Being a medical director is daunting to those new to this role. Even experienced directors may not be fully aware of all aspects of an ASC under their purview. A lawyer and a physician will highlight relevant issues that are the responsibility of the Medical Director.
A successful Ambulatory Surgery Center is one that has three characteristics:
1. Culture: teamwork, safety, patient centered care.
2. Leadership: ASCs are managed by: Administrator who functions as CEO, and Medical Director who functions as a CMO. These two leaders must work as a team:
If you focus only on business, for example doing patients that are ASA 4, ASA 5, you sacrifice patient safety, bad image low volume;
If you focus only on patient safety, for example do only ASA 1 and ASA 2 patients with full set of labs, EKG, Medical Clearance, you make the business expensive, restrictive, thus you sacrifice volume, business will not succeed.
3. Competitive advantage: the two leaders (Administrator and Medical Director), together can build a team of surgeons and staff that build a great business (volume), profitability but with a culture of safety, in which everyone respects each other.
In this session, the functions and responsibilities of a Medical Director will be defined.
Leopoldo Rodriguez, MD (Moderator): https://www.linkedin.com/in/leopoldorodriguezmd/
Judy Semo, JD https://www.linkedin.com/in/judy-semo-8a51a41/
Stan Plavin, MD https://www.linkedin.com/in/stanford-plavin-6141824/