Gregory DeConciliis – Opening an ASC: Clinical Preparation
Here’s what to expect on this week’s episode. 🎙️
At what point in opening a new surgery center should you start preparing the clinical side of the house?
Gregory DeConciliis is no stranger to the process of building and expanding surgery centers, and he joins us this week to answer all your clinical prep questions, such as who your first hire should be and when, which clinical team members you need for licensing, how to prepare for quality reporting, and more. Here’s a sneak preview:
➡️ In a perfect world, you’ll hire an administrator with a clinical background during the design stage. They’ll address clinical concerns, like policy creation, equipment choices, and room setup. If the administrator lacks a clinical background, then hiring a clinical manager in tandem, like a nurse manager, is essential.
➡️ Next up? An experienced OR or PACU nurse, followed by a materials manager, to help with everything from ordering large equipment to more minor details.
➡️ Overall, start with enough staff for one room for the test cases, then slowly ramp up as more rooms become operational. The nurse manager can initially function as a hands-on nurse, gradually transitioning to a managerial role.
➡️ Start prepping for quality reporting as soon as you have clinical resources. Technology, such as an EMR, can streamline processes for measuring and reporting quality metrics and help improve clinical workflows.
➡️ Regular communication and monthly meetings with staff and stakeholders can smooth out operational kinks and drive continuous improvement.
Interesting in learning more about opening a new surgery center? Check out our previous episodes:
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