Directory of SCPC Accreditation Review Team

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care brings an elite team of professionals together who drive process improvement through accreditation for facilities and through education for healthcare professionals focused on cardiovascular care. Questions for our Accreditation Review Team may be directed to SCPC Customer Care.

  • Director of Accreditation Services, Abe Joseph, MS, MBA
  • Accreditation Conformance Research Manager, Beth Stokes, BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC
  • Accreditation Program Manager, Ruth Cantu, BSN, RN, AACC
  • Customer Service Specialist, Andrew Wente
  • Accreditation Coordinator, Carol Justus

Accreditation Service Line Team

Donna Hunn Accreditation Service Line Manager

Philip Beckley AF Service Line Specialist

Maghee Disch HF Service Line Specialist

Keri Morris ACS Service Line Specialist

Kathy Hess FSED Cardiac Care Service Line Specialist

Accreditation Review Team

SCPC reviewers are highly experienced clinicians whose sole focus is to help facilities identify processes that improve the care of the ACS patient through accreditation. Their mission is to approach each site visit in a collegial manner to break down barriers and engage in meaningful conversations with professionals at the facility. As experts in the care of the cardiac patient, SCPC's team of reviewers have accredited healthcare facilities worldwide. They have developed and maintained a collective knowledge of process improvement initiatives, best practices, and help educate facility personnel while onsite. Our Accreditation Review Team includes:

Michele Wood Accreditation Field Manager

Accreditation Review Specialists:

Michele Wood

Michele Wood
MSN, RN, CPHQ, AACC
AFM

Michele became the Society's Accreditation Field Manager in 2011, with oversight of SCPC Accreditation Review Specialists. She brings a diverse cardiac quality improvement, performance improvement, and data abstraction background. She has contributed to several publications on topics such as STEMI process improvement and the financial impacts of the STEMI process. She helped to develop the heart failure transition program at the hospital with which she was previously associated and had oversight of all cardiac clinical registries and reporting. In addition to her hospital background, she was a firefighter and EMT and volunteered in dispatch for 12 years.

Darice Allard

Darice Allard
MSA, RN, FABC, AACC, CPHQ

Darice brings 24 years of nursing leadership in the cardiovascular and neurosurgical arenas within the OhioHealth market. Since 2008 she has worked in several roles at the Society, providing management, educational, and reviewer expertise. She has earned her FABC designation noting her completion of an Executive Leadership Fellowship with the Advisory Board and is also CPHQ certified in healthcare quality.

Leela Beers

Leela Beers
MBA, BSBM, CVT, AACC, CCCC

Leela joined SCPC in September 2008. Leela has been a Chest Pain Coordinator leading teams to successful CPC Accreditation for Cycle's III and IV. Leela also serves as a CV service line leader in the Tampa Bay area and has opened several new cath labs, EP, OH, and TAVR services. Leela is the Cardiac Cath Lab v1 Accreditation co-chair, assisting in the development of essential components for SCPC's Cardiac Cath Lab v1 Accreditation.

Tracey Blevins

Tracey Blevins
MBA-HCM, BSN, RN, CNML, AACC, CCCC

Tracey joined SCPC in January 2015. She has more than 25 years of nursing experience in cardiovascular, emergency, staff development, critical transport, and CV management of critical care services. She was a participant of the Cath Lab Accreditation writing committee and 19th Congress planning committee. Tracey has taught the CPC v5 workshop and has been a Regional STEMI speaker. She was previously the Chest Pain Coordinator at UNC Healthcare in Chapel Hill, NC leading them to achieve Cycle IV Chest Pain Center Accreditation.

Kristy Chambers

Kristy Chambers
MSN, RN, AACC, CCCC

Kristy joined SCPC in February 2015. Prior to joining the Society, she was the Chest Pain Coordinator and Stroke Coordinator at Ogden Regional Medical Center where she served as chair for the HCA Mountain Division Cardiovascular Patient Care Coordinators Committee. She was a top 10 finalist for the Deputy Heart Attack Program with her Community and EMS Heart Attack Simulation Education Program. She is a TeamSTEPPS® master trainer and has years of experience in simulation education and training both nationally and internationally.

Anna Ek

Anna Ek
BSN, AACC, RN

Anna joined SCPC in 2007. Anna has a strong background in cardiac, surgical, and PACU nursing. She began her nursing career during the time of thrombolytic trials which ignited her longtime passion for cardiology. She is a strong advocate of EMS and the part they play in the pre-hospital care of the cardiac patient. In addition, Anna has a keen interest in induced hypothermia therapy and is working with the Society to research the effects of hypothermia therapy on the post-cardiac arrest patient. Anna is the in-house expert on drastically improved outcomes for the patient population because of therapeutic hypothermia treatments and "cooling centers."

