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Mercy Health St. Rita's 2019 Cardiovascular Symposium

St. Rita's Center for Continuing Education

Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Mercy Health St. Rita's 2019 Cardiovascular Symposium

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Allied Health Professional: Before 03/30/2019 Mar 30, 2019 $50.00 $0.00
Physician: Before 03/30/2019 Mar 30, 2019 $75.00 $0.00
Allied Health Professional: Late Registration Not Started $60.00 $0.00
Physician: Late Registration Not Started $85.00 $0.00

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April 4, 2019

Mercy Health St. Rita's 2019 Cardiovascular Symposium

Registration fees:

Physicians: $75 | All others: $50

Note: A $10 late fee will be charged for all registrations received after March 29, 2019. 


CEU Updates:

  • Physicians: 7.25 hours
  • Nursing: 7.5 contact hours
  • EMS: 7.5 hours EMS CEUs
  • CMAs: 8 CEUs pending approval
  • Pharmacy: 7.25 contact hours
  • Rad Techs: 7.75 Category A CE Credit
  • Resp. Techs: 7 contact hours pending approval



6:15 Registration/Breakfast

6:50 Welcome Zoheir Abdelbaki, MD

Clotting it Up: Ultrasound & Treatment for Lymphedema  Manu Aggarwal, MD 
Oh Baby My Veins: DVT in Pregnancy 
Vanessa Stallkamp, MD
Stop Calling me Fat: The Swollen Leg:  Manu Aggarwal, MD 
Busting Out with Coagulopathies Alicia Sawmiller, PharmD, PGY1, Pharmacy Resident

CHF: No Your Heart if Not Failing 
Gwen Luttfring, CNP
Lisa Do, PharmD, PGY2, Pharmacy Resident
Cheryl Bechtel, MSN, RN 
CHF Patient Testimonials

9:00-9:30 BREAK

Cardiac Arrest
William Cole, MD
Pharmaceutical treatment,
Logan Conley, PharmD, PGY1, Pharmacy Resident

10:15-10:45 Cartoid Stenting Kishore Nallu, MD

10:45-11:30 Five-Box Thoracoscopic MAZE Procedure John Sirak, MD & Angelo Pagani, PA-C

11:30-12:15 LUNCH

12:15-1:00 EMS to ED Care of STEMI Alex Brobrov, DO and Brian Anderson, BS, NRP

1:00 1:10:00  travel to break out

1:10-1:40 BREAK OUT #1

1:40-1:50 travel to break out

1:50-2:20 BREAK OUT #2

2:20-2:30 travel to back main hall

2:30-3:15 Pulmonary Hypertension in Adults with CHD Saurabh Rajpal, MD, Nationwide Childern's

3:15-4:00 Mitral Valve Sandeep Patel, MD

4:00-4:15 Evaluation & Adjourn


  1. Family Practitioner's Care of the Cardiac Patient Wesley Klir, MD
  2. Acute CVA with TPA Stroke Deepak Gulati, MD, OSU Wexner Medical Center
  3. Hollistic Approach to Heart Health David Grogg, MDiv & Matt Etzkorn, RN, BSN, MA
  4. Diabetes Nutrition Education Glen Aukerman, MD

**Participants will pick two of four breakouts to attend

Contact Melissa Watkins,, Tammy Nuessmeyer,, or Sheri Thomas,

Lerarner Objectives:

