Conference Agenda

The 2024 OR Manager Conference program features more than 45 educational sessions designed specifically for perioperative leaders in all facility types. Whether you want to learn which cases should move to outpatient facilities, improve leadership and communication skills, optimize throughput, address staffing creatively, improve your business skills, or learn the keys to success in OR management, OR Manager Conference has you covered!

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Sunday, October 27

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Registration
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Networking Events
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
John R. Rosing, MHA, FACHE, Executive Vice President, Patton Healthcare Consulting

Many of the most problematic Joint Commission standards are applicable to the Operating Room and invasive procedural areas of your hospital. Attend this workshop and learn how to identify each of these issues, highlight how surveyors attempt to assess your compliance with them, and share methods to install bullet-proof solutions to ensure a finding-free survey.


Learning objectives:

  • Prepare your operating room and central sterile processing department for survey. 
  • Advance the safety of care delivery with sustainable process improvements.
  • Develop strategies to avoid the most commonly cited regulatory deficiencies.

Take-home tool:

Examples of what surveyors look for when spotting deficiencies that are often right under your nose. Examples of processes that if adopted and sustained assure that you will have a successful regulatory survey and improved quality of care day in and day out.


*Pre-Conference Workshop included for Best Value and All-Access pass holders.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Networking Events

Open to Reverse Expo participants and participating vendors.

Monday, October 28

7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Registration
7:15 am - 8:00 am
Networking Events
Sheila Robinson-Kiss, Msw, Lcsw, Mental Health Educator, Rebalancing America and Beyond

Do you have a plan to safeguard your mental health? 

 

Most people have a plan to maintain their car, home, and backyard. There are even plans available to help us care for our pets these days! But do you have a plan to safeguard your mental health? Many individuals rarely, if ever, stop to check-in with themselves about building a resilience plan for elevated living and functioning.  


This energizing program features the four keys to sustain resilience: 

  1. Decide
  2. Connect
  3. Implement
  4. Prioritize

Sheila takes program attendees on an invigorating and thought-provoking journey where they are challenged to rethink connection, commitment, and the power of decision to transform how life is experienced day to day. This program celebrates feeling, living, and being empowered to safeguard your mental health. 


The audience will walk away refreshed and ready to begin using what they have learned immediately as a result of Sheila’s interactive resilience mapping featured inside the program.


Discover your renewed interest, recharge and get ready for a powerful week of learning and networking!


Learning objectives:

  • Learn how queuing up your environment leads to sustained emotional freedom and high levels of productivity. 
  • Explore three powerful ways to rethink connection to transform your life and support elevated levels of mental health. 
  • Discover one impactful move you can make to manage the ever changing OR climate.
  • Gain key insights into the most powerful decision you make daily, that will immediately shift energy levels and perspective. 
9:15 am - 10:00 am
James Becker, Chief Executive Officer, Trias MD

This session is tailored for stakeholders involved in the establishment of Physician-Owned Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). Join us for an informative discussion addressing the critical aspects of crafting operating agreements, complying with safe harbor laws, and meeting regulatory requirements within this specialized domain.


Learning objectives:

• Gain insights into the essential components and best practices for structuring robust operating agreements tailored to Physician-Owned ASCs, ensuring legal compliance and operational clarity.

• Explore the intricacies of safe harbor laws and their implications for ASC operations, learning how to align operating agreements with legal requirements to mitigate risk and ensure compliance.

• Navigate the regulatory landscape governing Physician-Owned ASCs, discuss strategies and considerations to align operating agreements with legal frameworks and compliance standards.


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The challenge of matching supply with demand in the operating room (OR) is a critical issue. Current tools and processes are often inadequate, leading to staffing shortages and underutilized capacity in OR settings. To address these challenges, it’s essential to overhaul existing methodologies and embrace AI-driven, intelligent, virtual, and distributed systems. Such a transformation not only maximizes OR utilization but also enhances staff satisfaction and patient care. Implementing these innovative solutions can yield significant results - increasing surgical cases, reducing staff burnout, and creating a more efficient and productive OR environment. This session will explore how AI can revolutionize OR operations, from patient scheduling to resource allocation, demonstrating tangible improvements such as a significant increase in the number of surgical cases handled per OR annually.


Learning objectives:

  • Identify the limitations of current capacity management tools and processes in the OR context.
  • Explore the advantages of integrating AI-driven systems for effective capacity and staffing management in the OR.
  • Discover new AI innovations tailored for OR efficiency.
  • Envision the future of hospital operations with a focus on generative AI in the OR.
Tonya Seckner, MSN, RN, CPAN, Assistant Director of Perioperative Services, Upstate Medical University

Join us for an illuminating discussion on the challenges faced by Post-Anesthesia Care Units (PACUs) concerning capacity constraints and throughput issues. This session focuses on strategies to effectively manage these challenges, particularly in accommodating overnight stays within PACUs.


Learning objectives: 

• Explore innovative approaches and best practices aimed at optimizing PACU resources, streamlining workflows, and enhancing patient care while extending stays beyond the typical post-operative period.

• Gain insights into protocols, resource allocation strategies, and collaborative methodologies that enable PACUs to address capacity limitations, ensure patient safety, and maintain quality care delivery during extended stays.

• Demonstrate clinical decision algorithms and pathways to improve throughput.


Kristy Hemingway, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Director of Surgery, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando Health
Constance Tasker, MSN, RN, CNOR, Assistant Manager Quality & Education, Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando Health

This session will discuss the transformative shift occurring in healthcare staffing, particularly regarding the diminishing reliance on traveler nurses. Hospitals are increasingly directing their focus towards investing in training programs tailored for new nurse graduates. Join us for an illuminating discussion on this paradigm shift in nursing competencies and workforce strategies.


Learning objectives:

• Explore the factors prompting hospitals to reduce dependence on traveler nurses and the emerging strategies behind this shift.

