HGH Cardiac Rehabilitation Again Achieves Nation's Highest Certification

Humboldt General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program achieved a landmark milestone July 28 when it was re-certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

The designation recognizes Humboldt General Hospital for its commitment to improving quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Program facilitator Billie Lucero said it was hard to contain her excitement at the news. Not only has the program been greenlighted for three more years under the AACVPR designation, but Lucero received the news just as welcome renovations within her department were finally complete.

“We want our patients to know that in every way—both clinically and physically speaking—we are striving to provide the best patient experience possible,” said Lucero.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised exercise and education program designed to improve the quality of life of those who have cardiovascular problems; participants may attend up to 36 sessions that include exercise, education, counseling, and support for themselves and their families.

Humboldt General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab team includes physical therapists who oversee the program’s exercise component, Respiratory Therapist Clarissa Vincent who oversees patient monitoring, and Lucero, the hospital’s Wellness Coordinator, who oversees the wellness portion as well as day-to-day operations of the program.

Lucero also coordinates with hospital Food and Nutrition Services Director Tiffani Nalivka to provide participants with heart-healthy education. Dr. Robert Westling provides the program’s direction and medical supervision.

“This is a well-rounded program that addresses the needs a cardiac patient might have,” explained Lucero. “It’s not just about making sure that people are OK in the Cardiac Rehab room; it’s about teaching them lifestyle changes that will help them have good heart health for the rest of their lives.”

Humboldt General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Program requires a physician referral. Anyone with a history of heart disease is a prime candidate for the program. Program participants also may include those who have had a heart attack, heart surgery, congestive heart failure, angioplasty, angina (chest pain), a heart pacemaker or a heart transplant.

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.

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.

For more information on Humboldt General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program, please call HGH Wellness Coordinator Billie Lucero at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1297. Interested persons should also visit with their medical provider; questions regarding insurance eligibility should be directed to the HGH Business Office at (775) 253-3058.

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