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Ask an RN


The value of nursing input into ASC building design BY ROBERT KURTZ


W


hether building a new ASC or


expanding an existing


facility, developers would be wise to include nurses on their design team, says Stephanie Leventis, RN, vice president of development for SurgCenter Development, an ASC development company based in Pismo Beach, California.


“Nurses can bring a more functional


perspective than architects or develop- ers, who may have great knowledge of the regulations and codes but have never worked in the space before,” she says. Debra Hagendorn, RN, CASC, administrator for South Shore Ambula- tory Surgery Center in Lynbrook, New York, has ASC design and development experience and played a significant role in the construction of her current facility.


Designers and developers would be wise to involve nurses so patient flow can be optimized. This will be particularly important when patient satisfaction has a greater impact on reimbursement in the future.”


— Debra Hagendorn, RN, CASC South Shore Ambulatory Surgery Center


“One of a nurse’s main goals is


serving as an advocate for the patient and ensuring a high level of patient satisfaction,” she says. “When an


ASC is a smooth running machine, a patient feels and senses it. Design- ers and developers would be wise to involve nurses so patient flow can be optimized. This will be particularly important when patient satisfaction has a greater impact on reimbursement in the future.” Many aspects of design are subjec-


tive, says Jared Leger, RN, managing partner of Arise Healthcare, a manager and developer of ASCs and other facil- ities based in Austin, Texas. “There are a number of areas where a nurse’s insight will be extremely valuable.”


Across-the-Board Contributions Developers should consider request- ing nurse feedback for nearly all mat- ters of design, Leventis says. “Since nurses spend the majority of their time in the clinical setting, they are able to provide unique insight on flow and design. Oftentimes they can help with the small details that a design team may overlook. These items may seem minor but can make the ASC


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