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Cardiopulmonary rehab program re-certified

Bolingbrook – Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program recently received national re-certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The certification is effective for two years; Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital is one of only 83 Illinois hospitals to achieve this certification.


Cardiac rehabilitation programs are intended to reduce the risk for sudden death or relapse and control cardiac symptoms, as well as stabilize and/improve the patient’s condition. A pulmonary rehabilitation program should achieve and maintain a person’s highest level of independence in the community. Employees in the cardiac and pulmonary rehab departments are cross-trained to provide high-quality care to every patient.


“Excellent patient outcomes is our goal,” said Carl Burdinie, manager of the hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program. “For patients in our cardiac and pulmonary rehab programs, this means losing weight, improving quality of life, increasing daily activity, making better nutrition choices and reducing stress.”


For one year prior to certification, the hospital must self-audit and extensively document its programs and policies according to specific, measurable guidelines. The application is then rigorously reviewed at both the state and national level before certification is granted.


“This achievement highlights the ongoing importance of cardiac rehabilitation to the well-being and survival of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital’s cardiac patients,” said Dr. James McMahon, a cardiologist who treats patients at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.


In June, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital began offering Phase 1 cardiac rehab. Designed for patients who received a stent or other cardiac intervention, Phase 1 begins during the patient’s hospital stay and includes education and highly controlled exercises. It is followed by Phase 2 cardiac rehab, a 12-week monitored outpatient program.


Rick Mace, chief executive officer of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, congratulated the hospital’s physicians and staff for their dedication in attaining the re-certification.


“Being re-certified by the AACVPR is a major achievement and underscores our dedication to providing quality cardiac care in our community,” Mace said.


The AACVPR is a national, multi-disciplinary association dedicated to the improvement of clinical practice, promotion of scientific inquiry and the advancement of education for the benefit of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation professionals and the patients they serve. For more information, visit




Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit


Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,;  630-312-7508