Carolyn Ganoe

Carolyn Ganoe
BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC

Carolyn joined SCPC in January 2014 serving as an Accreditation Review Specialist for both Chest Pain Center (CPC) Accreditation and Heart Failure Accreditation. Prior to joining the Society, she was the Chest Pain Coordinator at Affinity Medical Center in Ohio leading them to achieve CPC Cycle III and Cycle IV CPC Accreditation with PCI.

Susan Inglis

Suzanne Inglis
MSN, BA, RN, FACHE

Suzanne joined SCPC as an Accreditation Review Specialist in April 2016. She previously served as Senior Vice-President of Clinical Services and CNO at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, OH. Her leadership experience has involved growth and expansion of facilities and cardiovascular service lines, project management, strategic planning and PI processes. Suzanne also holds a BA in English and women's studies. Suzanne has worked in many areas in her clinical career including, ICU, ED, Cath lab, EP lab and Post Angioplasty unit.

Robyn Keller

Robyn Keller
MS, RN, AACC, CCCC

Robyn has been a Registered Nurse since 1997 and was hired by SCPC in 2015. She began her career in the emergency department as a bedside nurse. She has obtained several trauma certifications for both adult and pediatric population groups as well as a certification for emergency nurses. Robyn has worked in several different facilities, managed a rural emergency department in her hometown in Virginia, and has worked in two major trauma centers. She has experience in the surgical area as both a scrub nurse and circulating nurse. Prior to joining the Society, she was the STEMI coordinator for a receiving hospital with a large academic facility. Robyn has taught EMS how to accurately differentiate and diagnose a STEMI from the field; how to appropriately activate the STEMI system, and has provided guidance and management oversight for EMS agencies and referring facilities transferring cardiac patients to a tertiary care center for treatment. In addition, she has many years of experience with data abstraction and data entry for national registries.

Deb Koeppen

Deb Koeppen
BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC

Deb is one of the founding clinical members of SCPC. She has served in many roles within the organization including that of Director of Marketing and Business Development. As the Business Development Director she worked to broaden SCPC's reach into the international arena and continues that work today. Deb is an accomplished speaker and course director with a focus on process improvement and observation medicine.

Kay Styer Melching

Kay Styer Melching
MSA, BSN, RN, CPHQ, AACC, COS

Kay is our most senior Accreditation Review Specialist. Kay has been a writing committee member for many of the Society's books and research studies. Kay was instrumental in the early development of the AF, HF, International CPC, and Mission: Lifeline® Accreditations as well the Observation Specialist and Cardiovascular Care Coordinator Certifications. Kay is the Society's expert for observation services and leads its observation initiatives. Kay has been a presenter at several national conferences including ENA, Nevada AHA conference, and the Michigan ACEP Observation Conference among others.

Noemi Melendres-Wozny

Noemi Melendres-Wozny
BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC

Noemi joined SCPC in January 2012 bringing extensive experience in cardiovascular care in the areas of clinical practice, administration, and business development. As an administrator, she established a comprehensive outpatient cardiovascular center with a cardiac cath lab. As a health system clinical manager, she developed the stroke and women & heart disease programs. She also initiated and managed cardiac rehab programs. As a consultant, Noemi has assisted cardiologists and neurosurgeons with practice start-up and management. She has worked as a regional cardiac manager for a major diagnostic company, where she provided hospitals cardiac-related education, guidance on LEAN process improvement and prepared 26 hospitals for Chest Pain Center Accreditation.

Marie Nicholls

K. Marie Nicholls
BSN, RN-BC, CVRN, AACC

Marie joined the Society in 2015. She has an extensive background in clinical cardiology and emergency medicine. With a Board Specialty Certification in Cardiovascular Nursing, she brings a unique skill set to the Society's Accreditation team. Prior to joining the SCPC, she was a patient research educator for myocardial ischemia at Summa Health Systems in Akron, OH. While at Summa, she was a leading team member in the development and implementation of cardiovascular process improvement, formation and implementation of STEMI policy and procedures, a cardiac patient and staff educator, and an ACLS instructor. She has experience in electrophysiology and device interrogations. Marie was the site manager for the NCDR Clinical Registries and an active participant in the accreditation processes for CPC Cycle IV and Mission: Lifeline® 2014 STEMI Receiving Center Accreditation.

