Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, September 17

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshops*

*Separate registration is required to attend the Tuesday Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday, September 18

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Presentation
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshop Sessions
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Morning Coffee Break
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Luncheon and Presentation
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1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Opening Keynote
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Networking Activity in Exhibit Hall
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. OR Manager Conference Kickoff Party
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Thursday, September 19

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Presentation
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Morning Keynote
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Poster Sessions
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. OR Manager Awards Presentation and Luncheon
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Dessert Reception in the Exhibit Hall
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Poster Sessions
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Afternoon Keynote
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. OR Manager’s Night Out
Official Bar Sponsor:

Friday, September 20

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Morning Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Closing Keynote


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Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, September 18
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Opening Keynote: The Art of Human Care: Change the World One Patient at a Time

Hassan A. Tetteh, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE
Surgeon, Author, Humanitarian
Chief Medical Informatics Officer,
US Navy

After this session you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the six essential steps for providing timely, comprehensive, patient-centered care.
  • Create actionable goals to become the preferred choice for diverse patient populations.
  • Recognize and appreciate your true purpose as a healer.

Why this is important:

Have you lost your passion for making a difference in patients’ lives? In healthcare, both costs and burnout escalate to new highs every day, increasing frustration for all. Dr. Tetteh redefines what it means to heal and reignites people’s desire to impact the world for good by providing tools to work as a collective team and gain a better presence of mind.

Telling of his own brush with death, Dr. Tetteh will share his experiences as both a patient whose life was saved and a physician who saves lives, so that people see reflections from his life in their own. Dr. Tetteh will inspire you not only to make a difference, but to change the world. You’ll leave with the power to be passionate about healthcare and ready to be the best version of yourself.

Thursday, September 19
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

The Leadership Pipeline: Growing the Next Generation of Perioperative Managers

Bruce Tulgan
Best Selling Author, It’s Okay to be the Boss
Founder & CEO, RainmakerThinking, Inc.

After this session you’ll be able to:

  • Explain how the norms and values of the workforce are changing.
  • Understand ways to assess and address the human capital management issues presented by generational shift.
  • Implement tactics for improving recruiting, selection, training, retention, and development for new leaders.
  • Identify and teach the fundamentals of supervisory, management, and leadership responsibilities.

Why this is important:

As the most experienced managers and directors retire and are replaced by today’s middle managers, there is an increasing demand for new young leaders to step up and fill the ranks.

Every new leader at any level must go through a process of assuming authority, establishing communication with direct-reports, and managing workflow. This is a challenging process for leaders of any age and experience level, and especially for those who are younger and less experienced.

With a specific focus on the healthcare industry, Bruce Tulgan will explain how to face the generational challenges of a changing workforce and what is needed for recruiting and developing new leaders. He will share the best ways to support and guide these managers in their roles and how to teach them the best practices of management and leadership communication.

Become more confident in establishing a culture in which emerging perioperative leaders can thrive.

Thursday, September 19
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Run Your Emotions, Don’t Let Them Run You: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Kandi Wiens, MBA, EdD
Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Penn Medical Education Masters Program
Professional Healthcare Speaker, Studer Group

After this session you’ll be able to:

  • Explain insights into your Emotional Intelligence (EI) strengths and development opportunities.
  • Discuss how to leverage your EI to maximize your leadership effectiveness, manage stress and prevent burnout.
  • Understand strategies to help your staff develop and use their EI.

Why this is important:

Research shows that the main difference between good leaders and exceptional leaders is emotional intelligence (EI). Most leaders understand this, but often struggle with knowing how to develop their EI and use it to their advantage. Kandi Wiens will share evidence-based strategies to help you develop your EI to maximize your leadership effectiveness. You will also learn how to help your staff use their EI to manage today’s challenges and unlock tomorrow’s opportunities. Dr. Wiens will load your management arsenal with practical tips for using your current skills to create new strategies, transform your OR into an advantageous workplace for your team, and manage your own emotional responses as well as those of others through change.

