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Webinar Delivers ‘Excellent Information’

The OR Today webinar “Create an Adaptable Culture: Best Practices for Implementing Change in a Clinical Setting” eligible for one (1) continuing education (CE) hour by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing.

The 60-minute webinar, sponsored by Surgical Directions, was presented by Dr. Tom Blasco, MD, MS, medical director, and Lee Hedman, BA, CAPM, SSM, executive vice president at Surgical Directions.

Culture is commonly a significant barrier to change in hospital and surgical center ORs. Overcoming this barrier demands appropriate and thoughtful staff engagement in order to create buy-in and support for changes. Blasco and Hedman shared a few tips and tricks for creating a culture supportive of change. Ideas presented included governance structure to align leaders, building effective performance dashboards to engage and incent staff, executing routine operational tactics to keep everyone on the same page and more.

The webinar delivered knowledge regarding how to use governance to manage a changing environment and how to overcome staff objections to change. It also discussed how to run an effective daily huddle.

More than 100 individuals attended the live presentation. A recording of the webinar is available online where even more health care professionals can tap into the great insights discussed during the webinar.

Attendees praised the session via a post-webinar survey.

“Another outstanding Webinar by OR Today, the information was relevant and may be incorporated into current practice,” Perioperative Consultant J. Greary said.

“OR Today’s webinar hit the right spot to improve our daily operations,” Administrator M. Chang shared.

“OR Today webinars explore and focus on current trends and needs of the perioperative environment. They provide valuable current, up-to-date information to assist in this unique area of clinical practice and management,” Program Specialist Clinical Education C. Curcin said.

“Excellent information on building teams, avoiding working in silos and breaking down communication barriers,” Clinical Educator R. Scott said.

“I thought the presenter had a lot of good information. I would like to try and work in some of his ideas into my clinical area,” Clinical Educator T. Dofflemyer said.

“Enjoyed this webinar, we are all working for the same results. Most of us have the same challenges and it is always helpful to hear successful stories,” Director of Surgical Services K. Coughlin said.

“The webinar was very informative and cleared up some questions,” SPD Manager V. Lopez said.

The OR Today webinar series eclipsed the 5,000 mark in terms of registrations for 2019 with an average of 157 attendees per session. For more information, visit



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