|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 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.
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