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JUL 2013

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Planning a healthcare meeting? Here are nine cities that are known for their medical assets. Information submitted by city CVBs & compiled by Marcia Bradford Houston Their Major Assets To Your Medical & Healthcare Meetings: Why They Are Especially Hot Right Now: How They've Made Their Mark on The Healthcare Industry: Which Medical Groups Are Meeting There: 12 ⎜ ConventionSouth Baltimore Macon, GA The Texas Medical Center (TMC) is the No. 1 cancer hospital in U.S. & largest medical complex in the world. TMC's Texas Heart Institute performs more heart surgeries than anywhere else in the world. TMC has the highest concentration of medical pros in the country. Home to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, both of which are leaders in healthcare education. Baltimore also ranks 6th nationally in concentration of healthcare services employment. The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) in Macon offers adult medicine, surgery, diagnostic, emergency & urgent care services. Its Children's Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric facility in Middle Georgia. Coliseum Health System includes two full-service medical-surgical hospitals and one psychiatric facility. Recent major openings include the Texas Children's Hospital's Pavilion for Women & new state-of-theart facility for labor and delivery services. The Texas Trauma Institute is also now open as part of the TMC campus. John Hopkins Hospital has a new $1.1 billion patient care building with two, 12story patient towers (560 all-private patient rooms, 33 state-of-the-art operating rooms, expansive new adult & pediatric emergency departments & the newest imaging facilities). One of the towers houses the new Johns Hopkins Children's Center. In 2012, MCCG & Care Logistics opened a new logistics hub to improve patient care & quality. The hub is where patients are accepted, placed & transferred & includes conference & teleconferencing space & a "Solutions Center" for weekly operational meetings. Houston's medical institutions rank high on the 2012 Hospital Rankings by U.S. News & World Report with the city named on the rankings numerous times. Of the mentions, the magazine ranks The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as the No. 1 hospital for cancer. Baltimore claims to be No. 1 for research and development funding, No. 2 for active physicians per 100,000 residents, No. 3 for best U.S. medical schools & No. 3 for best cancer hospital. Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins one of 7 U.S. sites where the Argus II implant will be available. MCCG recently received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care & was recognized by Becker's Hospital Review in their list of "100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs." Physicians at MCCG recently performed the hospital's 1,000th robotic procedure. The nation's first effective cervical cancer vaccine approved by Food and Drug Administration developed by University of Louisville Cancer researchers. The first self-contained mechanical heart ever implanted in the U.S. occurred in Louisville in 2001. The city also claims the nation's first hand transplant. Greater Houston CVB has partnered with the producers of MEDICA, the world's largest medical tradeshow, to launch a Houston-based North American branch in April 2014. The American Association of Clinical Chemistry is bringing 20,000 attendees to the George R. Brown Convention Center this summer. The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons held SAGES 2013 Postgraduate Course and Scientific Session at Baltimore Convention Center on April 17-20 of this year. The event brought in 2,300 attendees and accounted for 7,088 room nights. The Georgia Conference for Genetic Counselors, held in April at MCCG drew in 50 attendees from specialties such as cancer, pediatrics and prenatal care. The goal of the conference, one of the first of its kind in Georgia, was to create standards for state licensure. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine brought 1,200 attendees to Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) in 2012. The host hotels were the Marriott Louisville Downtown, the Hyatt Regency and the Seelbach Hilton. ⎜ J U LY 2 0 1 3 Louisville Louisville is a "World leader in Lifelong Wellness and Aging Care." The city also has nation's largest collection of headquarters in nursing home, rehabilitation, assisted living and home health administration. Nucleus: Kentucky's Life Sciences & Innovation Center LLC is set to open this year and will be the home of The Center for Lifelong Wellness and Aging Care & the International Center for Long Term Care Innovation, known as InnovateLTC. w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m

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