2016 Spring Convention Special Events & Highlights
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New! Mix & Mingle Reception | Sunday, April 17 | 5-5:45pm

Catch up with old friends, make new connections, and expand your professional network at the new Mix & Mingle Reception. This 45-minute networking event promotes fun, social interaction among convention participants. Registered attendees are admitted free, and one specialty drink is provided. Guest passes are available for purchase for adults ages 18 and older.  

Opening Reception | Sunday, April 17 | 5:45-7:15pm

Join us for our official Spring Convention kickoff celebration! The Opening Reception will be held in the exhibit hall, the largest urgent care exhibition where you can meet industry representatives, view the latest products, tools and technology, learn about new service lines, enter giveaway raffles, and pick up cool swag. In order to learn about all the great booth events, specials and giveaways, you'll want to receive vendor emails. Registered attendees are admitted free and will receive two drink tickets and hors d'oeuvres. Guest passes are available for purchase for adults ages 18 and older.

Networking Opportunities & Legislative Update | Monday, April 18 | 7-8am and Tuesday, April 19 | 7-8am & 12:15-1:15pm

On Monday, April 18, start off your morning with continental breakfast and take the time to network with like-minded peers. On Tuesday, April 19, a special legislative update will be given during breakfast to keep you informed on the latest issues affecting the urgent care industry. During the lunch hour on Tuesday, roundtables will be set up to promote conversation among peers from the same area or state that are practicing in similar centers or seeking answers to similar challenges.

State Networking Meetings | Sunday, April 17 | 3:30-5:30pm | Monday, April 18 | 6:30-7:45am and Tuesday, April 19 | 12:15-1:15pm

Whether it is state-related regulatory issues, reimbursement challenges with local third party payers or simply comparing how others are dealing with the same issues you are facing, attendees will benefit from focused regional networking opportunities. The annual convention is a space and venue for these gatherings. If you are attending the convention and want to hold a state meeting, please email UCAOA State and Chapter Relations Manager Tonia Trimuel at ttrimuel@ucaoa.org by Friday, March 11.

Opening Keynote | Monday, April 18 | 8-9:15am

Commencing the Spring Convention educational program is Keynote Speaker Joseph Grenny, a four-time New York Times bestselling author and leading social scientist for business performance. Grenny’s Keynote “Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change,” is based on his bestselling book of the same name, and offers best practices and insight from influence masters who have succeeded in solving some of the world’s most profound problems including healthcare reform and corporate turnarounds. This fast-paced presentation draws on five decades of social-science research to provide you with the skills to successfully lead change initiatives, diagnose root causes behind problems and create real solutions, transform corporate culture, influence positive behavior and engagement, and ultimately create a positive patient care experience.

Members’ Luncheon | Monday, April 18 | 12:30-1:45pm

UCAOA members are welcome to attend a special recognition luncheon. UCAOA Board Members and Leadership will provide updates on association and committee activities from the past year as well as outline future initiatives. Candidates running for a position on the UCAOA Board will also have the opportunity to address the room briefly. If you’re not a member, join UCAOA today to be invited to this event as well as to receive member pricing on tuition for the convention.  

Exhibit Hall Reception | Monday, April 18 | 6-7:30pm

Wrap up your day of inspirational sessions and compelling discussions by joining your colleagues in the exhibit hall for an evening of fun. Browse the exhibit booths to see the latest urgent care products and services, while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks. You'll want to receive vendor emails to know which booths are holding special events and giveaways. Registered attendees are admitted free and will receive two drink tickets. Guest passes are available for purchase for adults ages 18 and older.  

Closing Keynote | Wednesday, April 20 | 8-9:15am

Scientists have shown that people’s attitude and mindset play a crucial role in our health and resilience; our ability to perform and succeed; our ability to connect and be significant; and our overall happiness. Bestselling author, registered nurse, and expert in psychoneuroimmunology, Karyn Buxman, shares how we can better achieve our mission of creating a culture of optimal health and well-being for our patients during the Closing Keynote “Living Amazed & Amused: Strategies for the Sane and Successful.” Buxman focuses on how we as individuals take in all the information that we are exposed to daily and deal with all the data while teaching us to change our negative thoughts into positive ones. 

UCAOA Awards 

Do you know of an urgent care professional or colleague doing great things for patient care? Do you want to be recognized for your innovation in urgent care? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to nominate yourself, an urgent care center or colleague, or a company for a UCAOA Award! This year, UCAOA is offering 6 award categories: Outstanding Achievement, Lifetime Membership, Advocacy, Community Service, Humanitarian, and Innovation (NEW). Join the prestigious list of past UCAOA laureates, and be recognized during the UCAOA Awards Ceremony to be held at the 2016 Spring Convention. Click here to make a nomination by Monday, February 15.

Board Elections

Directors of the UCAOA Board are elected by members in a democratic annual election. UCAOA members will have the opportunity to e-vote before the convention or on site by using a voting kiosk in UCAOA Central. Voting will close on Monday, April 18 at 6pm, and newly elected directors will be announced on Tuesday, April 19.


UCAOA Central

Stop by UCAOA Central located in the Osceola Lobby on the Ballroom Level to learn about the latest products, offerings and activities of UCAOA. See live demonstrations of the latest release of the Benchmarking Survey Results Platform, ask questions about UCAOA Accreditation or Certification, buy UCAOA logo items, update your center roster, and more.
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