COVID & Safety

9/8/21 Update

As an OR Manager Conference participant, you know firsthand the energy, excitement and business that are generated when perioperative leaders come together. We are looking forward to hosting a safe and productive OR Manager Conference on October 20-22 at the McCormick Place Convention Center and wanted to share some important details as you prepare for the show:

Bring your masks to the OR Manager Conference – In accordance with CDC and county guidelines, masks will be required at OR Manager Conference unless you are presenting on stage or eating or drinking.

Vaccinations are encouraged for all attendees and required for our staff – While it is highly encouraged, we do not require proof of vaccination to attend our event. Our onsite OR Manager Conference staff in gold name badges and our service providers are required to provide proof of vaccination prior to the event. 

COVID-19 Precautions – OR Manager Conference and our venue and service partners are committed to enhanced safety measures at the event. Those efforts include thorough and constant cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces, meeting rooms and exhibit spaces. Hand sanitizers are required to be present in every exhibitor booth, as well as throughout the conference area.

McCormick Convention Center recently implemented the following enhancements

  • Adding new technology, such as increasing touch-free & automatic doors.
  • Rearranging common spaces to allow for social distancing. 
  • Ensuring the highest possible air quality by regularly verifying ASHRAE standards.

The Marriott Marquis Chicago has put in place a multi-pronged approach designed to meet the highest health and safety standards as outlined in Marriott’s Commitment to Clean. The same can be said about the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and their Global Care & Cleanliness CommitmentFreeman’s commitment to safety will be followed in the exhibit hall.

Chicago’s Healthy Meetings portal provides you with resources to plan out your journey, including details on Chicago’s airports, traveling to/from the hotel, and more. 

8/17/21 Update

As expected, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that it will re-institute a face mask mandate for all indoor public settings. We’ll send all specific guidelines closer to the event, but attendees should be prepared to wear a face mask while not eating, drinking, or presenting on stage while at the event.

7/26/21 Update

Our plans to hold a safe and productive in-person meeting in Chicago have NOT changed. The meeting is on, and it will be safe. It’s a challenging time to plan meetings, as you’d imagine, so we’ve been surveying the community regularly and two points have stood out in the feedback:

~ Perioperative leaders understand the value of being together and want to return to in-person events.
~ Our community is largely vaccinated and will adhere to local health and safety policies (i.e. wearing masks indoors, etc.)

I’m excited for us to meet safely together, and I know I’m not the only one… Last week was our best attendee week to date, with dozens of people from across the country registering to attend. While I don’t anticipate the 2021 event to break attendance records, our registration pacing has been remarkably steady.

People are excited to reconnect and refuel themselves with the energy of shared experiences only our community can foster; there is so much to discuss since we were last together. I’m proud of the conference that our program committee has put together- it addresses all the transformative changes our industry has seen, and attending will put yourself and your facility in a position to thrive.

Stay well and I look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Mike Conti
Brand Director, OR Manager Conference

OR Manager

At the OR Manager Conference, ASC Leader Summit and PACU Manager Summit, we prioritize your health and safety. Below are resources for you to view, regarding our commitment to safety. 

McCormick Place Convention Center

McCormick Place has examined all the buildings on campus and has begun implementing changes to enhance public health. This includes:

  • Adding new technology, such as increasing the number of touch free, automatic doors and allowing non-automatic doors to be propped open to minimize touches by guests and staff
  • Incorporating new signage process for elevators and escalators
  • Rearranging eating in common spaces to allow for social distancing
  • Ensuring the highest possible air quality by utilizing our team or building engineers who will regularly verify compliance within McCormick Place with ASHRAE standards, including increased frequency of filter replacement.

Healthy Meetings Chicago
Take a look through the multimedia journey of what your experience in Chicago will look like. From arriving at O’Hare to getting dinner at local restaurants, safety is a priority for everyone when attending the OR Manager Conference.

McCormick Place is also an accredited GBAC STAR™ facility. To be awarded the GBAC STAR™ accreditation a facility must have established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

Freeman’s Commitment to Safety

At Freeman, the health and safety of our teams, our customers and the wider community in which we work is our highest priority. Freeman has moved forward in implementing the health and hygiene protocols designed to keep our people, and our customers, safe. We will utilize best practices as recommended by the global and local public health authorities including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in order to ensure that our protocols have been vetted by experts and are supported by sound scientific research.
Download the required practices for all Freeman employees.

Partnering Hotels

Both the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and the Marriott Marquis Chicago are accredited GBAC STAR™ facilities.  To be awarded the GBAC STAR™ accreditation a facility must have established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

Hyatt – Guided by our purpose of care and experience delivering world-class hospitality for more than 60 years, Hyatt’s Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment builds on our existing rigorous safety and cleanliness protocols.

Marriott – As we welcome you back to our hotels around the world, we are committed to providing you with a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols for working to defeat COVID-19. Consisting of in-house and outside experts in food and water safety, hygiene and infection prevention, and hotel operations, our Marriott Cleanliness Council is redefining our cleaning and safety standards.

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