• Discover how healthcare institutions are prioritizing training programs and mentorship for new nurse graduates, aiming to cultivate a robust and sustainable nursing workforce.

• Employ effective methodologies in reducing reliance on traveler nurses while fostering a skilled, competent nursing workforce.


10:00 am - 11:00 am
Serena Bumpus, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Executive Officer, Texas Nurses Association

This session is designed to inspire and equip nurses with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to actively participate in grassroots legislative advocacy. Join us for an enlightening discussion on the pivotal role nurses play in shaping healthcare policies and driving change from the grassroots level to influence legislative decisions.


Learning objectives:

• Explore the importance of nurses' involvement in legislative advocacy, recognizing their unique perspectives and experiences in shaping healthcare policies.

• Examine case studies and success stories highlighting the tangible impact of nurse-led grassroots advocacy efforts in influencing legislative decisions and driving positive changes in healthcare.

• Discover a variety of tools, resources, and platforms available to nurses to effectively engage in grassroots advocacy, amplify their voices, and connect with policymakers.


10:00 am - 11:00 am
Ivelisse Vicente, Assistant Director of Nursing for Ambulatory Services, University of Rochester- Strong Memorial Hospital

Executive presence is a fairly new leadership term that has been difficult to describe. Despite the challenges in describing executive presence, it remains a crucial aspect of leadership and is often recognized when observed. As a New Manager, developing executive presence is paramount to success and often involves a combination of self-awareness, interpersonal skills, and continuous learning. 


Engage with a seasoned presenter offering insights, strategies, and a holistic perspective on developing executive presence, drawing from practical experiences and success stories.


Learning objectives:

• Discover the three pillars of executive presence and how to apply them to your leadership plan.

• Gain actionable takeaways and practical methodologies to enhance and refine executive presence.

• Embrace the philosophy of lifelong learning as a cornerstone in honing executive presence and evolution as leaders.

Sharona Ross, MD, FACS, Director of Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy and the GERD and Esophageal Cancer Center, Advent Health

Join us for an insightful discussion on the application of robotics in outpatient surgery, specifically within the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) arena. This discussion will delve into the innovative use of robotics, addressing space considerations, surgeon recruitment, patient recovery enhancement, and the strategic implications of utilizing robotics in the outpatient surgical setting.


Learning objectives:

• Gain insights into the innovative applications of robotics within ASCs, exploring how robotics technology addresses space constraints and enhances surgical capabilities.

• Explore the role of robotics in attracting and retaining surgeon talent within ASCs, discussing how this technology can appeal to surgeons and elevate the center's profile.

• Describe the impact of robotics on patient recovery and early discharge in outpatient surgeries, examining how robotics can contribute to improved post-operative outcomes and quicker recovery times.


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In this session, participants will explore the strategic use of automation to enhance surgical volumes in the operating room. By integrating with EHRs, the Qventus platform leverages AI, machine learning, and behavioral science to predict operational bottlenecks, recommend remedies, and automate processes. This enables care teams to make smarter decisions and optimize patient flow, while reducing cognitive load on team members and improving the patient experience.


Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the role of automation in surgical volume growth.

  • Identify key areas for automation implementation.

  • Evaluate the impact of automation on patient care and outcomes.


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11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Katherine Grichnik, MD, MS, FASE, Chief Medical Officer, SCA Health
Lindsay Lowder, VP Anesthesia Services, SCA Health

In today's healthcare landscape, the shortage of anesthesia staff has become a pressing concern, resulting in compromised patient care and increased stress on already overburdened perioperative teams. As healthcare facilities strive to meet the ever-growing demand for surgical procedures, it is crucial to address this challenge head-on.


This session will delve into the critical issue of anesthesia staff shortages and how to effectively align staffing levels with the demanding needs of the operating room to ensure seamless patient care and operational efficiency.


Learning objectives:

• Bridge the gap between OR demand and anesthesia availability to meet the highest standard of care in the OR.

• Explore innovative solutions to optimize surgical workflow.

• Expand the scope of practice for qualified professionals to deliver superior patient care while maximizing operational efficiencies.


Laurie Burns MSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA, CIRT, Clinical Nurse Educator, Operating Room, Main Line Health Lankenau Hospital
Lexi Connor, BSN, RN, Clinical Staff RN-Graduate of Nurse Residency Program 2023, Main Line Health Lankenau Hospital
Melissa Murray, RN, Specialty Team Coordinator - Vascular and Reconstructive Plastics, Main Line Health Lankenau Hospital
Simone Nicholson, MSN, RN, CNOR, Nurse Manager Main Operating Room, Main Line Health Lankenau Hospital

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion exploring the dynamics of a diverse, multigenerational workforce and strategies for fostering collaboration, understanding, and synergy among different age groups. This discussion will focus on how organizations can leverage the strengths of each generation to create a harmonious and thriving work environment.


Learning objectives:

• Explore the unique traits, values, and work preferences of various generations present in today's workforce, including Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z.

• Discuss effective communication strategies and initiatives that facilitate mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration among different age groups.

• Discover how organizations can harness the diverse experiences and perspectives of multiple generations to drive innovation, creativity, and problem-solving.


11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Steve Spring, Executive Finance Director, Massachusetts General Hospital

This session offers a comprehensive exploration of innovative avenues to acquire capital equipment without upfront funds, delving into ROI analytics, negotiation tips, and finance fundamentals tailored to healthcare professionals.


Learning objectives:

• Discover alternative options and strategies available for acquiring capital equipment without upfront funding, empowering attendees to explore innovative financial solutions.

• Learn effective methods for evaluating ROI and honing negotiation skills crucial in securing optimal deals for capital equipment procurement.

• Discuss finance fundamentals, focusing on capital and operating budgets.


