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Donation Supports New Equipment
A recent donation to the Finger Lakes Health Foundation by Corinne Stork of Penn Yan has made possible two new pieces of exercise equipment for the Cardiac Rehab program at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital.

The NuStep® recumbent cross trainer and the Orbi-Linear™ trainer were purchased through the gift.

The NuStep is a stepper on which patients sit, rather than stand, to exercise. The new unit provides a second seated stepper for use in the program, where the apparatus is one of the most used pieces of exercise equipment. “Patients at all fitness levels can benefit from using this piece of equipment,” explained Marlene Bergstresser, RN, BSN, cardiac rehab nurse.

Likewise, the Orbi-Linear™ trainer, a recumbent elliptical machine, is a favorite apparatus of the Cardiac Rehab patients. “By having the second recumbent elliptical, more of our patients will have the opportunity to exercise on this aerobic piece of equipment,” Bergstresser said.

The Soldiers and Sailors Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides a supervised exercise program for people who have experienced a heart-related medical problem. Each patient has an exercise regimen designed by the medical director and cardiac rehab nurses to meet his or her specific needs. Since the program’s inception in 1994, SSMH’s Cardiac Rehab unit has provided exercise and education to more than 1,600 participants. The program currently serves approximately 130 patients three times a week.

Corry Stork’s late husband, Don, was a patient in the Cardiac Rehab for several years. She commented, “My husband loved coming here and he loved the staff. It was like a big club. It was a favorite spot for him, so I wanted to do something to make it better for the current patients.”

Lara Chatel Turbide, executive director of the Finger Lakes Health Foundation and vice president, Community Services for Finger Lakes Health, commented on the contribution saying, “The patients of Soldiers & Sailors are so fortunate to have benefitted from the generosity and community-mindedness of the Stork family for many years. We truly appreciate Mrs. Stork’s generosity and her forethought in designating the gift for the Cardiac Rehab program – an important service we provide for our community.”

Turbide noted that contributions to the Finger Lakes Health Foundation can always be designated by the donor for specific entities and to support specific departments in the health system.

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