Budgeting can certainly cause a type of pain and suffering for all involved, but allowing the budget process to overwhelm us implies that computers and formulas are somehow more complex than human life. In the case of the facility -- St. Frances Medical Center, Monroe, LA -- the solution, implemented in 2007, was a budget workshop. The workshop was designed to provide guidance to the managers and directors in an environment that was less disruptive to their day-to-day routine. This would also provide the opportunity for nonfinance managers to develop a greater understanding of their departmental budgets, resulting in increased ownership and accountability. The budget workshop process and the unit-of-service checkpoints provided a framework for a more agile response to changes in volume assumptions. Changes are now organized and systematic, making it possible for departments to model the assumptions and develop an acceptable budget the first time through the process.