Administrator to Know: Lisa Schriver of Turk's Head Surgery Center

Lisa Schriver, RN, CNOR (Turk's Head Surgery Center, West Chester, Pa.). Ms. Schriver is the administrator of Turk's Head Surgery Center in West Chester, Pa. The center is multi-specialty, freestanding surgery center that offers general surgery, GI, orthopedics, ophthalmology, ENT, urology, gynecology and podiatry.

Turk's Head is a physician-hospital joint venture that opened in May 2005. Ms. Schriver started with Turk's Head in 2005 as the clinical director and moved up to become administrator. Prior to coming to the center, she had a varied career in nursing and served in various departments including OR, endoscopy and perioperative. From there, she moved to a hospital-based surgery center and became the nurse manager. She has also worked with an anesthesiologist at the hospital that joint ventures with Turk's Head.

One of the biggest changes for Ms. Schriver and her center has been the transition and re-syndication of her center with Blue Chip Surgical Partners. "Prior to their coming on board, I was frustrated and had actually resigned my previous position to return to a hospital as a staff nurse in the OR," she says. "I laugh now because that would not have lasted long; based on my background and my need to keep climbing the ladder or to find projects that need spearheading. So Blue Chip identified my potential and recognized my frustration and convinced me to work with them to be where I am today. I would never have believed this a year ago."

Ms. Schriver enjoys her role as an administrator because of the changing nature of her job. "Everyday is different, and I can use my sense of adventure to tackle each day. Some days this never-ending change is overwhelming, but at a basic level it really very much appeals to my personality and who I really am," she says.

Most of all, Ms. Schriver says she enjoys the people she works with and their abilities to provide exceptional customer and community service. "I spend more waking hours at the center than home some weeks and I can honestly say that I feel like I am at 'home' at my center," she says. "My family is comfortable stopping in to visit, and they know the employees and are welcomed as members of my 'second family,'" she says.

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