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Published on October 18, 2016

Asante Cardiac Rehabilitation Program certified by an industry leaderAmerican Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The cardiac rehabilitation program at Asante Rogue Regional has received national recognition for its quality care of our community’s heart patients.

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation certified the hospital’s cardiac rehab program for its commitment to helping people with heart problems recover faster and improve their quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.

“Cardiac rehabilitation is a very effective means of preventing repeat heart attacks, guiding patients post-heart surgery, and helping people with heart disease make lifestyle changes to thrive,” said Beth Coker, MA, manager of cardiac rehabilitation services at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. “By providing supervision, guidance, monitoring and education, patients recovering from heart events have been highly successful in positively changing their lives.”

To become certified, the cardiac rehabilitation staff members completed an application process requiring extensive documentation of the program’s practices. The certification is valid for three years.

“The AACVPR certification is truly a vote of confidence, both for our patients and for the providers who refer their patients to us,” said cardiologist Rick Schaefer, MD, medical director of Asante’s cardiac rehabilitation program. “They can be assured that patients are receiving state-of-the-art care as they take an extremely important step in their recovery following a heart attack, heart surgery or diagnosis of heart disease.”

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.

Founded in 1985, AACVPR 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.

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