Small Town, Big Surgery, No Problem

Host: Carolyn St.Charles, RN, BSN, MBA – Chief Clinical Officer, HealthTechS3
Presenter: Graham Russell, RN – Chief Operating Officer, MESA Healthcare, Inc.
Date & Time: June 4, 2021 at 12pm CT


Surgeons often choose to work in or near urban areas where there are a wealth of professional opportunities for them and amenities, schools, and resources for their families. However, there are growing numbers of highly trained surgeons and proceduralists who find their passion working in America’s rural hospitals. During this webinar, we will discuss how hospital and local leaders can build, organize, and revitalize rural hospital-based surgery and invasive procedure programs.

This webinar will focus on: 

  1. Surgery program development and optimization in a rural hospital setting
  2. Data sources for identification of surgeries performed elsewhere in the rural hospital’s primary and secondary service areas
  3. Shift to outpatient setting for total joint and more complex general surgical procedures and the impact/opportunity
  4. Importance of viable, growing surgery programs in rural hospitals.
  5. Resources, human and otherwise, required for adding new surgeons and procedures


Upon completion of the webinar, the participant will:

  1. Take away a list of tactics to add or optimize surgical procedures in the rural hospital setting.
  2. Better understand online resources for quantifying current surgical procedure outmigration to larger hospitals.
  3. Gain knowledge of surgical and diagnostic procedures that are easier to perform in rural hospitals.
  4. Take away a list of potential surgical and invasive procedures that are low cost, low risk, and reasonably simple to ramp up in rural hospitals.
  5. Identify at least one new method to recruit and retain surgeons, proceduralists, operating room nurses and anesthesia providers.

Interesting Fact: Did you know that The American College of Surgeons notes that more than half of surgeons practicing in rural areas are nearing retirement?