was established in honor of Anne Cofiell, who served as the HSPA (formerly IAHCSMM) representative to AAMI where she chaired numerous working groups and advocated on behalf of the SP profession for the regulation of reuse of single-use devices.

Golden Slipper for Service Excellence

This award recognizes the author of an outstanding narrative that demonstrates how the nominee has provided extraordinary service to healthcare customers, patients, colleagues or others within the facility. The Golden Slipper for Service Excellence Award is based on a story about a patient who lost his favorite slippers in the hospital and had them replaced by a caring healthcare professional who searched for, located and purchased a new pair of identical slippers for the patient.

Technician Achievement

This award recognizes a Sterile Processing technician who has made significant improvements in the function and operation of their department. The Technician Achievement Award was established in honor of Margaret J. (Peggy) Ryan, RN.

This commitment to advancing Sterile Processing (SP) knowledge, skill sets and professionalism is why over 40,000 members and certification holders rely on HSPA to keep them sharp, focused and abreast of the very latest standards, best practices and technological advancements impacting the SP profession.