About

About MOKSACVPR

Founded in 1988, the Missouri/Kansas Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (MOKSACVPR) is a diverse professional organization for multidisciplinary health care providers who provide rehabilitation programs for persons with cardiac and pulmonary disease.

The organization is dedicated to the continued improvement of clinical practice and risk factor management, promotion of scientific research and dissemination of knowledge and education for the benefit of health care professionals and private and public sectors.

MOKSACVPR is an affiliate of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). For more information on AACVPR visit www.aacvpr.org.

MOKSACVPR was the recipient of the 2011 American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Outstanding Affiliate Award.

Objectives of the Organization

The Objectives of MOKSACVPR are:

  • Promoting excellence in delivery of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programming that meets the highest quality of current evidence-based standards and guidelines.
  • Providing superior continuing education opportunities for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation professionals.
  • Representing Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation interests at the local, state, regional, and national level.
  • Providing networking opportunities for healthcare professionals working in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
  • Providing relevant and valuable information and resources specific to Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation services.
  • Facilitating communication among healthcare professionals working in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
  • To support the efforts of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) and other organizations having professional interests similar to that of MOKSACVPR.
  • Partnering with other like-minded healthcare and professional organizations in promotion of Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
  • Increasing awareness of related healthcare and Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation services throughout Missouri and Kansas.

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Term: 2017-2018
Tedd Walsh, BS, ACSM CES, ACSM RCEP, CCRP
Supervisor, Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab
North Kansas City Hospital
2790 Clay Edwards Dr.
North Kansas City, Mo 64116
Telephone: 816-691-1575
Fax: 815-346-7575
tedd.walsh@nkch.org

PAST PRESIDENT

Term: 2017-2018
Amy Choitz, RN, BSN, CCRP
Cardiopulmonary Clinical Coordinator
The Center for Health Improvement
Hays Medical Center
2500 Canterbury Dr.
Hays, Kansas 67601
Telephone: 785- 623-5798
Fax: 785-623-5064
amy.choitz@haysmed.com

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Term: 2017-2018

Amy Choitz, RN, BSN, CCRP
Cardiopulmonary Clinical Coordinator
The Center for Health Improvement
Hays Medical Center
2500 Canterbury Dr.
Hays, Kansas 67601
Telephone: 785- 623-5798
Fax: 785-623-5064
amy.choitz@haysmed.com

SECRETARY

Term:  2016-2018
Tiffanie Holman, RN
Heart Failure Coordinator
Mercy Cardiopulmonary Rehab Cassville / Aurora
94 Main Street
Cassville, MO  65625
Telephone: 417-847-6080
Fax: 417-847-6026
Tiffanie.Holman@mercy.net  or
t-holman@live.com

TREASURER

Term: 2017-2018
Jennifer Newman, RN, CEN, cPT
Director of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
Lake Regional Health System
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
54 Hospital Drive
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Phone: 573-302-2282
Fax: 573-302-2251
jnewman@lakeregional.com

MEMBERSHIP CHAIRPERSON

Term: 2017-2018
Carolyn Beard, RN-BC, BSN
Wheeler Heart & Vascular Center
3800 South National
Springfield, MO 65897
Telephone: 417-269-0564
Fax: 417-269-2099
carolyn.beard@coxhealth.com

 MISSOURI MEMBER AT LARGE 

Term: 2017-2019
Tricia Walsh BS, ACSM RCEP, CCRP
7315 W. 54th Terr.
Overland Park, KS 66202
Telephone: (913) 302-3638
Work: 816-698-8840
tricia.walsh@hcamidwest.com

KANSAS MEMBER AT LARGE

Term: 2016-2018
Leann Dickson, RN, MdEd, BC
Lawrence Memorial Hospital
325 Main
Lawrence, KS 66049
Telephone: 785-505-2850
Fax: 785-505-2851
Leann.Dickson@lmh.org