  • Identify the diagnosis and treatment of the swollen leg.
  • Identify risk factors in appropriate imaging studies for DVT in pregnancy and articulate common treatments.
  • Discuss anticoagulants and their limitations in coagulopathies.
  • Identify the role of the heart failure clinic, pharmacy, and home health in the care of CHF patients.
  • Describe the transition of hospital to home in CHF patients.
  • Discuss cardiac arrest management.
  • Review updates in carotid stenting, post vascular procedure care, and identify potential adverse events associated with interventional neuro procedures.
  • Discuss updates in the approach to atrial fib management using the five-box Thoracoscopic Maze procedure.
  • Discuss advancements in pre-hospital detection and hospital notification of STEMI patients.
  • Review data/results of pre-hospital EMS/ED STEMI system of care.
  • Identify treatment and management approaches in ACHD patients with pulmonary hypertension.
  • Discuss mitral valve management.
  • Describe cardiac patient care from the family practitioner’s point of view.
  • Identify tPA treatment in the acute CVA patient.
  • Identify common signs of spiritual distress and interventions to formulate a plan of care.
  • Discuss the research of complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) and the use of lab results to nutrigenomically manage diabetic patients through education and support.
  • Identify programs, projects, or research activities which promote nursing and allied health care practice, education and/or administration.

Accreditation Information:

Physicians: St. Rita’s Center for Continuing Education is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

St. Rita’s Center for Continuing Education (SRCCE) designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: Mercy Health — St. Rita’s Medical Center is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91) (OH-071, 2/1/2021).

EMS: Mercy Health — St. Rita’s Medical Center is approved to sponsor continuing medical education for EMS providers by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services (ODPS Approval Number 1119).

Certified medical assistants: Application has been made to the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 8 CEUs continuing education contact hours for CMAs.

Respiratory therapists: Application has been made to the American Association

for Respiratory Care (AARC) for continuing education contact hours for respiratory therapists.

Radiology: Category A CE Credit is pending approval by ASRT.

Pharmacists: This application-based activity is targeted for all pharmacists and is acceptable for 7.25 hours (0.725 CEU) of continuing education credit. (UAN: 0048-9999-19-012-L01-P) This course requires attendance at the entire program and completion of the program evaluation.


This program is accredited by the Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University.  Ohio Northern University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.  


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Lima Veteran's Memorial Civic and Convention Center
7 Towne Square
Lima, OH 45801

Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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St. Rita's Center for Continuing Education

The purpose of Mercy St. Rita’s Center for Continuing Education CME Program is to support Mercy Health’s commitment to “extend the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health of our communities” by enhancing the knowledge, competence, and when applicable, performance of our physicians.


The content areas of primary importance in considering CME topics are driven by identified professional gaps that have been recognized by hospital committees, performance improvement initiatives, department/divisional leaders, community partners and medical literature. CME activities will incorporate desired physician competencies identified by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education, the American Board of Medical Specialties and the Institute of Medicine. Activity content is reviewed and approved by the continuing medical education committee of St. Rita’s Center for Continuing Education.


The physicians at St. Rita’s Health Partners will be focused on as the predominant audience. CME activities will be available to other physicians, including retired physicians, within the Lima community. When applicable, a multidisciplinary attendance will be encouraged within the medical center and through joint provider relationships with other Mercy Health facilities and community partners.


St. Rita’s Center for Continuing Education strives to provide a variety of opportunities in an effort to meet adult education principles and to complement differences in learning styles. Examples of such activities include: didactic presentations, symposia (i.e. Cardiovascular, Pediatric, Robotics), workshops (i.e. ACLS and PALS), RSS activities (i.e. grand rounds, small group discussion), multidisciplinary cancer care conferences, internet enduring material, performance improvement CME, live internet activities (go-to meeting webinars), and joint provided activities.


 The effectiveness of our CME program is evaluated on an ongoing basis through individual activity evaluations by assessing changes in physician competence and/or performance. Additionally, a systematic overall program evaluation is conducted on an annual basis. The results of these evaluations will be applied to planning and improving subsequent activities. Whenever feasible, educational outcome measurements will be conducted to assess changes in physician learning, behavior, and/or clinical outcomes with the goal to provide the highest quality of patient care. In addition, our CME program will work toward providing educational activities that improve the knowledge, competence, and performance of the entire healthcare team, including physicians and other allied health professionals through a patient-centered team approach.





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