2019 Hearts & Hands Conference



Date Time Location
March 2, 2019 7:00 am - 1:00 pm JPS Professional Office Complex
4th Floor Training Rooms
1350 S. Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104


Thank you for your interest in the Hearts & Heads Stroke Conference. Online pre-registration is now closed. Limited on-site registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis between 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM for $35. Please contact Renee Potter (rpotter@jpshealth.org), Beth Reed (ereed@jpshealth.org), or Lauri Speirs(lspeirs@jpshealth.org) with any questions.


Participant Registration Provider Registration Vendor Registration


About the JPS Hearts & Heads: Walking a Fine Line Conference


JPS Health Network is a DNV GL Comprehensive Level I Stroke Center, certified and designated by the State of Texas to provide the highest level of care available for stroke patients. JPS is AMI certified by The Joint Commission, receiving the organization’s Gold Seal of Approval for providing best-possible care for patients having a heart attack. We are an academic institution caring for stroke and cardiac patients focusing on positive patient outcomes. The first annual Hearts and Heads Conference is a didactic educational activity designed to provide relevant evidence-informed strategies for up to date Stroke and Cardiac emergent management and treatment methodologies that directly impact patient outcomes. This conference is designed to meet the learning needs of all disciplines involved in the care of the Found-Down Acute Stroke or STEMI Patient and provide a treatment plan in the event of a dual diagnosis of Acute Stroke/STEMI.

Early Registration Fee: $25
Day-Of Registration Fee: $35



Time Event
7:00-8:00 Registration & Breakfast
8:00-8:10 Welcome & Introductions
8:10-9:15 Found Down at Scene—Triage, Treat, and Transport
Dr. Veer Vithalani—EMS Triage, Treat and Transport
Dr. Charles Huggins—Emergency Room Arrival, Triage and Treat
Dr. Darren Kumar—STEMI Arrival, Triage and Treat
Dr. Robin Novakovic—Acute Stroke Arrival, Triage and Treat
9:15-10:15 Recognizing and Treating a Found Down Patient STEMI or Stroke
Physician Panel Discussion—Dr. Vithalani, Dr. Huggins, Dr. Kumar, Dr. Novakovic
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Pharmacy—Treating the Co-Diagnosis of Acute Stroke and STEMI
11:30-12:30 Special Topic—Mimics in Stroke and STEMI
Dr. Babak Rezaei—Stroke Mimics
Dr. Darren Kumar—STEMI Mimics
12:30-1:00 Question & Answer Session—Dr. Gerstle, Dr. Rezaei, Dr. Kumar
Evaluations & Wrap Up


Continuing Education


JPS Health Network is an approved provider with commendation of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity is approved for 4.5 contact hours of nursing continuing education.


Physician Accreditation

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of North Texas Health Science Center and JPS Health Network. The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Physician Credit Designation

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 4.5 hours of AOA Category 2A CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Directions & Parking

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building, at the corner of Main Street and Magnolia Avenue.


JPS Professional Office Complex
4th Floor Training Rooms
1350 S. Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76104



Contact Renee Potter, RN, DNV-GL CSC Stroke Coordinator: RPotter@jpshealth.org
Contact Lauri Speirs, RN, DNV-GL CSC Stroke Coordinator: LSpeirs@jpshealth.org
Contact Beth Reed, RN, Chest Pain Program Coordinator: EReed@jpshealth.org