Who We Are

Welcome to the inaugural PACU Manager Summit!

The PACU Manager Summit is where leaders of the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) network, learn and grow their leadership careers. In conjunction with the OR Manager Conference, this executive conference is hosted at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center on October 2-4, 2017.

For 30 years the OR Manager Conference has been the #1 perioperative leadership conference. Built on the educational content each month in the OR Manager newsletter, the conference focuses on the issues that OR managers, directors, business managers, and other leaders of the surgical suite face every day, from leadership to business acumen to innovative technologies. OR Manager recognizes the importance of the recovery room and its collaboration with the OR to ensure patient safety, quality, and efficiency. Not to mention, in a ‘do more with less’ era, many leaders are tasked with oversight of the OR and PACU.

Introducing the PACU Manager Summit…

Join PACU leaders from across the nation for three days of intense educational workshop and breakout sessions, as well as keynote presentations in sunny Orlando, Florida! Earn your CEs while networking with your peers and with solution providers from exhibitors offering the latest technologies and solutions to meet your needs. You will receive the same high-quality education designed specifically for managers and above that is tailored to the PACU, including:

– Strategies for breaking down perioperative silos and improving anesthesia and PACU nursing collaboration
– Throughput
– Mentorship and Staff Development at all levels
– Staffing resolutions with an element of PEDs competency
– Applying operations research to plan for change
– Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

This is THE conference that will enable you to take your career to the next level.

Plus, with a joint exhibit hall, select networking functions and keynotes, you will be able to meet PACU managers attending the PACU Manager Summit.


Earn CEs by attending:

– Monday’s Workshop
– Breakout Sessions
– Keynote Speaker Presentations
– Poster Gallery Sessions
– Exhibitor CE Presentations

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Planning Committee

The PACU Manager Summit was developed by experienced leaders of Post Anesthesia Care Units (PACU), in collaboration with other leaders of the perioperative suite.

Meet the PACU Manager Summit Co-Chairs

Carol Pehotsky, DNP, RN, CPAN, ACNS-BC, NEA-BC

Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Surgical Services and Senior Director, Surgical Nursing, Main Campus, Cleveland Clinic

Janet Quigley, MSN, RN

Nursing Director: Post Anesthesia Care, Massachusetts General Hospital

The Planning Committee

Kathryn Adamson, MBA, RN

Administrative Director of Perioperative and Trauma Services, University of Utah Healthcare

Beth Bozzelli, MBA, RN, CNOR, CSSM

Director Surgical Services, Operations and Service Lines Group, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)

Ellen Carpenter, BSN, RN

Nurse Manager Operating Room, Center for Advanced Medicine Ambulatory Surgery Center Long Island Medical Center/Northwell Health System

Jennifer Schwartz, MSN, BSN, RN, CNOR

Regional Perioperative Director, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region

Beverly Kirchner, BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC

Chief Experience Office (CXO) SurgeryDirect

Jodi Koch, MBA, BSN, RN

Director of Perioperative Services, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Jane Kuhn, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Education Coordinator, PACU Manager Summit

Judy Mathias, MA, RN

Clinical Editor, OR Manager

Cynthia Saver, MS, RN

President, CLS Development and Writer, OR Manager

Dawn Vocke, MSN, MBA, RN, CNOR

Director of Surgical Services, UPMC

Elizabeth Wood

Editor, OR Manager

Miranda Woods, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC

Director, Patient Care Services, Norton Institute for Nursing

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Continuing Education

The PACU Manager Summit provides you with plenty of opportunities to earn contact hours throughout the three days you will spend in Orlando!

You have the opportunity to earn 11.75 contact hours during the Summit program through breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and general sessions. Access Intelligence is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #15831. At the conclusion of OR Manager Conference, you will receive a personalized CE certificate listing the workshop, breakout sessions and CE programs you attended and the contact hours you earned.