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Addressing the complex challenge of block time allocation is critical for perioperative leaders. The operating room (OR) time, a limited yet vital resource, often faces conflicting demands and underutilization. This dilemma is partly due to traditional allocation practices that rely on historical or imperfect data, failing to align with the actual demand. Additionally, the mindset among surgeons that their block time is the only means of accessing the OR further complicates the issue. Block management processes are often manual, time-intensive, and retrospective, hindering efficient use of OR time.


To overcome these challenges and improve OR utilization, it is essential to harness technology beyond what EHRs are capable of. This approach transcends traditional block allocation barriers, providing enhanced OR access and efficiency through insightful, data-driven decision-making. Hospitals and perioperative teams are increasingly adopting a proactive, data-driven approach with predictive and prescriptive analytics to support block allocation and drive strategic operational decision-making.


Learning objectives:

  • Identify the prevalent challenges in allocating OR block time, managing surgeon access, and the limitations associated with traditional block allocation methods.
  • Examine how reliance on historical or flawed data in traditional block allocation contributes to underutilization and restricted OR access.
  • Illustrate the role of AI-driven analytics in refining block time allocation for enhanced OR access and efficiency.
  • Learn how technology is unlocking OR capacity and optimized resource allocation.


2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Periop Networking and Innovation Hub
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Room: Theater 2
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Maximizing surgeon and staff productivity and efficient use of operating room time (and minimizing conflict) that arises around surgeon accessibility and efficient use of operating room time is an achievable goal when all stakeholders have the capability to easily access transparent and actionable data. Adopting technology with predictive and prescriptive data analytics drives meaningful conversations, builds a collaborative culture and strengthens multidisciplinary relationships, while improving access to optimal patient care.  


Learning objectives:

  • Describe how access to transparent and actionable data can help maximize surgeon and staff productivity and efficient use of operating room time. 
  • Explain how adopting technology with predictive and prescriptive analytics can facilitate meaningful conversations and collaboration among stakeholders.
  • Gain insights into how to break through historical challenges of block utilization, scheduling, and resource allocation.  
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Periop Networking and Innovation Hub
2:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Periop Networking and Innovation Hub
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Room: Booth 419
Exhibitor CE Programs
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3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Room: Theater 2
Sponsored by:
   
Dr. Amy Williams, DNP, RN, CPAN, CSPDT, CSPM, Senior Manager for Clinical Education Compliance, STERIS Instrument Management Services (IMS)
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This session will discuss strategies for right-sizing equipment inventory based on utilization and value the right-sizing process can bring to forecasting capital and operating budgets. Steps to ensure appropriate asset mix for procedure volume and reduction of loaner dependency will be discussed and practical approaches for implementing the right-sizing process will be outlined. 


Learning objectives: 

• Define quality management as it applies to asset utilization. 

• Explain how asset utilization can assist in right sizing inventory.

• Identify common challenges that may result from lack of insight into asset utilization.

• Identify key metrics used to evaluate asset utilization.

• Outline steps for Asset Utilization Analysis using the metrics collected.


3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Room: Theater 1
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4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Periop Networking and Innovation Hub
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Periop Networking and Innovation Hub

Tuesday, October 29

7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Registration
Sam Sullivan, RN, Clinical Director, University of Rochester Medical Center
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Sustainability is a key priority for leading health systems, and it’s importance is only growing. How can clinical leaders achieve goals in this area given available resources? This session will focus on innovative solutions that reduce waste, increase efficiency, and support staff and patient safety in the OR.


Learning objectives:

  • Discuss ways to work with industry partners to optimize sustainable actions.
  • Discover innovative solutions to reduce waste in the OR and increase efficiency.
  • Explore sustainability options to support staff and create a culture of safety.
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Dr. Amy Shore (Invited), Medical Director, Board Certified Anesthesiologist, DISC Surgery Center at Marina del Rey

Advancements in equipment technology, advancement in anesthesia techniques and medication along with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) desire to decrease surgery cost is compelling higher acuity surgical procedures such as complex spines, and total joints to migrate from being an inpatient procedure to an outpatient procedure. ASC leaders are exploring ways to add spine and total joint procedures to their center while maintaining efficiencies and same day discharge. A key to developing a successful future in your ASC will rely heavily on the skills and knowledge of the anesthesia provider.  This session will share insights into the characteristics, benefits, and impact of different anesthesia choices and how these choices can enhance the patient’s recovery, provide comfort from acute pain, and encourage early ambulation.


Learning objectives:

  • Gain comprehensive insights into the characteristics, benefits, and drawbacks of Propofol and Conscious Sedation, specifically in the context of outpatient procedure recovery and discharge.
  • Explore the impact of different anesthesia choices on patient recovery, comfort, and early ambulation, analyzing the potential benefits and challenges associated with each method.
  • Discuss the economic implications and cost-effectiveness of regional blocks vs. narcotics in outpatient settings, weighing the financial aspects against patient outcomes and operational efficiencies.
Rick May, MD, Senior Principal (SVP)/Orthopedic Surgeon, Vizient Inc.
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Surgery is the financial lifeblood for most hospitals, and health systems are facing unprecedented pressure to deliver better surgery outcomes, greater OR efficiency, increased revenue and margins, and to grow their surgical services capacity. Perioperative teams are tasked to achieve these goals despite major resource constraints.


This session will discuss broad-based improvements in surgical quality, OR efficiency, supply chain optimization, and financial performance.


Key goals include:

  • Improve patient care and quality.
  • Maximize revenue through increased OR capacity, more cases, and higher dollars per case.
  • Increase OR utilization.
  • Optimize case location selection - Inpatient/Outpatient/ASC.
  • Improve market share. 
  • Attract more surgeons by delivering a “best-in-class” OR experience.

Learning objectives:

  • Define the most common issues that are hurting your surgery program.
  • Identify the most important issues to address first in order to rapidly improve your OR performance.
  • Describe the proven strategies that will supercharge your OR quality, operations, supply chain, and financial performance. 
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9:00 am - 9:50 am
Stephanie Wood, PhD, RN (Invited), Dean and Professor, Hunt School of Nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

This session delves into the strategies and initiatives aimed at empowering nursing students to thrive in their career journey and contribute effectively to local health systems in the perioperative arena. We explore the current trends, barriers, and opportunities in nursing education and practice, emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts between educational institutions, healthcare organizations, and professional bodies to grow the future perioperative nursing workforce. 


