Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, September 16

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

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

Monday, September 17

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Presentation: It’s the 21st Century: Making Marijuana Usage a Component of Your Patient Assessment
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
Presented by:   
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Opening Keynote: Cy Wakeman
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. OR Manager Conference Kickoff Party

Tuesday, September 18

6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Presentation
Presented by: 
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Morning Keynote: Craig Deao
9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open (Morning Motivational Meetup!)
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Breakout 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
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open (Refresh, Relax, Recharge!)
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Poster Session
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Afternoon Keynote: Ridley Barron
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. OR Manager’s Night Out: Rock n’ Roll Reception at the Musicians Hall of Fame
Official Bar Sponsor:                                Official Entertainment Sponsor:


Wednesday, September 19

6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. General Session: Grace Under Fire: The Resilient Nurse Leader
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: Meg Soper

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Keynote Speakers

Monday, September 17
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Opening Keynote: Reality Based Rules of the Workplace: Boosting Employee Value and Happiness at Work

Cy Wakeman

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 ways to add true value to an organization and enhance fluency in navigating changing times.
  • Implement the new Employee Value Formula for measuring worth by quantifying factors such as current performance, future potential, and emotional expensiveness.
  • Explain the five reality-based rules of becoming a happy top performer and how to apply those principles in the workplace.
  • Drive organizational results by changing mindsets and empowering your team to take charge of their own happiness.

Why this is important:

Tough economic times have left employees feeling dejected and undervalued, and having to do the same amount of work with fewer people and resources; they have come to believe that suffering is now part of working life. Back by popular demand, Cy Wakeman will offer a revolutionary new look at how you, the leader, can work with your team to change their mindsets and join the ranks of happy high performers as she teaches the five reality-based rules of the workplace. By using these tools and techniques to face challenges, you can help staff turn the job they have into the job they want.

Just think, what if employees could go to work feeling energetic and excited – feeling truly valued and appreciated? Implementing the reality based rules of the workplace in your organization, will help your employees have fun, be productive, and return home at peace, with energy left over for family and friends; your entire team will learn to approach their reality from a different perspective. Join fellow perioperative managers as you make the commitment to change your mindset and follow Wakeman’s roadmap to higher ground.

Tuesday, September 18
8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Perioperative Leadership 2023: Own Your Future or Be Disrupted By It

Craig Deao, MHA

Managing Director, Huron Senior Leader & National Speaker, Studer Group

After this session you’ll be able to:

  • Discuss future trends that will reshape perioperative services and the role of its leaders.
  • Describe Dual Transformation within the context of perioperative services.
  • List three competencies necessary for success both today and tomorrow.

Why this is important:

The last five years have seen unprecedented change in our world, as continued upward pressures on quality and downward pressures on cost have driven our organizations to do things better. The next five years will require us to do fundamentally different things, as consumer expectations, workforce challenges, technological innovation, changing reimbursement and new market entrants radically disrupt the playing field. In this session we’ll discuss the trends shaping our future and how we, as the leaders, can own our future rather than be disrupted by it.

Tuesday, September 18
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Second Victim’s Silver Lining: Creating a Culture of Patient Safety

Ridley Barron

Author, Twist of Faith

After this session you’ll be able to:

  • Create both staff and patient friendly environments.
  • Increase awareness of individual patient concerns in regard to their safety.
  • Create patient-centered care that takes place in threat-free environments through greater awareness of safety issues.
  • Explain concerns focused on the “second victim.”

Why this is important:

What can be done in our healthcare systems to improve overall quality? As people continue to serve in healthcare, there will remain at least one human component: the potential for error. In this presentation, you will share the journey of the family member of one victim, and be challenged by seven simple principles that are drawn directly from his personal experience.

We all face millions of half-second decisions in a day. As such, this keynote serves as a welcome reminder that in coasting through our work, there is the potential to lose sight of the good we do and make a choice that is fatal. Leave the session with practical steps to promote safety in your culture and ways to remember the importance of your work, each and every day.

