2015 Cardiovascular Symposium

  • Date: February 12, 2015
  • Time: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Location: Methodist Health System Corporate Office Building, 8501 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68114

Target Audience

Target Audience

Nurses, advanced practice nurses, respiratory care practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, radiologic technologists, and other health professionals.



 Value: $260
Cost is $78 with promo code 70PD

Methodist and Jennie Ed employees please use the 2015 health system promo code to receive a 100% discount. 

Course Description

Course Description

Purpose Statement:

This program will explore current evidence-based practices in the care and treatment of patients with selected cardiovascular diseases.

Participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate types of heart failure and review their causes.
  • Review treatment guidelines and pharmacological therapy for CHF patients.
  • Depict methods of diagnosing CHF.
  • Outline ICD use and new advances.
  • Discuss the use of left ventricular assist devices in patients with heart failure.
  • Illustrate the impact that chronic illness has on a patient's psychological status.
  • Discuss palliative care and end of life decision making for patients with heart failure.
  • Examine the team approach in caring for CHF patients in the community.



7:30-8:00am Registration
8:00 -8:30am Pathophysiolgy, Anatomy, and Physiology
  Neika Coughlin
8:30 -9:30 am Treatment Guidelines, Pharmacology, Diagnosis, and Echos
  Michael Peters, MD
9:30 -10:00 am ICDs
  Jeffrey Mahoney, MD
10:00 – 10:15 am Break/view exhibits
10:15 - 10:30 am Patient Perspective on ICD
  Bob Lane
10:15 – 11:30 am Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD)
   Brian Lowes, MD and Keri Loftus, APRN
11:30 – 12:15 pm Chronic Illness’ Influence on Psychological Status
  Syed Pirzada Sattar, MD
12:15 – 1:00 pm Lunch (provided) / View exhibits
1:00 – 2:00 pm Heart Failure and End of Life Care
  Todd Sauer, MD or Howard Edwards, MD
2:00 – 3:30 pm Transitions in Care; A Team Approach
  Presenting Team: Cardiac Rehab- Dee Dee Leinen
  PCI-Health Coaching:Darla Havens, BSN,RN Rhonda Rowley, BSN,RN
  VNA: Shari Page, RN and Amanda Holst, MS, SLP-CCC
3:30 PM Adjournment




Neika Coughlin, APRN-C is a nurse practitioner with Heart Consultants, PC.

Michael Peters, MD, is a Cardiologist certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease and works for Heart Consultants, PC. He is also the Director of the Chest Pain Center at Methodist Hospital.

Jeffrey Mahoney, MD, is a Cardiologist certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiac Electrophysiology and works for or Heart Consultants, PC.

Brian Lowes, MD, is a Heart Failure Cardiologist and Angle Professor of Cardiology at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.

Keri Loftus, APRN is a Nurse Practitioner at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, NE.

Syed Pirzada Sattar, MD, is the Medical Director of Inroads to Recovery, a full service program, from 30-day residential  program to outpatient treatment, for the treatment of both psychiatric disorders and addictions related disorders. He is also the medical director for the psychiatric services at Jennie Edmundson Hospital.

Todd Sauer, MD, is the Medical Director of Palliative Care at Nebraska Methodist Hospital.

Dee Dee Leinen, BSN, RN is the Core Coordinator for Cardiac Rehab at Nebraska Methodist Hospital.

Shari Page, RN, is the Clinical Manager for the Visiting Nurse Association in Omaha, NE.

Amanda Holst, MS, SLP-CCC, is the Director of Home Care for the Visiting Nurse Association in Omaha, NE.

Darla Havens, BSN, RN, is the Medical Home Nurse Supervisor for Methodist Physicians Clinic, Inc.

Rhonda Rowley, BSN, RN, is the Director of Medical Home for Methodist Physicians Clinic, Inc.  



Nebraska Methodist College Center for Professional and Continuing Education awards educational credit to the disciplines listed below. Each professional is accountable to understand their accrediting/licensing body's standards and requirements. The definitive source of information on continuing education requirements is your state or national regulatory board.


Nebraska Providership
6.5 contact hours awarded. Code #NE13-16C07. Nebraska Methodist College Center for Professional and Continuing Education 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. This includes 0 pharmacology hours. 

Iowa Providership
7.8 contact hours awarded. Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #120. Pharmatherapeutic contact hours awarded for 0 of the 7.8 total.


The Nebraska Methodist Hospital is accredited by the Nebraska Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Nebraska Methodist Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Work
This offering meets the continuing education criteria for 6.5 clock hours for Nebraska and Iowa Social Workers.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists Department of Education reference #NED0025001 has approved this program for 7.75 Category A credits.

This program meets the continuing education criteria for 6.5 clock hours for Nebraska and Iowa Respiratory Care Practitioners. 

Medical Assistants
Application has been made to the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and is pending approval. The website will be updated once approval has been granted.

Education Credit
6.5 Education hours. Nebraska Methodist College Center for Professional and Continuing Education assigns education hours based on 60 minutes of classroom instruction for each offering.  Participants may use these for their professional continuing education hours and toward re-licensure if so approved within the standards and guidelines of their discipline.

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