Thousands of lives are saved every day, by the dedicated work of the healthcare professionals in Cardiovascular-Thoracic (CVT) Critical Care. Despite medical progress, there is a growing crisis due to a shortage of professionals trained in CVT Critical Care.

FACTS-Care, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) foundation, was created to address this crisis and to take CVT Critical Care to the next level of excellence. FACTS-Care provides multi-disciplinary educational activities to train CVT Critical Care professionals, increase expertise, and promote medical practice safety. The CVT Critical Care Team includes: surgeons, interventionalists, intensivists, critical care nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, perfusionists, pharmacists, and respiratory therapists.

The Foundation for the Advancement of Cardio Thoracic Surgical Care (FACTS-Care) would like to acknowledge the following for their membership of the FACTS-Care Council for Excellence in CVT Critical Care:

Edwards Lifesciences  
Abbott Point of Care  
Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc.  
Astute Medical  
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals  

FACTS-Care gratefully acknowledges that the first founding member of the Council is Edwards Lifesciences, a long-standing leading company in cardiovascular healthcare.

Council Membership Information


The Council for Excellence in CVT Critical Care is a group of health care organizations and companies that work with FACTS-Care to make possible the finest CVT Critical Care. The goal is to provide multi-disciplinary members of CVT critical care teams with information about latest concepts, protocols, technology and pharmacology in order to increase the patient’s speed of recovery, safety, and comfort.

FACTS-Care brings together: surgeons, interventionalists, intensivists, anesthesiologists, critical care nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, cath lab professionals, perfusionists, pharmacists, nutritionists, and respiratory therapists. 

The Council assists FACTS-Care to develop new educational strategies and provides timely information on key operational and policy challenges facing continuing medical education (CME) programs.




The Council members consist of companies and organizations that are world leaders in cardiovascular-thoracic health care and are strong advocates of excellence in patient care. The Council was founded in 2009 with the initial support of Edwards Lifesciences. 

The Council holds annual meetings and interim conference calls to develop educational strategies to address:

  • Changes in government policies that affect Academic-Industrial Partnerships and CME programs.
  • Incorporation of Medical Simulation / Innovative Educational Technology in critical care conferences.

Membership Benefits

  • Participation in the FACTS-Care Focus Group
    • Held the first evening of the Annual Meeting in a large conference room at the Hotel
    • Meet with a selected group of CVT Critical Care leaders in a non-CME setting.
    • Exchange ideas related to Product Development with key CVT Critical Care decision-makers in order to develop new “Bedside to Bench to Bedside” ideas.
    • Learn about important Educational &Training needs
  • Council member logo on FACTS-Care Website with linkage to the member website, so FACTS-Care constituents have access to clinically relevant information.
  • Recognize member support of FACTS-Care’s educational programs through marketing materials distributed to thousands of conference contacts across the country and around the world
  • Help in saving lives by making possible the finest Cardiovascular-Thoracic Critical Care 

Membership Level Support

In recognition of the important role organizations and companies have in FACTS-Care’s Council for Excellence in CVT Critical Care, the membership structure is comprised of three leadership levels:

Platinum, Gold, and Silver              

Membership level will be highlighted in the Conference marketing materials and signage, and on the FACTS-Care web site. The extent of Product Development discussion with participation in the Focus Group will be based on the Membership Level.          

For more information, please contact Nevin M. Katz, MD or Mowahib F. Vermillion, or call 703-992-9948.


Click here to view the full Council for Excellence Brochure


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