CONFERENCE AGENDA



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WEDNESDAY, SEPT 28

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET
Welcome Party
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THURSDAY, SEPT 29

7:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
CONNECT Program*

*Invitation Only. Learn More.



8:30 am – 11:00 am ET
Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop A: Trend Setters in Total Joints
Yale Medicine has the resources and experts on staff to be at the forefront of developing innovations in outpatient hip and knee replacements. Key members of Yale’s perioperative team will detail the enhanced pain management protocols, minimally invasive surgical techniques and standardized care pathways that prepare patients for same-day discharge, faster recoveries and optimal outcomes. Leave this informative session with expert advice on how to launch a successful total joints program or take your existing one to the next level.

Lee Rubin, MD, FAAOS, FAOA
Board-Certified Surgeon
Yale Medicine

Jinlei Li, MD, PhD
Program Director of Regional Anesthesia
Yale Medicine Workshop


Workshop B: Make Mindfulness Work for You
Leaders in the department of surgery at Mount Sinai Health System launched a groundbreaking program to help surgical professionals work through their emotions, reduce their anxiety, manage everyday stress and prevent burnout — while finding positivity and joy in their work. Learn about mindfulness practices that retrain your brain to increase self-awareness, renew energy levels and gain perspective during uncertain times and busy days. Participate in exercises and activities that provide bite-size tools you can use to increase focus, resilience and happiness in your life.

Jane Lodato
Mount Sinai Health System

Paige McMillan, MHA
Mount Sinai Health System


Workshop C: Leadership Lessons for Challenging Times
This tip-based, highly interactive session offers the practical insights you need to thrive in always challenging management roles. Collaborate with other top leaders to come up with solutions to common staffing issues and effective ways to motivate and inspire with positivity and encouragement. Whether you’re new to a leadership position or a long-tenured administrator looking to brush up on your skills, you’ll head home with fresh ideas for keeping your team engaged and empowering them to reach their full potential.

Kathy Beydler, RN, MBA, CNOR, CASC
Whitman Partners


11:15 am – 12:45 pm ET
Pre-Conference Lunch Workshops

Sponsored topics and speakers to be announced


1:00 pm – 1:15 pm ET
Opening OR Excellence 2022

OR Excellence 2022 Welcome


1:15 pm – 2:15 pm ET
Opening Keynote: Lessons From the Mouse: Creating a Culture of Excellence

Dennis Snow, who honed his leadership and customer service skills over 20 years with the Walt Disney World company, provides a step-by-step blueprint for developing an organization where the best employees want to be. This engaging and entertaining kickoff to the conference will provide practical advice for hardwiring excellence into your organization’s culture and improving your staff’s performance by getting them to buy into your vision of running a world-class organization. Soak in specific strategies that create an engaged workplace and take away ideas for inspiring staff to demonstrate your organization’s mission, vision and values consistently and naturally.

Dennis Snow


2:15 pm – 3:15 pm ET
General Session: The State of the Ambulatory Surgery Industry

The migration of cases to outpatient facilities accelerated during the pandemic and is fueling the increasing interest in the same-day surgical space. Large health systems and national management companies are building new ASCs or entering joint ventures with physician-owners to capitalize on the growing demand for cost-effective, high-quality care. Get an industry insider’s view of the market forces that are impacting where cases are performed and why the proven model of ambulatory surgery will continue to flourish in the years ahead.

David Shapiro, MD, CASC


3:15 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Networking Coffee Break

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET
OR Excellence Awards 2022 Presentation Ceremony

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
General Session - Resilience in the Face of Adversity

You don’t last in standup comedy for more than four decades without some serious inner strength. In this hilarious but heartfelt address, nationally touring comedian Julia Scotti brings her distinctive flavor of humor to OR Excellence, welcoming attendees back to the live conference and encouraging surgical leaders to laugh through whatever life throws their way. Unlike many comedians whose careers sputter as they get older, Ms. Scotti’s renown has only grown as she’s aged — thanks to her tenacious spirit and her dogged ability to overcome adversity. Ms. Scotti, who appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” will inspire and show the true power of resilience — and, of course, the power of laughter.

