Conferences & Seminars

2021 Cardiovascular Services Half Day Conference (CoxHealth Employees Only)

2021 Cardiovascular Services Half Day Conference

Program Description

Annually cardiovascular disease claims the lives of more than 17.8 million people globally and about 805,000 Americans have a heart attack—that is 1 every 4 seconds. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death & permanent disability in the United States.  Science-based treatment & education are the best weapons in the fight against heart disease and in avoiding cardiovascular events all together. Rapid identification, treatment, and management of cardiovascular disease in all healthcare settings can save lives and many can even prevent heart disease through healthy lifestyle choices.  Heart disease costs the United States $351 billion a year physician office & ED visits for heart disease continues to rise every year.

Target audience includes:  Physicians, PAs, NPs, RNs, RTs, EMS, pre-hospital, hospital chaplains, and all others working with the cardiovascular patient population”.

Source: – Heart Disease Facts

American Heart Association – 2019 Heart Disease & Stroke Update compiled by AHA, CDC, NIH & other government sources.

Objectives: At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

Discuss the transformations in technical capabilities, spatial and temporal resolution, and processing speeds that have led to new applications for echocardiography, nuclear imaging, computerized tomography, and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in clinical practices(Wiesner)

Define non-invasive cardiac imaging to improve the efficiency and value of healthcare practices throughout the continuum of care—from early detection and prevention to treatments for advanced illnesses. (Wiesner)   

Describe federal quality incentive and risk programs (Hedgpeth)

Identify how legislation impacts ability to take obvious steps in healthcare management(Garner)

Distinguish the history of legislative impact on the Medicare program (Garner)

Compare the relationship between drug prices and medical entities (Garner)

Increasing complex cases in the cardiac catheterization lab(Singh)

Delineate roles of new technology to simplify complex PCI, specifically roles of imaging and physiology. Basic overviews, Case overviews, Current trials (Singh)

Program Agenda

1130-1145:  Welcome

  • Danny Penick, MD/Physician Moderator

1145-1245: Imaging and the Digital Revolution-Not Just the PET CAT Anymore. Non Invasive Medical Imaging Techniques for Diagnosing and Treating Complex Cardiac Disease.

  • Philip Wiesner, MD

1245-1315: Panel Presentation

  • Sandra Birchem, DO, 
  • Philip Wiesner, MD
  • Joseph Mailloux, MD

1315-1415: Quality and Risk

  • Amanda Hedgpeth

1415-1445: Panel Presentation

  • Jeff Hawkins, MSN
  • Amanda Hedgpeth

1445-1500: Break

1500-1600: Problems with Healthcare

  • John Garner, MD

1600-1700: Simplifying Complex PCI

  • Jasvindar Singh, MD

1700-1715: Questions and Answers/Evaluations

We reserve the right to substitute topics and speakers in case of an emergency or cancellation. 


Sandra Birchem, DO


CoxHealth Cardiology

John Garner, MD

Director of Electrophysiology

CoxHealth Cardiology

Jeff Hawkins, MHA, BSN, RN

VP Clinical Services


Amanda Hedgpeth

VP, Hospital Operations


Joseph Mailloux, MD

Diagnostic Radiologist


Jasvindar Singh, MD, FACC


Washington University School of Medicine

Philip Wiesner, MD

Medical Director of Structural Heart

CoxHealth Cardiology

Educational Credit

CoxHealth Education Center is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

5.25 Contact Hours

This program has been approved by CoxHealth Cardiovascular Services for 5.0 STEMI contact hours for CoxHealth employees.

This activity is approved for credit by the ASRT (radiology) for 6.25 credit hours.

This program is approved by the Arkansas Board of Physical Therapy for 5.0 contact hours and is deemed equivalent by the Missouri Board of Healing Arts per 4 CSR 150-3.203-5A.

This program meets the criteria for category 2.3 (attending employer-provided, workplace continuing education) Professional Development Unit activities for NBCOT© and qualifies as 5.0 contact hours (equivalent to 4.0 NBCOT© Professional Development Units).

For questions regarding education credit please contact Lisa Boyer, RN, BSN, at

Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by CoxHealth or any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services. Participants will be able to print their statements of credit in HealthStreams when all requirements for credit have been met.   The exception will be radiology and their certificates will be emailed individually in about 6 weeks when all requirements have been met.

Requirements for Successful Completion:

  • Registrartion
  • Complete your online evaluation within 2 weeks of event
  • Attendance on-line of entire day

Disclosures and Financial Affiliations

Planning committee members and speakers have created this activity without bias or influence from all external commercial entities.   

Dr Singh has indicated that he is a consultant for Abbott Vascular, Boston Scientific, CSI Inc, Medtronic, and Volcano Corporation.  Dt Singh’s consulatations will have no conflict on this conference and his lecatures will be non-biased.  He has indicated that he DOES NOT intend to discuss any uses of pharmaceutical products or medical devices not approved by the FDA. There was no conflict identified that would exclude him from the speaker process

Lisa Boyer, RN, BSN has indicated she is a stockholder, however her conflicts have been reviewed by the committee and Mrs. Boyer’s stocks will have no conflict on this conference She has indicated that she DOES NOT intend to discuss any uses of pharmaceutical products or medical devices not approved by the FDA. There was no conflict identified that would exclude her from the planning process.

Information presented during this activity represents the views and opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily constitute the opinion, endorsement of, or promotion by CoxHealth.  Presenters are responsible for obtaining all copyright permissions.  No sponsorship or commercial support has been received for this activity.

No off label medication or devices will be discussed. 

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