Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab Weeks

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Cardiac Rehabilitation Week: February 10-16, 2019

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week: March 10-16, 2019


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Cardiac Rehabilitation Week 2019 

February 10-16, 2019
Celebrate National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week and draw attention to the role of cardiac rehabilitation in reducing the potentially devastating effects of heart disease. The week is also a great opportunity to recognize your team members for their contributions. We encourage you to not only offer your thanks but also share valuable educational resources to advance patient care.

 

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week 2019

March 10-16, 2019
Celebrate Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week and educate your community about the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with lung disease. Also take the opportunity to thank your team members for their contributions and share with them valuable educational resources to further their professional development. 

 



2018 PR Week Celebrations:

Southern NH Medical Center - Nashua, NH 
We celebrated PR Week with numerous activities for our Phase 2 & 3 (maintenance) programs. We are known as “The Winded Warriors” of Southern NH. Our gym was decorated with posters, information hand outs and fun facts. We had patient give-a-ways such as meal tickets, spacers, pedometers, lunch totes and water bottles, healthy snacks and refreshments. Coinciding with PR Week, we participated in Breathe NH’s “Team Orange” 12-week program to raise awareness about COPD. Participants keep track of exercise minutes and receive a Team Orange T shirt upon completion. The team with the highest minutes receive a surprise gift from Breathe NH. In past years, we have had activities such as trivia, “Lungo”, puzzles, word search, corn hole, balance challenges, mini golf and guess how many “alveoli” in a jar. 

Boone County Hospital - Boone, IA
We had a radio interview with a staff member and former patient who wanted to talk about how the program influenced her and she stressed the importance to try the program. We also had pulmonary rehab items for random draw for our patients.

Wood County Hospital - Bowling Green, OH
We celebrated PR Week with a set of theme days: Motivational Monday where patients wrote inspirational messages for each other on a bulletin board; Trivia Tuesday with medical trivia and corn hole; Well Being Wednesday had guided meditation sessions; Thirsty Thursday had St. Patrick’s Day BINGO and green sugar-free punch; Fabulous Friday - we gave out prizes from the week, had St Patrick's Day BINGO! and punch, and played medical trivia corn hole again. 

Navicent Health - Macon, GA
We can think of no better way to celebrate Pulmonary Rehab Week than to spotlight our staff of registered nurses, respiratory therapists and exercise physiologists for everything that they do! Our 12-week pulmonary rehab program helps patients with lung disease improve their quality of life and aids in preventing readmissions to the hospital!

Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital - Russell, KY 
Our pulmonary rehabilitation program celebrated Pulmonary Rehab Week with a lecture by Dr. Michael Ehrie on new medications available for COPD. Lincare DME Company displayed and answered questions about oxygen and c-pap equipment, and we ended the week with a demonstration on healthy eating.There were 70 patients that participated in the week-long events. 

Cape Fear Valley Health System - Fayetteville, NC 
We are having a "What Inspires Me..." board with a drawing at the end of the week for a Panera gift card. We are also offering healthy snacks for participants after their exercise to help challenge and change the local food culture, and we are doing a Pulmonary Trivia game where we go around as participants are exercising and ask relevant questions. Our goal is to enhance the patient experience and to encourage enthusiasm and excitement about the pulmonary rehab process!

Denver Health - Denver, CO
For Pulmonary Rehab Week, we are setting up a table in the lobby of our hospital where staff will answer questions about pulmonary rehab and share helpful tips. 

Washington Hospital Healthcare System - Fremont, CA
This week, we recognize the role of our pulmonary rehabilitation professionals and their life-enhancing treatments and therapies that help patients live well. They even offer a Better Breathers Club support group for past and present pulmonary rehab patients.

Kenmore Mercy Hospital - Kenmore, NY
We are celebrating Pulmonary Rehab Week with a series of spotlights of different staff members, highlighting the why they chose to work in pulmonary rehab. 

St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute - Spokane, WA
We are celebrating PR Week with a series of staff tips for patients and anyone who wants to learn more about pulmonary rehab and disease. We will be posting to our Facebook with a different tip and quote from a PR staff member. 

Yuma Regional Medical Center - Yuma, AZ
We are celebrating Pulmonary Rehab Week by having Pulmonary Jeopardy, teaching patients better breathing techniques by blowing bubbles, and having a Selfie Station.

Baptist Medical Center- Montgomery, AL
We celebrate Pulmonary Rehab Week by recognizing our patients for the efforts taken to engage in rehab and seeing the progress made to enjoy a healthier life and experience less shortness of breath along the way. Celebratory activities for the week include uplifting our patients' accomplishments as they continue their wellness journey, plus a healthy snack day with a fruit tray for all to enjoy, and Tacky Sock Friday. 

