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Operations Session Abstracts

Cardiac Robotic Surgery: Is It Right for Your Hospital?
Friday, March 5, 2004, 10:30 – 11:45 am
Speaker: Kevin J. McGovern, FACCA

Cardiac robotic surgery benefits the patient in numerous ways. The less invasive approach results in less infection, quicker recovery times, shorter length of stay and less pain following the procedure. How will it benefit your hospital? Advantages include capturing and maintaining the cardiovascular market, and positioning the cardiac program as well as the hospital for future robotic procedures. Kevin J. McGovern will review strategies employed to bring cardiac robotic surgery to Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME, including a review of current robotic systems, the benefits of such systems, how projects can be presented to the board to gain approval and specifically how the project was implemented at the Maine Medical Center.

Successful Operation of Non-Invasive Cardiology Labs
Friday, March 5, 2004, 1:00 – 2:15 pm
Speaker: April Mann, BA, CNMT, NCT, RT(N) 

Effective and efficient operation of a non-invasive cardiology laboratory will be discussed including the current utilization and future trends of nuclear cardiology and echocardiography for diagnostic imaging. Factors to achieve successful operation such as how to contain and control costs and factors affecting reimbursement will be reviewed. Newer technologies in non-invasive cardiology including cardiac CT, MRI and PET will be examined.

From Strategy to Operations: Getting Through the Day While Keeping Your Eye on the Ball
Friday, March 5, 2004, 2:45 – 4:00 pm
Speakers: Barbara Milone, RN, MA
                Susan Sommerville, RN, MA

New technologies, limited capacity, declining reimbursement and labor shortages all create daily challenges to manage cardiac services. At the same time, the big picture and ability to plan for the future is imperative for programs that want to be successful. Learn from an organization that has perfected its balancing act between operations and strategy. Tricks of the tradeexamples will include a real-world service-line model that’s actually working, action-oriented operations groups and a business-focused strategic planning process.

How Do You Manage More Care Delivery for Less?
Saturday, March 6, 2003, 8:30 – 9:45 am
Speaker: Karen Rago, RN,MPA,FAAMA,FACCA

The healthcare industry is universally beset with increasing demand and decreasing reimbursements. At the same time, medical technology continues to rapidly advance. The solution to this situation lies in finding a way to simultaneously improve speed and quality. To resolve this problem, Rago will discuss how to find and eliminate nonvalue-added waste, reduce variation in processes and eliminate the sources of defects and poor quality.

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