Orthopedic and Spine Leader to Know: Dr. John Dietz of Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital

Written by Rachel Fields | August 06, 2010 | Print  |
John Dietz, MD, chairman of Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital in Indianapolis, is an integral part of his hospital's efforts to cut costs and achieve superior results in the march towards healthcare reform. In a July interview with Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review, he discussed cost-reduction strategies that save hospitals money without sacrificing quality care.

Dr. Dietz recommended hospitals cross-train employees to perform several jobs so staff members can shift from pre-op to post-op or from PACU to pre-op with ease. If you can use one staff member to perform several jobs, you can achieve savings and produce extremely valuable employees with a diverse skill set. "Staff are capable of [making these transitions] because they have been around so long," Dr. Dietz said.

He also said hospitals should value their current employees. Keeping a trained staff member is much cheaper than hiring and training someone new, so recruit quality caregivers and then make your hospital a great work environment. Dr. Dietz said IOH has achieved high retention rates by simply being a good place to work.

Dr. Dietz earned his MD from Duke University School of Medicine in 1984 and completed an internship in general surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Madigan and was named "outstanding resident teacher" there in 1988.

Dr. Dietz completed a fellowship in spine surgery at Swedish Hospital Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., in 1991. He has since authored many articles for medical journals and lectured at numerous national meetings of orthopedic surgeons.

Read more on notable orthopedic practice leaders:

-Orthopedic and Spine Leader to Know: Dr. Mark Schickendantz of the Cleveland Clinic

-Orthopedic and Spine Leader to Know: Dr. Stacey Berner of Maryland's Northwest Hospital

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