Friday, September 20
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Defend Civility in Your OR: How to Spot and Deal with Energy Suckers

Barbara Bartlein, MSW, RN, CSP
The People Pro

Author, Reality Based Leadership and The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace
President and Founder, Reality-Based Leadership

After this session you’ll be able to:

  • Understand how energy suckers affect morale, retention of quality staff, and the safety of patients.
  • Explain the process of “feedforward” to produce personal change.
  • Implement policies and strategies to make your organization “bully-free.”

Why this is important:

A creative and positive work culture is essential to retain and attract great employees. As a leader, you need to know how to promote such an environment for your team, and this presentation will give you the tools to address people who adversely affect your spirit and vigor.

Join Barbara Bartlein as she takes a close look at the energy suckers who drain the workplace of motivation and bully those around them. While learning to identify the seven types of energy suckers, you will also have time for self-reflection. How do you contribute to building a positive culture at your facility?

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Speaker Gallery

Nancy Anderson, MPS, BS, RN, CNOR

Interim Perioperative Services Independent Contract Management


Professor of Nursing
Otterbein University

Barbara Bartlein, MSW, RN, CSP

The People Pro

Amy Bethel, MPA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

Clinical Education Specialist
UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Beth Bozzelli, MBA, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Director Surgical Services, Operations
HCA Healthcare

Gabriel J. Bullaro, MBA

Chief Operating Officer
Ocala Health

Lydia G. Casteel, MSN, RN, CCRN

Director of Nursing, Surgical Services
WellStar Paulding Hospital

Desirée Chappell, MSNA, CRNA

Enhanced Recovery Expert, DLC Enterprises and Managing Editor

Faith Colen, MSN, RN, CEN

Quality Manager
UPMC St. Margaret

Taneka Curtis, BSN, RN, CNOR

Assistant Nurse Manager
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Scott Davis, MSN, BSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA

Assistant Director, Perioperative, Perianesthesia & G.I. Endoscopy Lab Services
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Sutter Health

Tony Dawson, MSN, RN

Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Surgical Solutions

Christy Dempsey, MSN, MBA, CNOR, CENP, FAAN

SVP, Chief Nursing Officer
Press Ganey Associates, Inc.

Mary H. Diamond, MBA, RN, CNOR, PMP


Tracy Diffenderfer, MSN, BSN, CNOR

Administrative Director
Centennial Medical Center

Adonica Dugger, DNP, RN, CNOR

Administrator of Surgical Services
University Medical Center

Janet Duran, DNP, MSN, MHA, RN, CST, LNC

Perioperative Director Surgical Services
Cleveland Clinic/Fairview Hospital/ASC

Fawn Esser-Lipp, MBA, BSN, CASC, CNOR

Executive Director
The Surgery Center LLC

Darin Flynn, MD

Anesthesia Medical Director
Carson Tahoe Health

Robin Gallant, BSN, RN

Director of Surgical Services
Lawrence General Hospital

Katharine Geiger, MSN, RN, CNOR

Interim Clinical Director Perioperative Nursing
Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania

Sarina Gould, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC

Nurse Manager, PACU
Carson Tahoe Health

Jamie Hartman, MSN, RN-BC

Clinical Education Specialist
UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Randall Heiser, MA, BA

Sullivan Healthcare Consulting

Jennifer Hignett, BSN, RN-BC, CAPA

Director of Perioperative Services
Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas

Nicole Hoke, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCNS

Associate Clinical Director, Perioperative Nursing
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Rebecca Holland, MSN, RN, CSSM, CST, CRCST

Director, Surgical Services
Blake Medical Center

Kelly Huntington, BSN, RN, CPN

Assistant Nursing Department Director, Surgical Observation
Children's Mercy

Andrey Ibragimov, MSN, RN, CNOR

Manager, Operating Room
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Hope Johnson, DNP, MBA, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Director Perioperative Services
Lehigh Valley Health Network