Learning objectives:

•Gain insight into evidence-based practices and novel approaches designed to support nursing students from the classroom to the operating room.

•Describe the role of local health systems in fostering a supportive environment conducive to the success and retention of nursing graduates.

•Explain collaborative initiatives that hold the potential to shape the future of perioperative nursing to create a resilient workforce.

Michael Burke, Founder and CEO, Copient Health
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Unlock the hidden potential of your operating room (OR) with artificial intelligence (AI). This session dives into practical ways to leverage AI to optimize OR utilization, leading to increased patient and surgeon access while simultaneously boosting revenue. We'll demystify the process, showcasing how existing challenges in optimizing schedules, staff allocation, and resource management can be tackled with readily available AI solutions. Gain valuable insights on identifying improvement areas, selecting the right AI tools, and implementing them seamlessly within your workflow.


By attending this session, OR managers will leave equipped with actionable strategies and a clear roadmap to leverage AI for improved efficiency, accessibility, and financial performance in their operating rooms.


Learning objectives:

• Identify key bottlenecks and describe the common challenges impacting OR utilization, patient access, and revenue generation.

• Explore available AI solutions and discover how AI-powered tools can optimize scheduling, resource allocation, and cost management within your OR.

• Develop an implementation plan and understand the practical steps involved in selecting and integrating AI solutions for a smooth and successful transition.


Brian Dawson, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM, System VP of Perioperative Services, CommonSpirit Health
Cindy Hess, MSN, RN, FNP-C, CNAMB, Director of Nursing, Northeast Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center
Vikram Tiwari, PhD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics and Senior Director, Surgical Analytics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

This session is designed to empower nurse leaders with the skills and strategies necessary to navigate and respond effectively to challenging conversations within their teams. Join us for an insightful discussion on handling difficult conversations, fostering better communication, and managing conflicts within the workplace.


Learning objectives:

• Gain insights into the nature of difficult conversations and their impact on team dynamics, developing a nuanced understanding of various challenging scenarios.

• Describe practical techniques and approaches to respond constructively to challenging conversations, fostering a positive and solution-oriented dialogue within the team.

• Explore conflict resolution methodologies and communication strategies that facilitate open dialogue and cultivate a more cohesive team environment.


Moderator:

Amy M. Bethel, MPA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Education Coordinator, OR Manager

10:00 am - 2:30 pm
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Periop Networking and Innovation Hub
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Periop Networking and Innovation Hub
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Periop Networking and Innovation Hub
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Room: Booth 419
Exhibitor CE Programs
Sponsored by:
   
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Room: Theater 2
Sponsored by:
   
Dr. Amy Williams, DNP, RN, CPAN, CSPDT, CSPM, Senior Manager for Clinical Education Compliance, STERIS Instrument Management Services (IMS)

This session will discuss strategies for right-sizing equipment inventory based on utilization and value the right-sizing process can bring to forecasting capital and operating budgets. Steps to ensure appropriate asset mix for procedure volume and reduction of loaner dependency will be discussed and practical approaches for implementing the right-sizing process will be outlined. 


Learning objectives: 

• Define quality management as it applies to asset utilization. 

• Explain how asset utilization can assist in right sizing inventory.

• Identify common challenges that may result from lack of insight into asset utilization.

• Identify key metrics used to evaluate asset utilization.

• Outline steps for Asset Utilization Analysis using the metrics collected.


10:30 am - 2:15 pm
Periop Networking and Innovation Hub
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Room: Theater 1
Periop Networking and Innovation Hub
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This education session will focus on the ANSI Z136.3 standard for the safe use of lasers in healthcare. Understand how it is related to accreditation, regulatory agencies and professional organization practice guidelines. Compliance with the standard is necessary to control laser hazards and safety relative to patient treatment application risks.

 

Learning objectives:

• Discuss laser safety program requirements

• Describe laser operator/user training and competency requirements.

• Discuss the decision-making metrics on laser ownership versus third-party laser/operator services.


Sponsored by:
   

Maximizing surgeon and staff productivity and efficient use of operating room time (and minimizing conflict) that arises around surgeon accessibility and efficient use of operating room time is an achievable goal when all stakeholders have the capability to easily access transparent and actionable data. Adopting technology with predictive and prescriptive data analytics drives meaningful conversations, builds a collaborative culture and strengthens multidisciplinary relationships, while improving access to optimal patient care.  


Learning objectives:

  • Describe how access to transparent and actionable data can help maximize surgeon and staff productivity and efficient use of operating room time. 
  • Explain how adopting technology with predictive and prescriptive analytics can facilitate meaningful conversations and collaboration among stakeholders.
  • Gain insights into how to break through historical challenges of block utilization, scheduling, and resource allocation.  
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Periop Networking and Innovation Hub
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Periop Networking and Innovation Hub
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Room: Theater 2
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Room: Theater 1
Sponsored by:
   
Dr. Amy Williams, DNP, RN, CPAN, CSPDT, CSPM, Senior Manager for Clinical Education Compliance, STERIS Instrument Management Services (IMS)
Sponsored by:
   

This session will discuss strategies for right-sizing equipment inventory based on utilization and value the right-sizing process can bring to forecasting capital and operating budgets. Steps to ensure appropriate asset mix for procedure volume and reduction of loaner dependency will be discussed and practical approaches for implementing the right-sizing process will be outlined. 


Learning objectives: 

• Define quality management as it applies to asset utilization. 

• Explain how asset utilization can assist in right sizing inventory.

• Identify common challenges that may result from lack of insight into asset utilization.

• Identify key metrics used to evaluate asset utilization.

