Held at the Wyndham Palace Hotel March 3-5, the conference is co-sponsored by the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals (ACVP). These two groups are pairing up with for the third year to arm cardiovascular leaders with the information and know-how they need to grow and develop programs in what remains a tumultuous health care environment. ACVP represents all levels and professionals involved in the cardiovascular services delivery arena. Special keynotes include: Inventions & Creations¦The Foundation of a Professional; Global Perspectives: Regulatory & Legislative Positioning; Cardiac Services Survival. Along with general sessions, the conference will feature concurrent, interactive track sessions led by nationally recognized speakers: 1. Administrative & Management Operations; 2. Advanced Leadership; 3. Nursing and Management. Additional topics will focus on health care trends that effect the development and progress of cardiovascular programs a critical and challenging area for many cardiovascular administrators. These sessions include: FDA Processes and How to Impact them; Economics & New Technologies; Best Practices; Communication & Persuasion; Endovascular Centers & the Future of Vascular Services; Electrophysiology - What the Future Holds; Creative Problem Solving; Healthcare Finance & Benchmarking; Managing the Management of Congestive Heart Failure; Trends in Capital Purchase & Negotiation; Organizational Politics; Cardiology Marketing Strategies; Soft Power & Influence; Culture Drives Retention What is the State-of-the-Art Cardiology Department? In addition, we are hosting several panels, which are prepared to answer your questions and work with you directly on your own professional challenges. Presenters will discuss strategies and case examples of successful tactics to improve cardiovascular programs. Along with educational opportunities, the conference provides the chance to shop for cardiovascular products and services exhibit-hall style; more than 25 cardiovascular companies will share their products, supplies and expertise throughout the conference. If two days of education whets your appetite for a full course in cardiovascular education, plan to arrive early and take the 101 Business Course in Cardiovascular Management & Administration. This seminar will deliver hands-on strategies and discuss areas for improvement to help attendees master complete and move ahead in today™s complex healthcare business environment. You may also want to extend your stay for the annual American College of Cardiology meeting, March 6“10. The conference will feature five full-day symposia; sessions on late-breaking clinical trials; coverage of controversial issues in cardiovascular medicine; virtual procedure training; an exhibit hall with approximately 400 vendors; a dinner dance, and more. While Orlando may be known for its resorts and hospitality, these back-to-back conferences will also bring cardiovascular administrators the fruit of knowledge from the mind to the heart. For more program information and online registration, visit www.acp-online.org for the Cardiovascular Management Conference, and www.acc.org for the ACC annual meeting. Georgann Bruski is the Management Council Chair and Board Member of the Alliance of Cardiovascular Professionals.