The Chicago-based Society for Vascular Surgery will relocate its headquarters to Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, as of March 1, 2019. The SVS http://www.vascular.org/ is an international, not-for-profit professional medical society, serving specialty-trained vascular surgeons and allied professionals.
The new headquarters includes access to a surgical simulation center where surgeons can hone their skills on the latest endovascular procedures and maintain their open surgery skills. The new space is nearly twice the size of the current main office (just north of Chicago's Loop) and will have room for future expansion. The SVS Foundation and the SVS Patient Safety Organization also share SVS' workspace. Additionally, the SVS provides management services for the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery, the Society for Vascular Nursing and the Delaware Valley Vascular Society.
The move was necessary because the programmatic and mission work of the SVS is expanding, along with its global footprint in vascular health and quality. Chicago-based staffing has increased significantly in the past few years to keep pace with growth and new opportunities, said SVS Executive Director Kenneth M. Slaw, PhD.
The new SVS headquarters will serve the Society's vascular surgeons across the country and around the world, noted SVS President Dr. Michel S. Makaroun, and its location, 10 minutes from the airport, will be convenient for meeting attendees. It also will allow for additional programming to meet the future needs of vascular surgeons, including ongoing training.
"In 10 to 20 years," Dr. Makaroun said, "we will be a different organization because of this space. We will be working collaboratively with vascular societies, medical societies and health organizations in a whole new way as well."
SVS also is expanding its educational programs, including adding an online learning management system that will deliver educational and training programs and will administer, document and track the programs, he said.
"Our new headquarters will help the Society keep pace with the specialty," said Dr. Makaroun. "We are extremely proud of this growth and the leading role our surgeons continue to play in preventing, treating and managing circulatory disease."
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed of specialty-trained vascular surgeons and professionals, which seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research and public awareness.