Author: CtUC Event Team

The ninth annual Censis Technologies Users Conference (CtUC) took place this fall on September 22–24 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The three-day conference is the largest, longest-running conference of its kind and, as always, provided vital educational sessions and networking opportunities to SPD staff who use Censis tools in their departments. 

Here are a few highlights from this year’s conference:

Giving Back to St. Baldrick’s Head Shaving

On Tuesday, CtUC hosted a philanthropic event benefiting St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that supports children’s cancer research. In addition to making encouraging cards for children battling cancer, participants had the opportunity to shave their heads in solidarity with cancer patients. Five Censis employees and six Censis clients had their heads shaved, and many of them shared moving personal stories of how cancer has impacted their lives.

Sunday Night’s Keynote Speaker

Former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders opened CtUC 2019 with her keynote address. Providing progressive views on healthcare, she carried home the point that we have to all work together in order to have a healthier future. Dr. Elders was the first African-American woman to serve as Surgeon General. She currently teaches as a Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the University of Arkansas. 

CtUC 2019 Awards

Three new awards were added to this year’s lineup of client awards and granted to outstanding clients. The Trailblazer award was given to an individual who used innovation and creative problem-solving to help their organization. The ChangeMaker award was granted to an educator who improved education methods and team member skills within their organization. The Better Together award was given to a team that made specific efforts to improve interdepartmental collaboration. This was the first year that clients submitted for the awards.

Breakout Breakthroughs

Censis clients led a variety of breakout and general sessions on a host of topics including data optimization, high-level disinfection, how to handle loaner instrumentation, the utilization of marked instruments, OR/SPD relationships, and tray optimization. There were also two special sessions on Monday presented by speakers connected with the Veterans Administration/Department of Defense (VA/DoD), one about embracing change in SPS healthcare, the other led by retired Lieutenant General Keith M. Huber which focused on effective leadership practices.

Make Your Mark

In an effort to spark encouragement and gratitude, attendees were invited to fill out praise cards that spotlighted a Censis employee who goes above and beyond for them. The day after CtUC 2019, we announced the winners at our employee “thank you” event. Joe Walden, Client Manager of Government Services, and Micheal Stanton, Sr. Implementation Specialist, received the most shoutouts.


Overall, CtUC 2019 was a great time of learning and connecting for Healthcare professionals from across the country who are seeking to improve their departments and their daily practices for the effectiveness of their organization and the safety of patients. All three days were packed with helpful, informative sessions and fun events that reminded us why we do what we do. What were some of your favorite parts or takeaways?


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