Administrator to Know: Steven Blom of Specialty Surgery Center

Steven Blom, RN, MAHSM, CASC (Specialty Surgery Center, San Antonio, Texas). Mr. Blom is the administrator at the Specialty Surgery Center, a multi-specialty surgery center that specializes in ENT, ophthalmology, podiatry and pain management. The center opened in 1998 and moved to a new location in Oct. 2005. Currently, it performs around 9,400 procedures annually, according to Mr. Blom.

Prior to coming to the Specialty Surgery Center in Oct. 2000, Mr. Blom started his career as an ICU nurse and progressively moved up the management ladder. He spent most of his career in critical care and cardiac catheterization labs. He also serves as a board member for the Texas ASC Society and is a regional director for National Surgical Care.

Mr. Blom oversaw the construction of the center's new facility in 2005. "It was a great opportunity to start from scratch," he says. He also notes that the project was completed on time, cutting down on the amount of time the surgery center was closed. "We were shut down for a weekend," he says. "We closed the doors on the old location on Friday and were back to work at the new location on Monday."

One of Mr. Blom's favorite aspects of being an administrator is the people he works with on a daily basis. The Specialty Surgery Center has a very high staff retention rate, he says. "It seems like the only time we lose people are when they move out of state," he says. Mr. Blom has also been able to recruit new physicians to the center. "We started at nine and currently have 23 physicians who use the center," he says.

Aside from the people, Mr. Blom enjoys the variety of his job. "I can work on contractual issues with payors or provide back up when we're short," he says. "You never know what the day will bring."

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