Published on October 14, 2015

Cardiac Rehab Program at Mercy Fitzgerald Earns Certification

aacvpr logoDarby (October 14, 2015): Mercy Fitzgerald is proud to announce that its cardiac rehabilitation program has once again been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

“Recognition by an industry leader such as the AACVPR is a testament to the commitment of our heart and vascular team to improving the quality of life of our patients,” says Executive Director Susan Cusack.

The cardiac rehabilitation program at Mercy Fitzgerald has been certified since 2009. As part of the Mercy Heart and Vascular program, cardiac rehabilitation helps patients manage their heart condition or recover from heart episodes, such as angina, angioplasty/stents, coronary artery bypass surgery, congestive heart failure, heart attack, heart transplant and valve disorders.

A team of cardiologists, cardiac care nurses, physical therapists and exercise physiologists work together to teach patients how to keep their hearts healthy by recognizing risk factors, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program and modifying their lifestyle.

The team 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.