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Cardiac rehab patient’s legacy lives on through gift
Contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health 630-312-7508

Hinsdale – For eight years, Western Springs resident Bob Burns actively participated in the cardiac rehabilitation program at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He was so committed to cardiac rehab that after he died April 25, 2009, at age 79, his wife, Liz, requested donations to that program in lieu of flowers.

Funds raised in Burns’ memory were matched by the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation, bringing in a total of $5,750 that was used to purchase a rowing machine and an elliptical trainer for the program. The machines are among the most popular exercise equipment featured at the outpatient rehab center, located at 222 E. Ogden Ave. in Hinsdale, according to Sandy Dixon, manager of cardiopulmonary rehab.

“It’s touching that the Burns family felt so strongly about our program to support it in this way,” Dixon said. “Our new cardiac rehab patients will never have the opportunity to meet Bob Burns but they will know how much he loved the program.”

After undergoing an angioplasty and receiving a stent in 2000, Burns exercised regularly at the rehab center and encouraged the other participants through his friendly banter and steady attendance. In addition, he volunteered in the hospital’s post-anesthesia care unit, also known as the PACU or recovery room. Funds raised in his memory also were used to purchase a flat-screen TV for the PACU employee lounge.

“Bob developed some wonderful friendships there – lifelong friends,” Liz Burns said, adding that she is both “amazed and humbled” that her family and friends generously contributed to a program that meant so much to her husband.

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. Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program recently received its third consecutive national certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), only one of 77 Illinois Hospitals to receive this certification.