Optimizing operating room utilization: A case study

Thursday, July 28th, 2022 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT 

For most hospitals and health systems, operating rooms are their economic engine. However, OR utilization is often constrained by:

  • Inefficient processes
  • Deep-rooted cultures and a "scarcity mindset"
  • An emphasis on metrics that don’t have a significant impact on OR utilization
  • A lack of tools that go beyond the standard capabilities EHRs can provide to increase access, accountability and transparency
It is frustrating for hospital leaders to base very expensive decisions on anecdotal or inaccurate OR utilization information. So how can hospitals move past these constraints and make better decisions? Join Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville’s president and Baptist Health’s principal consultant of operational performance improvement to hear about their journey toward perioperative operational excellence. Learn how the health system is breaking through these historical barriers by adopting predictive and prescriptive analytics tools that have improved data transparency and decision making.

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain why, even after a significant EHR investment, hospitals still need to invest in data management systems, particularly for the operating room.
2. Describe the benefits of adopting a culture of data transparency in perioperative analytics
3. Discover how Baptist Health’s adoption of predictive and prescriptive operational analytics has led to a more than 8 percent increase in primetime utilization 


Sara Hubbard - Carly Xagas-2

Sara Hubbard, MBA, MA, LSSB, CPT, SHRM-SCP

Principal Consultant, Operational Performance Improvement, Baptist Health Jacksonville, FL

Nicole Thomas

Nicole B. Thomas, FACHE

Hospital President, Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville