Reston Hospital Center Broadens Surgeon Support with New Partnership

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Northern Virginia's Reston Hospital Center announced a new partnership with national practice management firm Jackson Surgical Assistants (JSA) aimed at expanding surgeon support through the use of experienced surgical first assistants.

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Surgical first assistants are a unique resource in operating rooms, especially those requiring specialized focus.

Reston Hospital Center, a 187-bed medical/surgical hospital in northern Virginia, recently announced a new partnership with national practice management firm Jackson Surgical Assistants (JSA). The partnership is aimed at expanding surgeon support through the use of experienced surgical first assistants.

“This partnership provides our surgical first assistants with opportunities for career advancement and continuing education and our surgeons with a team they can count on for consistent quality,” said Jane Raymond, Reston’s COO and interim CEO.

According to JSA President, Paul Foster, JSA’s specialized focus on first assisting provides surgeons with experienced, accountable first assistants they know and trust and as a result, hospitals can achieve increased patient quality, physician satisfaction and hospital savings.

The American College of Surgeons offers guidance on which surgical cases are “always,” “sometimes,” and “never” medically necessary for a first assistant. Through its partnership with JSA, Reston Hospital Center implemented a deliberate, carefully-planned strategy to ensure the proper level of surgical support is maintained.

Surgical first assistants are a unique resource in operating rooms, especially those requiring specialized focus. Today surgical assisting services are often local and ad hoc. They are typically obtained from multiple sources such as the surgeon’s practice, a local surgical assisting “group” or one centrally managed by the hospital.

“Our mission is to bring business acumen and dependable resources to hospitals through this emerging discipline,” said Foster.

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