Category: Quality of Care

Acute Care Surgery, Quality of Care, Surgical Hospitalist Program, Surgicalist Programs

The Surgical Affiliates Adoption Strategy

Learn about how today’s leading hospitals are working with Surgical Affiliates to implement 24/7 emergency surgical care. As well as how these hospitals address the fears many local surgeons have about the program’s impact on surgical volume and team structure.

To overcome the challenges inherent in standard surgical care models, hospitals require systematic approaches …

Case Studies, Quality of Care, Surgical Hospitalist Results

Expanding General Surgical Care at Rural Hospitals

In the event of a traumatic medical emergency, millions of Americans—especially in rural areas, home for more than 14% of Americans –don’t have access to qualified general surgeons. When an accident does occur, they have to travel miles and hours to find the care they need, putting their health at risk. Often ambulances will pass …

Acute Care Surgery, Quality of Care, Surgical Hospitalist Results

Acute Care Surgical Programs: Expanding Surgical Care

As hospitals continue to deal with pay-for-performance, accountable care and population health management, it’s vitally important for them to consider how emergency surgery services are delivered and how it impacts their success.

One new resource on this topic is an article I recently wrote for the inaugural issue of Management in Healthcare, a new …

Acute Care Surgery, Quality of Care, Surgical Hospitalist Program, Surgical Hospitalist Results

Acute Care Surgery: A New Career Path

In this, my last blog in a series about the Acute Care Surgery model, let’s review the benefits for general surgeons.

For surgeons who may not want to start a private practice or who may be looking for alternatives to that career path, an acute care surgery service represents a viable choice. It’s certainly challenging …

Acute Care Surgery, Quality of Care, Surgical Hospitalist Program, Surgical Hospitalist Results

Acute Care Surgeons are on the Rise

Whether it’s a collision or an emergency appendectomy, acute care surgeons, take care of the sickest patients in the hospital. We are hospital-based surgeons who, as part of a dedicated and collaborative team, provide care to patients during their most critical times of need, 24/7.

Because we are highly trained and are at the ready …

ACHE Conference, Acute Care Surgery, Quality of Care, Surgical Hospitalist Program

News from ACHE: Rural Communities Environments No Longer Need to Be Off the Beaten Track for Surgical Care

Amador_PhotoMillions of Americans don’t have access to a qualified surgeon in the event of a trauma related medical emergency—a problem that is especially acute in rural areas. Recently, Anne Platt, FACHE and CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital, and I made a presentation at the American College of Healthcare Executives’ 2016 Congress on Healthcare Leadership on …

Acute Care Surgery, Quality of Care, Surgical Hospitalist Results

Data Shows the Acute Care Surgery Model Improves General Emergency Surgery Outcomes

samg_docs-patientOur Acute Care Surgery Model (also referred to as surgical hospitalist or surgicalist programs) delivers a programmatic approach to general emergency surgery providing access to high quality emergency surgical care 24/7. By applying the acute care surgery model, which applies disciplines in trauma surgery to general surgery, we are able to achieve consistent, evidence-based care …

Case Studies, Quality of Care, Surgical Hospitalist Results

Driving Hospital Success with a Level II Trauma Center

Trauma photo for MSJ BlogHospitals with trauma centers have a demonstrated commitment to providing the absolute best care possible. They do this by meeting the requirements established by the government and other authorized entities. Many take the additional step of voluntarily allowing experts from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to conduct an on-site review of the hospital to …

Quality of Care, Surgical Hospitalist Results

SMCS Named a Top 100 Hospital, Further Validating Surgical Hospitalist Program Results

Facility_SHSSR_SMCS_SGH_2009_2Recently, for the fifth time, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento (SMCS) was named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the U.S. by Truven Analytics. It was recognized, along with the other hospitals selected, for consistently delivering outstanding quality of care, satisfaction and community value at a reasonable cost.

For the first time, SMCS also earned …

Case Studies, Quality of Care, Surgical Hospitalist Results

Is Access to Specialists a Key to Improving Hospital Margins?

NBMC_photoHospitals across the U.S. are struggling financially. However, one of our partner hospitals, NorthBay Medical Center, is bucking this national trend and increasing its margins and operating success – a fact that was lauded in Modern Healthcare1 last year. The key, as cited in the article, is the hospital’s ability to keep its patients …