Eight ASCOA Professionals Named as “Women Leaders to Know in the ASC Industry”


Becker’s ASC Review’s recently published list of ‘Women Leaders to Know in the ASC Industry’ included eight ASCOA professionals:

Krista K. Anderson, CPC-H. Ms. Anderson is a director of revenue cycle management at the Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. She has more than 22 years of experience working in the healthcare industry, 12 of which she spent as a business office manger at a Meridian Surgical Partners facility.

Sharon Benson, MBA, RN, MSN, CASC. Ms. Benson is a vice president of operations with more than 25 years of management and healthcare experience.  Prior to joining ASCOA, Ms. Benson worked for eight years with AmSurg Corp in all aspects of ASC operations. Most recently she worked as associate vice president of operations for the Multi-Specialty Division of AmSurg Corp. Ms. Benson is a registered nurse who received her CASC in September 2006. She has been an active member of healthcare organizations and is currently a member of the American College Healthcare Executives.  She completed her MSN at Wesley College in Delaware and MBA at the University of Arizona.

Cynthia Condron. Ms. Condron serves as the administrator of South Shore Surgery Center, a facility that opened in collaboration with ASCOA in December 2010. The facility is an 11, 000-square-foot center with three operating rooms and two procedure rooms. Prior to joining South Shore, Ms. Condron served as facility administrator in the construction and development of an orthopedic ASC on the north shore of Long Island, a position she held for six years. She also attained successful New York State licensure and Medicare/AAAHC certification with her prior center. Ms. Condron holds an MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., and has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare.

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC. Ms. Geier, senior vice president of operations for ASCOA, has been involved in the ambulatory surgery industry in management roles since 1985. She has worked in all areas of freestanding ASCs and HOPDs, including pre-assessment, pre-op, OR, and PACU. Ms. Geier speaks frequently at national meetings on topics relating to case costing, financial topics for ASCs, human resources, staffing, clinical issues, such as infection control and regulatory requirements affecting ambulatory surgery centers. For many years, she taught the credentialing portion for the AORN Ambulatory Surgery Administrator Certificate Program, which included Peer Review. She is a member of the expert group of the ASC Quality Collaboration and also serves as an AAAHC surveyor.

Lara Jordan, RN, CNOR, CASC. Ms. Jordan is a vice president of operations at Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. Prior to her role at ASCOA, she served as the administrator of the Center for Specialized Surgery in Bethlehem, Pa., for five years. She has 18 years of experience in the hospital setting. She began as an OR nurse at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and finished her hospital career as a perioperative director at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Bethlehem. Ms. Jordan earned her nursing degree and bachelor’s degree in business administration from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa.

Susan Kizirian, BSN, RN, MBA. Ms. Kizirian is the COO of ASCOA and has more than 27 years of experience in all aspects of ASC operations. Ms. Kizirian has served as an administrative executive and a consultant for ASC management and development, physician practice management and clinical site research. She is one of the founders and lifetime president emeritus of the Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgical Centers and past president of the Ambulatory Surgery Management Society of the Medical Group Management Association.

Jill Thrasher, CASC. Ms. Thrasher is the administrator of Precisions Surgery Center of Dallas. Precisions Surgery Center of Dallas is affiliated with Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. She has served as an ASCOA administrator for more than five years. Ms. Thrasher earned her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Texas State University-San Marcos.

Suzanne Wienbarg, RN, CASC. Ms. Wienbarg is a senior vice president of operations at ASCOA, with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare management and operations. Prior to joining ASCOA, Ms. Wienbarg was a vice president of operations for the ambulatory surgery division of HealthSouth. During her time with HealthSouth, she worked extensively in development, operations and physician recruitment. She has been active as a member and officer in healthcare professional organizations.