Perioperative Consulting Services



In most hospitals, the perioperative department is the highest cost center, but also the department with the highest margin potential. When you need help bringing your surgery program up to best practice standards, Sullivan offers expert, leading-edge, contemporary perioperative services and solutions.

Sullivan’s project teams provide hospitals and health systems with comprehensive perioperative program assessments and recommendations that result in improved operational efficiency and increased income. Request a SHC Operational Quickcheck today or contact us for more information on our perioperative services.

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Improved Perioperative Performance with Customized Solutions

Each project is customized to meet your individual needs. Our perioperative consultants can provide some or all of the following perioperative program assistance. Additionally, Sullivan perioperative consulting experts offer implementation services for any recommendations made.

Best Practice Perioperative Analysis Program

A high-level, broad assessment of the entire perioperative program

Our Best Practice Perioperative Analysis Program is our most requested perioperative service offering and is typically a fast turnaround (often completed in 6-8 weeks). It is characterized by a broad perioperative scope, extensive use of comparative benchmarks and active medical staff involvement.

During your Best Practice Perioperative Program Analysis, our perioperative consulting team will identify opportunities to maximize your perioperative department.

In this assessment, our perioperative consultants  typically evaluate:


Surgery scheduling

Presurgical screening

Service line organization

Patient throughput

Our Perioperative Experts Will Deliver Outstanding Results

Consistently high-quality care

Improved productivity

Improved operating room utilization

More accurate scheduling

Improved schedule access

Reduced cost per case

Best Practice Surgery Scheduling

A deep dive into your surgery and block scheduling

Sullivan Healthcare Consulting has developed proven methods of addressing common causes of dysfunctional scheduling programs. During a perioperative consulting project, our perioperative consultants will establish a customized scheduling process for your organization.

Enhanced scheduling programs that will improve:

  • Facility utilization
  • Increase the number of cases scheduled each day
  • Allow elective cases to start as scheduled
  • Maintain effective utilization of resources
  • Decrease cost per case
  • Provide accurate schedules

Patient Throughput Assessment

An extensive look into your patient throughput

By optimizing patient throughput, quality and profitability are both simultaneously and significantly improved. A well-developed and well-executed patient throughput process will meet patient service expectations, surgeon needs, and reduce cost per case. In a patient throughput optimization project, our perioperative consulting team will spend time learning current workflows and identifying opportunities for improvement. Partnered with a workflow redesign team composed of multiple levels of client staff and management, they educate team members on best practice standards for OR case time definitions and sequencing of activities.

Service Line Organization Assessment

A detailed assessment of your service line organization and needs

An OR organization comprised of specialty service line teams provides OR staff with the best opportunity to succeed. During an OR organizational structure and staffing project, Sullivan perioperative consultants will help you determine the number of service line teams you need, address FTE needs-based/determined coverage plan and develop role descriptions/training materials for each OR staff position.

Perioperative Education

Assistance building or growing your perioperative education program

Perhaps the most critical component of a specialty service line program is tiered perioperative education that meets OR nurses and support staff where they are and takes them to the required skill levels for their respective positions. Our perioperative consulting team can provide you with a seasoned perioperative education consultant who can work alone or with your clinical educator.

Presurgical Screening Assessment

A comprehensive review of your presurgical screening program

During a Presurgical Screening Assessment, our perioperative consulting experts will help you identify the unique challenges of your current patient management program and address them with a new or redesigned program. Our perioperative consultants focus on improving operational efficiency, reducing costs and maximizing income.

Surgical Facility Planning & Design

Assistance planning for the future of your surgical facility

We are frequently contacted by healthcare organizations that are developing facility architectural plans that will include a sterile processing department (SPD). We are also contacted by architectural firms and asked to review architectural plans they are preparing for hospital clients.

Our Clients Say It Best

“We brought Sullivan Healthcare consultants back on a second engagement to assist us to develop a strategic plan to accommodate surgical services volume growth and the shift in service to the ambulatory surgical sites. They analyzed our current state and helped us create a vision for our future state.”
– Lynn Masterson, Vice President, Quality, Resource Management and Surgical Services
Eisenhower Medical Center
Rancho Mirage, California
“Sullivan Healthcare has been wonderful to work with. They provide professional, reliable and competent leaders who integrate with the culture and values of the organization. Sullivan Healthcare is responsive and a pleasure to work with. They are true partners in filling temporary gaps in essential sterile processing leadership roles.”
– Kerry Caldwell, Executive Director, Perioperative Services
City of Hope
Duarte, California
“Sullivan Healthcare Consulting redesigned our complete perioperative program. With the collaborative business and clinical model, we made data-driven decisions that brought positive results in staffing, scheduling, and overall efficiencies. We were able to provide an additional room for add-on cases, enabling our surgeons to take care of those patients during normal operating hours, which increased volume and decreased overtime. Sullivan gave us the tools to facilitate the development of strategies to ensure long-term success.”
– Becky Reese, Financial Manager Surgical Services
High Point Regional Health System-UNC Health Care
High Point, North Carolina

“Sullivan Healthcare is the go-to firm for perioperative consulting.  I have known and worked with Sullivan for many years and multiple projects.  They have the expertise and experience to problem solve and find solutions.  From patient care, flow, management, quality, Sullivan can identify, make recommendations, and implement a plan for best practice for perioperative services.”

Dr. David Lee, Sr., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Virginia Hospital Center
Arlington, Virginia

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