Cardiopulmonary program earns AACVPR certification

Winona Health Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialists, Back (l-r): Elizabeth Torkelson, Carly Christianson; Britta Aukee. Front (l-r): Jen Welch, Amy Hammer, and Cardiac Rehabilitation Lead, Lynn Sprain.

Winona Health’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation program has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The department 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 patients we work with often keep coming back to exercise here even after their official program has been completed,” noted Lynn Sprain, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation team lead. “People often comment that they can tell we love what we do. We were all drawn to this field because we love helping people achieve their maximum potential.”

The Winona Health Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. This 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.

Learn more about Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at Winona Health.



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 improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.

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