Providing Cardiac Care Education since 1984.

Vermont Cardiac Network

The Vermont Cardiac Network (VCN) is an independent group of physicians and nurses who meet three times per year in conference venue, to obtain continuing education, disseminate knowledge, and exchange information and ideas about cardiac care. VCN grew out of a task force assembled in 1981 by the Vermont Health Policy Corporation and the Vermont Department of Health to study cardiac care in the state. Incorporated into a 501(c)(3) organization in 1984, its mission is to assure the cardiac health status of Vermonters and other nearby residents.

The VCN board of directors play an integral role in the success of the organization. They are responsible for the program planning of each of the three conferences held each year. Moving around the state, the Network presents their conferences in the winter (early/mid February), spring (late April/early May) and fall (late September/early October). Input from past attendees is taken into account in the planning of future programs.

There is no charge to belong to the Network. Attendance at a conference or signing on to our mailing list constitutes automatic membership. It’s that easy! Over the years, health care professionals beyond physicians and nurses have benefited by attending our conferences. Committed to keeping registration fees affordable for all, VCN benefits from the annual support of The University of Vermont Health Network and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.


Daniel O’Rourke, MD, MS, MA President/Treasurer
Veterans Administration Medical Center

Cheryl Calhoun, BSN, RN, CCRN
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Hart Clinical Consultants

Kristen Frechette, BS, RN
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Michelle Gorman, RN
University of Vermont Medical Center

Shirley MacLean-Defoe, BSN, RN
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Karen McKenny, BSN, RN
University of Vermont Medical Center

Mickey Straw, MN, ARNP
Veterans Administration Medical Center

Barbara Wells, RN, BSN
Retired, formerly Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Joan Wheeler, RN, CDE
North Country Hospital

Julie Nelson Basol
Executive Director