Since retiring from his


position with the company, Ridley serves, as needed, as a senior adviser to the CEO. He oversees a number of company-wide initiatives, represents the company in select public forums and mentors leaders throughout the organization.

Breakout Sessions Each year, ASCA annual meeting attend- ees tell us how valuable they find the edu- cational sessions. This year’s program, too, is filled with ASC management experts who have solutions, resources and expertise to share on just about every area of operations at your ASC. If your leadership team is in tran- sition, sit in on “Leadership 101” and “Leadership 201” presentations by Geier. These presentations will provide a lengthy list of areas that ASC leaders must be fluent in to succeed and estab- lish credibility with their peers and physicians. If you have questions about the

way medications are being managed in your ASC, you can learn about the cur- rent standards of care associated with the preparation of intravenous (IV) medications and how to prevent patient harm from Eric Kastango, president/ chief executive officer of Clinical IQ LLC of Madison, New Jersey. He will present an overview of compounding. You can also join presentations about drug diversion and national regulatory policies that govern drug management in your ASC. Bring your questions. If your Quality Assurance and Per-

formance Improvement (QAPI) pro- gram needs an upgrade, make sure you join Jan Allison, RN, director of accred- itation and survey readiness at Surgi- cal Care Affiliates, headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, for her discussion of “Steps for QAPI Success.” You can also turn to Allison for insights into “Attain- ing a Successful Competency Program” in which she will discuss the causes of poor performance and approaches to an effective competency program.

Inside the Glass Cactus Photo courtesy of Gaylord Hotels

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To stay on top of adverse events and continued patient safety, attend McSmith’s session “A Risk Management Approach to Managing Patient Safety and ‘Never Events’ in the Surgical Setting.” William A. Miller, partner, at Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP in San Diego, California, will address two different subjects: “Legal Liability and Protective Measures Regarding Product Defects/ Failures” and “Cell Phone Usage in the ASC by Patients/Patient Representa- tives” with Debra Stinchcomb, consul- tant with Progressive Surgical Solutions LLC in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Visit

2016program for a list of all sessions. ASCA 2016’s pre-meeting work- shops will cover social media, new accreditation requirements, Life Safety Code compliance and infection pre- vention. The Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) review course also will be offered. For more infor- mation, go to asca2016/schedule.

Exhibit Hall The exhibit hall at ASCA 2016, expected to be the largest of its kind anywhere this year, will feature 228 booths and more than 180 companies. Visit the hall to see product demon- strations galore and connect with the suppliers of a vast assortment of prod- ucts and services designed to help you improve the way you deliver care and manage your ASC. You can also get a professional photo taken that you can upload to your ASCA Connect profile, take advantage of the free heated chair massages or participate in the many prize drawings that will be offered. Go to exhibit to see an interactive map of the exhibit hall and a list of companies that will exhibit at ASCA 2016.

The Venue The Gaylord Texan Resort & Conven- tion Center, a luxurious hotel in Grape- vine, Texas, overlooks Lake Grapevine and boasts authentic Texas style and hospitality. Beneath the signature glass atriums, guests at the Grapevine resort can browse eclectic shops and dine at the fine restaurants that offer every- thing from barbecue to Tex-Mex. Dur- ing downtime, guests can explore the resort’s 4.5 acres of lush indoor gar- dens and winding waterways, enjoy a workout at the fitness center or unwind at Relâche Spa & Salon.


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