Who We Are

Welcome to the 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 Music City Center in Nashville, TN on September 17-19, 2018.

For 31 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.

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 the Music City! 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:

  • PACU Bootcamp: Managing Staff through Transition
  • Regional Block Programs in Your PACU
  • Effectively Providing PAT Assessments for all Patients Undergoing Anesthesia
  • Surgical Observation Units – Keeping Perioperative Traffic Moving
  • PACU Patient and Staff Satisfaction
  • Discharge Instructions – Involving Your Surgeons and Improving Patient Care


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 OR and ASC managers attending the OR Manager Conference.

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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
Sarina Gould

Sarina Gould, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC

PACU Nurse Manager
Carson Tahoe Health

PACU Manager Summit

Carol Pehotsky

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

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

PACU Manager Summit

Janet Quigley

Janet Quigley, MSN, RN

Nursing Director: Post Anesthesia Care
Massachusetts General Hospital

PACU Manager Summit

The Planning Committee
Amy Bethel

Amy Bethel, MPA, RN, NE-BC, CES

Clinical Professional Development and Manager Eye Surgery, Laser Eye Center
UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Beth Bozzelli

Beth Bozzelli, MBA, RN, CNOR

Director Surgical Services, Operations and Service Lines Group
HCA Healthcare

Donna Dolye

Donna Doyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NE-BC

Senior Advisor, Surgical Services
Ohio Health Grant Medical Center

Rebecca Holland

Rebecca Holland, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSTS, CRCST

Director, Surgical Services
Blake Medical Center

Beverly Kirchner, BSN, RN, CNOR, CASC

Chief Experience Officer (CXO)

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

Education Coordinator
OR Manager Conference

Donna Label

Donna Label, MSN, RN, ENA-BC, CNOR


Judy Mathias

Judy Mathias, MA, RN

Clinical Editor
OR Manager

Cynthia Saver

Cynthia Saver, MS, RN

President, CLS Development and Writer
OR Manager

Elizabeth Wood

Elizabeth Wood

OR Manager

David Wyatt

David Wyatt, MPH, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR

Associate Operating Officer, Perioperative Services and Associate Nursing Officer, Surgery Patient Care
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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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 Nashville!

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.

You have the opportunity to earn 19.0 contact hours during the Summit program through workshop and 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 the PACU Manager Summit, you will receive a personalized CE certificate listing the total number of contact hours you earned for attending various sessions.

CAPA, CPAN, and RN Designations
Sessions at the PACU Manager Summit are eligible for both direct and indirect contact hours as designated by the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. As such, CE credits earned at the PACU Manager Summit may be used for recertification of CPAN and CAPA designations.

Continuing education credits earned by attending workshops, breakout sessions, keynotes, and other programs are applicable for maintaining RN certification status.

Direct and Indirect Care Categories
Two categories of continual learning activities have been identified by ABPANC: Direct Care and Indirect Care.

Direct Care
Direct Care learning activities directly impact perianesthesia patients, their family, and significant others. In other words, Direct Care is about patients and their loved ones. For example, a class, inservice, or home study about ABG Interpretation applies to Direct Care as would writing a policy and procedure dealing with hyperthermia.

Indirect Care
Indirect Care learning activities primarily impact nurses and their ability to deliver perianesthesia nursing care. In other words, Indirect Care is about nurses. For example, a class on Nursing Leadership applies to Indirect Care as would serving on the Education Committee of an ASPAN component.

CE Credits from Monday’s Workshop
Monday’s workshop takes a look at staffing 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 an All Access or PACU Manager Summit Only registration, you have the opportunity to obtain 20.0 contact hours from the full conference program, including the Monday’s Workshop. During the Exhibit Hall 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, and poster sessions.

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, September 17.

To access the 2017 ePoster Gallery and CE quizzes click here.

