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Surgery Care Affiliates Surgical Tech Certified First Assist (Pool) - Thomas Johnson Surgery Center in Frederick, Maryland


Today, SCA Health has grown to 11,000 teammates who care for 1 million patients each year and support physician specialists holistically in many aspects of patient care. Together, our teammates create value in specialty care by aligning physicians, health plans and health systems around a common goal: delivering on the quadruple aim of high-quality outcomes and a better experience for patients and providers, all at a lower total cost of care.

As part of Optum, we participate in an integrated care delivery system that enables us to support our partners as they navigate a complex healthcare environment, Only SCA Health has a dynamic group of physician-driven, specialty care businesses that allows us to customize solutions, no matter the need or challenge:

  • We connect patients to physicians in new and differentiated ways as part of Optum and with our new Specialty Management Solutions business.

  • We have pioneered a physician-led, multi-site model of practice solutions that restores physician agency by aligning incentives to support growth and transition to value-based care.

  • We lead the industry in value-based payment solutions through our Global 1 bundled payment convener, that provides easy predictable billing to patients.

  • We help physicians address everything beyond surgical procedures, including anesthesia and ancillary service lines.

The new SCA Health represents who we are today and where we are going—and the growing career opportunities for YOU.


The Surgical First Assist ant possesses and demonstrates competencies related to the preoperative and intraoperative aspects of care. Serves as first assistant in designated surgical procedures under the direct supervision of the operating surgeon / physician; handles all variety of tissue appropriately to reduce potential for injury or compromised blood supply; uses surgical instruments appropriately, employs principles of safe tissue handling; provides exposure to operative site; provides and maintains hemostasis and performs wound closure; demonstrates advanced knowledge of normal and pathological anatomy and physiology.

  • Safely positions patients for the surgical procedure and assists with transport to and from the operative suite

  • Assists surgeon in identifying patient and staff safety hazards

  • Surgical prepping and draping of patients for the surgical procedure

  • Provides exposure of the operative site by the appropriate use of retractors

  • Manipulates equipment and instruments to enhance the visual field

  • Suctions and sponges to maintain a dry surgical field resulting in an optimal visualization of the surgical field

  • Provides counter-traction of tissue utilizing various instruments

  • Assists with maintaining hemostasis to reduce potential for fluid volume deficits by clamping / ligating vessels, using electrocautery to tissue, applying manual direct pressure, assisting with use of pharmaceutical agents (e.g. topical thrombin) and other means as directed by the surgeon / physician

  • Ties and cuts sutures

  • Skillfully sutures all varieties of tissues / tissue planes with appropriate suture materials and suturing techniques. Assists in closure of wound or independently closes wound under the direction of the surgeon.

  • Assists and independently applies dressing and tape at the end of the surgical procedure using proper aseptic / sterile techniques

  • Maintains current knowledge of procedures performed


  • Graduate of an Accredited Surgical Assistant Program

  • Graduate from Surgical Tech Program

  • Certification as a CSA, SA-C, or CST/CFA through their respective certifying bodies

  • Must be licensed to practice as a Surgical Assistant in Illinois

  • CPR Certification require d

  • Must have one (1) year of Surgical Tech experience.