Speaker Bios

Sandy Berreth RN, BS, MS, CASC

Ms. Berreth has been a RN for over 35 years; working in multiple areas in the healthcare arena.  Sandy’s been an AAAHC surveyor for the last 8 years, currently she is surveying weekly.  One of her greatest achievements is her career as an AAAHC surveyor.   Currently she is an active board member of ASCA, who’s primary goal is to represent ambulatory surgery centers; to provide advocacy and resources to assist ASCs in delivering high quality, cost-effective ambulatory surgery to all the patients they serve.  Ms. Berreth was an ASC administrator in a free-standing ASC for 16 years.  She believes the primary goals of any ASC administrator is the commitment to delivering high quality surgical services to ensure a superior patient experience and clinical outcomes, as well as developing a sound business plan and futuristic goals to achieve financial success for its partners.

Angela Burnette, JD

Angela Burnette focuses her practice on many aspects of health law. She handles health care litigation involving issues such as hospital-physician disputes, hospital licensure and investigation, contract, medical malpractice and peer review, successfully resolving matters at the trial and the appellate level. Ms. Burnette assists hospitals, physicians and other providers with a variety of issues, including those involving medical staff, National Practitioner Data Bank, mental health, surrogate births, minors, duty to warn, do not resuscitate orders, end of life issues and refusal of blood transfusions. She also represents physicians, nurses and other health care providers in state licensing board investigations. Ms. Burnette provides general risk management and compliance advice to health care facilities, providers and health plans. She also advises health care providers and non-health care companies on HIPAA privacy, HIPAA security, and breach notification issues under the HITECH Act and state laws. While at Alston & Bird, she has served as both temporary in-house counsel and as national coordinating counsel for two national health care corporations. She has recently been an invited lecturer at Emory Law School on various health law topics.

Gil Cabrera

Gil Cabrera has been an attorney in San Diego for over fifteen years. Prior to forming The Cabrera Firm, Mr. Cabrera was a senior associate with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP and an associate with Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP where he specialized in business litigation, securities litigation, intellectual property, employment law and white collar criminal defense. Mr. Cabrera has worked for companies with a variety of business lines, including software, design and manufacturing, life sciences, real estate development and service industries. During the course of litigation, Mr. Cabrera often counseled clients regarding insurance coverage issues and worked with insurance carriers to make sure client insurance policies were fully utilized. As part of his practice, Mr. Cabrera also assisted and was a team member in several transactions providing a litigator's perspective and experience in the drafting of agreements between parties.

Beth Chrismer, MSN, RN

Ms. Chrismer has over 37 years experience in the healthcare field as a Registered Nurse.  The most recent 15 years have been spent in Risk Management and Executive Leadership roles at a not-for profit health system in East Texas.  She has been responsible for all aspects of risk and patient safety, work-related injury, occupational medicine, employee health and many clinical areas over the years.  In October of 2014, Ms. Chrismer joined the team at Good Shepherd Ambulatory Surgical Center as the Director of Medical Care Review, a job that encompasses staff education, employee health, risk and safety, medical staff peer review and quality.  Ms. Chrismer has her Master's Degree in Nursing and has been Certified Professional Healthcare Risk Management since 2003.  She also teaches yoga to balance the challenges of healthcare today.

Chris Dembny, RPh

Christopher M. Dembny R.Ph. is president and owner of Dembny Pharmacy Consultants LLC. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and has been a consultant pharmacist since 1991. He currently provides consulting services to over 150 healthcare entities, including ambulatory surgery centers, free-standing emergency rooms, specialty hospitals, and physician office practices. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Pharmacy Association for five years, most recently serving as the vice-president in 2011-12. He currently serves on the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. He provides years of expertise and experience as a consultant pharmacist. 

Bruce B. Ettinger, MD, MPH

Dr. Bruce Ettinger is a board-certified gynecologic surgeon, and retired federally-certified surveyor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He practiced in private, public health, and academic settings for 32 years, then surveyed on behalf of CMS for 10 years, specializing in ASCs. Since retiring in 2012, he consults with ASCs for Medicare and Accreditation compliance, to prepare for surveys, and develop, then implement Plans of Correction and related policies. Dr. Ettinger combines his clinical and surgical practice experience with his survey experience to integrate regulatory and accreditation requirements into ASC practices and processes in all aspects of ASC operations, administration, and services. Dr. Ettinger advocates for the ASC community as a member of ASCA’s Board of Directors, as a consultant to the California Ambulatory Surgery Association, and as an educational speaker for both organizations. He holds a public health master’s degree in health services administration and management. 

