For those of you who attended the 32nd AACVPR annual meeting in Charleston, SC, wouldn’t you agree that it was one of the best ever?! With 1102 attendees the meeting was the biggest ever. For those of you who didn’t or couldn’t attend, start planning for next year’s meeting in Louisville, KY on September 12-15, 2018. The theme of this year’s AACVPR conference was “Leading Change”. As we are all aware, change is constant and our hospital administrators, referring physicians, co-workers and patients expect us to “keep up” with all the changes in rules/regulations, new and evolving therapies, diverse patient populations (PAD patients), etc.. Attending conferences and joining your state affiliate – nccraonline.org and/or our national organization – aacvpr.org is a must. I’ve attached the 2017 NCCRA regional meeting information. Hopefully, you already are planning to attend a regional meeting to help you connect and become more informed about our profession (https://nccraonline.org/upcoming-events/). Contact the regional VP listed for any additional information.
Coastal Regional Meeting
December 5th from 8-1
The location: 3418 Village Drive – Fayetteville, NC
For more information please contact Candace Langston
Mountain Regional Meeting
October 19, 2017
Iredell Memorial Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
739 Hartness Road Statesville, NC
Registration will begin at 8am and the meeting will end at 1pm
For more information please contact Jennifer Simmons (704) 878-4558 or Jennifer.Simmons@iredellhealth.org
Piedmont Regional Meeting
October 26, 2017
200 Hawthorne Ln, Charlotte, NC 28204
Registration will begin at 8am and the meeting will end at 1pm.
For more information please contact Hannah Wofford email@example.com or 704-384-9616
The NCCRA Board of Directors is working on the NCCRA Spring symposium in Chapel Hill, NC on March 22-23, 2018. Please put that date on your calendars and make plans to attend. We are also asking for nominations for Coastal Region Vice President. Our current Coastal VP, Candace Langston, will move into the president elect role in 2018. The application is on line (https://nccraonline.org/about/application-for-nccra-vice-presidents/). Nominations need to be submitted by January 1st, 2018. Duties of the Regional VP are included in the NCCRA bylaws that are also published on the website (https://nccraonline.org/about/nccra-bylaws/). Please, consider volunteering to help our organization. Contact myself or any board member – yep, they are listed on the website – if you have any questions about the process.
Lastly, please review a new award the NCCRA Board of Directors approved – the Carl King Award. If you are not familiar with who Carl King is and what service he has performed for the profession of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, take the time to review his bio. His biography, the award guidelines and nomination form are posted on the NCCRA website (https://nccraonline.org/about/carl-king-award/). We all know a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation professional who deserves to be recognized for the work and dedication to our profession. This is your opportunity to do that.
I hope to see you at one of the NCCRA regional meetings and at the Spring symposium March 22-23, 2018.
Mike Dunlap MS FAACVPR
Manager Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
CarolinaEast Medical Center
New Bern, NC 28560