by John Wallace

Las Vegas is the place to be this December for perioperative leaders from throughout North America.

The 2014 Surgical Services Summit, presented by OR Today magazine and DecisionHealth, is set for Dec. 7-9 at Green Valley Ranch. The two organizations, combined, have more than 37 years of experience meeting the needs of perioperative professionals.

The inaugural Surgical Services Summit will bring together perioperative leaders in an environment that fosters solution-making for prevailing challenges, regulations and culture changes facing the surgical suite and the professionals called on to manage the business decisions and patient care within the OR.

Value-based care is causing disruptive changes in the surgical setting and leaders are being called upon to deploy cost-aligned, quality-focused practices and strategies. The Surgical Services Summit offers a unique opportunity to learn from standard-bearers, network with influential leaders, hone management skills, discover new resources and services, and deliver solutions to improve a facility’s performance.

“I am delighted to announce the 2014 Surgical Services Summit, a high-level networking and learning environment for the leaders and managers tasked with running the business operations and patient safety in the surgical suite,” says Carol Brault, Vice President, Acute Care Group, DecisionHealth LLC.

Brault says the Surgical Services Summit will offer educational sessions and networking that will empower today’s professionals to overcome challenges.

“Today, facing the impact of declining reimbursements, reductions in elective surgeries, and penalties tied to quality, perioperative leaders are pivoting to new strategies that will enable you to manage better under LEAN principles and consistent standards of practice,” she says. “In addition, top imperatives, including safety, reducing errors, preventing readmissions and ensuring each patient has a positive surgical experience, must be addressed in order to thrive in the era of value-based care.”

“With these educational needs in mind, and the requirement to shift skills and work processes, the concept of the first annual Surgical Services Summit was born. I am delighted to invite you to join us in Las Vegas for this groundbreaking opportunity,” Brault adds.

Continuing education in the classroom setting is just one advantage of attending the event. The networking opportunities are another reason to be in Vegas this December.

“The Summit will draw leaders from all over the nation, in hospitals and surgery centers, who have large budgetary oversight and responsibilities. The Summit will provide you an exceptional opportunity to network and interact with key leaders actively seeking to improve their systems, equipment, workflow, processes and the safety of their patients, all in an intimate setting and small-conference feel,” Brault says.

For information, or to register, visit surgicalservicessummit.com.