The Surgical Affiliates System of Care©

The success of the Surgical Affiliates System of Care© is due to these critical competencies:

  • Leadership from local medical directors, experienced surgeons and executives
  • The ability to build and manage performance and quality driven surgical teams that deliver care according to evidence-based guidelines
  • Collaborative processes with hospital staff and departments that result in increased satisfaction, improved outcomes, lower costs and reduced length of stay without increasing readmissions
  • A culture of “yes” for accepting all patients from the ED and transferring facilities

We apply the above competencies to all our service lines:

Trauma Surgery Programs:

We provide a team of dedicated in-house board certified surgeons led by a local medical director. Our trauma medical directors are well trained in Trauma/Critical Care surgery and have significant experience caring for injured patients, and often have fellowship training in Trauma and Critical Care. Our program provides 24/7 coverage for trauma care and is supported by advanced practitioners and a full-service follow-up clinic. All programs are overseen by Lynette Scherer, MD, FACS, our chief medical officer, and Robynn Gough Smith, RN, BSN, MSc, our chief administrative officer, who have over 50 years combined experience in Trauma Center management and development. In addition, our team includes experienced trauma medical directors, trauma nurse managers, trauma registrars and trauma support personnel that have first-hand knowledge in running various levels of trauma centers (Level I, II and III Centers) according to guidelines established by the American College of Surgeons and/or local and state agencies.

We integrate our trauma service with our hospital partners’ Emergency Departments, ICUs and Medical Hospitalist Programs through monthly collaborative Peer and Systems meetings. These meetings include both administration and physicians from each department to address issues that impact the quality and flow of patients in their departments. This collaborative effort pushes to improve patient outcomes, lower length of stay, reduce readmissions and improve the patient experience.

Acute Care Surgery Programs:

We provide a team of dedicated and unencumber board certified general surgeons led by a local medical director, often with specific expertise in Acute Care Surgery. Our program is supported by advanced practitioners and a full-service follow-up clinic. Our program provides 24/7 coverage for all general surgery patients coming through the Emergency Department, inpatient consults and in-house surgical emergencies. We integrate our Acute Care Surgery service with our hospital partners’ Emergency Departments, ICUs and Medical Hospitalist Programs through monthly meetings in an effort to improve patient outcomes, lower length of stay, reduce readmissions and improve the patient experience.

Orthopedic Surgery Programs:

We provide a team of dedicated and unencumbered board certified orthopedic surgeons led by a local medical director. Our program is supported by advanced practitioners and a full-service follow-up clinic. Our program provides 24/7 coverage for all orthopedic surgery patients coming through the Emergency Department in both trauma and general orthopedic surgery. We integrate our Orthopedic Surgery service with our hospital partners’ Emergency Departments, ICUs and Medical Hospitalist Programs through monthly meetings in an effort to improve patient outcomes, lower length of stay, reduce readmissions and improve the patient experience.

The data published in the JACS (Journal of the American College of Surgeons) study demonstrates that our collaboration with Dr. Owens and his team at Surgical Affiliates is achieving our goals. The outcomes, both clinical and financial, have been quite amazing. We are most proud about sustaining these results, and taking this model from just patching the tire to getting a whole new tire that never has to be repaired again.

– Richard SooHoo, Chief Financial Officer of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

The program was helpful to stabilize surgical service and we were able to improve quality of care, decrease the length of stay and decrease the cost of caring for our patient population. In fact, that's the real value of this program. We have been able to move patients through the system in a more efficient, timely way and achieve higher quality outcomes at the same time.

– Gregory Graves, M.D., Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Features & Benefits of Our Program

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Surgeon-
driven

  • Experienced in developing top trauma programs, as well as preparing for local, state and/or American College of Surgeons verification
  • The only surgical hospitalist organization with published, peer reviewed results demonstrating excellence in patient care and ability to improve overall hospital performance
  • Physician leadership that understands all aspects of providing surgical services within the hospital

Staff, build & manage a
cohesive surgical team

  • Recruit high caliber surgeons
  • Develop site specific Physician Practice Management Guidelines and protocols
  • Collaborate with hospital partners to develop quality and performance initiatives
  • Surgical hospital program integration across hospital departments and medical staff to raise timeliness and level of care when improving the delivery of surgical care

Improved outcomes
& proven results

  • Adherence to best practices standards to decrease variation in care which improves the quality of care and decreases cost per case
  • Faster and more consistent care
  • Appropriate documentation that has shown to improve CMI