Center Leadership Conference 2014 Recap

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More than 300 attendees descended on the Omni Hotel in Nashville for the 17th annual AMSURG Center Leadership Conference earlier this month. Conference events included the Connections Café, where Center Leaders had an opportunity to discuss new products with more than 50 vendors from the health care industry and a round table meet-and-greet portion providing time to learn more about AMSURG programs and resources.

This year’s theme was “Elevating Teamwork,” and Vice President of Quality Kathy Wilson explained how the conference helps to underscore how AMSURG staff play a major role as center team members. “We hope to elevate teamwork at the center level, but also seeing the resources here in Nashville that are there for you to help since we are really a part of your team at the center as well.”

In addition to the theme of elevating teamwork across the centers, better patient care was and always is a vital focus of the conference. Vice President of Clinical Services, Bruce Bardall commented, “AMSURG employees work together to take it up to the next notch, not only with teamwork, but also with better patient experiences throughout the centers.” Both Wilson and Bardall said they hope that everyone who attended the conference found value in their experience there.

The conference was attended by Center Leaders from across the country. Debbie Spader fromLancaster Gastroenterology Procedure Center in Lancaster, Pa. thought that the conference was valuable because she not only was able to meet other people in her position, but they were also able to learn how to handle these issues together. “It’s important to maintain elevating teamwork in order to give the patient the best service possible” while also be focused on working as a team, Spader said.

Kelli Holloway from Endoscopic Imaging Center in Overland Park, Kan. was in agreement. She thought the conference was valuable because “you are able to interact and network with Center Leaders across the country and find out what they’re doing that is working for them and what you can do better as a Center Leader.” Holloway also explained that elevating teamwork is the only way to move forward and be successful.

Next year’s Center Leadership Conference will be held in Phoenix, Ariz. at the Sheraton Downtown, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2.