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President's Message

July 2020

Dear PaACC Members:

It goes without saying that this COVID-19 crisis continues to cause pain and suffering, emotional stress for healthcare providers and essential workers, and financial stress for society. The ACC has not been spared - staff have been working from home and all of our previously-face-to-face meetings are "virtual" including the annual ACC Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, as well as our annual Pennsylvania Chapter Meeting in Harrisburg/Hershey. Sad. But necessary. 

That being said, we strongly encourage all of you to consider participating in both of these important meetings. Perhaps you have attended one or both in the past. Or, conversely, perhaps you’ve never been to either of them. This is your golden opportunity - you can participate in important meetings - in which you can hear about the latest issues and participate in policy decisions - from the comfort of your home! 

Please put these important dates on your calendar: 

ACC Legislative Conference - October 5-6

PaACC Town Hall - October 17

Legislative Conference is a great opportunity to learn about advocacy in general, to understand the specific cardiovascular issues on our radar and to discuss issues directly with legislators and staff. In 2017, our delegation had the honor of meeting Representative John Lewis - a civil rights giant and a true legend who recently passed away. The conference, in person or virtually, has always made a big impact on how we are viewed in Washington.

Dr. Waxler with John Lewis    PA delegation with John Lewis

An important date on our chapter calendar is our annual FIT jeopardy contest. As you may know, we usually have a lively competition every October in Harrisburg/Hershey; instead of our in-person competition, we are working hard on putting together a “virtual FIT competition”, and the ACC is standardizing it across the country. Have no fear, we will get it done this fall, stay tuned for further details.

Until next month,

Andy

Andrew R. Waxler, MD, FACC

President, PaACC

Governor, ACC, representing eastern PA

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