Partnering through collaborative innovation to affect the lives of our patients, this is the mantra that was crafted during the inception of our association. The founding members felt strongly that if we (ASCs) can continue to affect change through collaborative innovation and keep our patients at the forefront of our decisions, our industry will continue to thrive in the face of adversity. We will make the right decisions if our focus remains with those that we are serving (our patients), rather than those of us that are serving. My hope would be to provide members with the resources and support necessary to help with operational issues, strategic concerns, educational opportunities and political advocacy efforts at the state and national level.
UASCA will be a leader advocating on behalf of ambulatory surgery centers and the issues that affect ASCs and our patients in Utah. We will assure that regulatory bodies and our representatives at the legislature know the quality and safe environments that we create for our patients. We will also be a leader in illustrating the innovative environment that ASCs create, at the same time maintaining quality and cost-effectiveness. UASCA will advocate keeping physicians at the table in making healthcare decisions. Without physician involvement of surgery centers, there would be no ASCs.
UASCA will continue to provide a communication network for members to share ideas and collaborate through benchmarking and best practices. ASCs in the state have proven quality indicators that demonstrate low infection rates and low hospitalization rates. Best practices will be shared that focus on efficiencies and cost-savings which directly impact the consumer. Because of UASCA’s ability to gather data from member ASCs, we will also support “transparency” in health care because we believe that the data will support our industry and demonstrate our quality and cost-effectiveness.
We have just begun this journey with our association but I believe that with the collaborative innovation between all ASCs in Utah, we will be able to affect positive change in Utah. With the help of the ASC Association and their key leadership staff, we will have the resources and know-how to deliver a strong message to our legislative representatives. As Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” We look forward to working with ASCs, physicians, and other key stakeholders in the year to come to achieve this great success. We also welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the quality care and cost-effectiveness that we can offer patients in Utah and beyond.