In addition, this program is approved for 14.75 hours of AEU credits by BASC Provider #1301. All attendees registered for the AEU sessions will receive the content area breakdown and completion certificate post-conference.

The workshop and breakout sessions at the PACU Manager Summit cover the full spectrum of topics that PACU managers and directors face each and every day. The PACU Manager Summit is dedicated to providing PACU leadership with best practices, upcoming trends, and challenges with solutions to take to their facility to improve the effectiveness of patient care.

CE Credits from Monday’s Workshop
Monday’s workshop takes a look at throughput issues facing PACU leadership. You’ll gain new information, best practices and strategies you can take back to your PACU. By attending this workshop, you can earn 4 additional contact hours

CE Credits at the Summit
By attending the PACU Manager Summit with a PACU+ or Summit Only registration, you have the opportunity to obtain 19.0 contact hours. During the Exhibit hours, you will have the opportunity to earn additional contact hours by participating in the Hybrid OR Town Hall Session, CE programs presented by exhibitors (up to 4.5 CEs), and poster sessions (up to 10.0 CEs).

CE Credits at the Poster Gallery
The PACU Manager Summit will join forces with the OR Manager Conference Poster Gallery.  The Poster Gallery will be open during all Exhibition hours (located inside the Exhibit Hall). You will have the opportunity to meet with poster authors and discuss their research during our poster sessions. To receive additional contact hours after the poster presentations, an online quiz will be available in our e-Gallery, which will be available upon the Summit’s opening on Monday, October 2.

CE Credits Presented by Exhibitors
During the Exhibit hours, you will have the opportunity to participate in CE programs presented by exhibitors and earn contact hours. Each program is worth 0.5 contact hours and you must attend at least 2 sessions to earn 1 contact hour.

AEU Credits
The 2017 program is approved for 14.75 hours of AEU credits by BASC Provider #1301. All attendees registered for the AEU sessions will receive the content area breakdown and completion certificate post-conference.

CSSM Eligibility
Sessions at PACU Manager Summit are approved for CCI’s CSSM® eligibility and recertification requirements.

Click here for the list of Eligible Session Domains.

The Certified Surgical Services Manager (CSSM) certification is for perioperative leaders interested in improving and validating their managerial knowledge and skills to advance the performance of their surgical services departments.

CSSM certification validates the achievement of the baccalaureate-prepared manager who demonstrates current proficiency as an administrator in the perioperative setting.

CCI delivers the CSSM exam to recognize the important role managers have in directing staff, programs and budgets in delivering safe patient care. The purpose of the CSSM credential is to provide recognition for the important and distinct role of surgical services managers.

By attending sessions at the PACU Manager Summit, you will receive credit towards your continuing education coursework requirements necessary for the exam application, as well as recertification activities. Learn more about the CSSM credential and requirements on www.cc-institute.org/cssm.

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Packages and Pricing

How to Register:

Online: Fast and easy!
Mail: Complete the 2017 Registration Form and send to:

PACU Manager Summit
Attn: Registration
P.O. Box 9187, Gaithersburg, MD 20898-9187

Fax: Complete the PDF Registration Form and fax to 301-340-7136
Phone: Call +1-800-550-2880 or +1-301-354-2100 (between 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST)

Click here to download a W-9 Form for Access Intelligence LLC/PACU Manager Conference.

Group Discount:

When more than one person from a facility registers, each additional registrant will receive a 10% discount on the registration rate. All members of the group must register at the same time.

Registration Packages:

PACU Manager Summit Conference Pass

Attend all three days of the PACU Manager Summit with Keynote Speakers, Networking Events and Exhibit Hall events included.
OR Manager Conference workshops and breakout sessions not included.

Rates Price Deadline
Early Bird Discount $599 6/30/2017
Advance Rate Discount $649 9/8/2017
Regular Rates $749 10/4/2017


Attend all three days of both the OR Manager Conference and PACU Manager Summit. Choose which sessions you attend and move throughout at your leisure.

