Global Sterilization Provider Synergy Health Partners With USF Health CAMLS For Instrument Processing And Training

Dec 20, 2013, 09:37 ET from Synergy Health

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Synergy Health, a global leader in specialized outsourced services for the healthcare market, has partnered with the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), the world's largest freestanding education and research center of its kind. Under this arrangement, Synergy Health will be the exclusive provider of surgical instrument processing for CAMLS and invest in enhancing the facility's instrument processing capabilities.

Synergy Health has moved its Americas corporate headquarters to downtown Tampa in part to be closer to CAMLS.  The company has also recently announced plans to build an instrument sterilization super-center for a large hospital system, which will provide sterilization for over 18 million surgical instruments per annum and increase the workforce by over 300 people.  The partnership with Synergy Health will make CAMLS the first medical simulation training center in the United States offering instrument processing in both a classroom and hands-on setting.

"We are very excited to partner with CAMLS for both their instrument processing and training and education," said Richard Steeves, CEO and founder of Synergy Health. "We are looking forward to bringing our global knowledge in instrument processing and sterilization to CAMLS' students, helping to highlight the importance of both the industry and the work that sterile processing technicians do."

Synergy will designate CAMLS as its Academy for all training within the Americas. The scope of training will include all phases of reusable medical device reprocessing using the latest equipment and techniques.  Synergy will teach technicians, medical students, surgical residents and other learners about sterilization, a process that destroys all disease-causing microorganisms from medical or surgical devices.

Both New Jersey and New York have mandated that technicians who work in instrument reprocessing are certified. Pending legislation will expand this requirement to other states in the future. By partnering with CAMLS, Synergy will have the facilities to offer certification training to hospitals within Florida and beyond.

"We welcome the addition of Synergy Health as a CAMLS key partner," said Deborah Sutherland, PhD, CEO of USF Health CAMLS.  "This builds upon our commitment to forming innovative partnerships that advance our mission and contribute to the region's economic development.  This relationship is a prime example of how we are attracting new businesses interested in our biomedical and life sciences capacity."

For more information on Synergy Health and CAMLS, please contact and

About Synergy Health:
As a leading provider of specialized outsourced services, Synergy can offer a range of solutions from medical device sterilization to surgical instrument processing.  Synergy's American headquarters are in Tampa, FL and employs over 5,900 people worldwide across its 115 facilities.  The company has recently announced a number of contract wins and the creation of an instrument sterilization super-center, which will process surgical instruments for a large hospital system adding more than 300 employees to the Americas region.

For more information on Synergy Health's services contact: (813) 891 9550 or

About the Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS):
CAMLS is the world's largest, hospital-grade medical facility, fully dedicated to surgical and interventional training, offering all forms of individual and team simulation training, and a research and innovation center dedicated to medical device development from concept to prototyping and pre-clinical, FDA-certified testing; all under one roof. Headquartered in downtown Tampa, FL.,  CAMLS is accredited by the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and designated by the American College of Cardiology as its first Center of Excellence in Education and Training in the U.S.

About USF Health:
USF Health is an integral part of the University of South Florida, a global research university ranked 43rd  in the nation by the National Science Foundation for both federal and total research expenditures among all U.S. universities. USF Health's mission is to envision and implement the future of health. It is the partnership of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences; and the Doctors of USF Health. For more information, visit

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