No provider wants to invest 18 months in planning and constructing an Ambulatory Surgery Center, only to find that six months after opening, it’s underutilized and less profitable than anticipated. Ensuring profitability and sustained success for any outpatient can be a challenge, but this is especially difficult with a poorly planned facility.
Industry benchmarks from 2021 reveal that an effective facility typically has a fixed/total asset utilization ratio between one to two, with an average annual profit of 20-25%.
But, what can be done during the planning process to mitigate potential issues and make your surgery center a top-performing facility that operates efficiently and profitably?
Well, it’s simple, the key to success lies in the physical layout of the space and how it incorporates the following factors:
- The combination of high-revenue and high-volume cases
- Alignment with the facility’s ownership structure and financial goals
- Alignment with market trends and directions
- Consideration of lean principles and operational flow and how they interact
By prioritizing these factors, it’s far easier to optimize the design and operation of your surgery center, resulting in better outcomes and increased profitability.