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S&S Cardiac Rehab Program Recertified
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital (SSMH) has been awarded Program Re-Certification for its Cardiac Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). SSMH’s Cardiac Rehab program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks, coronary artery bypass surgery, angioplasty, stents, valve surgery, heart transplant or stable angina, recover faster and improve their quality of life. The program includes exercise, education, lifestyle modification, counseling and support for patients and their families.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Soldiers & Sailors opened on August 22, 1994. This is the fifth, 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 three to four 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 130 patients, and has served more than 1,250 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 SSMH next to the main hospital entrance during the major renovation/expansion project completed at the hospital in 2010.

The program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Certified AACVPR 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.

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

Founded in 1985, the AACVPR is a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability for 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.
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