Keynote Address: Healthcare Leaders Aren’t Born, They’re Made

David Taylor, MSN, RN, CNOR, Director, CVOR, Methodist Hospital

Nursing school did not prepare you to lead at the highest levels, but that is exactly what’s required to keep up with the demands of health care as well as advancing your career as a health care leader. This presentation will help ignite the most important personal leadership qualities of today’s nurse leaders so that surgeons and staff alike will view you as the “Most Valuable Player.”

In this presentation, health care leaders will learn how to address obstacles that prevent their organizations from achieving high performance in clinical and financial outcomes. Understanding barriers to leadership will help attendees understand economic and strategic considerations as they relate to their clinical environment.

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Lessons Learned From the Death of Joan Rivers

Kenneth P. Rothfield, MD, System Vice President and Chief Medical and Quality Officer, Saint Vincent’s Healthcare

The unnecessary death of Joan Rivers served as a wake up call for surgical centers and patients. This presentation reviews not only what happened to Joan Rivers, but also what killed her, with an emphasis on “VIP Syndrome,” shortcomings in safety culture and training for uncommon emergencies. The presentation concludes with a four-point action plan for participants to execute in their own organizations.

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