The Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Southern Ohio Medical Center has received re-certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). SOMC Cardiac Rehab was recognized for its commitment to improving a patient’s quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
“Cardiovascular programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (such as heart attacks, stents, angioplasty, open heart surgery, and congestive heart failure) recover faster and improve their quality of life,” Keri Imm, nurse manager of SOMC Cardiac Rehab, said. “Our programs incorporate exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.”
To receive AACVPR certification, the SOMC Cardiac Rehab program participated in an application process that required extensive documentation of its practices. AACVPR 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. Programs are reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.
Imm added that programs certified by the AACVPR are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. SOMC’s AACVRP certification is valid for three years.