Administrator to Know: Amanda Gunthel of Wilton Surgery Center
Amanda Gunthel (Wilton Surgery Center, Wilton, Conn.). Ms. Gunthel is the administrator of Wilton Surgery Center, a two-OR, two-procedure room ASC that specializes in ophthalmology and pain management. The center opened in Aug. 2005 and is currently in a partnership with National Surgical Care and Stamford Hospital.
Ms. Gunthel has been with Wilton since its inception — from the CON process through opening. Before taking on the role of administrator, she worked for four years as director of practice management and development for the healthcare management firm that first opened the center. "Helping the center to grow and guiding it through the transitions of the past 4.5 years has been challenging, exciting and tremendously rewarding," she says.
The staff at Wilton is Ms. Gunthel's favorite part of working at her center. "Their tireless commitment to the delivery of superior healthcare amazes me every day. They are acutely focused and dedicated to each patient that comes through our doors," she says. Contributing to this dedication are initiatives designed to increase staff participation and leadership as well as opportunities to further their education. Ms. Gunthel says the center created several positions, including specialty resource positions, to involve staff members more broadly in the overall organization. Incentives and stipends are also offered to staff members who choose to participate in these programs.
Ms. Gunthel says that being an ASC administrator gives her the chance to be a part of something she truly believes in. "I am committed to the ASC as a vehicle for the delivery of outpatient surgical services; to see happy patients with successful outcomes, happy physicians and happy team members is a real thrill. In my opinion, a well-run ASC is a true 'win-win,'" she says.
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