Fairfield Medical Center
Public Relations Specialist
LANCASTER, OH (February 21, 2013) – Fairfield Medical Center is proud to announce the certification of its cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
Back row: Christina Siemer-Harley, B.S.N., R.N., B.C.; Mary Fornadley, R.N.; Kelly Marion, M.S.N., R.N., N.E.-B.C.; Dr. P. Aryeh Cohen; Dr. Richard Bardales; Brandon Phoenix, C.R.T.; and Noelle Pierce, M.S. Front row: Teresa Horn, M.S.; Christy Olive, B.S.N., R.N.; and Karmen Armstrong-Bolton, B.S. Not pictured: Jennifer Turner, B.S.N., R.N., B.C.; Misty Russell, M.S.; Fallon Magdich-Ritchey, B.S.N., R.N., B.C.; Aimee Mitchell, B.S.N., R.N., B.C.; and Brittany Meszaros, R.N., B.S.N.
Fairfield Medical Center was recognized because of its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. “We are very fortunate to have a cardiovascular and pulmonary rehab gym on campus at FMC,” said Dr. Aryeh Cohen, FMC cardiothoracic surgeon. “Upon discharge patients still need monitoring and encouragement through physical activity and our staff are there with them every step of the way.”
Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks and coronary artery bypass graft surgery, and pulmonary problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – (COPD) and respiratory symptoms. Patients who go through Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab recover faster, thus improving their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.
Fairfield Medical Center cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.
Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.
Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.
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