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New Sigma book reveals the complexities of the surgical suite

Authors guide new leaders in strategic management of specialty surgical services


INDIANAPOLIS — Surgical services carry some of the highest risks and rewards of all healthcare specialties. They also present specific challenges. Those unfamiliar with the surgical suite’s inner workings may struggle to lead and manage this complete and often isolated department.

The Healthcare Executive’s Guide to Navigating the Surgical Suite: A Roadmap to the OR and Perioperative Services provides experienced and novice healthcare leaders with the information, leadership structures, and practical strategies needed to successfully oversee both patient outcomes and balance sheets.

Through their leadership and consulting careers, authors Gerald E. Biala, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, and Therese A. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN, have introduced and mentored countless new executives in the strategic and operational environment of a successful surgical service business.

“Our book provides insight into the rapidly evolving surgical service specialty by covering topics such as understanding the dynamics of the surgical services, the ever-changing consumer and surgeon expectations, strategies for effective governance, and more,” said Biala. “We help new executive leaders know what to expect, how to frame the problem, and provide best practices and successful strategies to increase their confidence and negotiating position with payers, providers, or innovative new business partners.”

Published by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma), this is the first book that provides healthcare executives with a comprehensive overview of the competitive landscape and unique market forces influencing and impacting surgical service specialties.

The book is available at www.sigmamarketplace.org/sigmabooks.

About the authors
Gerald E. Biala, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, is a Surgical Services Management Consultant and Managing Partner for Precision Consulting Services Inc. and Senior Vice President of Implementation Services at Sullivan Healthcare Consulting.

Therese A. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a Senior Vice President and member of the Performance Improvement Practice at Kaufman Hall Associates, Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois- Chicago College of Public Health, and a faculty member at Augusta University’s College of Nursing. She is co-author of Claiming the Corner Office, published by Sigma Nursing.

The Healthcare Executive’s Guide to Navigating the Surgical Suite: A Roadmap to the OR and Perioperative Services
Gerald E. Biala, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, and Therese A. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN
Published by Sigma, 2018
ISBN-13: 9781945157820
EPUB ISBN: 9781945157837
PDF ISBN: 9781945157844
MOBI ISBN: 9781945157851
Price: US $44.95
Soft cover, 224 pages
Trim size: 6x9

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