Certification awarded to Oaklawn Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center

The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation has certified Oaklawn Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center, recognizing the hospital’s commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.


Nathan Burns, the center’s director, said his staff has worked since the unit’s inception in 2010 to meet the stringent standards and guidelines of the Chicago-based AACVPR program.


“It’s the gold standard for outpatient rehabilitation programs,” Burns said.


Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (for example, heart attacks and coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (for example, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and respiratory symptoms) recover faster and improve their quality of life.


Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.


“The certification is a great achievement for the staff,” Burns said. “It reinforces their commitment to providing excellent personal care to the patients they serve and aligns perfectly with Oaklawn’s vision of providing personalized high quality care and adds to the culture of Oaklawn excellence.”


“This is a major step forward for Oaklawn’s cardiopulmonary team,” said Oaklawn President Ginger Williams. “It’s another demonstration of our long-standing commitment to providing the best quality medical care to our community.”


Oaklawn’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center participated in a one-month application process, which required extensive documentation of the program’s practices. Respiratory therapists, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists and other care providers are involved in helping patients with cardiac problems or respiratory disease.


The 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 the AACVPR and other professional societies. The AACVPR National Certification Committee reviews each program and the AACVPR Board of Directors awards certification.


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.


Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from 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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