Jo M. Wood is currently the Central Processing Department Compliance & Education Supervisor at Boston Medical Center in Boston, MA. She entered the sterile processing industry six years ago as an entry-level technician. Through self-study and self-motivated clinical practice, she passed the CRCST exam before her 6-month anniversary. Jo was quickly promoted to Central Processing Technician II where she refined her clinical skill set and focused her energies on this key principle, “We can do this better”.
After fours years as a technician, she was promoted to the Compliance Supervisor, which quickly evolved into her current role as the Compliance & Education Supervisor. She currently focuses on recommending change based on the data she collects, the practices she sees and the ever-expanding industry guidance she reviews. This has lead to the development of best practice programs for technician training, sterilization and high-level disinfection record keeping, physical space maintenance, tray quality assessment, endoscope reprocessing and validation testing just to name a few.
Committed to moving the profession forward outside of her organization, Jo is very active in the IAHCSMM Massachusetts Chapter for Central Service Professionals and also holds the position Government Affairs Liaison. In this capacity, she leverages her significant political connections to garner support for a bill currently in legislation that would mandate certification for central sterile technicians in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Her work on this initiative has helped produced dramatic increases support for the program.