2019 OR Excellence Speaker Bios
Hank Balch, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL
Hank Balch, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL, is the founder and president of Beyond Clean Consulting, an instrument care and sterile processing consulting company. Mr. Balch is the cohost of the popular Beyond Clean industry podcast, a weekly discussion about the inner workings of instrument care. Listen to Beyond Clean at osmag.net/hcy7yp.
Austin Belcak is the founder of Cultivated Culture where he teaches people how to land jobs they love along with salaries they deserve. Mr. Belcak has grown the Cultivated Culture community to over 40,000 job-seekers who have gone on to land offers at places like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and more. Mr. Belcak's material has also been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, USA Today, Inc., and Fast Company.
Spence Byrum is the CEO of HRS Consulting, a human performance improvement company created to enhance decision-making in high-risk industries such healthcare. Mr. Byrum has reviewed more than 1 million near-miss and sentinel events, and is an expert in evaluation of the causal factors and remediation of their impacts. Mr. Byrum is a former Coast Guard rescue pilot and an internationally known expert on the subject of human performance in challenging, time-critical environments.
Callie S. Craig, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR
Callie S. Craig, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR, is the system director of patient experience for Integris Health in Oklahoma City, Okla., where she oversees patient experience and education for a vast Oklahoma-based healthcare system that encompasses 9 hospitals and 100 provider clinics. Ms. Craig served on the national AORN Board of Directors as vice president and secretary.
Wendy Dean, MD
Wendy Dean, MD, is the co-founder of Moral Injury (moralinjury.healthcare) and the senior vice president of program operations for The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine in Bethesda, Md. An article Dr. Dean authored along with reconstructive plastic surgeon Simon Talbot, MD, in STAT titled “Physicians aren’t ‘burning out.’ They’re suffering from moral injury” garnered nearly 250,000 article downloads, millions of related video views on the subject and perfectly encapsulated the feelings of scores of healthcare providers. Dr. Dean worked for the U.S. Army in product development for regenerative medicine technologies from 2010-18 and is considered an expert in the field of hand and face transplants.
Stacey L. Decker, MS, BSN, RN, CPAN
Stacey L. Decker, MS, BSN, RN, CPAN, is the vice president and chief nursing officer for Integris Lakeside Women’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla. Ms. Decker served as director and then administrative director at a 20-OR surgical department and a 5-OR ASC for 22 years.
William Duffy, RN, MJ, CNOR, FAAN
William Duffy, RN, MJ, CNOR, FAAN, is the director of Health Systems Management Master of Science program at Loyola University Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in Chicago. In addition to his demanding job at Loyola, Mr. Duffy is a charismatic speaker who has spoken nationally and internationally on topics such as health law and nursing leadership. Mr. Duffy was the 2004-2005 National President of the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), where he led the association’s initiative for National Time Out Day to eliminate wrong site surgery. He currently serves on the AORN Board of Directors.
Thomas W. Durick, MD
Thomas W. Durick, MD, of Envision Physician Services in Walnut Creek, Calif., has been the medical director and acting administrator of a busy surgery center in the San Francisco Bay area for the past 10 years. Dr. Durick has given multiple presentations over a wide range of topics including cost containment in the operating room, quality improvement, prevention of fires in the operating room, outpatient anesthesia specialization, prevention of complications in anesthesia and neuromuscular blockade.
Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC
Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, is the chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based company that provides software solutions and services for ambulatory surgery centers and hospitals. Ms. Geier, who serves on the Outpatient Surgery Magazine Editorial Board, is also an accreditation surveyor and past board member of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. Ms. Geier is an author, and you can get her e-book “Admin 101: What Every New ASC Administrator Needs to Know” for free at osmag.net/xA4NJP.
Cindi Goddard, RN, BSN, MPH
Cindi Goddard, RN, BSN, MPH, is a senior managing consultant of Health Care Performance Advisory Services the advisory firm BKD CPAs & Advisors, where she uses patient data from multiple sources to develop population segmentation and stratification strategies, and identifies targeted interventions to reduce unnecessary cost and utilization and improvement of performance. Ms. Goddard possesses extensive experience in care management for hospitals, provider groups, payers, ACOs and self-funded employer groups.
Jay Horowitz, CRNA
Jay Horowitz, CRNA, is the owner of Quality Anesthesia Care Corporation in Sarasota, Fla., and a longtime member of the Outpatient Surgery Magazine Editorial Board. Mr. Horowitz is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and a champion of the value and skill that CRNAs bring to the OR.
Bob Marrs, CRCST, CIS, CHL
Bob Marrs, CRCST, CIS, CHL, is the vice president of organizational development at Beyond Clean Consulting, an instrument care and sterile processing consulting company. For 20 years Mr. Marrs has worked in surgery as a certified surgical technologist, a central sterile technician, a case cart coordinator as well as a sterile processing supervisor, manager and director.
Darci Nagorski is the administrator and CEO of the St. Cloud (Minn.) Surgical Center, an 11-room facility that performs about 10,000 multispecialty cases each year. Ms. Nagorski spent 16 years overseeing 4 outpatient imaging centers and 3 hospital radiology departments. Ms. Nagorski currently sits on the board of directors of the Minnesota Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.
