Published on January 22, 2016

Parkview Medical Center hosts 2nd Annual Chest Pain Symposium

Nationally more than 600,000 people die of heart disease each year, that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Parkview Medical Center wants to share their expertise in heart attack care with the local healthcare community. Parkview invites physicians, nurses, EMS, advanced practice providers as well as medical and nursing students to attend the 2nd Annual Chest Pain Symposium. The symposium will be on Saturday, January 30 at the Pueblo Convention Center from 7:30am to 2:30pm. Medical professionals will advance their knowledge concerning care for cardiac patients by attending this free event. CME credits and continuing education credits will be available.

            Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.  Almost half of the sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital.  This suggests that many people don’t recognize or ignore early warning signs.  In 2005 a survey showed that only 27% knew all the major warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack and knew to call 9-1-1.  The chances of survival are increased when people call 9-1-1 and start emergency care sooner.  

Parkview Medical Center was recently dually accredited as a Heart Attack Receiving Center by the American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. In an effort to bring the healthcare community together, Parkview is hosting the symposium to educate on cardiac care and reveal opportunities for improvement, including providing quality care to cardiac patients. Presenters for the Chest Pain Symposium include:

  • Matt Sumpter MD:  Cardiac Assessment
  • George Gibson MD: Cardiac Intervention
  • Charles Stout MD:  Atrial Fibrillation/Cryoablation
  • Thomas Herzog MD:  Chest Trauma
  • Chris McMann AMR:  EMS approach to STEMI
  • Sandeep Vijan MD:  Robotic Surgery
  • Phillip Ainsworth RN, BSN:  STEMI Training
  • Brad Roberts MD:  Emergency Department STEMI Care

In addition to the physician presenters, case presentations on EMS response to STEMI and Field to ER will be available to attendees in the afternoon. Lunch and breakout sessions are also part of this free event.

For additional information or to register, go to or call Nicole Brown at 584-7369.

Not a healthcare provider, but want to know more about what you can do to save lives? Schedule an expert in early heart attack care to come to your next civic group meeting, church group or club meeting by contacting Davida Kellam at 719.584.4742 or You will learn signs and symptoms of a heart attack as well as what to do in the event of a possible cardiac event, with an opportunity to sign a pledge stating that during a cardiac event, you will call 911 and not drive.

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.