Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death & permanent disability for Americans & a considerable challenge for primary care providers.  Evolving clinical guidelines & technological advancements add to the complexity of managing cardiovascular disease.  According to the American heart Association. “An estimated 85.6 million people in the US are living with cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure & chest pain, resulting in about 610,000 Americans dying of heart disease every year-that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Target audience includes:  Physicians, PA’s, NP’s, nurses, pre-hospital, hospital chaplains, and all others working with the cardiovascular patient population”. Source: – Heart Disease Facts American Heart Association – 2015 Heart Disease & Stroke Update, compiled by AHA, CDC, NIH & other government sources.

11:00 – 11:55 a.m.. Registration/Lunch/Vendor Exhibits
11:55 — 12:00 p.m. Welcome – James Ceaser, MD, Physician Moderator
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Clinical Research at CoxHealth Chris Schulze, BSN, MHA, MHSI
1:00 -2:00 p.m. Update on Lipid Management Jodi Flynn, MS, PA-C & Brian Williams, MD
2:00 – 2:20 p.m. Break/Vendor Exhibits
2:20 – 3:20 p.m. Cardiology That Cures: Treatments for (Almost) Any Arrhythmias John Garner, MD
3:20- 3:40 Break/Vendor Exhibits
3:40 – 4:40 p.m. Left Atrial Appendage Closure Steven Rowe, MD, FACC
4:40-5:00 p.m. Questions/Evaluations/Statements of Credit/Adjourn

CoxHealth is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  CoxHealth designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For questions regarding physician credit, please contact Triesa Massey at 417-269-3255 or

Cox College Interprofessional Simulation & Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


4.0 Contact Hours

CoxHealth Prehospital Services is an approved provider of continuing education by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Unit of EMS.  This activity has been approved for 4.0 contact hours.  The Training Center number is 07710C.

This program has been approved by CoxHealth Cardiovascular Services for 4.0 STEMI cardiovascular contact hours for CoxHealth employees.

This activity is pending credit by the ASRT for 4.0 hrs.

This program has been deemed appropriate for chaplains to list 4.0 contact hours of continuing education credit.  Credit should be listed on the Association of Professional Chaplains Annual Summary of Continuing Education Hours Form in the area of  “Workshops/Conferences/Seminars/Symposia.”

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 HealthStream within a week of the program when all requirements for credit have been met.  Satisfactory completion of objectives will occur through course attendance.  Therefore contact hours will be given only for hours the participant attends.  In order to receive a statement of credit, all participants must sign-in at the registration desk and turn in a completed evaluation form and a verification of attendance form at the end of the program. 

Jodi Flynn, MS, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Cox Health Lipid Clinic
Springfield, MO

John Garner, MD
Medical Director of Electrophysiology
Springfield, MO

Steven Rowe, MD, FACC
Medical Director of Clinical Research for CoxHealth
Ferrell-Duncan Cardiology
Springfield, MO

Chris Schulze, BSN, MHA, MHSI
Director of Center for Research and Innovation
Springfield, MO

Brian Williams, MD
Family Medical Care Center
Springfield, MO

Lisa Boyer, RN, BSN
Enterprise Educator/CE/Coordinator Education Center

James Ceasar, MD
Medical Director/Physician Planner CoxHealth

Kathryn Hanzlick, RN, CCRN
Director Clinical Services Wheeler Heart Clinic CoxHealth

Leah Cook, RN,
Cardiovascular Educator CoxHealth

Chris Schulze, RNC, BSN, BA
Quality Coordinator CoxHealth

Wheeler Heart

Debbie West, BS, EMT-P EMS
Educator/PI CoxHealth Prehospital

Becky Watts, RN, BSN

Jim Waring, NMTLB, BA
Director of Non-Invasive Imaging CoxHealth

All planning committee members listed above for this activity with the exception of the Lisa Boyer have indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest or significant financial affiliations with any pharmaceutical or medical device companies that would exclude them from the planning of this activity.  Planning committee members and speakers have created this activity without bias or influence from all external commercial entities.

Lisa Boyer has indicated she is a stockholder in the following companies:  Express Scripts Holding Company, Humana Incorporated, and Johnson & Johnson.  She has indicated that she DOES NOT intend to discuss any uses of pharmaceutical products or medical devices not approved by the FDA.  Ms. Boyer also indicated she would give a balanced view of therapeutic options, and will use generic name to contribute to impartiality during the planning process.  There was no conflict identified that would exclude her from the planning process.


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