Perioperative Consultant Nell Panten Joins Surgical Directions

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Surgical Directions, a leading perioperative consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Nell Panten, RN, BSN, MSN, CNOR has joined the firm as Chief Nurse Executive. Surgical Directions assists private hospitals and academic medical centers with operational, financial, and strategic performance improvements in perioperative and anesthesia services.

A leading perioperative performance improvement firm, Surgical Directions, is pleased to announce that Nell Panten, RN, BSN, MSN, CNOR has joined the firm as Chief Nurse Executive. Nell will be responsible for the management and oversight of Surgical Directions' perioperative assessments and interim nurse director engagements and for the growth of its perioperative consultant nursing division.

Nell brings over 30 years of experience in perioperative clinical nursing and nursing leadership in both non-profit and for-profit healthcare systems. Her expertise includes perioperative leadership, mentoring, new program development, strategic planning, cost containment and transformational changes associated with quality improvement and safety initiatives. Nell was instrumental in developing service line leadership for Cardiovascular and Orthopedic Services associated with "Centers of Excellence" in multiple institutions.

Nell is a member of the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and a member of AORN's Business Industry Consulting (BIC) and Leadership Specialty Assemblies. Nell is also a member of the Association of Nurse Executives (AONE), the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, where she is involved in clinical research surrounding evidence-based nursing in the perioperative arena.

About Surgical Directions
Surgical Directions is a national consulting firm that assists private hospitals and academic medical centers with operational, financial and strategic performance improvements in perioperative and anesthesia services. The firm, led by a collaborative team of Anesthesiologists, OR Nurse Executives and Perioperative Business Strategists, is focused on perioperative governance and leadership, anesthesia services, perioperative processes, preoperative preparation, block scheduling, surgeon satisfaction, materials, perioperative information systems, perioperative business management and physician relations.

Since its inception nearly four years ago, Surgical Directions has successfully helped over 130 clients grow surgical volume, improve surgeon satisfaction, enhance anesthesia services, establish effective anesthesia agreements, improve quality of care and grow surgical market share. The firm continues to experience phenomenal growth and has rapidly become the leading expert in perioperative performance improvements.

Recent engagements include perioperative turnarounds, strategic planning, interim medical director placement, interim nursing director placement, establishing new governance models and new leadership models, medical director mentoring, anesthesia contract negotiations, anesthesia stipend analysis and preoperative redesigns. Please visit the Surgical Directions web site - perioperative consultants - for more information.

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