• Outline steps for Asset Utilization Analysis using the metrics collected.


Sponsored by:
   

This education session will focus on the ANSI Z136.3 standard for the safe use of lasers in healthcare. Understand how it is related to accreditation, regulatory agencies and professional organization practice guidelines. Compliance with the standard is necessary to control laser hazards and safety relative to patient treatment application risks.

 

Learning objectives:

• Discuss laser safety program requirements

• Describe laser operator/user training and competency requirements.

• Discuss the decision-making metrics on laser ownership versus third-party laser/operator services.


2:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Periop Networking and Innovation Hub
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Michael Gillman, MD, Vice Chairman, La Veta Surgical Center

As the landscape of healthcare evolves, ASCs have become pivotal in providing efficient and cost-effective care. This session aims to explore the current state of outpatient total joint surgeries in ASCs, examining key trends, challenges, and innovations shaping the industry.


Learning objectives:

  • Gain insights into the shifting paradigm of outpatient total joint procedures and how ASCs are adapting to meet the demand for these surgeries outside traditional hospital settings.
  • Explain the impact of outpatient total joint surgeries on patient outcomes and satisfaction.
  • Explore technological advancements that are influencing surgical techniques, patient monitoring, and overall procedural efficiency in the outpatient setting.
Amanda Becker, MSN, RN, Clinical Systems Specialist, Informatics, Mayo Clinic
Samantha McColley, Solution Architect Informatics Lead, Mayo Clinic
Robert Swanson, Information Systems Application Architect, Mayo Clinic

The measurement of "Returns to the Operating Room" (OR) is a critical healthcare metric reported to the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP). Precise classification of returns as related or unrelated to the original procedure, and whether they were planned or unplanned, is vital. In cases related to the initial surgery, an OR nurse records the type and reason for the return. Subsequently, a message is sent to the Index Surgeon, the lead surgeon from the original procedure, for documentation verification and potential updates. This rigorous process ensures data accuracy and enhances patient safety and healthcare quality.


Learning objectives:

• Outline the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Return to OR reporting requirements.

• Define an Electronic Health Record (EHR) workflow for the Index Surgeon's verification of Return to OR documentation.

• Measure the impact of the workflow enhancements on compliance levels with the NSQIP Return to OR reporting standards.


This session focuses on implementing a standardized approach to preoperative care tailored for prepping surgical patients. Each surgery or surgeon has a preference to prepping their patients. Staff have the overwhelming tasks to learn standards whether it’s for an open-heart surgery, abdominal surgery or other surgical specialty line. This daunting assignment can cause delays in care, frustration among staff and surgeons, and most importantly place patients at risk for disapproval or errors.


Learn how one facility developed preoperative preference cards to help standardize the nursing care performed in the preoperative area. The development of preoperative preference cards were based on best practice care from the formidable standards of accrediting agencies, certification standards and best care pathways. They were also compiled with the knowledge from the surgeons, anesthesiologist, circulating nurses and perioperative staff.


Attend this session for a step-by-step guide to developing preoperative preference cards to improve operational efficiencies, patient safety and throughput at any facility.


Learning objectives:

• Discuss the importance of standardized preoperative care in ensuring patient safety and satisfaction.

• Explain how preoperative preference cards can streamline surgical processes, reduce delays, and mitigate risks associated with inconsistent practices.

• Describe how preoperative preference cards can improve patient outcomes, enhance staff satisfaction and optimize departmental efficiency.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Edna Gilliam, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR, Assistant Vice President of Perioperative Services and SPD, Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware
Kwame Gyabaah, BS, CHL, CIS, CER, CRCST, Sterile Processing Manager, Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware
Sharon Udy-Janczuk, EdD, MSN, RN, CNOR, NE-BC, Perioperative Services, Clinical Nurse Educator, Transition to Practice, Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware

Discovering the right approach to allocate resources for the Sterile Processing Department (SPD) involves considering the use of patient days and surgical volumes to gauge productivity. In light of the nationwide shortage of SPD techs and scheduling difficulties, this session will explore alternative methodologies, focusing on assessing full-time equivalents (FTEs).


Join us for an enlightening conversation delving into a comprehensive understanding of daily SPD operations, aiming to align workforce allocation more effectively with the required human resources.


Learning objectives:

•Implement novel metrics to assess SPD utilization, supporting capital and operational needs, including FTEs.

•Establish a methodology ensuring sufficient human resources.

•Advocate for FTEs by engaging the C-suite in discussions.


Lisa Cadugan, MSN, RN, CNOR, Director, Surgical Services, Operations and Service Lines Group, HCA Healthcare

This session is dedicated to exploring effective strategies aimed at attracting exceptional individuals into nurse leadership positions. Join us for an insightful discussion on the unique qualities, skills, and pathways that can entice top talent to pursue and excel in a nurse leadership role.


Learning objectives: 

• Examine the role of mentorship programs, professional development opportunities, and continuous learning in grooming and attracting talented individuals towards nurse leadership.

• Explore diverse pathways and opportunities for aspiring nurse leaders, highlighting the various career trajectories and development paths available within nursing leadership.

• Discover innovative recruitment strategies tailored to showcase the rewarding aspects and career growth opportunities within nurse leadership positions.


Blas Brown, Jr., MBA, Business Director of Perioperative Services, MedStar Health

This session is tailored for new managers seeking foundational knowledge in key business topics crucial for their professional growth and success. Join us for an insightful discussion covering essential areas such as crafting compelling business cases, honing negotiation skills, and navigating career progression within the managerial landscape.


Learning objectives:

• Construct and present convincing business cases to secure resources and support for team initiatives, fostering influence and impact within an organization.

• Explore fundamental negotiation principles and tactics essential for new managers, enabling them to navigate diverse scenarios and secure favorable outcomes in professional interactions.

• Gain insights into the pathways and strategies for career progression within the managerial realm, empowering new managers to identify growth opportunities and map out their professional journey.


