National Recognition Awarded to The Surgery Center of Fairbanks
The Surgery Center of Fairbanks (SCF) was recently awarded the superior CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). It is Alaska’s only surgery center or hospital that has achieved the certification in 2019.
The CNOR (Certified Nurse Operating Room) designation focuses on enhancement of quality patient care and recognizes registered nurses who demonstrate professional achievement in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating surgical care.
The CNOR Strong designation is given to surgical facilities with at least 50% of its nursing staff certified by the nationally-accredited CNOR program. CNOR advocates for consumer protection by establishing and maintaining strict standards for professional specialty nursing certification. It is an objective, measurable way of acknowledging the achievement of knowledge beyond basic nursing preparation and RN licensure.
CNOR-Strong-certified nurses have demonstrated compliance with the highest standards of perioperative practice which has been correlated with improved outcomes in surgical patients. Perioperative nurses are specialized in working with patients undergoing operative procedures and work closely with surgeons and anesthesiologists in providing care to patients in the operating suite.
“Patient safety and positive surgical outcomes are of the utmost importance to The Surgery Center of Fairbanks,” says Jamie Conant, Administrator. “That is the reason for our focus and commitment to achieving this award.”
She goes on to say, “Nurses who commit to certification in the specialty of the Operating Room are dedicated to continually advancing their knowledge to provide the best patient care to the community of Fairbanks and other far-reaching communities around the state.” One patient recently sent a comment that reflects this commitment, “The entire staff at the Surgery Center is focused on the care and treatment of each patient. Our entire family has been treated at the Surgery Center in some capacity and each time it has been fantastic!”
Dr. David Flory, Medical Director and Chief of Anesthesia, notes, “This certification in the operating room, combined with SCF’s longstanding Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols reconfirms that The Surgery Center of Fairbanks is the community leader for ambulatory surgery. I am thrilled that our staff is nationally-recognized and certified as outstanding clinical leaders.”
SCF serves patients from interior Alaskan communities spanning from Northway to Venetie and Galena to Healy.
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