Buena Vista Regional Medical Center is proud to announce Casey Orth Nebitt, Director of OR, has received the Emerging Leader Award from the OR Manager. The OR Manager is a national publication that provides critical information, analysis, and best practices for management of the surgical suite, including patient safety, operating room (OR) efficiency, sterilization and infection control, standards and regulations.
Casey grew up in Storm Lake and choose the career of nursing after attending a high school career day. She started her nursing career in 2006 in Virginia and then Mercy Hospital in Sioux City. In 2011 she came back to her hometown of Storm Lake and started at BVRMC, later becoming the Director of the OR in 2015.
Casey has led many changes during her leadership at BVRMC. She redesigned the arrangement of items in the operating rooms to make all tools within arm’s reach of the OR team, making sure to receive lots of input from surgeons and staff. BVRMC also became the first in the state of Iowa to have 4K imaging technology for the highest definition resolution on surgery screens.
Chief Clinical Officer Dawn Bach states, “Casey has built a team that works together to accomplish improvements, growth in services, and staff engagement. She is personable and respectful of those around her. She is able to have conversations and discussions that sometimes aren’t easy, but are necessary. She is able to separate processes from personalities and make real differences in care delivery.”
Julie Anderson, Director of Same Day Surgery/Endo, works with Casey to increase patient satisfaction in the Surgical Services Department. Together they worked to engage staff and be active in the process to increase patient satisfaction, which now is consistently around the 90th percentile according to national Press Ganey patient surveys. Julie credits a lot of their success to Casey’s management style.
“Casey is a woman of great character and moral standards. She knows what is right and pushes for that excellence throughout the department. Her drive is truly contagious and pushes those around her to excel as she does,” states Julie.
Dr. Jason Dierking also appreciates Casey’s leadership style, stating, “When cases run late or things aren’t going well you will find Casey rolling up her sleeves and scrubbing in and helping so cases can keep moving. She continues to impress me with her no-nonsense, hard-working attitude and devotion to constantly improving the experience for patients at BVRMC.”
Casey received this award on October 3 at the 2017 OR Manager Conference in Orlando, Florida.