PROGRAM CERTIFICATION CHAIRPERSON

Carolyn Beard, RN-BC, BSN
Wheeler Heart & Vascular Center
3800 South National
Springfield, MO 65897
Telephone: 417-269-0564
Fax: 417-269-2099
carolyn.beard@coxhealth.com

STANDARDS AND ISSUES CHAIRPERSON

Debra Dorshorst, RRT, MPH
St. John’s Hammons Heart Institute
Mercy Springfield Hammons Heart Institute
Springfield, MO 65804
Telephone: 417-820-5404
Fax: 417-820-8198
Debra.Dorshorst@mercy.net

NOMINATIONS COORDINATOR

Amy Choitz, RN, BSN
Cardiopulmonary Clinical Coordinator
The Center for Health Improvement
Hays Medical Center
2500 Canterbury Dr.
Hays, Kansas 67601
Telephone: 785- 623-5798
Fax: 785-623-5064
amy.choitz@haysmed.com

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Snizhana Hostyanska BS, CCRP
North Kansas City Hospital
929 Ne 108th Terr
Kansas City, Missouri 64155
Telephone: (816) 691-1575
Fax: (816) 346-7575
snizhana.hostyanska@nkch.org

WEBSITE COORDINATOR

Snizhana Hostyanska BS, CCRP
North Kansas City Hospital
929 Ne 108th Terr
Kansas City, Missouri 64155
Telephone: (816) 691-1575
Fax: (816) 346-7575
snizhana.hostyanska@nkch.org

EDUCATION COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON

Carolyn Beard, RN-BC, BSN
Wheeler Heart & Vascular Center
3800 South National
Springfield, MO 65897
Telephone: 417-269-0564
Fax: 417-269-2099
carolyn.beard@coxhealth.com

MOKSACVPR Sponsors

MOKSACVPR is grateful to the corporate sponsors who both demonstrate their commitment to the mission and vision of MOKSACVPR and provide funding to present the annual education conference. Corporate sponsorship of MOKSACVPR is for one year from date of the annual education conference. For additional information, please contact Leann Dickson, RN at leann.dickson@lmh.org or by fax at 785-505-2851.

Platinum Sponsor – $1000
Gold Sponsor – $750
Silver Sponsor – $500

Outstanding Member Award

THE MOKSACVPR Outstanding Member Award is presented annually to a nominee whose ideas, committee work, and/or leadership have benefited the organization in a significant way. A committee, consisting of a chair (the President or President-elect), all Board members, and the last award recipient are charged with selection of each year’s recipient. The Outstanding Member Award is presented at the annual MOKSACVPR education conference. The award recipient is honored with a recognition plaque and gift of a one-year membership to the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Eligibility criteria for the MOKSACVPR Outstanding Member Award include:
>Current member of MOKSACVPR in good standing
>MOKSACVPR member for a minimum of two years AACVPR member for minimum of one year.
>Currently active in a field related to Cardiovascular and/or Pulmonary Rehab
>Not a recipient of the award in the previous the past 3 years

Past MOKSACVPR Outstanding Member Recipients:
2017 Dawnie Ellison RRT
2016 Tedd Walsh BS, RCEP, CCRP
2015 Susan Hansen, RN
2014 Debra Hilton, RN, BSN
2013 Carolyn Beard, RN, BSN
2012 Cristy Baldwin, RN, BSN, FAACVPR
2011 Jan Foresman, RN, BBA, MSEd, FAACVPR, cWc, cHc
2010 James Gardner, MD
2009 Lyn Hegvik, RN, BSN
2008 Judy Korte, RN, BS
2007 Susan Hansen, RN, BSN, FAACVPR
2006 Val Kirby, RN
2005 Irvilene Gardner, RN, MSN
2004 Melissa Dinsmore, RRT, MPH
2003 Jan Foresman, RN, BBA, MS, FAACVPR, cWc
2002 Jeff Roitman, EdD, FACSM
2001 Tom LaFontaine, PhD, ACSM RCEP, FACSM, FAACVPR & Karen Call, MBA, PT, ACSM PD