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Planning for a Whole New Year!

January 7, 2013  | A Day in the Life of a Dialysis Healthcare Administrator
One of the things that I really like about my position as a Facility Administrator is being involved in the business aspect. We provide a much needed medical service (dialysis) to our patients and I oversee the management of that in addition to the operational components that make this a successful business. We are a for profit company and we have to be able to provide the service while still making money.

I’ve been working on my 2013 budget for my center and have a pretty good idea of my financial standing as well as my goals. One of my goals is to grow the business; I’ll do this by accepting more patients and sustaining those that I already have. I’ve had to determine the number of patients that I want to grow by and then evaluate my current resources to figure out what I will need in order to care for a larger patient load.  I planned training hours that I will need in order to staff up.

I have worked for other healthcare organizations where I felt like I was asked to do more with less and had a huge wish list of things that I wanted that would allow me to do my job better or make the environment better for team and for patients. At DaVita I don’t feel like I’m missing anything. There isn’t anything that I really “need” or want…. I have everything already. My wish list for my 2013 budget seemed like the hardest part for me to analyze. I felt like I needed to find something to ask for and the only thing that I really came up with was new televisions for the patients. We don’t technically “need” them, we have working televisions….. it would just be nice to upgrade to flat screen monitors….. isn’t it awesome that the only thing I wish for is something that I already have?

So, I did my budget worksheet and then I met with our Regional Operations Director to review it. That meeting was beneficial because sometimes a fresh set of eyes can help you to identify and adjust areas. I don’t have a whole lot of formal education about finances, he does, and he can help teach me the things that are important for me to know. It’s the added perk of having a Regional Operations Director overseeing the business at a higher level. I appreciate that I am being taught these things and included in the budget process.