ASCA 2016 Convenes in Dallas in May

ASCA 2016 Convenes in Dallas in May

Plan now to make the most of the opportunities there

In a year filled with change and uncertainty in health care, ASCA is offering ASC professionals a one-stop shop where they can get everything they need to manage their facility more effectively and make critical decisions that will ensure their ASC’s future success. ASCA 2016, May 19–22 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, is that destination.

“The ASCA meetings provide a rich environment in which to learn strategies for addressing the difficult challenges faced by organizations in today’s complex health care environment,” says Linda McSmith, RN, assistant vice president of risk management at OneBeacon Healthcare Group in Farmington, Connecticut.

“The networking opportunities are numerous, and the meeting is a nice combination of learning and fun,” adds Ann Geier, RN, chief nursing office of SourceMedical based in Wallingford, Connecticut.


As Geier recognizes, at ASCA 2016, attendees will have many opportunities to network with their peers, interact with session presenters and seek out the information and expertise they came to find. This year’s meeting also incorporates special wellness events that include a group yoga class, a 5K fun run/walk and a walking challenge that relies on pedometers to measure just how much ground meeting attendees cover each day.

"The networking opportunities are numerous, and the meeting is a nice combination of learning and fun.”

Ann Geier, RN, chief nursing office of SourceMedical

On Saturday evening, all attendees are invited to an evening social event at the Glass Cactus nightclub where refreshments will be served and dance music will be provided. The club features a 2,000-square-foot dance floor, a 13,000-square-foot deck overlooking Lake Grapevine and a mechanical bull. Line dancers will be on hand to teach participants how to kick up their heels in true Texas style. And rumor has it that “Dolly Parton or John Wayne” might make an appearance.

Keynote Speaker

What do an airline and ASCs have in common? Turn to Dave Ridley, senior adviser to the chief executive officer (CEO) of Southwest Airlines, for that answer. He will deliver the keynote speech, “LUV* Lessons: Service Excellence from the Inside Out,” and discuss how the success of a business boils down to its culture of customer service.

Ridley retired from Southwest Airlines in January 2015, after a 27-year career. During his tenure with the company, he served as a senior executive in a variety of operational, commercial and staff functions including senior vice president, chief marketing officer, senior vice president of people and leadership development, senior vice president of business development and vice president of ground (airport) operations.

During his years at Southwest (1988–2015), the company grew from a $700-million-in-revenue regional airline flying to 26 US cities to the largest domestic airline in the US with nearly $20 billion in revenue and flying to 97 cities in 40 states, Mexico and the Caribbean.

In his current position, Ridley 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 attendees tell us how valuable they find the educational 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 transition, sit in on “Leadership 101” and “Leadership 201” presentations by Ann Geier, RN, chief nursing officer of SourceMedical based in Wallingford, Connecticut. These presentations will provide a lengthy list of areas that ASC leaders must be fluent in to succeed and establish credibility with their peers and physicians.

"The ASCA meetings provide a rich environment in which to learn strategies for addressing the difficult challenges faced by organizations in today’s complex health care environment.”

Linda McSmith, RN, assistant vice president of risk management at OneBeacon Healthcare Group

If you have questions about the way medications are being managed in your ASC, you can learn about the current 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 Performance Improvement (QAPI) program needs an upgrade, make sure you join Jan Allison, RN, director of accreditation and survey readiness at Surgical Care Affiliates, headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, for her discussion of “Steps for QAPI Success.” You can also turn to Allison for insights into “Attaining a Successful Competency Program” in which she will discuss the causes of poor performance and approaches to an effective competency program.

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 Representatives” with Debra Stinchcomb, consultant with Progressive Surgical Solutions LLC in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Visit the ASCA 2016 web site for a list of all sessions.

Pre-Meeting Workshops

ASCA 2016’s pre-meeting workshops will include a Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) review course. Prospective CASC exam-takers and others can attend this workshop for an in-depth review of the key topics in the five content areas of the exam: regulatory and legal issues, finance, delivery of patient care, quality management and human resources. Each content area will be covered by expert faculty. Actual test questions will not be provided.

ASCA 2016’s other pre-meeting sessions are:

  • Preparing for AAAHC Accreditation” by Ray Grundman, CASC, vice president and general manager of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care in Skokie, Illinois, and Nancy Jo Vinson, RN, CASC, AAAHC training faculty and Surveyor, Standards & Survey Procedures Committee member;

Additional registration is required for these pre-meeting workshops.

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 demonstrations galore and connect with the suppliers of a vast assortment of products and services designed to help you improve the way you deliver care and manage your ASC more effectively. You can also get a professional photo taken that you can upload to your ASCA Connect profile, take advantage of the free seated chair massages or participate in the many prize drawings that will be offered. Go to 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 & Convention Center, a luxurious hotel in Grapevine, 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 everything from barbecue to Tex-Mex. During downtime, guests can explore the resort's 4.5 acres of lush indoor gardens and winding waterways, enjoy a workout at the fitness center or unwind at Relâche Spa & Salon.

*LUV is the New York Stock Exchange symbol for Southwest Airlines