Broward Health Medical Center - Fort Lauderdale, FL 
We celebrated Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week by providing free pulmonary functioning testing in our main lobby of our hospital. Along with the PFT testing, we gave out educational materials and prizes. We had over 50 patients who participated in the event.

Huntsville Hospital - Huntsville, AL 
Our pulmonary rehab program is celebrating Pulmonary Rehab Week by giving each patient a gift bag with a water bottle, healthy soup and snack - plus lunch is on us!  We are having guest EPs teach the patients new methods for resistance training and all of our clinical staff successfully completed the Pulmonary Rehab Certificate course.

North Kansas City Hospital - North Kansas City, MO
We are thanking our maintenance patients for staying with our program, continuing to improve their health, and participating in the social culture of pulmonary rehab. Ph. II pulmonary patients are receiving small goodie bags with a harmonica, bubbles, and a fun size candy included.  

Baystate Noble Hospital - Westfield, MA 
We are celebrating all week with healthy snacks, Ensure samples thanks to Abbott  Labs, and a raffle for a Pulse Oximeter and a set of Reebok hand weights in a carrying case. We appreciate the dedication and lovely outlook of our participants. They are a breath of fresh air in this world!

McLaren Bay Region - Bay City, MI
For this year's PR Week, we had game day for our patients, including a quiz on topics covered in our education and some Irish and Michigan trivia. We announced the winners during a potluck lunch, where we encouraged patients and staff to bring healthy menu items. 

CHI Memorial Hospital - Chattanooga, TN
To celebrate Pulmonary Rehab Week, we are dressing up for theme days, giving away free pulmonary rehab merchandise, hosting a cooking demo/food tasting, and watching our director speak on the local news about PR and our program.

St. Francis Hospital - Litchfield, IL
We are celebrating PR Week by giving our patients fun goodie bags with pulmonary rehab related items and healthy treats. We love celebrating our patients! 

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial - Lodi, CA
We are celebrating Pulmonary Rehab Week with BINGO games and a photo booth with props. We are also giving our patients free items such as coffee mugs and asking them to match look-alike emojis with members of the staff for the chance to win a prize. 

Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital - West Chester, PA 
We are celebrating Pulmonary Rehab Week by giving away a Fit Bit. Each time a patient attends in March they will receive a ticket and be enrolled for a chance to win. We also have them write down on a cloud “What inspires them” and post it on a bulletin board. At the end of the week the clouds are taken down, and a winner is picked from a hat to win a gift card.

Rush Oak Park Hospital - Oak Park, IL
We are hold out 3rd Annual Conference during PR Week 2018, where we will hold educational classes about lung disease, lung scanning, and an informational sessions by Apria Healthcare called "Oxygen: Let’s Talk Referral to Reimbursement."

Pikeville Medical Center - Pikeville, KY
This year, we celebrate the success of our patients and their motivation to improve their lung health and overall quality of life. 

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2018 CR Week Celebrations 

J.C. Blair Hospital - Huntingdon, PA
We celebrated Cardiac Rehab Week with “hearty” friends. We treated patients to healthy fat and high fiber foods, a collection of recipes, and gift bags filled with CR Week merchandise and goodies. We also sent a press release announcing our participation and included information about our program and the general benefits of cardiac rehab. 

West Branch Regional Medical Center - West Branch, MI
Our staff and patients celebrated CR Week with heart trivia games, prizes, flavored waters, and healthy food. We also had our own mantras in addition to "Making Positive Changes, One Beat at a Time." like "Our Caring Makes a Difference!" and "You Can't Beat a Strong Heart." We are a small program promoting big lifestyle changes!

The New Jewish Home - New York City, NY
To celebrate Cardiac Rehab Week, our program hosted a cardiac presentation for staff and patients, and Doppler and lVAD training sessions. Celebrations also included heart-shaped cakes!

Genesys Cardiac and Prevention - Grand Blanc MI
We celebrated Cardiac Rehab Week by inviting patients to eat healthy treats prepared by the staff. Each patient received a healthy cookbook and all patients were entered to win raffle prizes.

Iroquois Memorial Hospital - Watseka, IL 
For Cardiac Rehab Week, we had our three nurses ask their over 90 patients what CR has done for them. We displayed quotes from the patients on our Cardiac Rehab Highlight Board. We also decided to share with our community what cardiac rehab is and highlight a few of the stories shared by the patients in a blog post. 