Wednesday, September 19
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Closing Keynote: IQ Will Get You Hired, EQ Will Get You Promoted

Meg Soper, RN

Professional Speaker and Comedian, Former OR Nurse

After this session you’ll be able to:

  • Shift your perspective to better deal with adversity and conflict.
  • Recognize and understand the different generations in the workplace.
  • Use both sides of your brain for inspirational leadership.
  • Explain the four key elements to creating a positive work culture.

Why this is important:

This interactive, high-energy session offers a lighthearted look at the challenges of everyday life in the OR and the postanesthesia care unit. Meg Soper takes a humorous look at a topic we are all too familiar with: how to efficiently cope with day-to-day stresses while being an effective leader. She will focus on communication skills and working with different generations while demonstrating how we as leaders have control over the attitude we bring with us to work. It is possible to create a positive environment through our interactions with others; we can lead using both sides of our brain. Leave the conference with a kick in your step, feeling empowered about the work you do and the difference you make in your role.

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Speaker Gallery

Cynthia Addleman, BSN, RN

Nurse Manager Pre-Anesthesia Testing
University of Tennessee Medical Center

Robin P. Adkins, BSN, CNOR, RNFA

Senior Project Manager
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

R. Dan Allen

Founder and President
D. A. Surgical

Rhonda L. Anders, MSM, BSN, RN, CNOR, NE-BC

Director Perioperative Services
Eskenazi Health

Patricia Jill Andrews, MHA, BSN, RN, CNOR

Director of Perioperative Services
Cedars-Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital

Gail Avigne, MSN, BA, CNOR

Nurse Consultant
Press Ganey Associates, Inc.

Brandon Azoulai, MHA, CSSGB

Customer Success Manager
Hospital IQ


Professor of Nursing
Otterbein University

Ridley Barron

Twist of Faith

Cynthia Bell, BSN, RN, CNOR, RNFA

Director of Surgical Services
Tristar Centennial Medical Center

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

Clinical Education Specialist
UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Ronald Bleday, MD

Section Chief, Division of Colorectal Surgery and Program Director, Colorectal Fellowship
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Linda Boudreau, MHA

Administrative Director, Perioperative Services
Vanderbilt University Hospital

Hazel Boyd, MBA

Clinical Operations Manager, Perioperative Services
Boston Children's Hospital

Beth Bozzelli, MBA, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Assistant Vice President, Surgical Services
HCA Healthcare

Diane Brudenell, BSN, RN

Service Coordinator – Allegheny General Hospital
Allegheny Health Network

Charles Burnley, MSN, RN

Director of Surgical Services
Sauk Prairie Healthcare

Deborah Butler, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR

Executive Director Perioperative Services
Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Sherry Buxton, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Chief Surgical Services Officer
Orlando Regional Medical Center/Orlando 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

Denise Cole-Ouzounian, MS, APN, CNML, CCRN

Vice President, Patient Care Services, CNO
Sauk Prairie Healthcare

Gabrielle Cox, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR

Educational Compliance Director
STERIS Instrument Management Services (IMS)

Phillip Cutler, MHA

Director Supply Chain Operations
Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Brian Dakin, BS, MMHC, CMRP

Administrative Director, Consulting/Perioperative Supply Chain Services
Vanderbilt University Hospital

Janet David-Lustina, MBA, BSN, BAP, RN

Director, Peri-Operative Service
University Medical Center of Southern Nevada

Craig Deao, MHA

Managing Director, Huron and Senior Leader & National Speaker
Studer Group

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

SVP, Chief Nursing Officer
Press Ganey Associates, Inc.

Jennifer Dickman, DNP, RN, CPN

Director, CHP North Surgery Center
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Tracy Diffenderfer, MSN, BSN, CNOR

Administrative Director
Centennial Medical Center

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

Senior Advisor, Surgical Services
OhioHealth Grant Medical Center

Janet Duran, DNP, MSN, MHA, RN

Perioperative Director Surgical Services
Cleveland Clinic/Fairview Hospital/ASC

Lena Elias-Fogle, BSN, RN, CNOR

Director, Global Clinical Solutions
Surgical Solutions

Fawn Esser Lipp, MBA, BSN, CASC, CNOR

Executive Director
The Surgery Center LLC

Claire R. Everson, RN, CNOR, CCAP

Education Coordinator
SurgeryDirect, LLC

Mauricio Garrido, MD

Clinical Director, Heart and Vascular Institute Abington Health Physicians
Abington Hospital, Jefferson Health

