One of the goals of the newly formed CASA Veterans Committee is to provide pathways for veterans to facilitate transitions to the ASC industry. The committee is currently busy making connections and developing resources for our ASC members to reach out to the veteran community. Matt Luke, Regional Vice President with United Surgical Partners International (USPI) will be highlighting these efforts in a general session presentation at the CASA Annual Conference titled “Mission Bend the Trend.” This session will address the labor challenge and how ASC leaders will need to take an innovative and ownership approach to successfully engage and recruit our workforce, including unique opportunities to incorporate transitioning veterans into your ASC through "Hiring Our Heroes." Make sure you don't miss this important discussion along with the many other opportunities at the annual conference.
The “Hiring Our Heroes Organization” is an opportunity for ASCs to investigate and recruit potential staff. There are several ways to get involved with their programs.
For general guidance on how to incorporate veterans into your workforce, check out this free resource: https://www.vetemployerroadmap.org/
What was your role in the Military?
I started out as a nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Travis Air Force Base then migrated to Surgical ICU and later to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit.
Why did you choose the ASC industry?
I appreciated the fast pace, the family-like atmosphere between physician and staff, and the very predictable schedule. Caring for relatively healthy patients was a bonus.
What military experience is useful for ASCs?
I can think of many areas where my military experience has been beneficial in the ASC space. My clinical background in the civilian sector prior to joining the Air Force was a plus. Thinking ‘outside the box’ for problem resolution and change management were also beneficial. Military personnel with supply chain experience could also be successful in the ASC space as well as those who serve in leadership positions and have a general understanding of healthcare.
What was the coolest thing you ever did?
The most meaningful experience of my military career was being deployed to Germany in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. I served as an ICU nurse at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) caring for our wounded soldiers injured on the frontlines in Iraq. They were transferred via Critical Care Air Transport to LRMC, and we would care for them until they were stable enough to be sent back home. I was so honored to care for the brave men and women who serve to preserve our freedoms.
The CASA Veterans Committee is focused on veteran recognition, transitions, recruitment, and resources. Are you a veteran and interested in serving on this CASA committee? Would you like to share your stories and/or be highlighted in a future veteran’s newsletter issue? If so, please reach out to CASA Executive Director Beth Labouyer @ firstname.lastname@example.org.