7 things for ASC leaders to know for Tuesday — Nov. 28, 2017

Here are seven things ASC leaders should know for Nov. 28, 2017.

73% of cataract surgeries performed at ASCs in 2014
A new study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, examined ASC utilization rates for cataract surgery finding approximately 64.2 percent of 237,046 patients underwent cataract surgery at an ASC in 2014.

Tenet Healthcare names Sandi Karrmann SVP, chief human resources officer
Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare appointed Sandi Karrmann senior vice president and chief human resources officer, effective immediately. Ms. Karrmann is succeeding Robb Webb, who is retiring from Tenet.

Providence files letter of intent to build ASC to prepare for Walla Walla General Hospital deal
Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services is negotiating with Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health to purchase Walla Walla (Wash.) General Hospital. Providence filed a letter of intent to build an ASC at the location.

California ASC whistle-blowers file wrongful termination suit
Two former employees filed a lawsuit against Santa Barbara (Calif.) Surgery Center alleging they were wrongfully terminated after reporting noncompliance with medical regulations, failure to maintain sterile techniques and unlawful opiate control. The pair also alleged age discrimination in their firing and made sexual misconduct claims.

Kernersville Endoscopy Center proposes new ASC
Kernersville (N.C.) Endoscopy Center submitted a certificate-of-need application to shift two endoscopy rooms from its Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Piedmont Endoscopy Center to a proposed ASC in Kernersville.

The Joint Commission's 4 National Patient Safety Goals for ambulatory healthcare
The Joint Commission released its 2018 Ambulatory Health Care National Patient Safety Goals. The organization has four main goals for ambulatory healthcare with a number of specialized goals related to each.

North American Partners in Anesthesia's Drs. Thomas Suarez, Aaron Zuckerberg named 'Top Doctors'
Baltimore Magazine included North American Partners in Anesthesia's Thomas Suarez, MD, and Aaron Zuckerberg, MD, among its "Top Doctors" in anesthesia.

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Tenet Healthcare names Sandi Karrmann SVP, chief human resources officer: 4 things to know
Providence files letter of intent to build ASC to prepare for Walla Walla General Hospital deal: 5 takeaways
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