John Goehle, MBA CPA CASC

John Goehle is the Chief Operating Officer with Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies, a New York based regulatory and financial consulting services company. AHS provides financial and regulatory oversight on a retainer basis as well as consulting in all aspects of ambulatory surgery operations. Mr. Goehle has a MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh Scotland, and a BS in Accounting from Ithaca College in Upstate New York.  He holds the prestigious Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credential.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. Mr. Goehle is a deemed status accreditation surveyor with AAAHC and is a frequent speaker on health care finance, technology and administration and has written many books related to the ASC Industry including The Survey Guide for ASCs – A Guide to the CMS Conditions of Coverage & Interpretive Guidelines for Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

Sue Klacik, BS, CRCST, CIS, FCS

Susan has vast experience and knowledge in healthcare sterile processing.  This experience comes from managing several healthcare central sterile service departments (CSSD) for over 35 years. Her education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Labor Studies from Youngstown State University.  She has been the IAHCSMM Representative to Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), from 1997 to present. Is the author of the IAHCSMM magazine’s column “Inside Washington” and the OR Manager column “Sterilization and Infection Control”  Susan has been an international speaker on sterilization topics for over ten years.   Received the IAHCSMM Presidents award in 1996 & 2003.  In 2009 was the recipient of the IAHCSMM “Award of Honor”.   Recent accomplishments include participation on the multi-society immediate use steam sterilization position paper in 2010.  In 2012 she was listed as Who’s Who in Infection Prevention

John Park, JD

John Park represents national and local employers facing allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge arising under all major federal and state employment laws. John focuses on helping clients reach the business result that they want to achieve, and proactively addressing employee issues to minimize exposure to employment litigation.  He is a frequent speaker and published author on a wide range of labor and employment topics and has chaired and moderated panels on whistleblower issues and the implementation of effective compliance programs.  John recently served as a Regional Editor for a national trade-secret/non-compete compendium.

Bill Phillips, PhD, CGC, CIAQP, CLSS-HC, CSITMS

William R Phillips received various advanced degrees in education and varying credentials before moving into healthcare facility management in 1983.  He served nearly 14 years in a variety of roles as hospital engineer and integrated support services; later as support services administrator in several hospitals and facilities. In 1994 he established in partnership a company manufacturing and exporting fully equipped modular surgical facilities and clinics for export  and designed review programs for indoor air quality compliance and life safety compliance in long-term care facilities and standalone surgical facilities. In 1998 he established his own company specializing in compliance for licensed ambulatory surgical centers. He provides services and consulting compliance services for locations in 14 states and 3 foreign countries.  The principal focus of services is for physical plant compliance with life safety / CMS standards, licensure standards, accreditation standards primarily for VHR, AAAHC and JACHO. 

Colin C. Rorrie Jr., PhD, FASAE, CAE

Colin Rorrie spent twenty-five years as the CEO of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Meeting Professionals International. In 2006, he opened CCR & Associates, a national consulting firm, that works with non-profit organizations. The focus of the firm is on strategic planning, organization assessments and leadership/governance development. The majority of the work is in healthcare.

Charlotte Smith, BS, MS, RPh

Charlotte Smith is Senior Regulatory Advisor, PharmEcology Services, a business unit of WM National Services, Inc. She founded PharmEcology Associates, LLC in 2000 and sold the company to Waste Management in 2009. She co-founded Capital Returns, Inc., a nationally known pharmaceutical reverse distributor in 1991 and for 10 years served as president and chief regulatory advisor. Charlotte is a registered pharmacist who received her BS in Pharmacy and MS in Continuing and Vocational Education from the University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

Debra Stinchcomb, RN, BSN, MBA, CASC

Debra Stinchcomb has 30 years of health care experience including development, clinical, administrative, operations and sales.  The last 16 years have been focused exclusively in the ASC industry.    Her responsibilities have included budget development/management, revenue/expense management, contract negotiation, licensing/certification/accreditation compliance, marketing, risk management, quality improvement and benchmarking.   Debra is a Registered Nurse, having received her BSN and MBA.   She is the founder/past President/current Vice President of Arkansas Ambulatory Surgery Association and has served nationally as a past board member of FASA and the ASC Association.  She received her CASC credential in 2002. Debra was an AAAHC surveyor 2001 - 2007 and is Past Chair of the Ambulatory Joint Commission Professional and Technical Advisory Committee. Debra is Chair of the ASCA Quality and Patient Safety Committee and serves as a member of the Ambulatory Surgery Advisory Board for OR Manager.