Julia Scotti


5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET
Exhibit Hall Opening Wine-Tasting Reception
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FRIDAY, SEPT 30

7:00 am - 8:00 am ET
Networking Continental Breakfast


8:00 am – 9:00 am ET
Second Day Keynote: Leading Strategic Change

Second Day Keynote: Leading Strategic Change: How to L.I.V.E. and Thrive as a Transformative Leader
When you take the time to reach out to others and invest in someone's life, you are impacting the world, both yours and theirs. But when you are the leader, taking care of yourself is a requirement. Your physical, emotional and mental well-being shows up every day in your work performance. In this dynamic Keynote, Dr. Sheri shares how impactful leaders can L.I.V.E. – Love myself and others; Inspire those around me; Voice my dreams and ambitions; and Enjoy life! She is the former Susan G. Komen National Spokesperson and a cancer survivor who takes her message of hope and resilience to audiences who need it the most. How are you showing up as a leader? Your actions are what your people will follow. If you want balance, you need to “edit” yourself personally and professionally. Work-life balance is not possible when you are running depleted. Learn how to challenge your thinking, amplify your strengths and break through mental blocks to release your full power and productivity. Identify how to reach higher levels of clarity, energy, productivity, influence and purpose with tips for effecting real change, without losing a sense of who you are.

Sheri Prentiss, MD, MPH, CPS/A, CPE, FACPE



9:00 am – 10:00 am ET
General Session: Preparing for the Next Pandemic

Hear from an anesthesiologist who cared for COVID-19 patients during the height of the crisis and gain a true understanding of how the past two years will have a lasting impact on the nation’s healthcare system. Find out how the resiliency and nimbleness frontline workers and facility leaders demonstrated as they delivered safe patient care during unprecedented challenges provide guidance for surgical professionals who are developing response plans for future large-scale outbreaks.

Ashish Sinha, MD, PhD, DABA, MBA, FASA
Riverside University Health System



10:00 am – 10:15 am ET
Networking Coffee Break


10:15 am – 11:15 am ET
General Session: Strike Quickly to Prevent SSIs

When SSI rates began to climb at University of Wisconsin Health, a multidisciplinary group of surgical professionals assembled to drill down to the root causes of the infections. The Strike Team now has full authority to recommend changes to daily practices and final say in what must be done to improve patient care. Learn from the team’s evidence-based success by understanding how they use real-time data to identify gaps in care and implement proven protocols that improve infection prevention practices.

Ahmed Al-Niaimi, MD, FACOG, FACS
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health



11:15 am – 12:15 pm ET
General Session: Strategies to Solve the Staffing Shortage

Widespread burnout during the pandemic threatens to drive talented and passionate professionals from the career they love and experts predict a shortfall of 18 to 20 million healthcare workers by 2030, a developing public health crisis that demands an urgent response. Do your part to address nationwide staffing issues with tips for ramping up recruitment and retention efforts in your facility and learn about long-term initiatives aimed at filling the pipeline with surgery’s next generation of passionate and dedicated providers.

Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR(E), CASC
Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies



12:15 pm – 1:30 pm ET
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET
General Session: Surgery Is a Human Right

Penn Medicine launched The Center for Surgical Health to increase access to necessary surgeries for underserved and under-supported patients. The center’s team identifies the clinical and social support needs of each patient, connects them with world-class surgeons and links them to personal navigators who guide them through the surgical continuum with compassion and understanding. Find out how this innovative clinical model integrates public health into surgery, promotes equitable care and provides a playbook for surgical leaders to follow in their communities.