Cindy L. Kildgore, MSHA, BSN, RN, CNOR

Perioperative Services Director
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

John Kimsey

National Director Professional Services, STERIS Corporation and
STERIS – Instrument Management Services

Beverly Kirchner, BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC

Chief Compliance Officer
SurgeryDirect, LLC

Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CHL, CIS, FCS

Clinical Educator
International Association of Healthcare Central Services Materiel Management (IAHCSMM)

Paula Kobelt, DNP, RN-BC

Outcomes Manager
OhioHealth Grant Medical Center

Buffy Krauser Lupear, DNP, CRNA, APRN

Director of Professional Development, Office of Advanced Practice
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Jeannie Lee, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR

Assistant Director of Perioperative Services
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Justin Liberman, MD, MPH

Associate Director of Quality and Patient Safety and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Errol Lobo, MD, PhD

Vice President, Perioperative Services, President UCSF Medical Staff, Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
University of California San Francisco

Marc Lopez, CMRP

Surgery Business Manager
University Medical Center

Vicky Lyle

Director of Performance Development, Inventory Services
Owens & Minor, Inc.

Brendan MacKay, MD

Assistant Professor and Director of Hand and Microvascular Surgery
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Santina Mazzola, MSN, RN, CNOR

Service Line Coordinator
Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania

Rebecca McKenzie, DNP, MBA, MSN, RN

Assistant VP Perioperative Services
Duke University Hospital

Jane McLeod, MSN, RN

Capstone Leadership Solutions

Michael McMurty, MD

Head of Medical Content and Informatics

Cathie Meyer, MSN, MBA, RN, CAPA, NE-BC

Nurse Manager, Surgical Preadmission and Pre Op
Carson Tahoe Health

Ann Marie Morris, MSN, RN, CNOR

Associate Clinical Director Quality and Safety
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Vicki Morton, DNP, MSN, AGNP-BC

Director of Clinical and Quality Outcomes
Providence Anesthesiology Associates

Nadine Opstbaum, MBA

Director of Clinical Application Development and Support, Information Services
Lehigh Valley Health Network

Casey Orth-Nebitt, BSN, RN

Director of Surgery
Buena Vista Regional Medical Center

Carol Pehotsky, DNP, RN, CPAN, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC

Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Surgical Services and Senior Director, Surgical Nursing, Main Campus
Cleveland Clinic

Veronica Petersen, MSN, RN, CNOR, NE-BC

Assistant Vice President-Perioperative Services
Northwell Health

Tenisha Preston, RN

RN Charge/Navigator
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Janet Quigley, MSN, RN

Nursing Director: Post Anesthesia Care
Massachusetts General Hospital

Michelle Rabelo, MSN, RN, CRN

Nurse Manager
Tampa General Hospital

Reagan Rose, BA, RN, CNOR

Perioperative Nurse Educator
Temple University Hospital

John R. Rosing, MHA, FACHE

Executive Vice President
Patton Healthcare Consulting

Jacob Runion, MBA, BSN, RN

Director of Nursing
Cleveland Clinic

Kathleen Russell, JD, MN, RN

Associate Director, Nursing Regulation
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

Randy Saad, RN

Director of Perioperative Services
Adventist Health White Memorial Medical Center

Dena Salamon, MSN, RN

Nurse Manager
Cleveland Clinic

Sheila Sanariz, MSN, RN, CNOR

Nurse Educator
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Nicole Sartori, MSN, RN, CNOR

Clinical Education Specialist, Surgical Services
UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Volker Schulz

VP of Global Product Development
Owens & Minor, Inc.

Susan Scott, MSN, RN

CEO and Consultant
Scott Triggers PLLC

Patricia C. Seifert, MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN

Perioperative Cardiac Consultant
Independent Cardiac Consultant

Susan Seitz, MSN, RN, CNOR

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Doctors Hospital of Augusta

Keith Siddel, MBA, PhDc, LL.M, JD

Vice President
Universal Health Systems, Inc.

