Perioperative Programs

In most hospitals, the perioperative department (operating room) is the highest cost center, but also the highest revenue center and the department with the highest margin potential.

For example, the OR contributes significantly to the hospital’s profit margin through inpatient and outpatient surgical cases. Overall, the OR accounts for approximately 50% to 60% of the average healthy hospital margin.

Margin is required to

  • Pay for state-of-the-art surgery technology
  • Offer competitive wages
  • Provide new facilities that will address changing and increasing surgery demand
  • Establish and maintain a competitive edge within and outside of a hospital’s service area

The maximum potential OR margin can be reached when the surgery program is balanced, effective, and marketable.

For a Best Practice Perioperative Program to be successful today, it must be

  • Patient friendly
  • Surgeon friendly
  • Efficient
  • High quality
  • Well planned

An OR program must also assure an effective balance between the needs and demands of

  • Surgeons
  • Anesthesia providers
  • Nurses/nursing management
  • Administration

If you need help bringing your surgery program up to best practice, SHC can offer you sound solutions. SHC’s project teams provide hospitals and health systems with comprehensive perioperative program assessments and recommendations that result in improved operational efficiency and increased income.

One key to our success is an in-depth understanding of the needs of surgeons, anesthesia providers, nurses, and administration. Another key is our grasp of current perioperative standards of practice. SHC’s recommendations are realistic and achievable. To back up this claim, SHC commits to implementation support for all of its assessment and design projects.

SHC offers a full range of perioperative, sterile processing, and healthcare IT consulting services. For more information on this or other topics, call us or complete and submit the form found at the Contact Us link in the navigation pane.

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February 19

The success of a hospital is often measured by its OR.  Surgery programs generate 65 percent of a fiscally sound hospital’s margin.  And facilities that are in trouble usually have dysfunctional ORs. Volume might be declining; cases such as GI, … Continue reading

February 19

Randy Heiser, SHC President, presented a full-day session at the 2014 OR Manager Conference that was held in Long Beach, CA on September 17-19, 2014. Mr. Heiser’s session topic was Walking the Tightrope: Balancing OR Access and Hospital Capacity. This session described … Continue reading

October 25

Randy Heiser, SHC President, and Tammy Tenerowicz, SHC Senior Consultant, presented a regional seminar on OR governance, scheduling, and preoperative process at The Westin Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia on October 25, 2013.

September 24

Randy Heiser, SHC President, presented at the 2013 OR Manager Conference that was held at Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD on September 23-25. Mr. Heiser spoke on the topic Reacting or Preparing for ACA and Health Care Reform: Strategies … Continue reading