Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death & permanent disability for 1 in 3 Americans & a considerable challenge for primary care providers.  Science-based treatment & education are the best weapons in the fight against heart 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, hypertension and chest pain & more than 515,000 Americans suffer a serious cardiovascular event annually”.

Target audience includes:  Physicians, PA’s, NP’s, RN’s, RT’s, EMS, 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 (provided)


11:55 — 12:00 p.m. Welcome – Danny Penick, MD


12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Cardiology Then and Now

James Ceaser, MD


1:00 -2:00 p.m. Current Debates in Pre-Hospital Medication

Matt Brandt, MD


2:00 – 2:20 p.m. Break



2:20 – 3:20 p.m. Heart Failure Then and Now

Marcy Bot-Baron, MSN, ANP

Sridevi Durga, MD


3:20- 3:40 p.m. Break


3:40 – 4:40 p.m The Evolution of Device Therapy

John Garner, MD

4:40-5:00 p.m. Questions & Answers


5:00-5:15 p.m. Evaluation

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

Educational Credit.

CoxHealth 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.

4.5 Contact Hours

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

This activity is approved for credit by the ASRT (radiology) for 5.0 hrs.

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 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:

  • Sign in at the registration desk

  • Complete your online evaluation on HealthStreams within 2 weeks

  • Attendance of entire day



Matt Brandt, MD                                                                

Physician and Pre-Hospital

Medical Director

Emergency Physicians of Springfield


Marcy Bot-Baron, MSN, ANP                       

Heart Failure Clinic


James Ceaser, MD

Cardiologist—Physician Moderator

CoxHealth Cardiology

Sridevi Durga, MD                   

Interventional Cardiology

CoxHealth Cardiology

John Garner, MD  

Cardiac Electrophysiology

CoxHealth Cardiology

Disclosures and Financial Affiliation Information:

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


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.

Americans with Disabilities Act:  If you have special needs addressed by this act, please notify us at least two weeks before this offering.  Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.

Please Note:  CoxHealth and all of its facilities and grounds are tobacco free.

Please bring a sweater or jacket due to variations in temperature and personal preferences.