Sustainability is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. Everyone wants to be sustainable, but what does it really mean? In the context of healthcare, sustainability means being able to provide quality care without going into debt or taking on unnecessary risks with your business. The key to building a sustainable surgery center starts from day one with careful planning and an understanding of the realities of running a business.
In this post, we’ll talk about five ways you can build a sustainable surgery center for yourself and your team members
Work with an experienced business attorney
To ensure your center gets off on the right foot, you should work with a business attorney or consultant who has experience in starting up these types of surgery centers. You’ll want the right people in your corner to ensure things get built on a sound foundation. Many projects of this type fail quickly due to costly missteps in construction and design, so you should avail yourself of the expertise of a medical space planner, as well as a knowledgeable business attorney to get things going in the right direction.
Hire the best people
Everything in your surgical center will run much more smoothly when you have hired the best nurses in your community. These individuals are easy to identify, because they make patients happy and comfortable, and the nurses themselves are cheerful and hard-working. It’s easy to tell the difference between someone who’s simply putting in their time, and someone who genuinely cares about the care they’re providing for patients. These are the people you want on your staff.
Purchase the right equipment
This is one of those “easier said than done” initiatives, but it will be crucial because you’re not going to want to purchase equipment that doesn’t really provide value to your surgery center. Investing in modern technology is a great idea, but make sure you limit your investments to that which provides the greatest value to your practice, such as electronic health records, robotic surgery equipment, laser therapy equipment, etc.
Use the best Back Table Solution
Once your surgery center is up and running, you’ll want to be as efficient as possible, especially in the operating room. There’s no better way to do this than to install the DinamicOR Back Table Solution, which makes all surgical tools and implements visible and instantly retrievable. Using the DinamicOR+ Workflow Management App that comes with the system, you can establish standard layouts in all your operating rooms, so all surgical processes are repeatable and reliable.
Manage cost-per-case conscientiously
To really build a sustainable practice, you will need to manage your cost-per-case very carefully. That means you’ll need to purchase supplies wisely and manage your center efficiently, or you’ll find that profit margins simply aren’t there. You should become proficient at eliminating waste, choosing quality products at the right price, and ensuring an enjoyable patient experience, so that word-of-mouth can continue to bring in more patients to your facility. Pay special attention to the cost-per-case because this is one of the most important KPIs you should be tracking.