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 2018 program is approved for 16.75 AEU credits by BASC Provider #1301. Sunday’s Pre-Conference Workshops are approved for 6.0 AEU credits. All attendees registered for the AEU sessions will receive the content area breakdown and completion certificate post-conference.


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Packages and Pricing
How to Register:

Online: Fast and easy!
Mail: Complete the 2018 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 Summit.

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:
All Access Pass: Full 3 Day Conferences
Both PACU Manager Summit and OR Manager Conference

Attend all three days of the PACU Manager Summit and OR Manager Conference together.

Rates Price Deadline
Advanced Rate $1,229 8/3/2018
Regular Rate $1,279 8/31/2018
Onsite Rate $1,399
PACU Manager Summit Only

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

Rates Price Deadline
Advance Rate $749 8/3/2018
Regular Rate $799 8/31/2018
Onsite Rate $899
OR Manager Conference Only

Bring your OR or ASC Manager! Attend all three days of the OR Manager Conference with Keynote Speakers, Networking Events and Exhibit Hall events included.

Rates Price Deadline
Advanced Rate $1,029 8/3/2018
Regular Rate $1,079 8/31/2018
Onsite Rate $1,199

The PACU Manager Summit and OR Manager Conference Kickoff Party and OR Manager‘s Night Out are your opportunities to let loose with your colleagues from across the nation. Enjoy the festivities and make your trip to Nashville a true vacation. Tickets can be purchased through registration.

Join the Celebration
Rates Price
OR Manager Kickoff Party Guest Ticket $40
OR Manager’s Night Out $50 ($60 onsite)
Pre-Conference Workshops

Add these full-day workshops to your PACU Manager Summit registration, or attend just the workshop. Both programs are on Sunday, 9/16 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rates Price
ASC Administrator Course: Make QAPI Work for You $495
Perioperative Leadership Course: Leading Teams to Higher Performance $495
Registration Terms and Conditions:

Cancellations: All cancellations must be made in writing and will be subject to a $250 service fee (per attendee). Registrants who cancel before July 31, 2018 will receive a refund of their payment minus the service fee. Registrants who do not cancel prior to July 31, 2018 will be liable for the full registration fee.  If for any reason, Access Intelligence decides to cancel or postpone this conference, Access Intelligence is not responsible for covering airfare and other travel costs incurred by clients. Registrants who fail to attend and do not cancel prior to the event are not entitled to a credit or refund of any kind. There are no exceptions.

Substitutions: Substitutions may be made at any time for confirmed registrants. Notice of substitution must be made in writing and sent to: PACU Manager Summit, 9211 Corporate Blvd, 4th Floor, Rockville, MD 20850 or info@pacumanagersummit.com.

Age Policy: No one under the age of 18 is permitted to register, attend, or be in the exhibit hall and/or pre-conference and conference sessions including Keynotes and receptions, at any time under any circumstance during the PACU Manager Summit.  There are no exceptions.

Questions: If you need assistance, please contact PACU Manager Summit customer service at 800-550-2880 or info@pacumanagersummit.com.

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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 workshops 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 2018,  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 contact hours.

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, get real answers that will assist you with cost-effective efficiencies in your PACU.

Cost-Saving Features: We understand that spending 3 or more days away from the PACU 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 Omni Nashville and the Renaissance Nashville Hotel for its attendees.
  • 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 operating 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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Volunteer at the PACU Manager Summit

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 McCarthy, Conference Program Manager, at TMcCarthy@accessintel.com to apply for the Volunteer Program.

Already registered? Not a problem. If you have already paid for a conference pass the OR Manager Conference 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 McCarthy

Conference Program Manager

Operations and Logistics

Jessica Davis, CEM, CMP

Operations Director

Operations and Logistics

Ashlyn Geoffrey

Operations Coordinator

General Information

Jess Tyler, CEM

Conference Director

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Quick Info

Music City Center
Nashville, TN

September 17-19, 2018

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

More information to come.

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