Katie Sikora, MSN, RN, CNOR

Executive Director of Surgical and Endoscopy Services
Advocate Christ Medical Center

Douglas Slakey, MD, MPH, FACS

Chief of Surgical Services
Advocate Christ Medical Center

Kathleen Souza, BSN, RN

OR Nurse Coordinator
Mass General North Shore Center for Outpatient Care

Mary Jo Steiert, BSN, RN

Director of Clinical Operations
Lowry Surgery Center

Hassan Tetteh, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE

Surgeon, Author, Humanitarian and Chief Medical Informatics Officer
US Navy

Sue Tetzlaff, MHA, RN, RHIA, FACHE

Capstone Leadership Solutions, Inc.

Gina Throneberry, MBA, RN, CASC, CNOR

Director of Education and Clinical Affairs
Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA)

Bruce Tulgan

Best Selling Author, It's Okay to Be the Boss and Founder & CEO
RainmakerThinking, Inc.

Kathleen Ulrich, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC

ACNO Perioperative Services
Duke University Hospital

Rebeca Urban, M.Ed

Project Manager
Cleveland Clinic

Kristen Vargo, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Nurse Manager SDS and Peds PACU
Cleveland Clinic

Sheri Voss MS, RN, CNOR

Associate Principal Consultant
Owens & Minor

Alexandre Warman, MBA

Director, Perioperative Business Services
Lehigh Valley Health Network

Nicole Washington, BSN, BS, RN, CMSRN

Staff Nurse, Operating Room
Temple University Hospital

Kandi Wiens, EdD, MBA

Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Director, Penn Medical Education Masters Program and Professional Healthcare Speaker
Studer Group

Steve Wilbur, BS, RN, CEN

Clinical Education Specialist, Emergency Services
UnityPoint Health, Des Moines

Miranda Woods, DNP, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC

Systems Director, Patient Care Services
Norton Healthcare

David Wyatt, PhD, MPH, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Associate Operating Officer, Perioperative Enterprise and Associate Nursing Officer, Surgery Patient Care Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Networking Events

The OR Manager Conference and PACU Manager Summit is your time to meet with other perioperative leaders from the OR, ASC and PACU, hailing from around the country, to swap stories and share leadership tools. Don’t miss these fun networking opportunities throughout your time in New Orleans this September!


Mardi Gras Kickoff Party
Wednesday, September 18  |  5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The official kickoff to the OR Manager Conference and PACU Manager Summit is your first look at the vendors in the Exhibit Hall while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, drinks and time to connect with old and new colleagues.

Play the Build Your Dream OR Contest using the official mobile app while making new connections with your peers and solutions experts in the perioperative industry.

Guest tickets are available through Registration.


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OR Manager‘s Night Out: All Jazzed Up
Thursday, September 19  |  7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Chicory | Downtown New Orleans

OR Manager welcomes you to join your colleagues at The Chicory, in Downtown New Orleans – just a few short blocks from the French Quarter and the Convention Center – for the famous OR Manager’s Night Out: All Jazzed Up!

Are you ready to experience New Orleans the way it was meant to be experienced? OR Manager’s Night Out: All Jazzed Up is your chance to enjoy all the unique and quirky elements that make New Orleans the most authentic city in the nation. Join us for a quintessentially New Orleans evening while you take part in everything from making your own Mardi Gras masks, enjoying Cajun fare and locally concocted drinks, tarot card reading and so much more!

Purchase your ticket through registration and join the fun!

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Quick Info

Ernest N.Morial Convention Center
New Orleans

September 18-20, 2019

CE Credits
Earn CEs and AEUs through workshops, breakout sessions, and keynotes. Additional credit hours can be earned through poster sessions and exhibitor presentations.

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