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Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation receives AACVPR accreditation

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fort HealthCare is pleased to announce that it has been granted a consecutive three-year accreditation through the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification demonstrates Fort HealthCare’s commitment to meet exceptional standards of patient care within its cardiopulmonary rehab program. Certified programs demonstrate the ability to improve standards of care and meet essential national standards.

AACVPR certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual cardiopulmonary rehab programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed by the AACVPR and other related professional societies. As part of the accrediting process, programs must submit documentation, including patient and program outcomes, as well as follow-up outcomes after discharge. This means that positive patient outcomes are required for certification.

As an AACVPR-accredited facility, Fort HealthCare has undergone this rigorous review process repeatedly and has been consistently successful in obtaining the recognition. “Fort HealthCare is honored to again receive this accreditation. It shows our commitment to a strong rehabilitation program that requires physicians and staff to perform at a high level,” said Lisa Michaels-Bilgrien, coordinator of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. “Our patients can be assured that they are receiving specialized, comprehensive care which is recognized at a national level.”

The accreditation process encourages cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs to employ the highest standard of practice. Participation requires a multidisciplinary program that addresses many patient needs affecting their pulmonary condition such as nutritional, psychosocial, physical and educational needs.

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