Peter Nichol, MD
Peter Nichol, MD, is the chief medical officer at Beyond Clean Consulting, an instrument care and sterile processing consulting company. As surgical director of OR services at University of Wisconsin Health, Dr. Nichol has overseen the rebuilding of sterile processing services at the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wis.
David Ninan, DO
David Ninan, DO, is the medical director and chairman of the anesthesia department of Riverside University Health System in Moreno Valley, Calif. A Board of Governors member, Dr. Ninan serves as the current treasurer of the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Ninan is the winner of the 2016 Riverside University Health System’s Bertram H. Eckman, MD, Emerging Leadership Award.
Douglas E. Noll, JD, MA
Douglas E. Noll, JD, MA, a senior consultant with Mobius Executive Leadership, speaks about and teaches people how to solve difficult, intractable and highly emotional problems. Before turning to leadership development, problem-solving and peacemaking, Mr. Noll spent 22 years as a business and commercial trial lawyer, and has been voted as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” since 2005 by US News & World Report and has been recognized since 2006 as a “Northern California Super Lawyer.”
Jennifer Pennock is the senior manager of government affairs for AORN in Denver, Colo. Ms. Pennock has nearly 20 years of experience working in government affairs and lobbying in the health policy arena — lobbying that’s led to legislative victories like Colorado’s recently passed law protecting OR staff from surgical smoke.
Melony Prince, BSN, RN, CNOR
Melony Prince, BSN, RN, CNOR, is a clinical nurse educator at Littleton (Colo.) Adventist Hospital. Ms. Prince is 1 of just 12 nurses to receive the 2019 Nightingale Luminary Award from the Colorado Nurses Foundation.
Kevin Rash, MPT, FACHE
Kevin Rash, MPT, FACHE, is a director of Health Care Operational Performance Improvement for the advisory firm BKD CPAs & Advisors, where he focuses on helping healthcare leaders achieve operational excellence, leveraging analytics and experience to streamline processes and improve operational area. Mr. Rash oversaw the planning and construction of a $110M orthopedic hospital, delivered both on time and within budget.
Eric Rogers is a director of the National Health Care Group for the advisory firm BKD CPAs & Advisors, where he shares his expertise with payment reform models and helps providers start accountable care organizations, bundled payments and other risk-based arrangements. During his 16 years of healthcare experience, Mr. Rogers has owned a radiology company, managed multispecialty physician practices and served as a hospital administrator.
Karen Rowan, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR
Karen Rowan, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR, is the director of system perioperative education at Northwell Health in Lake Success, N.Y. While serving as a perioperative clinical nurse educator at Winthrop University Hospital, Ms. Rowan organized the facility’s first Robotic Surgery Conference for all medical staff, RNs and CSTs.
Angela Tarquini-Sanders is a mindfulness instructor and the founder of Mindful Mindz (mindfulmindz.com), a Naples, Fla.-based organization that offers tools and training in mindfulness and personal development for adults and kids. Ms. Tarquini-Sanders has spent the last 18 years studying and cultivating her mindfulness practice, and has delivered mindfulness and positivity workshops in her community and throughout the country. Ms. Tarquini-Sanders discovered mindfulness during her search to find balance as a former marketing consultant in the healthcare industry and a mother of 3.
Kim S. Schaap, MD
Kim S. Schaap, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon for the St. Cloud (Minn.) Surgical Center, an 11-room facility that performs about 10,000 multispecialty cases each year. Dr. Schaap has a special interest in sports medicine — including arthroscopic knee and shoulder procedures as well as minimally invasive joint replacements — and is experienced in robotically assisted joint replacement.
Kari Scholz, RN, BSN, CAPA
Kari Scholz, RN, BSN, CAPA, is the PACU nurse manager and QI team leader for the St. Cloud (Minn.) Surgical Center, an 11-room facility that performs about 10,000 multispecialty cases each year, where she has been instrumental in leading the facility’s joint replacement quality metrics program. Ms. Scholz is spearheading St. Cloud Surgical Center’s efforts to become AAAHC Ortho Certified for Joint cases.
Ashish Sinha, MD, PhD, DABA, MBA
Ashish Sinha, MD, PhD, DABA, MBA, is a professor and the vice chairman of the department of anesthesiology at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., and currently serves on the Outpatient Surgery Magazine Editorial Board. Dr. Sinha has authored or co-authored more than 100 manuscripts and delivered more than 600 CME lectures on 6 continents.
Julie Tonsager, RN
Julie Tonsager, RN, is the OR nurse manager for St. Cloud (Minn.) Surgical Center, an 11-room facility that performs about 10,000 multispecialty cases each year. With 39 years of experience as an OR nurse — 19 of which were spent at St. Cloud Surgical Center — Ms. Tonsager lead several of the orthopedic teams that assisted in the facility’s joint replacement cases. Ms. Tonsager instrumental in rolling out the robotic joint replacement program at St. Cloud Surgical Center.