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Perioperative services overhaul proves effort is worth the time

Getting a zero deficiency rating on a recent Joint Commission survey and bringing sterile processing in house are 2 of many improvements made at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital over the past decade. When Frances Baldwin, MBA, RN, assistant vice president of perioperative services, joined the hospital 11 years ago, Georgetown…

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March 13, 2014
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Conference takes OR leaders and business managers to the next level

High-quality presentations, a high level of enthusiasm, and the highest-ever attendance were the hallmarks of the OR Business Management Conference that took place February 11-13 in New Orleans. Nearly 300 attendees—more than triple the number who attended the workshop in 2013—gathered to learn from experts in the healthcare industry. Tips…

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March 13, 2014
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Editorial

Among the many changes occurring in healthcare delivery, clinically integrated networks and care coordination to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction are increasingly important. Although 30-day readmissions generally have declined in recent years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has upped the ante by adding elective total hip arthroplasty, total…

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March 13, 2014
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Keynoter Tim Porter-O'Grady sees new roles for perioperative nurses

Tim Porter-O’Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s OR Manager Conference, which takes place September 17-19 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. The conference features 4 tracks—ambulatory surgery centers, business management, a masters series, and new manager—designed to address…

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March 13, 2014
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Restructuring and revamping workflow help a small hospital make big strides

Working for a small facility after spending many years at a large one can present a host of leadership challenges, but meeting those challenges with process changes and improved efficiencies can be highly satisfying. After serving more than 23 years at the Cedar Crest campus of Lehigh Valley Health Network…

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March 13, 2014
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Formula for successful cost control includes hard data plus surgeon champion

With decreasing Medicare reimbursements and increasing pressure to reduce costs, OR leaders everywhere are looking for creative solutions to balance their budgets. At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) in Philadelphia, standardizing surgical mesh looked like a way to save a bundle, and indeed a $1.5 million savings over a 3-year…

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March 13, 2014
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Firm policies and the right procedures tip the cost-benefit balance toward flip rooms

We spoke recently with surgery department leaders at an academic medical center in the Midwest. One of their biggest concerns was a challenge faced by many ORs today: “Flip rooms are just killing us.” Most surgeons prefer the efficiency and revenue potential of a flip room schedule. But for hospitals,…

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March 13, 2014
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Learning from Leaning: Case cart readiness improves after barriers are removed

Bristol Hospital had a supply problem. Instruments were often missing from case carts, so nurses had to scramble to find the items on the morning of a scheduled procedure. Staff wondered whether the problem was caused by shortages, but a Lean process revealed an entirely different scenario and forged a…

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March 13, 2014
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Multiple OR multidisciplinary team huddles promote ownership of process improvements

Huddles are hot. Experts cite them as effective patient safety tools, and many hospitals have implemented them on nursing units at the start of the shift. The perioperative services team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, broadened the huddle concept to include several disciplines and a structured format,…

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March 13, 2014
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Competency matrix modeled on ski trail difficulty validates staff skills at Vail center

Surgeon concerns about staff competency and high turnover of surgical technologists at Vail Valley Medical Center (VVMC), Vail, Colorado, prompted the development of a staffing skills competency matrix. VVMC is a community hospital with 4 rooms in its main OR, 4 rooms in its adjoining surgery center, and 4 rooms…

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March 13, 2014
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Figure out future needs and goals before breaking ground on your new facility

Less than 2 years after the New England Baptist Outpatient Care Center was imagined, its doors opened in September 2013. The sparkling new ambulatory surgery center (ASC) in the Boston suburb of Dedham, Massachusetts, isn’t far from the country’s oldest timber-framed house, the Fairbanks House, built in 1637—long before building…

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March 13, 2014
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ASCs part of the new face of healthcare

With fewer new ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) forming each year and more merging back into hospitals, it has become popular to describe the industry as “mature.” It’s not yet time for an obituary, however. Improved technology, bolstered by healthcare reform, is driving a transition to outpatient treatment, and, when it…

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March 13, 2014
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[FREE WEBINAR] April 7: Resilience and Recovery Through Capacity Constraints, Staff Shortages, and Other Perioperative Challenges
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A Roundtable Discussion with Perioperative Executives from Five Leading US Health Systems

Tuesday, November 9 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE
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Decades before COVID-19, hospitals were struggling with how to effectively meet and manage standards of patient care. While the current pandemic has clearly introduced new burdens on nurses and nurse management, in many ways, the pandemic has severely amplified old issues and combined them with a new generation of challenges. Historically, nursing has been incredibly resilient; so much so that hospital leadership has unfairly relied upon nurses to weather any storm. Are we finally at the breaking point? If so, what can be done to move us in the right direction?

