The annual meeting of the Gill Heart and Vascular Institute Affiliate Network brings together hospitals throughout the Commonwealth that are interested in working across geographical and organizational boundaries to enhance access to high-quality cardiovascular care and ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

The meeting not only showcases successful cardiac programs at local, state, and national levels, but also provides a glimpse into the future of cardiovascular medicine and provides strategies from leading national experts on how cardiovascular leaders can position their programs for success. This year’s meeting features local, state, and national presentations focused on cardiovascular clinical care, administration, and management. The Advisory Board will present the meeting’s keynote session. The conference will also feature several first-time topics, including common themes in cardiovascular litigation and how to mitigate risk. In addition, representatives from MedAxiom and Apex Innovations, companies whose services will soon be available to the Gill Affiliate Network, will provide an overview of the resources they offer.

This year’s conference is open to all Gill Affiliates. We hope that converting the meeting to a virtual format will allow for greater participation across the Network and enhance the opportunity for collaboration and networking among all Affiliate members.

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Laura Baker, MBA, MS

Service Line Marketing Manager UK HealthCare Lexington, Kentucky
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Emma Birks, MD

Professor, Medicine University of Kentucky College of Medicine Lexington, Kentucky
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Aaron Mauck, PhD

Senior Director and National Spokesperson Advisory Board Company Washington, DC
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Mark Newman, MD

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs UK HealthCare Lexington, Kentucky
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Jerry Blackwell, MD, MBA, FACC

President and CEO MedAxiom Neptune Beach, Florida
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Paula Holbrook, RN, BHS, JD, CPHRM

Associate General Counsel Associate Director, Risk Management UK HealthCare Lexington, Kentucky
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Lori Walsh, MHSA

Executive Vice President of Membership and Operations MedAxiom Nashville, Tennessee
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Rick R. McClure, MD, FACC

Professor and Vice Chair, Internal Medicine-Cardiology University of Kentucky College of Medicine Medical Director, UK Gill Heart and Vascular Institute Cardiovascular Outreach Clinics and Affiliate Network Senior Ambulatory Medical Director, Medicine UK HealthCare Lexington, Kentucky
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Karen Wilson, MHA

Director, Member Relations MedAxiom Neptune Beach, Florida
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Ashley Schenk, PharmD, BCPS, BCCP

Assistant Adjunct Professor University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Cardiology Clinical Pharmacist UK HealthCare Lexington, Kentucky
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Susan Smyth, MD, PhD, FACC

Jack Gill Professor, Cardiology University of Kentucky College of Medicine Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine Medical Director, Gill Heart & Vascular Institute UK HealthCare Lexington, Kentucky
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Nock LeMeunier, BA

Director, Sales and Customer Relations Apex Innovations Lafayette, Louisiana
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Mandy Prather, BA

Director, Marketing & Communications Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital Somerset, Kentucky
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Aaron Hesselson, MD, FACC, FHRS

Associate Professor, Medicine University of Kentucky College of Medicine Director, Electrophysiologic Services UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute UK HealthCare Lexington, Kentucky
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The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement


UK Healthcare CECentral certifies this activity for 7.75 hours of participation.


In collaboration with UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute.

Gill Affiliate Network Members

Clark Regional Medical Center
Winchester, KY

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center
Danville, KY

Frankfort Regional Medical Center
Frankfort, KY

Georgetown Community Hospital
Georgetown, KY

Harlan ARH Hospital
Harlan, KY

Harrison Memorial Hospital
Cynthiana, KY

Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center
Hazard, KY

Highlands Heart & Vascular
Prestonburg, KY

Lake Cumberland Regional Medical Center
Somerset, KY

Manchester Memorial Hospital
Manchester, KY

Mary Breckenridge ARH Hospital
Hyden, KY

McDowell ARH Hospital
McDowell, KY

Middlesboro ARH Hospital
Middlesboro, KY

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital
Owensboro, KY

Tug Valley ARH
South Williamson, KY

Whitesburg ARH Hospital
Whitesburg, KY

To Register and Connect

To Register
Click on the Register Online button and complete the registration process. We encourage and support multiple viewers in one location. However, all attendees must visit the conference website and complete the official online registration form.

It is very important that you make your Session selections to help in planning. A confirmation email will be sent to everyone that registers followed up by an email with meeting forms and the activity links.

There is no registration fee to attend this activity.

To Connect
You can join from PC, Mac, Linux, or mobile device, by phone, or by Skype for Business. Links and dial-in numbers will be posted to this site and emailed to all registrants as they become available.

Points to remember:

  • You don’t need administrative rights to download Zoom to your computer from zoom.com. Just follow the prompts to download.
  • You don’t need a web cam and microphone to dial-in to this meeting but they are nice features to have if they are available.
  • When dialing-in by phone, be sure to turn your computer volume all the way down so there isn’t any feedback.
  • You may test your connection by clicking on the Zoom test weblink to insure that your camera, speakers, and microphone are working properly.
  • You will also see what the Zoom interface looks like.
  • If you have problems, Zoom provides a troubleshooting weblink.

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