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11/24/09: Emerson Hospital cardiac rehabilitation program receives national certification

Emerson Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program was recently certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
AACVPR certification signifies that Emerson’s program meets the essential standards for quality patient care in cardiac rehabilitation, including exercise programming, risk factor education, psychosocial well-being, and nutrition.

The AACVPR program certification committee reviews each hospital program for adherence to standards. If the program is approved, the AACVPR Board of Directors issues a certificate, which is valid for three years. The certification process takes about 10 months from start to finish. The mission of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is to reduce morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research, and disease management.

“Ginny Dow, manager of cardiac rehabilitation, and her team submitted a substantial portfolio demonstrating 100% compliance with AACVPR standards in December 2008,” said Kevin Whitney, RN, MA, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Emerson Hospital. “Following a lengthy review process, we received notification in early September that we met the criteria for the three-year certification. The AACVPR is a national association whose mission, promoting health and preventing disease, is recognized as the gold standard. Congratulations to Ginny and her team for the excellent service they provide to our patients and for this outstanding achievement.”

A committed, multi-disciplinary team of caregivers, the Emerson Hospital cardiac rehabilitation team works closely with patients who are recovering from heart attacks, bypass surgery, or episodes of angina to effect behavioral changes during teachable moments, through supervised exercise and education. The cardiac rehabilitation team includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, a dietitian, a social worker, and exercise physiologists. The team works closely with patients to help them make decisions about their lifestyle. With monitored exercise, individual nutrition counseling, and weekly educational meetings for patients and family, the program’s components offer a comprehensive approach to heart health.

For more information on the cardiac rehabilitation program at Emerson, call (978) 287- 3732.