The Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC) cardiovascular/pulmonary rehabilitation program has been awarded certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), a prestigious national organization headquartered in Chicago.
The certification is valid for a period of three years, and will be subject for renewal in 2018.
In a statement issued by AACVPR, the certifying organization said the national designation reaffirmed Hutchinson Regional Medical Center’s commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
AACVPR officials were especially complimentary of HRMC’s ability to rehab post cardiac stent and coronary artery bypass patients and for finding unique methods to treat others afflicted with pulmonary issues including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In addition, AACVPR officials lauded HRMC for developing programs to speed recovery and improve quality of life. Each of the HRMC programs includes a regimen of exercise, education, counseling with support for both patients and their families.
The certification was granted following a rigorous application process in which the HRMC Heart and Vascular staff provided extensive documentation of the program’s practices and procedures.
Following completion of the review process, the AACVPR Program Certification Committee voted favorably on the HRMC application as did the organization’s board of directors.
Ken Johnson, Interim President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, said the national certification is especially significant in that AACVPR-certified programs are the gold standard of the nation in assessing cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs.
“This national certification is the reward for three years of untiring efforts by a group of healthcare professionals who arrive at work every day with a goal to find a better way to perform their job with an end result of providing the best care possible for their patients,” Johnson said. “National certifications for hospital departments don’t just happen, but are the finest example of teamwork by a highly trained and dedicated staff.”
“Our cardiovascular/pulmonary rehabilitation programs rank with the best in Kansas and the nation and our staff is not resting on their laurels, but are seeking even better treatments for our patients dealing with these medical issues,” Johnson continued.
The AACVPR was founded in 1985 as 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.
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is an affiliate of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System. Other affiliates are Ray E. Dillon Living Center, Hospice and Homecare of Reno County, Horizons Mental Health Center, Health-E-Quip, and Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation.