Who We Are

In its 31st year, OR Manager Conference (formerly Managing Today’s OR Suite), brings together more than 1, 400 managers and directors involved in leading the surgical suite for 3 days of continuing education and networking opportunities. The conference builds on the content developed in each issue of OR Manager, providing you with a live learning experience. Earn CEs, AEUs, and explore new technologies with solution providers.

The 2018 program includes additional tracks for new managers and veteran leaders alike, as well as tracks for OR business managers, ambulatory surgery centers/outpatient, clinical and leadership sessions, PACU, and trending topics, in addition to inspirational keynotes.

The latest research and development is explored in the OR Manager Conference Poster Gallery, and leaders across the OR and ASC are honored during the OR Manager Awards Presentation. Join 170+ exhibitors and solution providers in our exhibit hall where you can interact with some of the top minds and technologies in perioperative services.

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Planning Committee

Meet the 2018 OR Manager Conference Planning Committee!

These perioperative leaders built the 2018 program through their experiences and insight to provide a conference experience filled with the education and opportunities to help you better develop yourself as an individual and a leader. Coming from a wide variety of backgrounds, the committee members reviewed all presentation submissions and deliberated about the content that will help you today and in the future.

As an attendee, you’ll have direct access to our Planning Committee at the conference during sessions, receptions, and at breakfasts and lunches.

Amy Bethel

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

Clinical Professional Development and Manager Eye Surgery, Laser Eye Center
UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Beth Bozzelli

Beth Bozzelli, MBA, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Director Surgical Services
HCA Healthcare

Donna Dolye

Donna Doyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NE-BC

Senior Advisor, Surgical Services
Ohio Health Grant Medical Center

Sarina Gould

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

PACU Nurse Manager
Carson Tahoe Health

PACU Manager Summit

Rebecca Holland

Rebecca Holland, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSTS, CRCST

Director, Surgical Services
Blake Medical Center

Beverly Kirchner, BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC

Chief Operating Officer

Jane Kuhn, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Education Coordinator
OR Manager Conference

Donna Label

Donna Label, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR


Judy Mathias

Judy Mathias, MA, RN

Clinical Editor
OR Manager

Carol Pehotsky

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

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

PACU Manager Summit

Janet Quigley

Janet Quigley, MSN, RN

Nursing Director: Post Anesthesia Care
Massachusetts General Hospital

PACU Manager Summit

Cynthia Saver

Cynthia Saver, MS, RN

President, CLS Development and Writer
OR Manager

Elizabeth Wood

Elizabeth Wood

OR Manager

David Wyatt

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

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

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Continuing Education

The OR Manager Conference provides you with plenty of opportunities to earn contact hours throughout the three days you will spend in Nashville!

You have the opportunity to earn 20.0 contact hours during the Conference program through breakout sessions, workshops, and general sessions. Access Intelligence is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #15831. At the conclusion of OR Manager Conference, you will receive a personalized CE certificate listing contact hours you earned from attending various sessions.

In addition, this program will be providing AEU credits by BASC Provider #1301. All attendees registered for the AEU sessions will receive the content area breakdown and completion certificate post-conference.

The sessions and workshops at the OR Manager Conference cover the full spectrum of topics that perioperative managers and directors face each and every day. The OR Manager Conference is dedicated to providing perioperative leadership with best practices, upcoming trends, and challenges with solutions to take to their facility to improve the effectiveness of patient care.

In addition to topic areas the OR Manager Conference has dedicated tracks that allow attendees to focus their experience at the Conference!

Topics Include:

  • Best Practices for Utilizing Technology and Data
  • Bullying and Taboo Issues
  • Business Acumen
  • Contracting
  • Cost Savings
  • Developing and Managing Your Workforce
  • Hybrid Operating Rooms
  • Infection Control and Sterilization
  • Inter-Department Collaboration
  • Improving Patient Care
  • The Joint Commission
  • Mentorship
  • Operational Aptitude
  • PACU Management
  • Performance Improvements
  • Upcoming Trends

Tracks covered:

  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers/Outpatient
  • OR Business Management
  • Clinical
  • Leadership/Administration
  • New Manager
  • Masters Series
  • Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
  • Trending Topics

And so much more!

CE Credits from Workshops
Monday’s workshops are packed with information, best practices and strategies you can take back to your OR, ASC or PACU.

Pick 1 to attend before the opening keynote and you can earn 4 additional contact hours.

CE Credits at the Conference
By attending the OR Manager Conference or PACU Manager Summit Full Conference Pass, you have the opportunity to obtain 20.0 contact hours through Workshops, Breakout Sessions, Keynote Speakers, and Poster Presentations.