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

Nurse Manager, PACU
Carson Tahoe Health

Meaghan Gray, BS, CRCST

Massachusetts General Hospital

Debbie Hall, MSN, RN, CNOR, NE-BC

Director of Surgical Services
Norton Audubon Hospital

Christopher (Patrick) Henson, DO

Assistant Professor, Division of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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

Gail M. Horvath, MSN, RN, CNOR, CRCST

ECRI Institute

Kelly Huntington, BSN, RN, CPN

Assistant Nursing Department Director, Surgical Observation
Children's Mercy

Carole Inlaw, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR

Business Operations Manager
John Muir Medical Center

Roberta Jones, MSN, RN, CNOR

Patient Safety Specialist
UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside

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

Perioperative Services Director
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Beverly Kirchner, BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC

Chief Compliance Officer
SurgeryDirect, LLC

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

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

Maria Kramer, MSN, RN

Director, Neurosurgery-Operating Room
Allegheny Health Network

Buffy Krauser Lupear, DNP, CRNA, APRN

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

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


Anita Lambert-Gale, MS, BSN, RN

Executive Director of Nursing
United Surgical Partners International

Rory Langefeld, MPH

Administrative Director
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Jeannie Lee, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR

Assistant Director of Perioperative Services
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Wilton C. Levine, MD

Medical Director, Perioperative Services and Medical Director, Department of Medicine Procedural Areas
Massachusetts General Hospital

Scott Lucas, PhD, PE

Director, Accident and Forensic Investigation
ECRI Institute

Vicky Lyle

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

Robert Maliff

Director, Applied Solutions
ECRI Institute

Eleanor Martin-Markle

Robotic Program Manager
MountainView Hospital

Colleen Mattioni, DNP, RN, CNOR

Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Jane McLeod, MSN, RN

Capstone Leadership Solutions

Betty Sue Minton, MSN, RN

Manager of Periop Patient Experience
Vanderbilt Medical Center

Stella Nelson, MA, BS, RN, CNOR

Clinical Support
Medtronic Consultants

Sydney Nye, MBA, BSN, RN


Kevin O'Hara

Syús, Inc.

Jim Pehotsky, BSN, RN, RN-BC

Registered Nurse
Cleveland Clinic

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

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

Gail Pietrzyk, DNP, RN, CNOR

Corporate Director Surgical Services
Universal Health Services, Inc.

Angela Poznick, BSN, RN, CPN

Senior Professional Staff Nurse
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Catherine Pusey, MBA, RN

ECRI Institute

Janet Quigley, MSN, RN

Nursing Director: Post Anesthesia Care
Massachusetts General Hospital

Kristin Ray, MSN, RN, CPN, NE-BC

Nursing Department Director, Surgical Services
Children's Mercy

Kip D. Robinson, MD, FACP, FASA

Medical Director for PreAnesthesia Testing
University of Tennessee Medical Center

Mark Rosa, BS, CRCST, CHL

Massachusetts General Hospital

John R. Rosing, MHA, FACHE

Executive Vice President
Patton Healthcare Consulting

Jacob Runion, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR

Director of Nursing
Cleveland Clinic

Jerome Santos, DNP, MBAc, BSN, BA, RN

Assistant Patient Care Manager, Main Operating Room
Stanford Health Care


Per Diem Staff Nurse II and Entrepreneur
Lutheran Medical Center

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

Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Director, Nursing Leadership Institute
Florida Atlantic University

Diane Skorupski, MS, RN, CNOR, NE-BC

Vice President Surgical Services
Tampa General Hospital

Meg P. Soper, RN

Motivational Humorist & Registered Nurse
Former OR Nurse

Chris Stewart, BS

Senior Vice President and General Manager
Ortho Sales Partners

Michael Tagadaya, MSN, RN

PACU Nurse Manager
NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital

Clare Tager

High Country Medical

Gina Throneberry, MBA, RN, CASC, CNOR

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

Vikram Tiwari, PhD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Biomedical Informatics, Director of Surgical Analytics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Christopher Tripp

Vice President of Commercial Services
Owens & Minor, Inc.