Joan Dentler, MBA, Founder, Avanza Healthcare Strategies

To add an ASC or grow their number of centers, hospitals and health systems are increasingly exploring whether to convert existing hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) to Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). This may seem like an easy approach to adding ASCs to an outpatient portfolio. Yet it is an approach rife with risk if those involved do not understand or fully appreciate the dynamics of a conversion. Even small oversights can derail a project or cause the new ASC to underperform.


Attend this session to dive into the growing trend of converting HOPDs to freestanding ASCs. Discover the pitfalls, best practices and lessons learned from real conversions and key considerations for success, such as surgeon engagement, speed to market and lowering costs.


Learning objectives:

• Discover when it does and does not make sense to convert an HOPD to an ASC.

• Describe what hospitals should do when proceeding with an HOPD-to-ASC conversion.

• Recognize the importance of hospital-surgeon collaboration for the converted ASC.

Dawnmarie Devito, MSN, Ed., RN, CPAN, Director of Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Same Day Surgery, and Pre Admission Testing, RWJ Barnabas Health
Nicholas Meo, BSN, CNOR, OR Director, RWJ Barnabas Health

This session offers a comprehensive exploration of OR efficiency strategies, resilience in the face of challenges, and the strategic measures adopted to navigate disruptions while maintaining progress toward efficiency goals. This case study will show how one team improved First Case on Time Starts (FCOTS) from 68% to 80% and Turn Around Time (TAT) from 41 minutes to 37 minutes, despite challenges posed by a workforce strike.


Learning objectives:

• Learn how to create and leverage a diverse team dedicated to optimizing OR efficiency, fostering collaboration and synergy among various stakeholders.

• Understand the application of process mapping techniques to pinpoint inefficiencies and bottlenecks within OR workflows, facilitating targeted improvements.

• Explore strategies to secure stakeholder buy-in, both before and after unforeseen disruptions, including workforce strikes, ensuring sustained commitment to efficiency initiatives.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thaina Dos Santos Jensen, BSN, RN, Acute Care Registered Nurse, Stormont Vail Health
Jenny Lee James, BSN, RN, CPAN, Registered Nurse, Perioperative Care, Stormont Vail Health

Emergence agitation is a phenomenon that develops during the transition from unconsciousness to complete wakefulness after surgery that can lead to sporadic incidents of violence. A strong safety culture is essential to secure a uniform and nonviolent environment for patients and PACU nurses. It is essential to implement a standardized model for individuals who experience this phenomenon. Safety issues need to be addressed for patients recovering and staff members taking care of them. The phenomenon expends staff resources, and the situation can cause stress for those involved. Collaboration is strategic to develop and implement a standardized care model. Awareness on safety issues is vital to ensure optimum care for vulnerable patients in the PACU.


Learning objectives:

• Bring awareness on emergence agitation to other disciplines.

• Educate nurses on the safety issues of emergence agitation.

• Optimize interdisciplinary collaboration on this phenomenon.


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Miranda Clark MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, Director Operating Room & Endoscopy - Hospitals, Summa Health System
Kelly Glendon, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, Associate Chief Nursing Officer- Surgical Services, Summa Health System
Jessica Gray, MS, Director Business Intelligence, Surgical Services, Summa Health System

This session will focus on the creative strategies for preparing the onboarding process and early connection with new surgeons. The presentation will share case studies on the implementation of an operational process with a focus on supply, instrumentation and resource management during surgeon onboarding. The speakers will share best practices on cost avoidance, reduction, standardization and resource optimization.


Learning objectives:

  • Describe the implementation of a surgeon onboarding process that supports engagement and preparation without deviating from standard value analysis processes for supply and equipment needs.
  • Discuss the roadmap for implementation of supply and equipment management with focus on cost avoidance, cost reduction and operational changes needed after surgeon departure.
  • Explore the outcomes of implementation for each of these processes and how to implement them at your institution.


Virginia Garner, RN, VP Perioperative, Health First
Melissa Lingle, Managing Consultant, Impact Advisors LLC
Kaye Reiter, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Perioperative Subject Matter Expert and Consultant, Impact Advisors LLC

The perioperative department grapples with common challenges in meeting crucial efficiency metrics while ensuring both patient care and surgeon satisfaction. This session will guide you through a successful organizational journey, detailing a rapid cycle change process. Understand why it is critical to have a collaborative triad approach which includes nurses, surgeons and anesthesia leaders. From initial assessment to seamless implementation, learn how one organization navigated this journey, producing sustainable improvements in key metrics while prioritizing the patient's well-being amidst operational changes.


Learning objectives:

• Outline successful leadership structure that will drive operational improvements. 

• Discuss the components of rapid cycle improvement to drive structural and efficiency changes within your organization. 

• Review critical communication processes to ensure all parties are aligned to achieve results. 

Leiran Cornish, MBA-HM, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Patrel Nobles, MSN, RN, CNOR, NE-BC, Nursing Manager, Reston Hospital
Nicholas Rizzo, MS-HSA, RN, CNOR, Assistant Director of Nursing, Operating Room, University of Rochester- Strong Memorial Hospital

Join us for an inspiring panel discussion featuring emerging leaders as they share their unique perspectives, experiences, and strategies in developing in their role as New Managers. This engaging session offers a firsthand glimpse into the mindset, challenges, and innovative approaches embraced by the next generation of leaders poised to drive transformative change.


Learning objectives:

• Gain insights into diverse leadership perspectives by emerging leaders, embracing a wide-range of leadership styles.

• Explore the challenges encountered by emerging leaders and discover their strategies employed to overcome obstacles, fostering resilience and adaptability in leadership.

• Discover innovative methodologies and visionary thinking processes utilized by emerging leaders to drive change, inspiring attendees to embrace creativity and forward-thinking in their own leadership endeavors.

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ticket included for Best Value pass holders.

