JUL 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U L Y 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 18 Center," explained Moskowitz. Additionally, the Miami Convention Cen- ter, located next to the Hyatt Regency Miami, is "one of the community's most functional meeting, exhibit and entertainment venues," according to Moskowitz, who added that it is "designed to maximize convenience and flexi- bility, with 34 well-appointed meeting rooms," including a 444-seat auditorium and a 117-seat lecture hall for up to 5,000 attendees. Another venue for medical meetings is the recently redesigned Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC), adjacent to Miami Interna- tional Airport, adjoining the DoubleTree Hotel and the Miami International Merchandise Mart. "Minutes from downtown Miami, the MACC features 172,000 square feet of high-tech meeting, conference and trade-show space, including a 29,000-square-foot social catering ballroom (the second-largest in the region) and 100,000 square feet of exhibition and function space," said Moskowitz. He mentioned that "one of the facilities get- ting worldwide attention is Mount Sinai Med- ical Center, one of the state's first academic teaching hospitals, boasting world-renowned physicians, research programs and medical facilities. Continuously recognized in U.S. News & World Report as a leading facility for cardiology and heart surgery, the center has teamed up with Columbia University to build the Mount Sinai Heart Institute, featuring the best heart attack survival rate in Florida." Additionally, "the Mount Sinai Compre- hensive Cancer Center is the first in Florida to earn the Outstanding Achievement Award three consecutive times from the Commission on Cancer," said Moskowitz. A $205 million transformation, expected to be completed in 2018, will update Mount Sinai's existing facilities, double the size of the existing emergency room, and add an eight- story surgical tower and new observation unit, Moskowitz said. Branson, Mo. The bustling city of Branson is a great place for hosting medical meetings, offering top-notch facilities that medical organizations such as the Topeka, Kan.-based American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) use to host their events. One of these venues is Chateau on the Lake. When looking for a place that would stay within budget and offer holistic sur- roundings for its 2015 annual conference, Nicole Malcom, BSB-HRM, director of operations for AHNA, said she sought a space that would accommodate more than 500 attendees with a minimum of 38,000 square feet and at least 10 breakout rooms and two ballrooms. It also had to be close to nature, with woods and water nearby. She chose the peaceful Chateau on the Lake in Branson, which fit her needs perfectly. "This location was ideal because it met the minimum requirement of 38,000 square feet, natural surroundings, and food and beverage within our budget," Malcom said. Research Triangle, N.C. Anchored by three leading research univer- sities – North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – it's no wonder that Research Triangle is a top medical meetings destination. Also a part of the research component, North Carolina Cen- tral University in Durham is located close to Research Triangle Park and is home to the Bio- manufacturing Research Institute and Technol- ogy Enterprise (BRITE) Center for Excellence. With such a focus on research, medical and ► Hands-on sessions at AHNA Conference in Branson, Mo. MEDICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL MEETINGS AHNA Awards Ceremony

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