Member Focus

Focus on Members

Focus on Members

Member Focus

Member Focus invites ASCA members to express their views on key ASC issues. Share your perspective with your colleagues and get to know your peers in the ASC community.

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Deb Yoder, RN

Deb Yoder

Title: Vice President of Clinical Operations
Facility Name: Surgical Management Professionals
City: Sioux Falls
State: South Dakota
Length of time your facility has been an ASCA member: Five or more years

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What criteria do you use for employee evaluations? How do you rate the items or areas you evaluate?

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We have a mixture of employee evaluation types depending on facility needs, structure and hospital partnerships. Staff appreciate understanding and knowing expectations as well as methodology related to salary increases. Merit-based salary increases work if the managers are consistent in methodology related to scoring techniques. Base increases, while consistent and easy, can also lead staff to believe that they will "get the raise" regardless of productive behavior.

Transparency related to salary as well as job expectations helps facility culture and eliminates surprises during the employee evaluation. No employee should ever be taken completely "off-guard" related to a poor evaluation. As leaders and managers, our role is to consistently try and promote open communication and dialogue related to expectations.

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Have you created an infection control policy addendum specific to COVID-19? If not, why not? If so, how has it helped your ASC?

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The addendum for infection control policies was created for more generalized pandemic responses. COVID-19 will not go away and we will continue to be faced with variants. Making sure that the policies reflect following CDC guidelines allows policies to be updated and changed as the CDC changes its guidelines and alleviates the need to constantly change the unique policy.

Writing the policy to reflect ongoing CDC standards allows governing boards to follow CDC regulations versus the local board to authorize appropriateness of the unique policy. Each ASC has been encouraged to be involved in its state and local region outcomes and work with its joint-venture hospital related to consistent methodology for treatment, testing, employment, etc.

 

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