Mercy Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehab Program Earns Re-Certification

News Release: February 16, 2015


Mercy Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehab Program Earns Re-Certification


Chicago, IL:  – Mercy Hospital is proud to announce the re-certification of its pulmonary rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Mercy was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.


Pulmonary and cardiovascular rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], pulmonary hypertension) and cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) recover faster and improve their quality of life.


“Patients receive the best of care learning skills to enable them and maintain and optimize their functional capacity and attain a high level of independence and reduce the shortness of breath with these activities. Exercise is the key to building strength and endurance and reducing shortness of breath,” said Linda Thompson, Registered Respiratory Therapist, Pulmonary Rehab Coordinator at Mercy. “A wide variety of patients have successfully participated in Mercy’s program, including lung transplant recipients, lung cancer survivors, patients with pulmonary fibrosis,COPD and asthmatics."


Mercy’s pulmonary rehab program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review 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. AACVPR-certified 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. Mercy was originally certified in 2008.



About Mercy Hospital & Medical Center
Mercy Hospital is a member of Trinity Health, which is the new health ministry formed by the consolidation of Trinity Health and Catholic Health East. Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Chicago’s first teaching hospital, has served Chicago for over 160 years. With 320 staffed beds, Mercy is a Level II Trauma Center, complete with a comprehensive network including the Mercy Family Health Center, a look-alike Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), the Mercy Foundation, Inc., the philanthropic arm of the hospital, eleven auxiliary care facilities, MercyWorks occupational health program, and two school-based health centers in Wendell Phillips and Dunbar Vocational Career Academies. Mercy has a teaching affiliation with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago. Mercy’s commitment to quality is demonstrated through our numerous accreditations, distinctions and designations including: a superior Cardiovascular Institute with an Accredited Chest Pain Center, a certified Stroke Center; a Diabetes Treatment Center and leading Cancer Center, both accredited for excellence. Mercy is also the first hospital in Chicago to have an FDA-approved carotid artery stenting procedure as well as the first to perform Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site surgeries.  To learn more about Mercy Hospital, visit


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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