The Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs have successfully renewed their three-year certifications with the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
BMH participated in the one month application process which requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. The AACVPR reviews benchmarks such as best practice, program quality and improved patient outcomes to ensure a cardiac or pulmonary program meets its standards. It is the fourth time BMH has been evaluated since originally obtaining certification in 2002.
The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program staff is led by medical director Burton Tepfer, MD, and includes Jeff Harr, RCEP, Coordinator, Casey Blust, PTA and Karen Speranza. The programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g. heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, etc.) and pulmonary problems (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – COPD, respiratory symptoms, etc.) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.
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. Certified AACVPR programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.
For more information, contact BMH at 257-8331 or visit www.bmhvt.org.