Leadership

My top 10 infection control survey blunders…they may be yours too!

My top 10 infection control survey blunders…they may be yours too!

I have the privilege of assisting surgical facilities prepare for surveys.  I have seen countless wonderful, clean, well prepared centers where I would feel confident in having surgery or taking a loved one for surgery. Even in the most pristine facilities, there is sometimes an […]

How I survived my recent unannounced State Survey

How I survived my recent unannounced State Survey

  I trust you know the drill….you are sitting at your desk, working away, dealing with the issues of the day, and your front office staffer comes to your doorway with a business card in hand.  Nope, it’s not a rep…it is a surveyor, and […]

This is not a drill! It’s a plan and a CMS rule……what the CMS Emergency Preparation Rule means, and tips for compliance.

This is not a drill! It’s a plan and a CMS rule……what the CMS Emergency Preparation Rule means, and tips for compliance.

    As you may be aware, CMS added a new regulation for all Medicare suppliers including ASC’s, requiring very specific actions for Emergency Preparedness, known as the EP rule. The rule requires all of us to comply by November 2017.  At first, my thought […]

Sometimes we can be a little tone deaf…

Sometimes we can be a little tone deaf…

  Do you know how some days just take on a vibe of their own? Like the days when everyone is working together as a team, smiles are all around, the cases are all going great and the patients all happy and kind?  Or those […]

Six things I would love to tell my patients…..

Six things I would love to tell my patients…..

Interacting with patients and their families can be very rewarding. Most are kind, grateful for the care we provide, and responsive to our instructions. Effectively communicating with patients can sometimes be challenging, and patients may say and do things that add to these challenges. Here are six […]

The grass isn’t always greener…

The grass isn’t always greener…

When I was little, I lived in a small suburb in western New York with my mom, dad, and little brother.  We didn’t have much, but I didn’t really notice.  My dad had an adventurous spirit, which lead to weekend drives that led to places unknown, […]

Keeping it simple…a strategy for managing the daily adventure

Keeping it simple…a strategy for managing the daily adventure

Managing surgery is if anything, an adventure.  No producing widgets for us.  Every day brings something new.  It is definitely not for the faint-hearted or weak kneed. Even the most organized can feel overwhelmed at times.  Some days it may feel like you are drowning in […]

Active shooter scenario as a disaster drill

Active shooter scenario as a disaster drill

As much as I hate to admit it, as we consider the possible threats to our facility’s safety, in light of recent senseless events both here and abroad, it may be more likely to have to deal with a violent individual than a tornado or […]

What I did on my summer vacation…

What I did on my summer vacation…

  I have just returned from an amazing vacation. For the first time ever, I had an opportunity to travel to Europe.  I cashed in some long saved points and planned and scheduled.  I’m sure you can imagine…I treated the whole itinerary like a surgical […]

A skills “add” to your resume you probably don’t know you have…

A skills “add” to your resume you probably don’t know you have…

I recently had an intriguing conversation with an amazing nurse I know, who possesses some of the  qualities that make for a great surgical leader.  This nurse holds a role in which she manages the surgical schedule, does some materials management and circulates.  She is […]