OR Excellence - Where Leaders Meet, Learn and Grow Together

Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
October 3-5, 2018

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OR Excellence Syllabus & Program

Thank you for your interest in OR Excellence 2018! Here's a quick look at our impactful agenda for 2018. You can view our full syllabus and download the pdf here.

  1. OR Excellence Day 1 - Oct. 3


    WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3 - 8:30-11:30 a.m.

    These amazing workshops will jump-start your conference with great, actionable content you can take back to your facility. There is no extra charge for these 3-hour workshops, but space is limited, so register early to ensure you get your first choice!

    A. Yes, We Built a Total Joints Surgery Center
    The clinical and business leaders of the Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Center of Greensboro (N.C.) share how they built their own surgery center and launched a 23-hour joint replacement program. You'll also learn how they negotiated their own bundled payment.

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    Steve Lucey, MD, Founder, Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Center of Greensboro (N.C.)

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    Donna Garvey, Practice administrator

    Jenny Graham, CEO, CEO (not pictured)

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    Chet Wyman, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

    B. You're Not a Born Leader!
    You may not be a natural leader, but this interactive workshop will cultivate transformational leadership abilities in yourself and others so that you can accelerate lasting, meaningful change - and inspire your staff to follow. You'll also learn proven strategies to engage physicians. Workshop presenter is Johns Hopkins Hospital anesthesiologist Chet Wyman, MD, who lectures extensively on affecting change and improving patient care.

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    C. Sexual Harassment & Violence in the OR: A Panel Discussion
    The #MeTooMedicine Movement has brought the sexual harassment and physical abuse that nurses have long suffered out in the open. Now it's time to empower women in health care. Hear from a panel of survivors, lawyers and experts who'll share their perspectives. Attendees will be encouraged to share their stories and support for each other.

    11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Lunch break on your own

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    Peter J. Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FAARC, University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center

    1 p.m. Distracted Doctoring: Returning to Patient-Centered Care in the Digital Age
    Smartphones in the hands of doctors and nurses have become dangerously seductive devices that can endanger their patients. When you're distracted, you make mistakes. While electronic technology has revolutionized the practice of medicine, it also poses a unique challenge to health care. Here's how to make a difference and put the patient first.

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    Rafael Grossman, MD, Surgeon, Educator, Healthcare Futurist, Bangor, Maine

    2 p.m. Mixed Reality in Surgery: Dare to Creatively Disrupt
    He was the first doctor to ever use Google Glass during live surgery. As a surgeon and a healthcare futurist, he says telemedicine, m-health technology and healthcare social media will, very soon, completely redefine the way in which healthcare is delivered. Do you dare to creatively disrupt?

    3 p.m. | BREAK

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    William Duffy, RN, MJ, CNOR, FAAN, Loyola University's Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Chicago, Ill.

    3:15 p.m. The Nurse Manager's Role in Patient Safety
    An entertaining and informative multimedia exploration of the role OR leaders play in ensuring a safe environment for patients and staff. The past president of AORN will examine the behaviors and attitudes that impact our ability to create a safe environment while exploring some internal skill sets that can aid our efforts to create a working environment that fosters safe patient care.

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    David Taylor, CVOR, MSN, RN, CNOR, San Antonio, Texas

    4:15 p.m. I've Had It! 10 Reasons Why I Left Healthcare and Retired
    What if your healthcare career is no longer rewarding? What if it leaves you tired, frustrated and exhausted? If you're surgical services director David Taylor, CVOR, MSN, RN, CNOR, you get out. You retire. From malignant and caustic physicians to staffing shortages and stagnant salaries, here's an honest look at what led one OR leader to step down - and a vision for a better future.

    Drink Up

    5:15 | Wine Tasting in the Exhibit Hall
    Treat your taste buds, network with colleagues and see new technology at our annual wine tasting on Wednesday night. This event has been a favorite of ORX attendees for nine years running!

  2. OR Excellence Day 2 - Oct. 4

    Thursday, Oct. 4

    7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. | Continental Breakfast

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    8 a.m. Cinema and Safer Surgery: An Exclusive Screening of The Checklist Effect
    Join your colleagues at OR Excellence for an exclusive screening of The Checklist Effect, a 45-minute award-winning documentary film about safer surgery worldwide. The Checklist Effect takes an unvarnished look at global surgery and anesthesia - and calls for action and change. Inspired by surgeon and author Atul Gawande's award-winning book, The Checklist Manifesto, this film explores the challenges of delivering safe surgery on a global scale - and how a seemingly-simple piece of paper can mean the difference between life and death. Follow the camera across 8 countries for a view of the operating room you've never seen before. A short discussion will follow the screening.

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    Marty Makary, MD, MPH, FACS, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

    9 a.m. Get Ready for the Great Disruptors in Health Care
    Johns Hopkins health policy expert and surgeon Marty Makary, MD, sees a seismic shift in health care. Hospitals are downsizing so that all care except for ICU, ER and inpatient surgery takes place outside of the hospital, where access is better and costs are lower. A shared-risk payment model will force healthcare facilities to eliminate all unnecessary services. By some estimates, one-third of what hospitals do - from admissions to preoperative testing to surgeries - is unnecessary. And then there's Amazon.

    10 a.m. | Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall

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    Lynette Bear, DNP, CRNA, MBA, Laser Spine Institute, Sr. Director Anesthesia Administration, Madeira Beach, Fla.

