Case Studies

Surgicalist Program

From No Outpatient Surgery to 30 Per Month

In a remote town of fewer than 6,000 residents, a rural hospital asked Rural Physicians Group to look into the benefits of introducing an in-house Surgicalist Program at the hospital. A critical component of the RPG client promise is to always be upfront and transparent with hospitals about the impact we can make on their hospital, patients and community—so we conducted a financial model to project the requisite volume to support a surgicalist program.

Coming to RPG without an outpatient surgery program at all (the hospital only had Emergent General Surgery prior to RPG), the financial model revealed that this rural hospital would need roughly 2.5 cases per week (10 per month) to pay for the RPG program. With this lofty projection in mind, the hospital engaged RPG for a surgicalist program starting in December 2017.

First 12 Months (Launched December 2017)

559
Total clinic patients
439
Total surgery eligible pts
370
Total surgical procedures
84.3%
Clinic conversion rate
29/month
Avg. monthly surgery procedures

The results have been nothing short of remarkable. With a minimal objective of at least 10 cases/month, the RPG surgicalist program is currently averaging roughly 30 cases per month—more than 3x the number needed to support the RPG model! More importantly, patients are being seen locally, and the community knows it can go to the local hospital in those moments of urgency.

If your hospital is interested in learning more about our Surgicalist Programs or want us to conduct a similar financial model for your hospital, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

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