Matthew Goldshore, MD, PhD, MPH

Carrie Morales, MD
The Center for Surgical Health


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm ET
General Session: Supply Shortages and What You Can Do About It

Global supply chain issues continue to create shortages of critical supplies, drugs and devices. Making sure surgical team members have the resources they need to do their jobs effectively and safely requires purchasing strategies that keep supply room shelves full. This presentation offers how-to tips from an in-the-know expert on monitoring supply-side issues, stocking up on necessary items and implementing proactive ordering practices from a diverse group of suppliers — as well as plenty of creative ways to find the supplies you need.

Thomas W. Durick, MD
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET
General Session: Healthcare’s Digital Transformation

Technology is revolutionizing how patients seek and receive care — and how providers deliver it. See how digital platforms that revolutionized the entertainment, hospitality and financial industries can streamline interactions with patients and improve their overall experience, improve efficiencies in the OR and put actionable data at the fingertips of decision-makers. Take a look forward at how tapping into telemedicine, communication apps and the Internet of Things can improve the quality and efficiency of patient-centered surgical care.

Tony Ambrozie, MBA
Baptist Health South Florida


4:30 pm – 6:30 pm ET
Power Hour Party in the Exhibit Hall
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1

7:00 am - 8:00 am ET
Networking Continental Breakfast


8:00 am – 9:00 am ET
General Session: From Good to Genius on the Leadership Journey

As one of just 6% of female orthopedic surgeons in the country, Nancy Yen Shipley, MD, has a unique perspective on leadership in the healthcare profession and how to manage a career. Throughout a challenging journey in a male-dominated field, Dr. Shipley has learned to not only thrive in her role, but also to do it on her own terms. In this empowering presentation, she will share the many lessons she has learned inside and outside of the OR, including “leveling up from good to genius,” tackling fear, achieving balance under ever-changing circumstances, and aging with confidence and grace regardless of what phase of the leadership journey you find yourself in.

Nancy Yen Shipley, MD
Orthopedic surgeon and host of “The 6%” podcast



9:00 am – 10:00 am ET
General Session - The Secrets to Improved Instrument Care

The sterile processing department (SPD) is where the unsung heroes of surgery play an essential role in protecting patients from harm and preventing surgical site infections. Hear from a seasoned educator and quality assurance manager about how to improve communication between the ORs and SPD and ways to ensure hardworking sterile processing techs have the tools they need to ply their trade efficiently and safely. You’ll walk away from this informative presentation with tips you can use immediately to implement best practices in decontamination and sterilization and optimize the flow of instruments in your facility.

Jig Patel, ST, CRCST, CHL, CIS, CER
UCLA Health



10:00 am - 10:15 am ET
Networking Coffee Break


10:15 am – 11:15 am ET
General Session: Navigating Employment Law Landmines

There is no shortage of legal obstacles that surgical leaders face in running outpatient facilities. During this engaging presentation, learn how to conduct effective investigations into employment legal matters and the fundamentals of remaining in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. Find out about the complexities of the American with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act — and how to distinguish between the two while managing and documenting employee requests for extended time off. This session will provide the practical tips surgical leaders need to follow complicated employment laws to the letter, regardless of the size of their staff.

Casey Duhart, BS, M.Ed., JD
Acadia Healthcare Company



11:15 am – 12:15 pm ET
General Session: Medical Mistakes: To Err Is Criminal

The conviction of nurse RaDonda Vaught for negligent homicide following a fatal medication error she made at Vanderbilt Medical Center made national news this year – and it shook the healthcare community. Healthcare professionals worried that this case would set a precedent of criminalizing medical mistakes. Surgical experts weigh in on the high-profile trial and discuss how it will impact the future of their profession. Will nurses and other frontline providers still be willing to share their mistakes, which could lead to process improvements and safer patient care? Will the culture of safety in surgery be built on transparency and support or secrecy and shame? Find out during this compelling closing session that’s ripped straight from the headlines.



12:15 pm ET
OR Excellence 2022 Closing