    10:45 a.m. Overwhelmed Executive Administrator Syndrome
    No one wants to admit that they're overwhelmed, but the pressure-cooker job of running a surgical facility can quickly take its toll if you don't take the time to care for yourself. You'll return home with proven methods to prevent burnout. Hint: It's about working smarter, not harder. And not sweating the small stuff.

    11:45 p.m. | Lunch and OR Excellence Awards

    12:45 p.m. | Dessert, Shopping in Exhibit Hall

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    Spence Byrum, HRS Consulting, Weston, Fla.

    1:30 p.m. High Reliability for a Highly Unreliable World
    You'll learn how to perform well in uncertain situations and stay composed when you respond to a crisis after this session. High Reliability Organizing (HRO) describes the process for effective, safe and reliable operations when entering an adverse or hazardous environment. Higher reliability means enhanced patient safety.


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    Lynette Bear, DNP, CRNA, MBA, Laser Spine Institute, Sr. Director Anesthesia Administration, Madeira Beach, Fla..

    A. Break Your Anesthesia Team of 10 Annoying Habits
    How responsive is your anesthesia service to the needs of your facility? This session is for you if the answer is "not very". Share your stories and get real-world practical advice from a national director of anesthesia on how to get providers to do more of what you'd like them to do.

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    Brittney Nelson, BSN, RN, The Nerdy Nurse, Rome, Ga.

    B. A Millennial Nurse Uncovers the Truth About Millennial Nurses
    You're not alone if you view millennials as a plague on the nursing profession, as a bunch of self-absorbed, entitled slackers glued to their gadgets and phones who can't be counted on to deliver the level of care and excellence we've seen in previous generations of nurses. But is what you think you know about millennials true? Here's the real deal from a millennial nurse herself.

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    Barbara J. Holder RN, BSN, LHRM, CAPA, Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center, Gulf Breeze, Fla.

    C. 25 Answers to Questions You Were Afraid to Ask
    You have to be a jack-of-all-trades to run a surgical facility. It's impossible to know everything, but that doesn't mean you can't learn new tips and tools to make life easier. This session will address such hot topics as CMS emergency preparedness, medication shortages, peer review, patient satisfaction and more.

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    David Applegate, Palm Springs, Calif.

    3:30 p.m. Walk the Line
    David Applegate was a senior vice president at ArthroCare, a publicly traded medical device company. Along with other executives, he participated in what is referred to as channel stuffing, which is when you ship more product to distributors than they need in order to inflate revenue and profit. Essentially, they lied to investors. David served a 5-year sentence for accounting fraud at Taft Correctional Institute in California. Did the pressure to meet Wall Street expectations cause him to go off the rails that one time? Besides giving you an enlightening look at the industry in which you work, David hopes that the lessons he has learned will help others avoid his fate.

    4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. | ORX Power Hour and Cocktail Party in the Exhibit Hall

    OR Excellence Power Hour

    Get ready for unbelievable excitement all day Thursday when you visit the exhibit hall! Stop by our awesome vendors and get scanned to increase your chances to win amazing prizes worth thousands of dollars. There will also be random instawins and other exciting events during all the Thursday exhibit hall hours, so get some great shopping done for your facility and you just might turn out to be the big winner! Attendees must be present in the exhibit hall to win.

  3. OR Excellence Day 3 - Oct. 5

    Friday, Oct. 5

    7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m. | Continental Breakfast

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    Donna Cardillo, RN, CSP, Humorist, Master Motivator, Sea Girt, N.J.

    8 a.m. Nurse Power! Harnessing the Power, the Passion and the Pride of Nursing
    This uplifting program from "The Inspiration Nurse" is designed to remind nurses of their own greatness and empower them for future success. It's guaranteed to make nurses feel good and proud about who they are, what they do and how they contribute to healthcare. Get ready to be pumped up, turned on and supercharged with Nurse Power!

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    Weston (Hank) Balch, BS, MDiv, CRCST, CIS, CHL, Beyond Clean Podcast, San Antonio, Texas

    9 a.m. Resuscitating the OR/SPD Relationship
    The sterile processing industry today is undergoing a level of media and regulatory scrutiny as never before. With almost weekly headlines of serious quality issues with surgical instrument trays, many healthcare facilities are giving a fresh look at what is needed to get these departments back on track. This session will cover the critical role that support staff can play in raising a CS/SPD department from a safety concern to key driver of surgical quality.

    10 a.m. | BREAK

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    Ann Geier, RN, MS, CNOR

    10:15 a.m. Dealing With Disruptive Physicians: A Manager's Perspective
    When disruptive physicians cause problems, everyone comes to the administrator expecting a perfect resolution to the problem. Even seasoned administrators find it difficult to resolve situations involving powerful, influential physicians whose behavior adversely affects the practice. Learn how to confront the problem, enlist help and take preventive measures.

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    Kevin M. Gilpin, Executive Director, National Crime Stop Program, Palm Coast, Fla.

    11:15 a.m. Computer Crime and Identity Theft Prevention
    You and your facility are at risk of identify theft, and you might not even know it. Every 3 seconds of every day, someone's credit or debit card information is stolen, putting your personal and financial information as well as your credit worthiness, savings and good name at risk. Here's how to protect your facility and yourself from cyber thieves.

    12:15 p.m. | ADJOURN


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