Determining a Rational Allocation of OR Block Time Webinar - On Demand

OR Manager Webinar

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CEs: 1 Contact Hour

The presenters will describe the process used by a large academic medical center to develop and implement a new block schedule. They will discuss the results and lessons learned from the first several months of implementation.

*Please note that this event is held in Eastern Standard Time (EST). 


CEs: 1 Contact Hour
*Please note that this event is held in Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

Determining a Rational Allocation of OR Block Time


Effective and efficient use of OR resources, both physical space and staff, depends on optimal allocation of OR block time. Balancing the needs of surgical services staff requires an understanding of current and projected future demand as well as the nature of the various services competing for time. Surgeons, anesthesiologists, nursing, and hospital administration must collaborate to develop the optimal block scenario and to establish the rules, policies, metrics, and governance structures needed to manage utilization. The presenters will describe the process used by a large academic medical center to develop and implement a new block schedule. They will discuss the results and lessons learned from the first several months of implementation.


As a participant, you will be able to:

  • Describe a common framework for determining requirements for block time.
  • Describe key analytic and process approaches to developing block allocation scenarios.
  • Describe factors such as governance and policy that are essential for effective management of OR block time.


Webinar leaders

Sandra Daily, MPH, BSN, RN, CNOR, Clinical Director of Surgical Services, UAB Hospital

Sandra Daily, MPH, BSN, RN, CNOR, is Clinical Director of Surgical Services at the UAB Hospital in Birmingham. She is responsible for 41 surgical suites performing approximately 23,000 procedures annually, 45 preoperative bays, and 42 postanesthesia care unit bays, the preanesthesia testing clinic, and sterile processing. She oversees day to day operations of the OR, including fiscal, quality, and nursing practice, as well as strategic planning and process improvement. Notable accomplishments include successfully providing oversight of Impact Go-Live in the preanesthesia testing clinic, coordination of a centralized preoperative process redesign, and development of a perioperative dashboard to address efficiency and productivity across the continuum.   

James Karpook, Principal, The Chartis Group

James Karpook has nearly 20 years of experience assisting leading hospitals, health systems, and academic medical centers in a wide variety of strategic and operational processes: economic and strategic planning, operational and clinical performance improvement, integrated delivery system strategy, post-merger integration, supply chain operations, and financial turnaround planning.  A recognized leader in the areas of performance improvement in hospitals and health systems, Karpook has presented on this topic at NCHE. He was a partner at CSC Healthcare/APM Management Consulting prior to joining The Chartis Group.

Debbie Ragan, MSN, Associate Vice President, UABHS

Debbie Raga, MSN, is Associate Vice President for Perioperative Services at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Her areas of responsibility include anesthesia services, perioperative services, and trauma services. She joined University Hospital in 1973 and has served in a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities including staff nurse, nurse manager, service line manager, administrative director, and associate vice-president. She has received the executive director’s award and the mentoring award from the National Kidney Foundation. Her interests include the clinical, administrative, operational, and strategic planning aspects of surgical care, notably performance improvement and collaborative problem-solving.  

Loring W. Rue, III, MD, FACS, Senior Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety, UABHS

Dr. Loring W. Rue is the John H. Blue Professor of General Surgery, Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs, and Director of the Division of Trauma, Burns, and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. In 1999, he founded and continues to direct the Center for Injury Sciences at UAB, which spearheads the department’s research and education mission in the field of trauma.  He holds secondary appointments in Anesthesiology, the School of Public Health, and the School of Engineering, and has served as Assistant Chief of Staff and Interim Chief of Staff for UAB Hospital, as well as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the UAB School of Medicine. He has chaired the UAB Health System OR Executive Management Committee since 2005. In 2013, Dr. Rue was appointed Senior Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety for the UAB Health System.


Contact Hours: Access Intelligence is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #15831. CEUs: 1 contact hour.


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