Being a team player and having motivation helps Quinzel Brown in his career at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital

Quinzel Brown got his start at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital while attending a surgical tech school in Richmond after he graduated from Essex High School.

It was there he saw an open position at Riverside in Tappahannock and immediately applied for the job.

That first application, which landed him a job as a sterile processing technician in the evenings after school, led Brown to today, where he now serves as a surgical technician, also known as an operating room technician, at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.

"What I like about being an operating room technician is I get to work as a team and get to participate and know that the patient is going to have a great outcome," Brown says.

For Brown, working at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital is taking part in what makes the community so great.

"I grew up here and it's good to know that I will be working with people in my community," he says.

Brown has simple advice to young people who are thinking about following his career path into surgical technology.

"I recommend you have a strong stomach and be motivated and just work as a team player," Brown says.

It's certainly has paid off for him.

Working in the Operating Room (OR)
Our busy 3 room operating suite performs about 350 procedures every month. It is also home to a qualified team of OR nurses, techs and aids that provide assistance to our general and specialty surgeons. As a member of the OR team, you gain exposure to a wide variety of surgical procedures—total joint replacements, laparoscopic repair of hernias and gall bladders, as well as vascular procedures like peripheral and carotid artery repair.