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Eight Reasons to Attend the Surgical Services Summit

by John Wallace, Editor

The inaugural Surgical Services Summit, presented by Inside the Joint Commission and OR Today, is a gathering place for leaders in the field. The luxurious Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa is the site for this brand new industry conference on Dec. 7-9. Education is always an excellent reason to attend a conference and the Summit is no different, but that is just one of several reasons to attend. Here we take a look at eight reasons why OR nurses and directors should register today.

1. Vegas

Las Vegas is an ideal destination for various reasons with gaming, shows and its own unique brand of excitement. The Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa, site of the Surgical Services Summit, is a four-diamond luxury hotel with amenities that exceed even the highest expectations. Attendees are invited to enjoy Vegas at the unbelievable price of just $105 a night thanks to a special rate for Summit attendees. Reservations can be made online or by calling 866-782-9487. The deadline to acquire accommodations is Nov. 7. Discounts are also available for flights and rental cars. For additional travel information, visit

2. Keynote

The Surgical Services Summit is thrilled to have Dr. Nancy L. Fisher, RN, MD, MPH, and Chief Medical Officer at the CMS Seattle Regional Office as the keynote speaker. Fisher’s extensive education and experience combine to make her an ideal speaker for the Summit. She will address the sometimes-mysterious world of healthcare reform.

As a CMS leader she will share her expert insights regarding value-based care, cost effectiveness and quality measures. Fisher will focus on communication, explain the reasoning behind value-based care and discuss the need for data.

“In order to improve, we need information and we have to measure quality,” Fisher said. “What I really want to focus on is quality. Quality makes the case for cost containment in the healthcare system and is also key now in reimbursement. Practitioners look at it as a burden. We’ve listened to them and I want to show them how to make it easier.”

“I will focus on surgical services and provide examples of what they can do to meet the quality measures,” she added.

Carol Brault, Vice President, Acute Care Group, DecisionHealth LLC, explained the unique opportunity attendees have to hear Fisher.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Fisher from the CMS keynote the Surgical Services Summit. She will share key strategies and provide examples so perioperative leaders can be better equipped to meet the required quality measures and take steps toward reaching reimbursement sustainability,” Brault said.

3. Education

The Surgical Services Summit has been approved for 10 nursing contact hours through the Commonwealth Education Seminars, an approved provider for the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the California board of Nursing, Provider Number CEP15567. To receive a continuing education certificate, participants must complete an evaluation form at the end of the conference. Added educational opportunities are available through two preconference workshops. For updated articles on speakers at the Summit, visit

4. Pre-conference Workshops

Two additional educational opportunities are offered the day before the official start of the Summit. “Operational Management and Block Scheduling in the Operating Room” will be presented by Michelle Jackson, Scheduling Coordinator, St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, Idaho, and James X. Stobinski, PhD, RN, CNOR, Director of Credentialing and Education, Competency and Credentialing Institute. This in-depth learning experience includes the second edition of the Surgical Services Management (SSM) Certificate of Mastery program. “Operations Management” is a part of the 7-module program. Participants will be required to complete written materials after the Surgical Services Summit to receive credits. Course requirements include the completion of an online pre-test and post-test. Once participants have completed the required work, they will receive 19.5 CE credits and a certificate.

The pre-conference workshop “Right Capacity/Right People and Workforce Management for Peri-Operative Units” will address techniques for budgeting, management of full-time employees and the challenges perioperative leaders face in today’s shifting healthcare landscape. ChrysMarie Suby, president and CEO, Labor Management Institute, will present the three-hour workshop. All RNs interested in earning three continuing education contact hours through the California Board of Registered Nursing are encouraged to attend the workshop.

5. Roundtables

Moderators will facilitate discussions on a variety of timely topics, such as avoiding readmissions, LEAN practices, patient satisfaction and more. During the hour-long roundtable session, attendees will rotate halfway through so participants can increase their knowledge by discussing two pertinent subjects. The roundtables will be narrowly focused by design and moderators will ensure each participate has an opportunity to share and learn. The topics are listed on the Surgical Services Summit website and may be updated to reflect attendees’ interests.

6. Exhibit Hall

There will be 42 booths showcasing industry-leading products and services in the Surgical Services Summit exhibit hall. Attendees are encouraged to walk the exhibit hall floor and interact with these premier vendors to learn about the latest medical devices, technologies and services. A complete list of exhibitors is available online at

7. Networking

The Surgical Services Summit schedule includes opportunities to unwind and interact with colleagues from throughout the country. A welcome reception on Sunday, Dec. 7 will be the first opportunity for attendees and exhibitors to connect via a cocktail reception in the lobby bar of the Green Valley Resort. Networking breakfasts on Monday and Tuesday are another way for attendees to meet colleagues. An exhibit hall reception will be held on Monday evening from 5-6:30 p.m. with complimentary drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. It serves as an excellent opportunity to re-connect with friends from the industry and make new connections with a peer or mentor.

8. Great Value

There are three great attendance options for the Surgical Services Summit. Attendees can register for the ultimate experience and attend the pre-conference workshops and the two-day Summit for $745 via Early Bird registration. Registration for the two-day Summit is $495. The cost to attend only the pre-conference workshops is $295. Early registration closes Oct. 24. Brault encourages early registration.

“It’s off to a strong start and there is limited space. Hurry and register to reserve your spot,” she says.

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