CHI Health St. Francis Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader

(left to right) The cardiovascular rehabilitation team at CHI Health St. Francis includes Peggy Helms, LPN-C; Seann Julian, RRT; Joan Jakubowski, RN, BSN and supervisor Kathy Lierman, RN, BSN.

(left to right) The cardiovascular rehabilitation team at CHI Health St. Francis includes Peggy Helms, LPN-C; Seann Julian, RRT; Joan Jakubowski, RN, BSN and supervisor Kathy Lierman, RN, BSN.

CHI Health St. Francis is proud to announce the certification of its cardiovascular rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is recognition of St. Francis' commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary 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 live healthier. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.

To earn accreditation, the rehabilitation program at St. Francis 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 related professional societies. Each program's application is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee, and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

In 2018, AACVPR moved to an outcomes-based process with performance measurements that represent more meaningful outcomes. Therefore, AACVPR-certified programs are leaders in the cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation field because they offer the most advanced practices available and have proven track records of high-quality patient care. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

About CHI Health St. Francis

CHI Health St. Francis is a non-profit faith-based hospital serving Central Nebraska with state-of-the-art health care services. The St. Francis tower has 159 acute-care patient rooms, including the maternity center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit and a 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. St. Francis also operates a Regional Cancer Center in Grand Island and Hastings, a Skilled Care Unit and an Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center.

About AACVPR

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 improving the quality of life for patients and their families. Learn more about AACVPR.

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