September 1, 2009

Recession tests surgery center staffing

By: OR Manager

The economic downturn has checked in at ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), although with less impact than in hospital OR suites. More than two-thirds (69%) of ASC respondents to the 19th annual OR Manager Salary/Career Survey said the downturn had affected their staffing in the past 6 months, primarily through decreased overtime and requiring staff to take time off without pay. That compares to 80% of hospital OR leaders who reported negative staffing effects from the recession.

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