Winona Health Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program receives national certification

Winona Health’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). AACVPR certification recognizes outstanding programs that follow best practices in patient care and program management.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation 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.

“In addition to having a nationally certified Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program, Winona Health has a highly skilled team of certified healthcare professionals to properly monitor individuals and help them improve their health,” said Corrie Searles, director of Rehabilitative Services.

Lynn Sprain MS, RCEP, RT, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation supervisor, added, “People in our program enjoy exercising in our Healthy Living Center, and it’s rewarding to see them become stronger and more motivated to achieve their health-related goals.”

AACVPR certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual facilities for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies.

Cardiopulmonary services are located in the Parkview Office Building on the Winona Health main campus. For information about cardiopulmonary rehabilitation at Winona Health, call 507.457.4419.

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