Susan Perrier

Susan Perrier
MS, RN, AACC

Susan joined the Society in 2013. She was previously an SCPC affiliate that supported the Society through a healthcare vendor partnership for several years. As a cardiovascular advanced practice nurse her experience includes healthcare administration, advanced nursing education, critical and emergency care nursing, project management, healthcare diagnostics consultative services, and cardiac rehab services.

Deborah Washington

Deborah Washington
BSN, RN-BC, AACC, CCCC

Deborah joined SCPC in February 2015, recently taking the role of ARS for Mission: Lifeline® Accreditation. She served on the writing committee for the Cardiac Cath Lab v1 Accreditation platform in 2015-2016. Deb has been a Certified Cardiovascular Care Coordinator (C4) since the C4 course was first offered in 2011. She has a background in emergency medicine, sexual assault/domestic violence care, cardiology with cath lab experience, and provides leadership and guidance as a chest pain coordinator. Deb led her previous employer's ED team to Chest Pain Center (CPC) Accreditation for Cycle III in 2010 and 2013. She also facilitated the CPC Accreditation for three other system hospitals in 2013.

Kevin Wehrle

Kevin Wehrle
RN, AAC

Kevin has been associated with SCPC since 2007. Prior to joining the Society, he worked for Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, Ohio. While at that facility, he was a staff nurse/charge nurse within the ICU as well as the Cath Lab and eventually became the Manager of the Cardiovascular Service Line that included the cath lab, cardiac rehab, stress testing department, and the non-invasive vascular lab. He was part of the steering committee that developed a full interventional STEMI program with open heart surgery as a backup.

Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe
BSN, RN, AACC, CHFN, CCRN, CCCC

Debbie joined the Society in 2015 after 27 years in the hospital setting. Her nursing career has included roles as bedside critical care nurse as well as critical care educator, heart failure coordinator/inpatient and outpatient; she has also managed quality measures surrounding the MI patient. Debbie has been a member of AAHFN since its inception and carries CHFN credentials. In 2013, she was awarded Cleveland, Ohio's Faces of Care award.

Accreditation Service Line Team

Donna Hunn

Donna Hunn
MSc, RN, MAN, ANP-C, AACC
Accreditation Clinical Manager

Donna has an extensive background in clinical cardiology, cardiovascular research and academia. As an Adult Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science degree in Cardiology, she brings a unique skill set to the Society's Accreditation team and is responsible for the oversight of all service lines as well as SCPC's external and internal educational offerings. Donna joined SCPC in 2011

Phil Beckley

Philip D. Beckley
PhD, AACC
AF Service Line Specialist

Phil is the Atrial Fibrillation Service Line Specialist for SCPC. Phil has participated in all Atrial Fibrillation writing committees and teaches AF workshops. He joined the Society in 2008 with a clinical background in cardiopulmonary perfusion. He served as the Perfusion Education Program Director at The Ohio State University for two decades, and is currently appointed as Emeritus faculty in the College of Medicine. With his doctorate in Physiology, Phil's research and publications focused primarily on the effects of artificial circulation devices on the cardio-respiratory system.

Maghee Disch

Maghee Disch
MSN, RN, CNL, CHFN, AACC
HF Service Line Specialist

Maghee is the Heart Failure Service Line Specialist for SCPC. Maghee participated in the Heart Failure v3 Accreditation writing committee and teaches HF workshops. She joined SCPC in 2013, after serving as the Clinical Nurse Leader for the Heart Failure Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Her experience at Ohio State included work as a Staff Nurse/Charge Nurse within the Heart Failure, Transplant and LVAD populations.

Kathy Hess

Kathy Hess
MS, RN, AACC
Service Line Specialist

Kathy is the FreeStanding ED Cardiac Care Service Line Specialist. She joined SCPC in 2011, bringing a diverse critical care, clinical and leadership background that included the coordinator role in a cardiac catheterization department housing four labs. In addition, she served as a member of a cardiovascular management team that expanded its heart services program from diagnostic catheterizations to cardiac interventional procedures with on-site CABG capabilities.

Keri Morris

Keri Morris
BSN, RN, AACC, CCCC
ACS Service Line Specialist

Keri joined SCPC in April 2012 serving as an Accreditation Review Specialist for both CPC Accreditation and Mission: Lifeline.® She became the Chest Pain Center (CPC) Service Line Specialist for SCPC in 2015. Keri participated in the CPC v5 writing committee, serves as C4 faculty, and teaches CPC workshops. Prior to joining SCPC, she was the Chest Pain Coordinator at Methodist Germantown Hospital (located near Memphis, TN) leading them to achieve CPC Cycle II and Cycle IV Accreditations as well as TJC AMI and stroke disease specific certification. She also developed and implemented a hypothermia protocol at that facility.