The founders of Synergy Health Partners are visionaries of the Surgicalist Model—a hospital-based career path for surgeons that separates private practice work from acute hospital-based care. Surgicalists are on call to support hospitals and private practice doctors. Unlike locums tenens clinicians, Surgicalists are active members of a hospital’s medical staff, are members of embedded teams, and they work scheduled shifts at their designated facilities. They can also serve on committees and are clinical leaders in the communities they serve.
The Surgicalist Model
An Innovative Team-Based Approach to Care
Benefits to Surgeons
- Restores work-life balance with predictable schedules
- Provides autonomy, allowing surgeons to enjoy real-time to do things they enjoy in their personal lives
- Empowers surgeons to focus on their passion for quality patient care, reducing administrative hassles
- National opportunities
- Competitive compensation
- Team-based model
- Helps surgeons live their best lives
- What is a Surgicalist?
Benefits to Hospitals
Surgical teams work coordinated shifts 24/7/365 with detailed handoffs to cover emergent, acute, and inpatient consult needs, resulting in:
- Predictable physician staffing
- Decreased wait times and length of stay
- Improved patient throughput
- Increased elective volume
- Increased downstream revenue
- Increased surgical volume to ER
- Decreased time ER to OR
- Improved HCAHPS
- Decreased readmissions
Let’s Talk About How Our Surgicalist Services will Improve Your Facility.
Our hospital contracted with Synergy Health Partners to develop an orthopedic surgery program from the ground up. Synergy Health Partners educated our staff and coordinated the program setup. We were presented with exceptionally sourced candidates and hired the first two we interviewed. These were surgeons I don’t think would have ever given a small, rural hospital a second look if it were not for the Synergy Health Partners relationship and work model.
In the first nine months of the program, we had over 1,700 clinic visits and 114 surgeries. We received the County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award for the hospital’s impact on the community and its outreach efforts. We have been able to deliver a service and meet the needs of patients at our community hospital, right here and close to home. Synergy Health Partners has been a true partner in every sense of the word.
With the help of Synergy Health Partners, our surgical volume and revenue is exceeding budget, and our surgeons are able to open additional outpatient clinic visits to increase elective surgical volumes. Before partnering with Synergy Health Partners, we had two warring surgical groups who now, with the help of the Synergy Health Partners, are working well together.
Working as an associate with Synergy Health Partners in the field of orthopedics without a doubt is inimitable in its work-life balance flexibility. You can still have a multitude of challenging cases, physician-patient interactions, and even continuity of care with inpatient or outpatient encounters, all condensed into a schedule you chose to manage. When it’s done . . . enjoy your time away.
I have had the privilege of working with Synergy Health Partners for the past couple of years. It has been an absolute game-changer for me as a surgeon. My work-life balance is better than I ever expected for the practice of general surgery. I love the team approach and the opportunity to work with excellent surgeons and PAs. I really enjoy the excitement of acute care and trauma surgery without the stress of worrying about money and running a business. Synergy Health Partners is a brilliant program begun by surgeons — for surgeons. Thank you, Synergy Health Partners.
I have been working for SynergyHealth Partners for over five years, and it is the best decision of my career. I am able to provide excellent patient care, and have achieved a true work-life balance. When I am on shift, I am able to focus on my patients, their care, and their needs. When I am off shift, I know that my partners are providing the same level of care. This teamwork and partnership allow me to enjoy my time off and return to work ready for another shift. By finding this work-life balance, I believe I now deliver better care to my patients at work, and am a better partner at home.
After 28 years in private practice, I began looking for opportunities to allow me greater freedom to travel with my family. My Synergy Health Partners schedule allows me this free time. When I am off, I am truly off—no office responsibilities, no patient calls, and the confidence that the patients I have taken care of continue to receive quality care from my Synergy Health Partners colleagues. I also continue to be challenged with my work and find that the skills I have acquired over the 28 years are being put to good use. I am more than happy with my decision to join Synergy Health Partners. Perhaps my only regret is that this model was not available to me years ago.
Since partnering with Synergy Health Partners, we have seen an improvement in emergency department patient service and satisfaction that is absolutely night and day in terms of the quality of care, efficiency of care, and overall departmental culture. Our emergency department has become a beacon of patient-centered medicine, and our patients consistently maintain they will go nowhere else for their emergency services. Our staff morale, nursing and physician relationships, and community presence are all at monumental levels.