Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital has been awarded Program Re-Certification for its Cardiac Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Certification recognizes those programs rigorously reviewed by a national board and found to meet the outlined essential requirements for standards of care.
Cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to limit the physiological and psychological effects of cardiac illness; reduce the risk for sudden death or relapse; control cardiac symptoms; stabilize and/or improve the patient’s condition, and enhance the patient’s quality of life.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Soldiers & Sailors opened on August 22, 1994. This is the fourth three-year certification the program has achieved.
Phase I of the program takes place in the hospital where the patient, who has had a heart attack, bypass surgery, angioplasty or stable angina, gradually increases activity, prepares for discharge and learns what is needed to continue with life after the cardiac event.
Phase II, the outpatient program, begins 3 to 4 weeks after discharge and lasts up to 12 weeks. In this program, the medical director and cardiac rehab nurses develop a specific exercise prescription for each participant. Three exercise sessions are scheduled each week, closely supervised by advanced cardiac life support nurses, and continuously monitored by EKG.
Phase III is a less formal, but supervised maintenance program that allows continuing exercise under the supervision of the trained cardiac staff.
The Soldiers & Sailors program currently serves approximately 150 patients currently, and has served more than 1,100 Phase II patients and many more Phase III patients, since its inception. The program has outgrown its space three times since it opened. The service was relocated to the ground floor of S&S next to the main hospital entrance during the major renovation/expansion project completed at the hospital earlier this year.
For more information on the Soldiers & Sailors Cardiac Rehab Program, a part of Finger Lakes Health, call (315) 531-2596, or visit our web site at www.flhealth.org.
The AACVPR is a national, multi-disciplinary association dedicated to the improvement of clinical practice, promotion of scientific inquiry, and advancement of education for the benefit of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation professionals and the patients they serve.