The Harris School of Business in Voorhees welcomed Deputy Mayor Harry A. Platt on September 22 for the reading of a proclamation by Mayor Michael R. Mignogna. The proclamation recognized the Surgical Technology program at the Harris School and emphasized the importance of the program’s accreditation by two national boards.
“Making sure our program meets the standards of a national accrediting board is a high priority at the Harris School and helps to ensure that our program stays current and rigorous,” explains Ken Santos, director of education at the Harris School in Voorhees. The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.
“The Mayor’s proclamation was very meaningful because it recognized the high quality of programming we provide here,” Santos continues. The visit from the deputy mayor was a culminating event in the school’s celebration of National Surgical Technologists Week, a week designated by the Association of Surgical Technologists to promote awareness of this career field. During the visit, Platt toured the school’s facility on White Horse Road and attended a breakfast celebrating the contribution that surgical technologists make to safe patient care in the operating room.
The Surgical Technology program at the Harris School is offered at our Voorhees and Dover campuses. It prepares students to become surgical technicians—also known as scrub techs, surgical techs, or operating room technicians. Surgical technicians are an important part of the operating room team. They work alongside surgeons and nurses to assist in tasks such as setting up the room for surgery, preparing patients for surgery, making sure equipment is ready, and passing instruments to the surgeon during the operation.
In recognition of the recent Surgical Technologists Week, the Harris School of Business would like to congratulate all of the students and graduates of this important program.
Below is the text of the Proclamation:
Whereas, for over 60 years, surgical technology has grown to meet the ever-increasing demand for well-educated, highly-skilled and versatile surgical technologists; and
Whereas, surgical technologists are entrusted with the lives and well-being of patients and provide a critical service during surgical procedures; and
Whereas, over 90,000 surgical technologists nationwide are an integral part of the surgical team committed to providing the highest quality of surgical care to patients; and
Whereas, surgical technologists are responsible for the application of sterile and aseptic technique in the operating room, ensuring the equipment functions properly and facilitating safe and effective conduct during invasive surgical procedures; and
Whereas, surgical technologists strive to prevent life-threatening surgical site infections and maximize patient safety; and
Whereas, the surgical technologist’s motto “Aeger Primo, the patient first” reflects total commitment to patient safety and advocacy; and
Now, Therefore, The Mayor and Township Committee of the Voorhees Township, County of Camden and the State of New Jersey hereby proclaim the week of,
September 21-27, 2014
National Surgical Technologists Week
Be it further resolved, that all citizens acknowledge the important role of the surgical technologists in the care and recovery of their patients. We honor these men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep the residents of Voorhees and the state of New Jersey safe and healthy.
Michael R. Mignogna, Mayor
September 22, 2014