A Look Back at OR Excellence 2019


Memorable moments from last month's conference in New Orleans.

Well, that was a blast. A record number of top surgical leaders from across the country gathered in the Big Easy for 3 days packed with presentations by national experts, plenty of networking opportunities and tons of fun in the festive exhibit hall. We look forward to seeing old acquaintances and meeting new friends during next year’s meeting at the brand-new Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
— Outpatient Surgery Editors

1. RECORD ATTENDANCE Attendees packed education sessions, shared insights through insightful group discussions and interacted with presenters in real time using the conference's new mobile app.

  |  Photos by David Comdico
2. CLINICAL CRUSADERS Melony Prince, BSN, RN, CNOR, at Littleton (Colo.) Adventist Hospital (left), and Janelle Casanave, RN, of Kaiser Permanente in San Jose, Calif., captivated the audience with stories of how they battled to rid their ORs of surgical smoke.

3. EXPERT ADVICE Kim Schaap, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who operates at St. Cloud (Minn.) Surgical Center, addressed a packed room during the special joint replacement workshop on the conference's opening morning.

4. VOICE OF REASON Douglas Noll, JD, MA, a mediator and conflict resolution expert based in Clovis, Calif, discussed the essential elements of conflict resolution and shared the secret to calming angry colleagues in a matter of seconds.

5. TIME MANAGEMENT David Ninan, DO, an anesthesiologist at Riverside University Health System in Moreno Valley, Calif., said improving operating room turnover times demands new thinking and a change in workplace culture.

6. HOT TOPIC Zeev Kain, MD, MBA, president of the American College of Perioperative Medicine in Irvine, Calif., was part of an interactive panel discussion about strategies to manage post-op pain with limited use of opioids.

7. ALL SMILES Debbie Elliott welcomed attendees to the Soothing Scents booth during the popular wine tasting event in the always fun exhibit hall.

8. BEEN THERE, DONE THAT Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, chief nursing officer at Surgical Information Systems in Alpharetta, Ga., shared proven ways to solve persistent staffing challenges in a productive, team-first work environment.

9. PRODUCT NEWS Hilary Klinger, RN, manager (center), and Wendy Barney, MBA, MSN, RN, director of perioperative services St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur, Ill., learned about Silverlon dressings from Joe Caldwell, vice president of marketing at Cura Surgical.

10. DYNAMIC DUO Pauline Blake, RN, surgical nurse at Kaiser Permanente in Rockville, Md. (left), and Risa Humphries, RN, BSN, operating room nurse at South Baltimore (Md.) Medical Center, bonded in the exhibit hall.

11. QUIET REFLECTION Angela Tarquini-Sanders, a mindfulness instructor and the founder of Mindful Mindz in Naples, Fla., shared how a few minutes of daily meditation releases the stress of life and lets you live in the present moment.

12. SAFETY FIRST Spence Byrum, CEO of HRS Consulting, discussed how leaders in High Reliability Organizations standardize clinical care to ensure inevitable human error doesn't result in patient harm.

13. TABLE TALK Peter Nichol, MD, Bob Marrs and Hank Balch, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL (left to right), of Beyond Clean, led a panel discussion on proven ways to improve instrument care practices.

14. FAST FRIENDS Jaime Carrier, RN (left), of Frankfort (Ky.) Regional Medical Center, and Christy Marshall, RN, BSN, CNOR, of HCA Healthcare in Nashville.

15. LEGAL ADVICE Bill Duffy, RN, MJ, CNOR, FAAN, of Loyola University's Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in Chicago and member of AORN's Board of Directors, provided tips for avoiding malpractice lawsuits and shared what to say — and what not to say — during depositions.

16. HAPPY HOUR Amanda Martin, RN (left), and Anna Adams, RN, staff nurses at Surgery Partners in South Haven, Miss., unwind in the exhibit hall.

17. BUSINESS AND PLEASURE Megan Sasser, BSN, RN (left), director of nursing at American Surgery Center in Dothan, Ala., hangs out with Sharron Sullivan, the center's administrator.

18. GRAND PRIZE WINNER Vickie Dawson, MSN, RN, CNOR, administrator at the Birmingham (Ala.) Surgery Center, collected the grand prize during the ORX Power Hour giveaways in the exhibit hall — an all-expenses paid trip to OR Excellence 2020 in Hollywood, Fla.