Administrator to Know: Glenda Beasley of Kentucky Surgery Center

Glenda Beasley, RN (Kentucky Surgery Center, Lexington, Ky.). Ms. Beasley is the administrative director of the Kentucky Surgery Center in Lexington, Ky. The multi-specialty center, which opened in 1986, has grown to seven operating rooms and three procedure rooms and specializes in ENT orthopedics, gynecology, plastics, podiatry, oral surgery, endoscopy, pain management, urology and general surgery. In 2008, the center performed more than 10,000 cases.

Ms. Beasley has been with the center since July 1990. With a background in nursing, she has worked in many hospital departments throughout her career, including oncology, medical surgical floor and emergency department. She started her career in outpatient surgery as a circulating OR nurse and worked her way up to administrator.

Over the years, Ms. Beasley has overseen a lot of growth at KSC. The biggest challenge she says was the building of their current facility in 2006. "The KSC board of directors allowed me to have a large part in the development of the building and its patient flow and design," she says. "I was involved in all aspects, including procurement of equipment, supplies, flooring paint and windows. It was exciting and a lot of work but definitely worth all the extra hours and anxiety."

Ms. Beasley says that her staff plays a significant role in making KSC so successful. "In an outpatient surgery center, the atmosphere is much more structured and organized, and the staff thrives on routine," she says. "The staff has the ability to deliver the best patient care that can be offered in a healthcare setting." Additionally, she considers many of her staff to be "sisters and family." "I depend on these key people each day. The center would not be as successful as it is currently without the entire management team and the hard work of all the employees," she says.

Most of all, Ms. Beasley enjoys sharing in the success of the center. "Life as an administrator can lead to long hours on a daily basis, and sometimes the stress associated with that is taxing," she says. "However, if I step back and look at the center, I have pride in its accomplishments and the high quality of care we provide."

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