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Room: Splash Pool at MGM Grand
Networking Events

Separate ticket required. Tickets can be purchased during registration. The Best Value Pass includes 1 OR Manager’s Night Out ticket with your registration. Guest tickets are available for purchase. All guests must be 21+.

Wednesday, October 30

7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration
7:30 am - 8:30 am
Cindy Beauvais, MBA, BSN, RN, CAPA, Principal Consultant, Ambulatory Surgery Consulting Partners
Anapa Nophlin, MS, CHFP, CASC, CSPPM, CPC, Principal Consultant, Ambulatory Surgery Consulting Partners

This session offers an in-depth exploration of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) standards, specifically tailored for Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs). Join us for an informative discussion highlighting key accreditation requirements and addressing common areas where citations frequently occur during surveys.


Learning objectives:

• Gain a comprehensive understanding of the accreditation standards set forth by AAAHC for ASCs, exploring their significance and impact on operational compliance.

• Explore the areas within AAAHC standards where ASCs commonly face citations during surveys, dissecting the root causes and implications of non-compliance.

• Acquire actionable strategies and best practices to address and mitigate potential citations, fostering a culture of continuous compliance improvement within the ASC setting.


Hank Balch, Founder and President, First Case Media, LLC

In an era characterized by technological advancements and increased surgical complexity, traditional approaches to clinical education in the OR and SPD are due for a disruption. This cutting-edge session will delve into the dynamic intersection of clinical practice, leadership, and technology within the critical care and ASC settings. Attendees will explore transformative educational models that equip clinicians and leadership with the tools to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of perioperative & sterile processing practice. We will unpack the actionable strategies needed to elevate clinical education and, consequently, patient outcomes.


Learning objectives:

  • Discuss the current trends in clinical education disruption.
  • Evaluate emerging technologies and methodologies.
  • Outline disruptive educational strategies for leaders, educators, and frontline clinicians.
Fawn Esser-Lipp, MBA, BSN, CASC, CNOR, Executive Director, The Surgery Center LLC
Tracy Hoeft-Hoffman, MSN, MBA, RN, CASC, Administrator, Heartland Surgery Center
Katherine Houle, MSN, RN, CPAN, Manager, PeriAnesthesia, CRNA, Sedated Imaging, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
Carol Pehotsky, DNP, RN, CPAN, NEA-BC, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Surgical Services and Senior Director, Surgical Nursing, Cleveland Clinic

This session will focus on the escalating social cases that confront healthcare providers during patient discharge, particularly in the realm of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). This session delves into the multifaceted challenges faced by healthcare professionals, including issues related to human trafficking, mental health patients, and caregivers, emphasizing the rising demand for social workers to collaborate with Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) nurses in the hospital and ASC setting.


Learning objectives:

• Discuss collaborative approaches to address the complexities of social cases, facilitating effective and compassionate care transitions. 

• Describe the critical role of social workers in supporting PACU nurses, identifying and managing patient concerns at discharge.

• Gain insights into best practices, tools, and resources to enhance patient support and optimize post-discharge outcomes amidst evolving social challenges in healthcare settings.

8:45 am - 9:45 am
Karen Ferris, MSN, RN, CNOR, OR Manager, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

This session will explore the transformative journey to address burnout among staff taking overnight call. Hear from one team on how they crafted an innovative staffing model that included full-time pay for call shifts and significantly reduced burnout rates while bolstering staff retention. Attendees will gain insights into the strategies employed, lessons learned, and the impact of these changes on staff well-being and organizational effectiveness.


Learning objectives:

• Explore methodologies to implore full-time pay for call shifts and how to make it economical for your institution.   

• Evaluate critical success factors to shift from conventional call to a full-time pay model.  

• Examine the strategies and considerations involved to expand this staffing model to additional ORs.  


Tariq Khan, Associate Director of Materials Management in Perioperative Services, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Join us for an insightful discussion on value analysis teams and cross-functional partnerships focused on enhancing materials management and reducing waste in the operating room. This session will explore the critical role of value analysis teams as a gateway to appropriate new products, capital and other operational efficiencies in materials management. Through case studies, surveying and interactive discussions, participants will gain valuable insights into strategies for optimizing materials usage, reducing waste, and improving overall efficiency in the OR.


Learning objectives:

  • Describe the significance of value analysis teams and their role in enhancing materials management practices.
  • Identify common sources of waste in the OR environment and learn strategies for effectively reducing waste through systematic analysis and collaborative efforts.
  • Acquire tools for implementing decision-making processes within value analysis teams and within clinician/materials partnerships to optimize materials usage and streamline costs.
Jennifer Bonnke MSN, FNP-BC, CAPA, Clinical Nurse Educator, NorthShore University Hospital
Renee Cooper, MSN-HP, RN-BC, CNL, Clinical Nurse Educator, NorthShore University Hospital
Juliette Triebe BSN, RN, CAPA, CPAN, Clinical Nurse Education, NorthShore University Hospital
Jillian Wander BSN, RN, CPAN, Clinical Nurse Educator, NorthShore University Hospital

The use of simulation empowers nurses to engage with lifelike scenarios, enabling learners to step back, reassess, intervene, and evaluate their decisions. Yet, this unfamiliar environment can initially daunt learners. Hear from one team of clinical nurse educators who recognized their nurses' desire for an interactive, true-to-life setting to enhance their skills and how they crafted a needs assessment inspired by the Donna Wright competency model. Their strategy extended across the entire nursing system, effectively dismantling these barriers and engaged nurses seeking more opportunities within the simulation environment.


Learning objectives:

• Pinpoint any barriers hindering your staff from utilizing simulation and the lab, tailoring solutions to your staff's specific needs.

• Develop a needs assessment empowering your nurses to actively pursue their educational goals and achieve tangible results.

• Cultivate a supportive atmosphere within the simulation lab, counteracting the overwhelming feelings often experienced by nurses.