During the Exhibit Hall hours, you will have the opportunity to earn additional contact hours by participating in the Hybrid OR Town Hall Session, CE programs presented by exhibitors, and poster sessions.

Purchase the All Access Pass to gain access to all sessions within the OR Manager Conference and PACU Manager Summit

CE Credits at the Poster Gallery
The OR Manager Conference Poster Gallery will be open during all Exhibition hours (located inside the Exhibit Hall).  You will have the opportunity to meet with Poster authors and discuss their research during our poster presentations. To receive additional contact hours after the poster sessions, an online quiz will be available in our e-Gallery, which will be available upon the Conference’s start.

To access the 2017 ePoster Gallery and CE quizzes click here.

CE Credits Presented by Exhibitors
During the Exhibit hours, you will have the opportunity to participate in CE programs presented by exhibitors and earn contact hours.  Each program is worth 0.5 contact hours and you must attend at least 2 sessions to earn 1 contact hour.

AEU Credits
OR Manager Conference understands that the managers and directors of Ambulatory Surgery Centers require a customized education to help successfully manage the unique situations that occur within the ASC.  To meet your unique needs, we have a dedicated ASC track in which each session has been hand-picked by our planning committee on what specific topics would be important to their peers.

The 2018 program is approved for 19.25 AEU credits by BASC Provider #1301. Sunday’s Pre-Conference Workshops are approved for 6.0 AEU credits. All attendees registered for the AEU sessions will receive the content area breakdown and completion certificate post-conference.

CSSM Eligibility
Contact hours earned at OR Manager Conference meet CSSM® eligibility requirements.

Click here for the list of Eligible Session Domains.

The Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM) certification is for perioperative leaders interested in improving and validating their managerial knowledge and skills to advance the performance of their surgical services departments.  CSSM certification recognizes the important role managers have in directing staff, programs and budgets in delivering safe patient care, and provides recognition for the important and distinct role of surgical services leaders.

By attending sessions at the OR Manager Conference, you will receive contact hours which meet continuing education coursework requirements necessary for the exam application, as well as recertification activities. Learn more about the CSSM credential and requirements on www.cc-institute.org/cssm or with this certification guide.


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Packages and Pricing
How to Register:

Online: Fast and easy!
Mail: Complete the 2018 Registration Form and send to:

OR Manager Conference
Attn: Registration
P.O. Box 9187, Gaithersburg, MD 20898-9187

Fax: Complete the PDF Registration Form and fax to 301-340-7136
Phone: Call +1-800-550-2880 or +1-301-354-2100 (between 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST)

Click here to download a W-9 Form for Access Intelligence LLC/OR Manager Conference.

Group Discount:

When more than one person from a facility registers, each additional registrant will receive a 10% discount on the registration rate. All members of the group must register at the same time.

Registration Packages:
All Access Pass: Full 3 Day Conferences
Both OR Manager Conference and PACU Manager Summit


Attend all three days of the OR Manager Conference and PACU Manager Summit together.

Rates Price Deadline
Onsite Rate $1,399
OR Manager Conference Only


Attend all three days of the OR Manager Conference with Keynote Speakers, Networking Events and Exhibit Hall events included. PACU Manager Summit workshops and breakout sessions not included.

Rates Price Deadline
Onsite Rate $1,199
PACU Manager Summit Only


Attend all three days of the PACU Manager Summit with Keynote Speakers, Networking Events and Exhibit Hall events included.
OR Manager Conference workshops and breakout sessions not included.

Rates Price Deadline
Onsite Rate $899

The OR Manager Conference Kickoff Party and
OR Manager‘s Night Out are your opportunities to let loose with your colleagues from across the nation. Enjoy the festivities and make your trip to Nashville a true vacation. Tickets can be purchased through registration.

Join the Celebration
Rates Price
OR Manager Kickoff Party Guest Ticket $40
OR Manager’s Night Out $50 ($60 onsite)
Pre-Conference Workshops

Add these full-day workshops to your OR Manager Conference or PACU Manager Summit registration, or attend just the workshop. Both programs are on Sunday, 9/16 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rates Price
ASC Administrator Course: Using Data to Improve Quality of Care and Bring Dollars to Your Bottom Line $495
Perioperative Leadership Course: Leading Teams to Higher Performance $495
Registration Terms and Conditions:

Cancellations: All cancellations must be made in writing and will be subject to a $250 service fee (per attendee). Registrants who cancel before July 31, 2018 will receive a refund of their payment minus the service fee. Registrants who do not cancel prior to July 31, 2018 will be liable for the full registration fee.  If for any reason, Access Intelligence decides to cancel or postpone this conference, Access Intelligence is not responsible for covering airfare and other travel costs incurred by clients. Registrants who fail to attend and do not cancel prior to the event are not entitled to a credit or refund of any kind. There are no exceptions.

Substitutions: Substitutions may be made at any time for confirmed registrants. Notice of substitution must be made in writing and sent to: OR Manager Conference, 9211 Corporate Blvd, 4th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850 or info@ormanagerconference.com.

Age Policy: No one under the age of 18 is permitted to register, attend, or be in the exhibit hall and/or pre-conference and conference sessions including Keynotes and receptions, at any time under any circumstance during the OR Manager Conference.  There are no exceptions.

Questions: If you need assistance, please contact OR Manager Conference customer service at 800-550-2880 or info@ormanagerconference.com.

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Justify Attendance

The education you will receive at OR Manager Conference is extremely valuable, though you may need to validate to management your reasons for wanting to attend.

OR Manager Conference has compiled a justification toolkit that will help with those needs. We have included several helpful items, including a customized sample letter to management.

What to emphasize with management

  • Detail the valuable education you will receive
  • Stress the workshops and breakout sessions you will attend
  • Know which the companies you will visit in the Exhibit Hall
  • Educate them on the continuing education credits you can earn

A few ideas to include when compiling your request:

Conference Materials: Offer to share the information with co-workers. Bring home your conference materials to let co-workers share in the conference experience.

Current Speaker Lineup: At OR Manager Conference, you will have direct access to dozens of experts. Information sharing, question-and-answer sessions and networking are a vital part of the conference experience.

Networking Opportunities: Interact with other OR managers and directors who share the same goals. These networking contacts can be invaluable once you return to work. The contacts you make at the conference can provide input far into the future on a variety of work-related topics. Learn more about all of our networking events in 2018,  here.

CE Programs Presented by Exhibitors: You can participate in 30 minute presentations by exhibiting companies and have the opportunity to earn contact hours.  Each presentation is worth 0.5 contact hours; you must attend at least two presentations to earn contact hours.

Exhibitor Guide: Between conference sessions, the education continues throughout the exhibit hall floor.  Exhibitors are there to learn about your day-to-day challenges and discuss solutions.  Here is your chance to ask the hard questions, get real answers that will assist you with cost-effective efficiencies in your OR.

Cost-Saving Features: We understand that spending 3 or more days away from the OR can be expensive, so we’ve worked to bring you savings wherever possible.

  • Group Discounts: When more than one person from the same facility registers for the conference and exhibition, each additional registrant will receive 10% off their package.
  • Hotel Discount: OR Manager Conference has secured a discounted hotel rate at the Gaylord Palms for its attendees.
  • Airline Discounts: OR Manager Conference has secured several discounts on participating airlines.  Visit our Hotel and Travel page to learn more.

Sample Trip Report: Create a trip report after the conference. This report should discuss the sessions you have attended and how you will apply those concepts to your operating room. Once your supervisor sees how much you have learned during the week and how it can be applied in your facility, they will be more likely to send you to a conference again. Click here for a sample trip report that may be used when presenting your request.

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Volunteer at the OR Manager Conference

The OR Manager Conference needs your help! In exchange for your assistance at the Conference you could attend complimentary workshops and sessions.

Please complete the Volunteer Application and submit it to Taylor McCarthy, Conference Program Manager, at TMcCarthy@accessintel.com to apply for the Volunteer Program.

Already registered? Not a problem. If you have already paid for a conference pass the OR Manager Conference will reimburse your pass upon acceptance into the volunteer program.

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Contact Us

Registration, General Questions and Customer Service

Phone: 800-550-2880 or +1-301-354-2100
Email: info@ORManagerConference.com

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

Nancy Iannotta

Sales Representative

Marketing and Public Relations

Pepper Coe

Marketing Manager

Conference and Speaking Opportunities

Jane E. Kuhn, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Education Coordinator

Conference and Speaking Opportunities

Taylor McCarthy

Conference Program Manager

Operations and Logistics

Jessica Davis, CEM, CMP

Operations Director

Operations and Logistics

Ashlyn Geoffrey

Operations Coordinator

General Information

Jess Tyler, CEM

Conference Director

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Quick Info

Music City Center
Nashville, TN

September 17-19, 2018

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

More information to come.

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