Baystate Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Receives National Certification

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program has received certification by the American Assoc. of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), the only national organization to institute a peer-reviewed certification process with the goal of improving standards of care nationwide.Certification by AACVPR recognizes that the hospital’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation program has met high standards in each of the following areas: individualized treatment plans addressing the specific educational, exercise, nutrition, and psychosocial needs of each patient; outcomes assessment; evidence-based exercise prescription policies and procedures; patient satisfaction; communication with physicians regarding patient progress; and annual staff-competency reviews.

The Cardiovascular Rehabilitation program, located at 3300 Main St. in Springfield, is one of the largest and most comprehensive such programs in New England. Staff — including a board-certified cardiology physician, registered nurse, exercise physiologist, and registered dietitians — are committed to helping patients recover from heart and vascular problems and to return to optimal health through programs tailored to support long-term lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of future heart and vascular conditions.

For more information on Baystate Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation program, visit baystatehealth.org/heart.

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