HMP Holdings Acquires The Amputation Prevention Symposium (AMP)

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Leader in healthcare communications adds innovative, annual CME meeting, further strengthens growing cardiology, vascular and wound care brands

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Simply put, the AMP Symposium, and the work done by Dr. Mustapha and his colleagues, saves lives. This meeting embodies many of the same qualities we hold true, including a strong commitment towards elevating patient outcomes far beyond the status quo.

HMP Communications Holdings, LLC (HMP), a leader in healthcare communications and education, announced today its acquisition of the Amputation Prevention Symposium (AMP), the nation’s only medical conference designed for health care providers dedicated to preventing critical limb ischemia and lower limb amputation due to vascular disorders. The 5-year-old meeting joins HMP’s growing family of innovative, evidence-based publications and CME activities across therapeutic fields such as vascular disease management, cardiology, podiatry and wound care.

There are nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States and among those, the main cause is vascular disease (54%) – including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease.(1) Nearly half of the individuals who have an amputation due to vascular disease will die within 5 years and this is higher than the five year mortality rates for breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.(2) Of persons with diabetes who have a lower extremity amputation, up to 55% will require amputation of the second leg within 2‐3 years.(3)

The AMP Symposium, held from August 12-15, 2015 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, brings together the entire limb preservation team, including vascular and general surgeons, interventional and general cardiologists, primary care physicians, interventional radiologists, podiatrists, wound care specialists, nurses, and allied vascular and cardiac cath technologists. AMP will also serve as host to concurrent meetings for the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists (ACCWS) and the Save A Leg Save A Life (SALSAL) Foundation.

"We started AMP with the goal of providing every physician the opportunity to embrace innovation and the vital role emerging therapies play in preventing amputations,” said Jihad A. Mustapha, MD, FACC, FSCAI, founder and course director of AMP. “We are excited to bring our program to HMP, an organization dedicated to delivering quality medical education, so that we may further expand our reach and fulfill our mission as a live meeting.”

Typically drawing an upwards of 700 attendees, AMP will be added to HMP’s impressive live meeting portfolio that includes the nation’s largest conference for wound care professionals, the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), the primary care-focused Cardiometabolic Risk Summit (CRS), as well as the nation’s largest independent psychiatry meeting, the U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress (Psych Congress).

“Simply put, the AMP Symposium, and the work done by Dr. Mustapha and his colleagues, saves lives. This meeting embodies many of the same qualities we hold true, including a strong commitment towards elevating patient outcomes far beyond the status quo,” said Jeff Hennessy, chairman and chief executive officer, HMP Communications Holdings. “We admire Dr. Mustapha’s passion and dedication to limb preservation and believe AMP to be an incredible fit for our organization.”

For more information regarding AMP registration and meeting schedule/agenda please go to http://www.amptheclimeeting.com/. Learn about the AMP Lectures, Live Cases, Summits, Workshops and Symposia that meet the varied educational needs of all limb preservation team members from surgeons to allied professionals.

ABOUT HMP COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, LLC
HMP Communications Holdings, LLC (HMP), a collaborative formed by HMP Communications, LLC and North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC (NACCME), is a leader and innovator in healthcare communications. The company produces some of the industry’s most well respected journals, multimedia, live events and accredited continuing education (CE) programs. HMP distributes award-winning content across a wide spectrum of healthcare audiences who can access its brands anywhere, everywhere, at any time. For more information, visit http://www.hmpholdings.com.

1. Ziegler‐Graham K, MacKenzie EJ, Ephraim PL, Travison TG, Brookmeyer R. Estimating the Prevalence of Limb Loss in the United States: 2005 to 2050. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation2008;89(3):422‐9.
2. Robbins JM, Strauss G, Aron D, Long J, Kuba J, Kaplan Y. Mortality Rates and Diabetic Foot Ulcers. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association2008 November 1, 2008;98(6):489‐93.
3. Pandian G, Hamid F, Hammond M. Rehabilitation of the Patient with Peripheral Vascular Disease and Diabetic Foot Problems. In: DeLisa JA, Gans BM, editors. Philadelphia: Lippincott‐Raven; 1998.

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