This year’s conference includes special events, such as exhibit receptions, health and wellness activities, and medical center tours.

Preconference Facility Tours

* Registration is required. Space is limited.
* A limited number of hotel rooms are available Tuesday for out-of-town registrants attending a tour. Click here for hotel information and to book your reservation.

Northwestern University Affiliated Transplant Centers (NUATC)

When:  Wednesday, September 12
Time:  Depart Marriott–8:10 a.m.; Return to Marriott–11:45 a.m.
Location (Revised 8.24.12):  Meet in the hotel main lobby, Ohio Street side by the Bell Stand. It is about a 10-minute walk to NUATC.
Continuing Education: CE credit is available. Click here for details.

Join us as leaders from Northwestern University Affiliated Transplant Centers (NUATC) highlight developments in the management of transplant patients and provide an overview of emerging innovations in the field of transplantation. NUATC is the alliance of two major transplant programs: the pediatric programs at Children’s Memorial Hospital and the adult programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Take advantage of this opportunity to get an inside look at one the nation’s top transplant programs. The NUATC tour will provide an opportunity to view the in-patient transplant unit and out-patient transplant clinic, as well as to speak with clinical staff about the transplant process. In addition to touring the transplant program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, they are excited to offer you the opportunity to tour the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Children’s Memorial Hospital is moving in June 2012 from its Lincoln Park campus to the downtown campus of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, becoming the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. A tour of the pediatric transplant area at the new hospital will also be provided. Printable Agenda

This tour is provided by NUATC—Northwestern University Affiliated Transplant Centers.

University of Chicago Medicine

When:  Wednesday, September 12
Time:  Depart Marriott–8:00 a.m. (new time!); Return to Marriott–11:45 a.m.
Location (Revised 8.24.12):  Meet in the hotel main lobby, Ohio Street side by the Bell Stand.
Roundtrip shuttle service will be provided. Due to limited parking, all participants are requested to take advantage of this complimentary shuttle transportation.

The University of Chicago Medicine invites you to explore “The Transplant Patient Experience at the University of Chicago Medicine.”

Learn about the University of Chicago Medicine’s transplant experience, from expedited appointments and evaluation, the multidisciplinary committee decision-making process, listing and the living donor process, to transplant surgery and post-transplant care. Get a sneak peak tour of our new hospital, opening in January 2013. Participate in the Transplant Treasure Hunt for a chance to win an iPad3! Printable Agenda

This tour is provided by the University of Chicago Medicine.


Welcome Reception and Exhibition Grand Opening

When:  Wednesday, September 12
Time:  5:00–7:00 p.m.
Location:  Exhibit Hall

Join us as we officially celebrate the opening of this year's conference. Visit with our Network Medical Centers as well as exhibitors/supporters from a variety of industry organizations while networking with other attendees and OptumHealth executives, clinicians, and staff. The Welcome Reception is THE place to be as you relax with great food and beverages before heading out for a night on the town!

This reception is sponsored by UW Health-University of Wisconsin Transplant Program.

Exhibits and Closing Reception

When:  Thursday, September 13
Time:  5:30–7:00 p.m.
Location:  Exhibit Hall

Join us in the Exhibit Hall as we party with fabulous food and beverages as we wrap up the second day of the Annual National Conference.

Health and Wellness Activities

Wellness Screenings

When:  Thursday, September 13
Time:  7:00 a.m.–11:30a.m.
Location:  Grand Ballroom, Salon 1, 7th Floor

Back by popular demand, Wellness Screenings will be offered to all conference attendees at no cost during this year’s conference! Preventive health screenings and flu vaccinations will be provided on Thursday between 7:00 and 11:30 a.m. You may participate in one or both these offerings. Screenings take approximately 15–20 minutes. To participate in these health and wellness activities, you must sign up for your health screening appointment at (866) 935-5462 or online at Instructions for scheduling an appointment will also be included in your registration confirmation.

This activity is sponsored by OptumHealth Wellness Inc.

5th Annual Wellness Walk

When:  Thursday, September 13
Time:  7:20 a.m.—Meet in the main lobby, Michigan Avenue side by Starbucks (new location!)
           7:30 a.m.—Wellness Walk Begins

The fabulous shoreline of Lake Michigan makes Chicago one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Start your morning with a run/walk along this uniquely scenic pathway. All participants will receive a 2012 Wellness Walk t-shirt. Printable Route Map (new)

Workout With Vanessa

When:  Friday, September 14
Time:  7:00–8:00 a.m.
Location:  Grand Ballroom, Salon I, 7th Floor

Jump start your day by joining Vanessa Underwood for a workout session that promises to both energize and motivate. Vanessa will lead her own version of Zumba—a fusion of Latin and International music that includes dance themes to create a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness program designed for participants of ANY LEVEL! The session is a cardio-based workout with components of resistance/sculpting training for the entire body.

Vanessa Underwood is the founder and owner of “Underwood’s Sports & Fitness” where she trains and educates people of all ages and fitness levels. She is a cancer survivor and three-time kidney transplant recipient. Vanessa travels nationally and internationally to implement fitness programs, educate professionals, and motivate patients through a presentation program called, “Moving to Wellness” that emphasizes the vital role that exercise has on the quality of life.

Ms. Underwood’s certifications include Cancer Exercise Specialist (CES), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). To contact Vanessa for engagements, please go to or e-mail