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SRMC Cardiac Program Certified


February 1, 2018


Members of the Sidney Regional Medical Center Cardiac Team, from left to right, are: Karen Lehmkuhler, RN; Kelly Price, RN; Vanessa Klingman, RN and Kristin Narjes, RT. The team recently earned national certification for their standard of care.

Sidney Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has announced the certification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). SRMC was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

"We are incredibly proud of our team and their efforts and appreciate their hard work to receive this certification," said Jason Petik, chief executive officer for SRMC.

Cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory symptoms,) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

The SRMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program 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.


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