October 07, 2009
Cardiopulmonary rehab program re-certified
Hinsdale – Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program recently received its third consecutive national certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is one of only 77 Illinois hospitals to receive 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 Sandy Dixon, manager of the hospital’s cardiopulmonary 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 Hinsdale Hospital’s cardiac patients,” said Dr. Paul D. Ryan, medical director of non-interventional cardiology.
David L. Crane, Chief Executive Officer of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, congratulated the hospital’s physicians and staff for their dedication in attaining the re-certification.
“Achieving this re-certification underscores our dedication to providing world-class cardiac care right in our community,” Crane 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.