Welcome to ASC Manager! Every month OR Manager produces content for ambulatory surgery center leaders in addition to frequent blog posts from expert contributors from across the nation that understand the challenges administrators, manager, and clinical leaders within ASCs face daily. Included in this resource center are ASC-specific books, toolboxes, and more to add to your arsenal. Be sure to bookmark this page and visit it often for new articles and posts. Thank you for being a part of the ASC Manager community!

Breaking down pain treatments in the OR and ASC

Pain treatments have applications in traditional hospital OR settings and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). “The choice of setting depends on the specific needs of the patient, the type of procedure being performed, and the resources available,” says Wang Lushun, MD, senior consultant orthopedic surgeon at Arete Orthopaedic Centre in Singapore.…

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By David Cotriss

Maximizing surgical excellence: Strategies for attracting top surgeons

A 2021 report by the Association of American Medical Colleges projects shortages of 15,800 to 30,200 in all surgical specialties by 2034. Driven by various factors, including the growing healthcare needs of an aging population, an aging surgical workforce—with many surgeons and nurses nearing retirement—and limited capacity in medical and…

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By Jeff Robbins

Refreshed outlook for addressing healthcare’s staffing crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified existing personnel shortages in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC), which are anticipated to persist. Before the pandemic, nursing supply and demand were already affected negatively by several factors, including approximately 70,000 Baby Boomer RNs retiring per year. As the remaining Baby Boomer RNs retire over…

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By John Young and Holly Moore

Blast from the past: 10 tips on successful perioperative leadership for new managers

Perioperative nursing, like any field, requires authenticity, honesty, and integrity for successful management. As perioperative represents one of the most challenging and demanding healthcare environments, patient-centered leadership is a must. This article previously published by OR Manager, titled "Words of wisdom: OR leaders offer tips for new managers," expands on…

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By Tarsilla Moura

Blast from the past: 10 steps to building a business case for new technology

A previous issue of OR Manager included the article, "Building a business case for new technology," which featured tips from leaders at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on the importance of building a thorough business case for implementing new technology in the OR. With the next OR Business Management…

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By Tarsilla Moura

Editorial

Data and surveys

OR Manager’s 2023 Salary/Career Survey included the following question to respondents: “How do you measure productivity in your department?” The answers were eye-opening and spawned a two-part series on “Maximizing productivity measurement”: Part 1 was published in September, and Part 2 (cover story) is included in this issue. The leaders…

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By Tarsilla Moura

Postpandemic applicability, usage of UV disinfection technology

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of proper disinfection to manage and contain the spread of the disease. During the pandemic, ultraviolet (UV) disinfection technology played an important role in safeguarding public health and combatting COVID-19. Various uses of UV technology have become available on the market and can be…

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By Tra Vu, PhD

Technology addresses OR workforce shortage, supports staff

The healthcare industry as a whole has faced numerous and unprecedented challenges in the last few years. With each challenge compounded by external pressures, these proverbial spotlights illuminated existing vulnerabilities. The healthcare workforce, particularly nursing, continues to be one of the most impactful vulnerabilities. With the pandemic acting as a…

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By Kimberly Hamilton, MPH and Stacey Leadbeater

Survey: Compensation rises slightly for ASC leaders amid on-going pressures

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Compensation is trending slightly higher for ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leaders, according to the 2023 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey, with 68% of respondents reporting a total annual compensation of $120,000 or more, up from 50% in 2022 and 40% in 2021. However, higher wages are unlikely to sufficiently offset the…

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By Cynthia Saver, MS, RN

Nurse leader key to ASC success

In the May issue of OR Manager, an article from us at the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI) covered the definition of the nurse leader in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) space, and what that role may look like depending upon the structural organization of the ASC. We covered that…

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By Marian McCann Kleinman, MBA, BSN, RN, CASC(E), CNOR(E), CSSM
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