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Keys to Spine Table Selection
When evaluating your options, find the right fit for your facility in terms of surgeon preference, intended use and budget.
Danielle Bouchat-Friedman | Senior Editor
Publish Date: November 11, 2022   |  Tags:   Financial Management Neurosurgery-Spine
STANDARD PROCEDURE By standardizing spine tables across the health system, all nurses, clinicians and staff are trained on one table, rather than on multiple devices.   |   Elisa Maines Photography

Purchasing a big-ticket item like a spine table — a crucial piece of equipment for any spine surgery service line — is a decision that goes well beyond that upfront investment.

There’s surgeon preference, vendor service considerations, standardization capabilities and plenty of other factors. That’s why you want someone with a proven track record at the helm when it comes time to make such a critical purchasing decision. Michelle Craig is that type of person. 

Ms. Craig is a perioperative and OR capital asset manager responsible for researching, negotiating and renewing contracts with vendors at UCHealth in Aurora, Colo., a health system that consists of 12 hospitals, four ambulatory surgery centers and about 140 operating rooms. “At any given time, I am managing a list of 1,000 vendors throughout the hospital network, ensuring that vendors meet strict adherence to pre-negotiated contract price points and service delivery agreements,” she says.

That’s a lot to stay on top of, especially for a health system that is continuously expanding. But when it comes time to purchase critical equipment like spine tables, Ms. Craig never takes any shortcuts. Here’s how she and her team tackle purchasing spine tables — and how she balances a surgeon’s preferences with her facility’s capital asset needs.

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