Archives for January 2011

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.

Winona Health Laboratory again receives accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Based on the results of recent on-site inspections, the Winona Health Laboratory has again received accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Winona Health pathologist and laboratory medical director, Ronald England, DO, said, “The CAP accreditation program encompasses all aspects of the laboratory services we provide to our patients and the community, and achieving this accreditation recognizes the contributions of all staff toward providing high quality patient care.”

Laboratory administrative director, Brian Mackenzii, agreed, noting that, “Earning this accreditation requires the hard work and dedication of our entire team. Not only is this a great accomplishment for our laboratory given the amount of change and transition in recent years, but also for the quality of care to our local community.”

The accreditation program is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for patients.

During the onsite visit, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records, quality control procedures, qualifications of staff, laboratory equipment, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory. The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, which began in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.

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