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Published on September 29, 2014

UHS Cardiac Rehabilitation Program certified by industry leader

The UHS Cardiac Rehabilitation Program recently earned another three-year certification for adherence to national guidelines from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).  This is the fourth time since 2004 the program has earned this distinction.

Linda Wasser, UHS Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Director, affirmed the significance of this certification, calling it “the gold standard for cardiac rehabilitation programs.” She stated, “To achieve and maintain this level of accreditation ensures that we are providing a high quality service for every patient, every day.”

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a medically supervised program for patients who have experienced any type of heart condition.  Its goal is to stabilize, slow or even reverse the progression of cardiovascular disease.  Medical research shows that an effective cardiac rehabilitation program can reduce mortality, help patients to recover more quickly and improve their physical, mental and social functioning.

As part of the certification process, AACVPR reviews a 12-month program history of clinical, behavioral, nutritional and service outcomes to track improvements in patients’ overall health and fitness after completing the rehabilitation program.  The lengthy certification application process requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices.  The certifying body evaluates the quality of the facility and program staff credentials as well as their adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies.

The UHS Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has served thousands of residents in the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Pennsylvania since 1977.  Located on the UHS Binghamton General Hospital campus, the program is staffed with a dedicated team of cardiac care nurses and exercise physiologists with special training in cardiac rehabilitation and equipped with a state-of-the-art cardiac rehab monitoring system and top-of-the-line exercise equipment.  

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.