Rates Price Deadline
Early Bird Discount $1, 099 6/30/2017
Advance Rate Discount $1, 199 9/8/2017
Regular Rates $1, 299 10/4/2017

Interested in attending the OR Manager Conference? View Pricing.

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Justify Attendance

The education you will receive at the PACU Manager Summit is extremely valuable, though you may need to validate to management your reasons for wanting to attend.

The PACU Manager Summit has compiled a justification toolkit that will help with those needs. We have included several helpful items, including a customized sample letter to management.

What to emphasize with management

  • Detail the valuable education you will receive
  • Stress the workshop and breakout sessions you will attend
  • Know which the companies you will visit in the Exhibit Hall
  • Educate them on the continuing education credits you can earn

A few ideas to include when compiling your request:

Conference Materials: Offer to share the information with co-workers. Bring home your conference materials to let co-workers share in the conference experience.

Current Speaker Lineup: At the PACU Manager Summit, you will have direct access to dozens of experts. Information sharing, question-and-answer sessions and networking are a vital part of the conference experience.

Networking Opportunities: Interact with other PACU managers and directors who share the same goals. These networking contacts can be invaluable once you return to work. The contacts you make at the conference can provide input far into the future on a variety of work-related topics. Learn more about all of our networking events in 2017, here.

CE Programs Presented by Exhibitors: You can participate in 30 minute presentations by exhibiting companies and have the opportunity to earn contact hours. Each presentation is worth 0.5 contact hours; you must attend at least two presentations to earn one contact hour.

Exhibitor Guide: Between conference sessions, the education continues throughout the exhibit hall floor. Exhibitors are there to learn about your day-to-day challenges and discuss solutions. Here is your chance to ask the hard questions and get real answers that will assist you with cost-effective efficiencies in your facility.

Cost-Saving Features: We understand that spending 3 or more days away from your facility can be expensive, so we’ve worked to bring you savings wherever possible.

  • Group Discounts: When more than one person from the same facility registers for the conference and exhibition, each additional registrant will receive 10% off their package.
  • Hotel Discount: the PACU Manager Summit has secured a discounted hotel rate at the Gaylord Palms for its attendees. Learn more here.
  • Airline Discounts: the PACU Manager Summit has secured several discounts on participating airlines. Visit our Hotel and Travel page to learn more.

Sample Trip Report: Create a trip report after the conference. This report should discuss the sessions you have attended and how you will apply those concepts to your recovery room. Once your supervisor sees how much you have learned during the week and how it can be applied in your facility, they will be more likely to send you to a conference again. Click here for a sample trip report that may be used when presenting your request.

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The PACU Manager Summit needs your help! In exchange for your assistance at the conference you could attend complimentary workshops and sessions.

Please complete the Volunteer Application and submit it to Taylor Shaw, Conference Program Manager, at TShaw@accessintel.com to apply for the Volunteer Program.

Already registered? Not a problem. If you have already paid for a conference pass the PACU Manager Summit will reimburse your pass upon acceptance into the volunteer program.

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Contact Us

Registration, General Questions and Customer Service

Phone: 800-550-2880 or +1-301-354-2100
Email: info@PACUManagerSummit.com

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

Nancy Iannotta

Sales Representative

Marketing and Public Relations

Pepper Coe

Marketing Manager

Conference and Speaking Opportunities

Jane E. Kuhn, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Education Coordinator

Conference and Speaking Opportunities

Taylor Shaw

Conference Program Manager

Operations and Logistics

Jessica Davis, CEM, CMP

Operations Director

Operations and Logistics

Liz Johnson

Conference and Operations Coordinator

General Information

Jess Tyler, CEM

Conference Director

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Quick Info

Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

October 2-4, 2017

CE Credits
Earn up to 19.0 CEs and 14.75 AEUs through workshops, breakout sessions, and keynotes. Additional credit hours can be earned through poster sessions and exhibitor presentations.


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