Governor & CV Team Liaison Election Results

Dr. Donald Westerhausen Elected Indiana-ACC Governor/President

Donald R. Westerhausen, MD, FACC, medical director for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Heart Failure Clinic, and Anticoagulation Clinic at Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, Indiana, was recently elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) as the ACC Governor for Indiana. Dr. Westerhausen’s term as Governor-Elect will begin March 2018. He will concurrently serve as the President-Elect of the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. He will become Governor/President in March 2019.

In his position as a member of the Board of Governors, Dr. Westerhausen will join other elected Governors from across the country to facilitate communication between College leaders and their members in the state they represent. Dr. Westerhausen will provide input from the Indiana cardiology community to the College on issues related to legislative and regulatory concerns, practice needs, and needs to help members improve patient care.

As the Indiana Chapter President, he will also serve as the voice of the Indiana cardiology community when advising local and state government officials, media and other professional organizations on issues related to cardiovascular disease. Dr. Westerhausen will also work with the Indiana Chapter members to provide education, quality improvement activities, and avenues to influence legislative and regulatory issues affecting the practice of cardiology and quality patient care.


Constance Adams, MS, RN, CCNS, CCRN, Elected Indiana-ACC Cardiovascular Team Liaison

Constance Adams has been elected as the next Indiana-ACC Cardiovascular Team Liaison. Ms. Adams has been a cardiac nurse since 1985, and advanced practice nurse since 2009, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She is board certified as an Adult, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CCNS) since 2009. She has been in office-based general cardiology practice.

Since 2011, she has been involved with hospital-based program development as director of the Chest Pain Center and the Heart Failure programs. Her current role is as Clinical Quality Director for the Heart & Vascular Institute at The Methodist Hospitals, Inc., Gary and Merrillville, Indiana. She is the program coordinator for the annual Heart Failure Symposium (CME), which is presented simultaneously with a patient-focused “Living Well with Heart Failure” conference, which includes writing and managing numerous CME educational grants to fully fund the CME programs. She also oversees community outreach initiatives to promote awareness of cardiovascular health disparities for the Methodist service areas.

She has been a member of the ACC’s Cardiovascular Team (CVT) since 2011, and is on the CVT Section Communication Work Group. She is also a member of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN), and is an active member of the Patient Education committee. Constance Adams is board certified as an Adult, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist (CCNS) since 2009.