Author: Sarah Masters

Whitman Partners congratulates Suzanne King who is the new Director of Outpatient Surgery at Great Falls Clinic Hospital. Suzanne has almost 25 years of experience as a perioperative nurse. Her previous role Nurse Manager at the University of Washington Northwest Outpatient Surgery Center. Her career began as a diploma nurse, eventually earning a BSN in 2014. In 2021, she earned her Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in executive/leadership.   At UW she increased surgical utilization, governed readiness for Joint Commission and Department of Health visits/certification, managed over 30 FTEs, and scheduled staff to accommodate the surgical schedule.  ...

Whitman Partners congratulates Lynne Yarbrough who is the new Director of Surgical Services at Gulf Breeze Hospital. Lynne has over 20 years of experience as a Director of Surgical Services for hospital ORs and ASCs. Her previous role was managing surgical services at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, TX. Her leadership style is team-oriented, scoring high on employee and patient satisfaction scores. Her experience includes managing robotics surgery programs, neuro programs, PACU, and successful Joint Commission survey preparation. ...

According to the 2020 OR Manager Career and Salary Survey, 36% of surgical services departments employ a business manager. That number has fluctuated since the 2010 survey: from 34% in 2010, 29% in 2015, and 43% in 2019.   It’s clear that Directors of Surgical Services have authority over the clinical side of the OR, but having business insight gives them a leg up. However, the existence of business manager positions means that this is a full-time job. Since surgical services are responsible for 60% of a hospital’s revenue, why isn’t this position more common?  Ruth Shuttleworth-Diaz, Director of Nursing Finance, Einstein Healthcare...

Kathy W. Beydler, Principal Consultant at Whitman Partners interviews Perioperative Consultant, Jo K. Quetsch. Quetsch is an innovative nurse leader with extensive perioperative knowledge and organizational development expertise within large health systems. Jo is well-versed in cost reduction initiatives, lean processes, organizational transformation, and has an undeniable passion for peak performance, and participated in the Harvard Professional Development program. Jo K. QuetschPerioperative Consultant Objectives of this Webinar The participant will verbalize the components of mentoring.The participant will acknowledge that mentoring matters to improve the quality of care.The participant will verbalize varying mentoring types and outcomes. This is a FREE webinar. Please share with colleagues who...

In last month’s 10 to 1 Webinar Series, “What to Know and Do About Nurse Burnout,” Kathy Beydler spoke with Dr. Margaret Below, mind-body medicine practitioner and healthcare consultant. Below, who has many years of perioperative leadership, differentiates between burnout and moral injury.    The circumstances and factors that lead to burnout and moral injury for nurses are complex and magnified by the COVID pandemic. OR leaders, including some of our 2022 Perioperative Power List winners, discuss solutions to help support staff during a historically difficult time for healthcare workers. Claudine Hoppen, Vice President of Surgical Services, Henry Ford Health System   “I think we...

Kathy W. Beydler, Principal Consultant at Whitman Partners interviews Perioperative Consultant, Jason Goodwin. Goodwin has served in numerous perioperative leadership roles and has experience with regulatory issues, quality and safety, evidence-based care, and nursing administration. Jason GoodwinPerioperative Consultant Objectives of this Webinar Describe the urgency of effective performance improvement in perioperative services.Identify the needs of your facility using metric-based outcome improvements.Identify new indicators that can be supplemented to your current performance improvement program, including a roadmap to implement in your own facility. This is a FREE webinar. Please share with colleagues who are in need of CE credit. Earn CE Credit Now A new “10 to...

Kathy W. Beydler, Principal Consultant at Whitman Partners interviews Dr. Margaret Below. Dr. Below is a Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner and Healthcare Consultant specializing in transitional leadership support. Dr. Margaret BelowMind-Body Medicine Practitioner & Healthcare Consultant Nurse Burnout People are having a harder time creating boundaries for themselves, what used to work doesn’t anymore, and resilience is down. So, the first step is  awareness and understanding of where we are. If you want to see any kind of shift, we must understand what is happening, what factors are at play, and have resources available for employees that support a variety of cross-cultural needs. Objectives of this Webinar Understand how the...

This quarter, I have been focusing on the following data points:  How many new openings are there for Directors of Surgical Services? What is the number of candidates that desire relocation? What is the average salary?  Why is this data trustworthy? Because we have controls and processes in place to capture every opening for a Director of Surgical Services, and we make a good faith effort to estimate salaries. Our database can easily measure how many people raise their hands for vacancies outside their state. And retroactive analysis has proved that our data is accurate. Here we see an interruption in the upward trend of...

Whitman Partners congratulates Justin Weber who is the new Director of Perioperative Services at Mercy Regional Medical Center. Justin is an accomplished perioperative leader with experience in ambulatory and acute settings specializing in operations management, staff development, and safe and efficient care delivery models. His many accomplishments include huge strides in process improvement, employee engagement, and strategic planning for an extensive healthcare system. He most recently served as the Manager for Cardiac Short Stay Unity with St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon.  He has over 19 years of perioperative experience and has served as Co-chair of the System Perioperative Value Analysis...

Whitman Partners congratulates John Poillucci who is the new Director of Surgical Services at the University of Massachusetts Memorial HealthAlliance, Clinton Hospital. John has over 24 years of clinical experience, six of them in perioperative leadership roles. He is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army for nine years. His leadership style is hands-on, strong on visibility, collaboration, and team building. At the same time, he is a problem solver and likes to act when the situation calls. As someone with educator experience, the OR is truly his passion. He knows what it takes to improve efficiencies, stay within budget,...