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ASC & Outpatient Summer 2021 Update: COVID Fears, Staffing Headaches, and a bit of Brighter News


Which would you like first, the good news or the "other news" regarding ASC & Outpatient Practice in 2021?


While many of us are enjoying the last weeks of summer, Ambulatory Surgery Center and Outpatient Clinic Leaders are cautiously preparing for the next six months.

A recent survey of National Ambulatory & Outpatient Leaders shows us that their Top Two Concerns seem to be universal. The concerns can be summarized as:


#1 Uncertainty due to a COVID surge in the next six months.

#2 Difficulty with hiring qualified professionals in addition to retaining their currently overworked staff.


According to Wendy King, RN, BSN, and Director of the Corvallis Surgery Center in Oregon, "Healthcare is experiencing job openings without applicants or minimal applicants."


Helen Dickson, Administrator of Premier at Exton Surgery Center in PA, shares, "My biggest concern for the next six months is staying open if there is another COVID-19 surge."


Linda Deeming, Director of Salud Family Health Center in CO states

"In the next six months, staff retention is at the top of our list. Those who were not furloughed during COVID-19 feel "exhausted" from doing duties other than their "regular assigned" positions. As we have started towards a more normal mode, we are struggling with getting up to normal staffing and keeping the trained staff we currently have."


Ashley Fernandez. Administrator of Arrowhead Endoscopy & Pain Management Center in Arizona shares: "With the COVID-19 rates rising across the country, I feel we are in a better position compared to last year. We were forced to shut down last year to preserve bed capacity and personal protective equipment supply. There are more systems in place now to handle surges and supply chain issues. With that said, I would be lying if I were not concerned about what the next six months will look like."

We cannot control the COVID trajectory, other than taking precautions at the individual and local levels. The good news is, most of us are better prepared than the first time around, and for Leaders who are short on qualified, positive, and professional staff, we have a solution!


Specialized Registered Nurses, Surgical Techs, Administrators, Physicians, and Anesthesiologists are out there! However, attracting and hiring talented clinical professionals is significantly more time-consuming and challenging than in recent years, due to the decreased overall workforce and the plethora of healthcare job openings.

Are you looking to build (or rebuild) your Team? Visit Us Here to learn how to quickly and effectively solve your hiring and staff retention headaches.

In brighter news, Beckers.com has reported that 21 new Ambulatory Surgery Centers opened nationwide in July alone! Most exciting is the variety of ASC specialties across these new practices, including:


Advanced Pain Care in Texas

Adrenal and Endocrine Surgery in Florida

Digestive Health and Ophthalmology in Minnesota

Pediatric Surgery in Massachusetts

Orthopedics in Michigan


We don't have a crystal ball to see into the future, and the threat of COVID variants continues to loom over the nation. As a healthcare business leader myself, I have my fingers crossed for us all to stay healthy and safe, but am cautiously preparing for the "other" scenario.


Regardless, it's safe to say that our talented, hard-working ASC and Outpatient Practice Leaders will march on and handle any challenges that arise.

Wishing you good health, success, and an excellent rest of the summer,

Vivien Treacy, Founder

Career Sparks | Ambulatory & Outpatient Practice Recruitment



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