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Fort HealthCare Cardiac Rehabilitation Program receives renewed certification

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fort HealthCare is pleased to announce the recertification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). With this accreditation, Fort HealthCare is again recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of patient care.

AACVPR certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed for individual cardiopulmonary rehab programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed by the AACVPR and other related professional societies. As part of the accreditation process, each program must submit extensive documentation of the program’s practices, including patient and program outcomes, as well as follow-up outcomes after patient discharge. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR National Certification Committee and certification is awarded by the organization’s Board of Directors. Fort HealthCare has undergone this rigorous application and review process since 2005, and has received accreditation at each review. Certification is valid for three years.
AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. “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 Fort HealthCare Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is similarly certified. The combined cardiac and pulmonary service of the Fort HealthCare Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program helps persons with cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and coronary artery bypass graft surgery, as well as pulmonary problems including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.

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