BMC Cardiac, Pulmonary Rehab Programs Certified

PITTSFIELD — The cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs at Berkshire Medical Center have been approved for national certification by the American Assoc. of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The Association also cited BMC’s programs as best practice sites, singling out for their applications for certification. 

“This process was very rigorous, and required the submission of manuals detailing practices, policies, completed records on patients, clinical and patient satisfaction outcomes data, staff competency, evidence of team involvement in care and other factors,” said Ann Marie Sadlowski, RN, Director of both programs. “The staff in both cardiac and pulmonary rehab consistently provide exceptional care for our patients, and this national certification, and the recognition we have received as Best Practice sites is evidence of our ongoing commitment to providing the best care.”

The AACVPR saw 150 programs across the nation apply for certification. Of those, 10 programs were singled out as best-practice sites, based on the strength of their applications. BMC’s programs made up two of the 10 selected, as both Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation were cited. As a result, the applications for the BMC programs were included in a session at the national AACVPR conference held in Milwaukee.

According to AACVPR, some of the documentation forms that were submitted by the BMC programs will also be included in the next edition of the national AACVPR Guidelines for Cardiac and Pulmonary Programs publication.

Founded in 1985, the American Assoc. of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is dedicated to the professional development of its members through information, networking, and educational opportunities. Central to its mission is the improvement in the quality of life for patients and their families.

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