CAMBRIDGE -- Southeastern Med is proud to announce the recertification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Southeastern Med was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life 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 improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

The Southeastern Med rehabilitation program 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 professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

"This certification brings to light how our program provides evidence-based practices with measurable outcomes that focus on the patient. The staff have worked very hard to bring our rehabilitation program to this level," explained Angie Long, RN,MSN/MBA/HC,NEA-BC, Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Southeastern Med.

AACVPR-certified 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.

"Our Cardiac rehab professionals are an awesome group of people, who are kind, caring and compassionate in addition to very knowledgeable. They are a joy to work for!" said Dominic Crock director of Rehabilitation Services at Southeastern Med.

For information about Southeastern Med's Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, speak with your physician or call the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at 740-439-8528 or 740-439-8297.