Dawn Vocke, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR

Clinical Director Surgical Services
UPMC St. Margaret

Cy Wakeman

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

Ashley Walsh, MHA

Director of Client Services, LeanTaaS and Former Perioperative Business Manager

Lynn Webb, PhD

Assistant Dean for Faculty Development
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Rosemary Welde, MBA, BSN, BCC, RN

Head of the Charge Nurse Team
Stanford University Medical Center

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

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

Charles Yarnall, BS, LP, CCP

National Clinical Specialist and Chief Perfusionist, Jefferson Perfusion Team

Jeff Yates, CCSVP

National Service Manager, US
Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corp.

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Networking Events

OR Manager Conference is your time to meet with perioperative leaders from around the country to swap stories and share leadership tools.

Don’t miss these fun networking opportunities with your colleagues.


OR Manager’s Night Out: Rock n’ Roll Reception at the Musicians Hall of Fame
Tuesday, September 18  |  7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Welcome to the OR Manager’s Night Out at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Downtown Nashville, TN!

Revel in music history as you pull back the curtain on some of your favorite artists and songs to see how some of the most legendary moments in music came to fruition. Spend your evening rockin’ and rollin’, dancin’, eatin’ and drinkin’ alongside your peers in the perioperative suite.

Explore the interactive exhibits like the GRAMMY Museum Gallery or get a true feel for how a record is made by singing in a live studio!

Tickets to OR Manager’s Night Out can be added to any registration package. Guests are welcome.

Official Bar Sponsor:                                                        Official Entertainment Sponsor:

OR Manager Conference Kickoff Party
Monday, September 17th

The official kickoff to the PACU Manager Summit and OR Manager Conference 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.

Sponsored by:


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OR Manager Awards
Welcome to the OR Manager Awards Center

Please note: We are no longer accepting nominations for the OR Manager Awards.

These prestigious awards are invaluable in recognizing the efforts of leaders in the perioperative industry; they foster a sense of community and continued motivation toward excellence.

OR Manger of the Year

At the OR Manager Conference, we honor inspirational OR managers or directors every year with the OR Manager of the Year Award. Nominated by you, and hand selected by our Planning Committee and the OR Manager Advisory Board, the OR Manager of the Year is a champion of the perioperative suite.


Given to a rising star in OR management, the Emerging Leader Award will be presented in Orlando at the 2018 OR Manager Conference. This award was developed to recognize newer managers of the OR (five years or less experience) as they pave the way to the future of patient care and OR management.


Managers of the ASC face unique challenges on a daily basis. It’s because of this OR Manager felt as though it was time to call out the tremendous work that our colleagues who manage Ambulatory Surgery Centers be given their own accolade. Join us as we honor the top leaders in ambulatory services at the 2018 OR Manager Conference in Orlando!


Managing the OR takes more than just perioperative savvy, it also requires a strong business acumen; requiring complex logistical decisions, scheduling demands, analytical thinking, and a focus on the bottom-line. The Best in OR Business Award will be presented at the 2019 OR Business Management Conference in San Diego, California.

The OR Manager of the Year recipient receives a complimentary registration to the OR Manager Conference, along with complimentary airfare and hotel.

Other award winners will receive a complimentary All Access Pass to the OR Manager Conference and PACU Manager Summit at the Music City Center from September 17-19.

Congratulations to our 2017 OR Manager Awards recipients:

OR Manager of the Year
Michael Hofmann, BSN, RN
Regional Director-Perioperative Services
Ascension│St. Elizabeth Hospital/Fox Valley

Emerging Leader Award
Casey Orth-Nebitt, BSN, RN
Director of Surgery

Ambulatory Services Achievement Award
Ann Shea, BSN, RN
Nurse Manager, Pediatric Ambulatory Surgical Unit, Pre-Surgical Testing Unit, MRI Sedated Procedural Unit
Cohen Children’s Medical Center
New York

View past OR Manager Award Winners.


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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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