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Dear CVTeam,

I hope everyone enjoyed their summer! We are looking forward to many exciting upcoming ACC events this fall!

October is the month for celebrating our PA and Pharmacy colleagues. The National P.A. week is October 6-12. Pharmacy week is celebrated during the week of October 20-26.  Many congratulations to our esteemed CVT members. In honor of PAs and Pharmacists, the ACC is offering a reduced membership rate for the month. When joining on-line, enter the discount code ThankYou19 to receive a 40% discount on your membership. Please inform your colleagues!

The 2019 ACC Legislative Conference will be taking place from November 3-5 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC. Registration for the conference is now open. This is a wonderful event learning about current legislative issues and advocating for our CV professionals and their patients. One day of the conference is spent on Capitol Hill visiting the offices of our legislators and discussing current issues as it impacts practice and patients. It is a worthwhile meeting and always very informative.         

The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Capital Cardiology Symposium (MACCS) will be held at the Heart House in Washington, DC on Sunday, November 24th.  Registration is now open. We are excited to be accepting CVT Case Studies to present during the conference. Do you have an interesting case that you would like to share during this conference? If so, you may submit it via Oxford Abstracts. If selected, you will present a 5-6 minute power point presentation during the conference.  We are pleased to be offering this opportunity for the 2nd year. Last year was a great success!

Our VCACC has a Mentor/ mentee program. If you are interested in connecting with a mentor to assist in navigating through ACC activities, please let us know by emailing We currently have mentor volunteers throughout the state!

Please enjoy the wonderful fall activities and contact us for questions about any of the upcoming ACC events.

Jan Griffin ACNP, BC, CCRN
VCACC State CVT LiaisonOur Chapter has a Twitter handle: @VirginaACC; please follow us. The ACC CVT Twitter hashtag is #ACCCVT.
I would like to encourage our members to apply for professional designations through the college. The AACC designation recognizes CVT professionals who provide a high level of cardiovascular care. The FACC designation, Fellow of ACC, is a recognition of professional achievement. If you are interested or would like more information about either, please reach out to VCACC member Dave Dixon Creating a Community of Care . . . the Cardiovascular Team
The Virginia Chapter ACC is dedicated to creating a vibrant and growing community comprised of Registered Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Clinical Pharmacists from practice and hospital settings. Currently, cardiovascular team members (CVT) serve not only on their own committee but also on the chapter leadership council. CVTeam members are involved in all levels of the chapter.
Travel stipends to attend the annual ACC Legislative Conference and meet lawmakers on Capital Hill
Opportunities to serve on program planning committee for annual meeting as nurse planner
Gatherings at ACC Annual Scientific Session (CVTeam members met up to attend sessions together and discuss results of late-breaking clinicals)
Voice at VCACC Council to get involved on projects such as the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition and VCSQI Quality Project


Looking for someone to help guide you in career choices and volunteer activities? Or are you at a point you want to give back to your cardiovascular home? The VCACC network of mentors is here to link up CVTeam members with other members who can be a trusted voice. Listen in to ACC leaders (two of our own Virginians) explain the impact of their mentors.  Complete this form to be matched.

CVTeam Executive Council Members  

Jan Griffin, RN, MSN, ACNP, CCRN, PCCN


Linda L. Hart, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, AACC


Council Member
Advocacy Ambassador


Council Member

Allison Helgeson FNP-BC, AACC

Council Member


Council Member

John Bucheit, PharmD, CDE, BCACP

Council Member

Sarah Sourbeer, PA

Council Member

Dandridge Yon, Jr., RN, PA-C, CHt

Council Member

Candice Guyer, PA

Council Member

Michael Kontos, MD, FACC


Jennifer Ray Beckman, MBA, CAE

Executive Director

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