Clinical Staff Office

Operating Room Committee

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Administration: Robin Farris, 982-2541
Co-Chairs: Kathie Hullfish, MD and Donna Via, RN


The Operating Room Committee is an interdisciplinary committee charged to coordinate and standardize the care of patients undergoing surgical or other invasive procedures. This Committee oversees clinical practice related to Pre, Peri and Post procedure care. It has the authority to establish clinical procedure and policy within the Medical Center Operating Rooms and recommend policy related to those procedures outside of the Operating Room. It works collaboratively with the Quality Council to monitor and improve care and ensure patient safety.

Membership: The Chair of this Committee shall be a Physician from one of the surgical specialties or subspecialties. Other Committee members shall include Physicians from other surgical specialties, as well as VASI leadership and Medical Center Administration.

Staff support is provided by the Operating Room Administration.

Meetings: The Operating Room Committee shall meet monthly or as otherwise deemed necessary by the Chair, but not less than quarterly.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Utilizes evidence-based medicine to recommend changes in the clinical practice
  • Approves policy and procedures that are specific to the Operating Room.
  • Recommends policy related to care of the patient undergoing operative and invasive procedures at the Medical Center
  • Provides Institutional oversight and direction for staff and faculty education related to operative and invasive procedures and care of the surgical patient
  • Ensures an effective process for patient and family education related to surgical care and informed consent.
  • Collaborates with other committees to ensure compliance with the Joint Commission and other legal and regulatory standards related to surgical procedures and care of the patient undergoing a surgical procedure.
  • Monitors data related to operative and other invasive procedures, including but not limited to:
    -- appropriateness of procedure
    -- procedural and post procedural complications
    -- tissue review - discrepancy between pre-procedure diagnosis and pathological diagnosis
    -- anesthesia complications
    -- clinical outcomes
    -- patient satisfaction
  • Monitors adherence to policies and procedures

Current Members

Members  Specialty 
Kathie Hullfish, MD, Co-Chair
ACMO Perioperative Services, OB/GYN
Donna Via, Co-Chair
Administrator, Perioperative Services
Bobby Chhabra, M.D.
Orthopedics, Assoc Chief Medical Officer, Surgical Services
Bo Cofield, DrPH, MHA, FACHE
MC Administration
Gary Cuccia, CRNA, RN
Angel Cyphert, RN
Post Anesthesia Care Unit
Lorna Facteau, DNSc, RN Chief Nursing Officer 
David Diduch, M.D. Orthopedics 
David Drake, M.D.
Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery
Liz Hall
Operations Mngr, Outpatient Surgery Center
Debbie Lord, RN
Outpatient Surgery Center
Eugene McGahren, M.D. Surgery 
Peter Netland, M.D.
James Reibel, M.D. Otolaryngology 
Tom Remy, RN
Interim Nurse Manager, OR
George Rich, M.D. Anesthesiology 
Mark Shaffrey, M.D. Neurosurgery 
William Steers, M.D. Urology 
Karen Thomas
Manager, PETC, SAS, PACU
Donna Via, RN Administrator, PeriOperative Services