Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society Holds Annual Conference & Capitol Day

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ASC professionals gathered in Austin to discuss the industry and meet with Texas legislators

The Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society (TASCS) held its 2019 Annual Conference & Capitol Day on March 27 – 29, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

Lectures were given by local and national speakers who work in/with ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). These modern health care facilities, which focus on providing same-day surgical care, are on the rise, so topics at this event included trends, strategies and updates.

On Wednesday, March 27, the Texas Senate, led by Senator Dawn Buckingham, read Senate Resolution 507, declaring March 27 as Ambulatory Surgery Center Awareness Day. TASCS’ Political Action Committee held a reception on Thursday evening, gathering participants to encourage advocacy awareness. Special guest Representative John Zerwas, MD, of the Texas House, was in attendance.

“More and more people are turning to ASCs, in order to have surgeries and procedures performed safely outside of a hospital setting,” said Krista DuRapau, TASCS Executive Director. “Our annual conference is a way for professionals across the state of Texas to come together in order to learn how to keep making this industry even bigger and better.”

The last day of the conference was reserved for a Capitol Day, when teams led by TASCS board members gathered at the Texas Capitol to have meetings throughout the day with House and Senate offices on a number of priority issues.

The society also recognized and presented annual awards to individuals, organizations and businesses who have stood out in the past year and made strides personally and for ASCs in general.

● ASC Patient Advocate Award (presented to a person who has taken initiative above and beyond to help improve patient care in the ASC setting) - 2019 Award Recipient: Ruth Maxwell, MPH, CASC, Administrator of Memorial Hermann Surgery Center Kirby Glen and Posthumous Award Recipient: Dee Pete- Jones, RN, BSN, MBA, Administrator of HEA Surgery Center
● Vendor of the Year Award (presented to a vendor who has made positive changes in the ASC industry) - 2019 Award Recipient: Elena Savage with Medline
● Rising Star Award (presented to an individual that works in an ASC and has shown significant growth in the ASC industry) - 2019 Award Recipient: Adam Hornback, RN, Administrator of North Texas Team Care Surgery Center
● ASC Innovations Award (presented to a facility that has taken strides to create new and innovative programs within their facility) - 2019 Award Recipient: Kelsey-Seybold ASC

“It was a great turnout, and we are pleased with the work that has been done recently by our award winners, our members and the sector as a whole,” DuRapau said. “Going forward, we will continue to keep people informed on the growth of ambulatory surgery centers, and we look forward to growing our member base.”
For more information on TASCS, visit texasascsociety.org.

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