By David Taylor, MSN, RN, CNOR, and Brian Arndt, MBA, BSN, RN, CNML

Accounting for more than half of a hospital’s net revenue, the surgical service line is essential for long-term financial viability. Although the viability of other services depends on cost shifting from the OR, the surgery department can contribute up to 60% of a hospital’s margin.1

Maximizing this margin goes hand in hand with improving patient flow. This requires getting patients from the