North American Partners in Anesthesia. (2011). Effective Perioperative Leadership: The Driving Force in Creating a High Performing OR. New York: NY. Retrieved from http://www.hospitalmanagement.net/downloads/whitepapers/facilities/file2800/type2802/
“If the OR is the engine that drives the hospital, anesthesia is the engine that drives the OR – but who is at the wheel? On average, the operating room accounts for up to 70% of hospital revenue; if the OR doesn’t succeed as a business, neither does the hospital. You have likely designated a team and set goals for recruiting surgeons and increasing surgical volume. More than that, you’ve made sure the correct team members are in place and have empowered them to drive the process they are responsible for. However, many hospitals have not taken those same basic steps to ensure the success of their OR suite.
When an OR is underperforming, it is rarely because members of the surgical team aren’t up to their jobs. What’s missing is almost always OR leadership; a competent individual with the tools, experience and authority to drive success. “Leadership” means an accountable point person who manages roles and responsibilities, understands the greater goals of the hospital, and creates a culture that thrives on change/improvement. Historically, successful perioperative directors have come from a variety of disciplines including; nursing, operations and anesthesia. Regardless of the individuals particular path of ascension, there are common themes in excellence that have been uncovered which will be discussed in the following whitepaper.”