I. Naya Kehayes, MPH (Invited), Principal, ECG Management Consultants

This session will delve into the intricacies of conducting extensive health system surgery migration assessments. Participants will explore the revenue implications and critical factors that go into determining cases that will migrate from the inpatient to HOPD to an ASC.


Learning objectives:

  • Describe the principles and methodologies involved in conducting comprehensive health system surgery migration assessments.
  • Identify the critical factors influencing the migration of surgical cases from traditional inpatient settings to the ASC environment.
  • Analyze the revenue implications associated with surgical volume migration, and explore strategies for maximizing revenue while maintaining quality care delivery across different care settings within a health system.
Charlene Bunner, BSN, RN, Manager Surgical Services, Cleveland Clinic
Janet Duran, DNP, MSN, MHA, LNC, ST, RN, Director of Surgical Services, Fisher Titus Medical Center
Casey Orth-Nebitt, MSN, RN, CNOR, Director of Surgery, Buena Vista Regional Medical Center

This panel session delves into the strategic aspects of enhancing efficiencies in the rural hospital setting. It focuses on optimizing staffing plans through cross-training initiatives, collaborating with tertiary hospitals to bolster patient volume while maintaining surgeon satisfaction, and implementing ongoing education programs for perioperative nurses.


Learning objectives:

• Explore strategies for cross-training between different roles (such as LPNs/STs and non-certified to CST) to address staffing challenges in rural hospital perioperative units.

• Collaborate with tertiary hospitals to increase patient volume, while prioritizing the needs and preferences of surgeons, thereby enhancing the overall surgical services provided by rural hospitals.

• Invest in ongoing education initiatives tailored to perioperative nurses, aiming to improve their skills, knowledge, and adaptability to evolving medical practices within rural healthcare settings.


Katherine Houle, MSN, RN, CPAN, Manager, PeriAnesthesia, CRNA, Sedated Imaging, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
Carol Pehotsky, DNP, RN, CPAN, NEA-BC, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Surgical Services and Senior Director, Surgical Nursing, Cleveland Clinic
Tonya Seckner, MSN, RN, CPAN, Assistant Director of Perioperative Services, Upstate Medical University

From bottleneck to throughput to phase II and phase I, your day is filled with judgment calls. In this session you will have direct access to postoperative leaders who have a combined 45+ years of experience leading the PACU. Learn their secrets to success - they are eager to share their insights and experiences with you! Bring your most pressing questions to help you overcome your greatest challenges.


Learning objectives:

• Learn the fundamental concepts of PACU leadership and how to empower your team.

• Adjust your leadership style to cope with challenging situations in post-operative care.

• Discover best practices for optimizing patient throughput and managing communications between departments.


This session offers an in-depth exploration of float pools in healthcare settings, presenting case studies and expert insights on setting up, garnering team buy-in, enhancing productivity, and mitigating burnout. Dive into the intricacies of implementing and optimizing float pools to address workforce challenges and elevate staff resilience.


Learning objectives:

·   Implement the foundational steps and strategies involved in establishing a successful float pool, ensuring smooth integration into existing workflows.

·   Secure team buy-in and foster a positive attitude towards float pool utilization, promoting a sense of collaboration and support.

·   Explore case studies highlighting how float pools can improve productivity by efficiently deploying staff resources, meeting fluctuating demands, and optimizing staffing ratios.

Sharon Goodman, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CPNP, Director, Pediatric Service Line, Quality Management, Cohen Children's Medical Center
Jennifer Simonetti, DNP, RN, NPD-BC, CPN, Director, Magnet Program, Patient Experience, Cultural Leader, Cohen Children's Medical Center

Learn how one institution was able to drive organizational change to provide an inclusive environment for the neurodiverse population. Through the integration of a multifaceted program targeted to individualize care, this organization was able to break stigmas and provide a supportive environment to improve efficiency, quality of care, and patient experience.  


Learning objectives: 

  • Verbalize how a focused interprofessional program can improve quality outcomes for persons with neurodiversity in the perioperative care arena.
  • Describe how this translatable patient and family driven program can be integrated into a care facility to improve efficiency and patient experience. 
  • Describe how creating an inclusive perioperative environment promotes organizational change.
Allison Massari, Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach, Burn Survivor, Celebrated Artist

What is the mindset needed to be vibrant, alive and in command of your life? What does it look and feel like? At any moment, life can throw turmoil in our direction—uncertainty and unrest from changes at work, the shock of sudden financial loss, an automobile accident, serious illness…What does it take to be ok inside of ourselves no matter what?


Allison Massari’s journey, delivered through the art of storytelling, reveals that we can discover untold amounts of strength, joy and aliveness when we learn to embrace our challenges in a new way. Allison states, “We can each make a vigorous, life-changing choice to navigate our way through and beyond adversity and be a force of light for ourselves and others.”


With vision, clarity, and compassion, Allison teaches audiences the potent life lessons that she learned on each step of her path after she was severely burned in a fire and faced seemingly insurmountable odds. Her riveting keynote boosts confidence and well-being and offers a balm of hope as Allison intimately shares the nuances of how to respond to difficult circumstances and maintain personal command and integrity despite life’s disruptions. With genuine encouragement and support, you’ll receive a new perspective from which to see the world and walk away with effective methods to handle challenges and move towards dreams and goals with courage, purpose, and the strength of an open heart.


In today’s changing world of merging companies, new leadership, digital transformation, hypercompetition and an epidemic of burnout and isolation, Allison Massari brings a fresh and riveting message of hope and possibility to her audiences.


Prepare to be profoundly moved and deeply inspired. Prepare to be taken on a journey. Alisson Massari’s concluding keynote promises to deliver the perfect end to the conference week and set attendees on the right path to seize opportunities in their professional lives.


Learning objectives:

  • Learn the 5 components of a healthy, fully functioning resilience mindset.
  • Energize your teams and galvanize their commitment to this noble profession, helping with employee retention.
  • Witness the powerful results of fierce determination and tenacity in an impossible situation.