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[Free Webinar] Leadership, Policy, and Transparency: Driving Sustainable Value, Efficiency, and Surgeon Utilization
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December 3, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE

Managing ORs is hard, especially without access to reliable and readily available data. EHRs that are built to capture information about patients and their care do not provide the level of data visibility or reliability needed to make daily as well as strategic decisions about expensive healthcare assets such as ORs. Ensuring surgeons have optimal access, knowing exactly where and how to drive efficiency, and delivering value to surgeons, patients, and staff are constant challenges. These challenges require greater visibility into available OR time and key performance indicators.

Please join us for this free webinar to learn how one health system achieved the following:

  • Transitioned away from manually compiling reports (as EHR reports were inadequate).
  • Established effective policies to drive value and efficiency.
  • Created capacity in busy ORs, providing greater access to open time.
  • Delivered transparency in a manner that positively changed surgeon practices.

Additionally, attendees will learn about proven technology for leveraging predictive and prescriptive analytics to enable organizations to break through barriers to OR value and efficiency.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss strategies to improve OR utilization.
  • Explain the benefits of creating more open time in the OR.
  • Understand how to effectively leverage data to positively change surgeon practices.
  • Describe how new technologies can optimize OR capacity

 

Webinar Leaders

Jon Peterson is the Business Manager of Surgical Services for WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, NC. Jon has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, his tenure in the industry started off in corporate finance, including corporate cash management, reimbursement, corporate budgeting, and long-range financial planning. For the last ten years, his work has focused on operational financial management at the WakeMed Raleigh Campus, an urban level 1 trauma center in Raleigh, NC. His teams provide the daily clinical operations by providing scheduling, inventory, billing, and clinical informatic support needed to care for over 22,000 patients annually.

 

Diana Gillogly, MS, is a Product Implementation Manager of iQueue for Operating Rooms where she has led operational workflow changes and product implementations at multiple health systems. Prior to joining LeanTaaS, Diana worked in urology research and then developed and ran a healthcare outcomes and reimbursement software company. Through her work, Diana has demonstrated success working in global healthcare software development, custom design and implementation, technology integration and physician relations. Diana earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her Master of Science degree in Global Health from Northwestern University.

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[Free Webinar] Reclaim Your Most Valuable Asset: Converting Unused OR Time into More Cases
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Wednesday, November 11 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | 1 CE

Operating rooms grapple with time lost due to late starts, lengthy turnovers, underutilized blocks, unused blocks, and more. At the same time, many surgeons are clamoring for increased access to handle more cases.

In this free webinar, Surgical Directions will present how to reclaim lost and wasted time that is holding back your OR. We will discuss how waste happens, how to measure it, and, critically, how to organize for success to convert the lost time into additional cases for your facility. With over 25 years of experience working at hundreds of hospitals and ASCs, the Surgical Directions team has the expertise to discuss ways to improve your financial performance and patient experience.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify major categories of wasted and lost time.
  2. Understand how to measure waste and lost time in the OR setting.
  3. Describe how to apply insights and methods for converting unused OR time into more cases.
  4. Discuss the benefits associated with reduced waste and increased case volume.

Webinar Leaders

Brian Watha, Associate Vice President is Associate Vice President at Surgical Directions. He has extensive experience in OR process improvement, business intelligence and quaternary medical center perioperative services, where he has been responsible for all end-to-end OR processes as the Principal Management Engineer. He is familiar with multiple OR IT platforms and is an expert at electronic medical record (EMR) migrations.

Brian earned his Master of Health Service Administration from the University of Michigan. He completed a one-year Executive Administrative Fellowship at Health Alliance Plan, where he focused on plan configuration, strategic planning and growth. Brian continues to serve as a graduate mentor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and teaches biotech-startup coursework at the Ross School of Business

Michael Besedick, Engagement Manager As an engagement manager for Surgical Directions, Michael manages analytics projects that reduce costs, drive revenue and increase ROI for healthcare clients. His specialties include analytics research, implementation and strategy. Michael’s demonstrated experience in advanced predictive analytics, data visualization and machine learning are of practical use to hospitals and hospital systems who appreciate his ability to clearly communicate complex concepts that result in confident, data-supported decisions.

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