Yuma Regional Medical Center - Yuma, AZ
For Cardiac Rehab Week, we really tried to make the week all about our patients, and to celebrate them!  We gave our patients the opportunity to play a Wii sports game instead of completing one of their exercise modalities. We also had a “Love Your Self” Selfie station set up so that patients and the staff could celebrate all their hearts do for them on a daily basis. And we made some fun little heart healthy Valentine’s treat bags for all of our patients.  

Davie Medical Center - Bermuda Run, NC
We are celebrating “making positive change one beat at a time” by having spirit days such as hat day, school colors day, and Go Red Day. We are also hosting special education sessions, treating our patients to heart healthy snacks, and decorating our gym! Our patients will also have a chance to win activity related door prizes at the end of the week.

Ripon Medical Center - Ripon, WI
For CR Week, patients were given heart healthy activities and ways to earn Plinko chips (from the Price is Right). We will also play our own Cardiac Rehab Plinko with prizes such as free weights, pedometers, water bottles, shirts, etc. We held a CR dress up day with the Best Dressed winning a heart healthy gift basket. We also set up the Wii for patients to play after their exercise sessions. Patients had a great time and got pretty competitive with bowling and golf!

Moses Cone Hospital - Greensboro, NC
We are celebrating Cardiac Rehab Week with different theme days! Mind Teaser Monday with a word search and heart diagram worksheet. Wacky Tacky Wednesday where patients and staff are encouraged to dress in wacky tacky apparel. And Photo Friday aka Selfie Friday with a fun picture station that has props and a back drop. We are also supporting Go Red and Go Pink. 

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital - Humboldt, IA
We started celebrating by delivering red ribbons to local businesses who are participating in our wellness challenge alongside HCMH employees. We created interactive bulletin boards covered in foam hearts that patients can write and share their favorite ways to maintain heart health. Some of the hearts include: exercising 30 minutes daily, lowering cholesterol, and checking blood pressure. We also have a spin-off of The Price is Right where we have gathered some common grocery items and compare them to healthier options. This has been a great opportunity to teach some tricks when reading food labels, and we focus on teaching our patients that they don’t have to give anything up, just make good choices! 

Watertown Regional Medical Center - Watertown, WI
During Cardiac Rehab Week, all associates are invited to wear Red or Pink to show their support.  We have special activities for our outpatients during Phase 2 classes, including a heart and vascular crossword puzzle, BINGO and our Heart Healthy Eating food demonstration. Our Registered Dietitian will be doing a presentation discussing new food labels and comparing nutrition facts of homemade to store-bought foods. To incorporate the Olympics, we are doing a home exercise challenge, and those who perform 250 total minutes of exercise outside of Cardiac Rehab earn a Gold Medal!  Those who perform 180 minutes earn a Silver medal and those who perform 90 minutes can earn a Bronze.  As door prizes, we are also giving away program T-shirts, water bottles and various WRMC prizes.  

Good Samaritan Hospital - 
At the Dayson Heart Center, we will be providing information on the importance of cardiac rehab at an open table session, including risk factor education, self-assessment training and free blood pressure screenings.

Upland Hills Health - Dodgeville, WI
We are trying to have a lot of fun with Cardiac Rehab Week this year! Daily, we are having a drawing for rehab participants for a Subway gift card. To encourage CPR, we are teaching Hands-Only CPR three times daily to all participants and their spouses/friends. We will also have a “Love Your Heart, Save a Heart” event  in which we will be requiring every person that goes into the cafeteria to demonstrate Hands-Only CPR skills. At this time, we will be advertising our program, its statistics, the benefits of Cardiac Rehab, and some fun trivia. In addition, we will provide free fresh fruit, juice and dark chocolate to all participants, plus a healthy snack cooking demonstration from a dietitian. 

Kearney Regional Medical Center - Kearney, NE
We are celebrating this week with our cardiac rehab patients by having them do a toss across game to enter their name in a drawing The prizes are a day pass to the YMCA in Kearney and a heart squeeze ball.  We have display tables set up with informational flyers on cardiac rehab, exercise tips, diet and a drawing to enter how many noodles are in the jar.  We will also have a 30 minute yoga session, and two presentations about healthy living and disease prevention, one of which is open to the public. Later there will be a representative on the local morning show to talk about CR Week and the celebrations happening. Water bottles with the CR week logo on them will be given to all cardiac rehab patients.  

Maine Medical Center - Scarborough, ME
At Turning Point Cardiac Rehab, we are celebrating CR Week with BINGO, a wall of written pledges where patients write notes to encourage themselves and others, and a fitness challenge. We also have Wear Red Day, a heart healthy recipe swap and a FitBit raffle. 

UnityPoint Health Trinity - Fort Dodge, IA
We are celebrating Cardiac Rehab Week by also celebrating our 30th anniversary of offering cardiac rehab at our facility. We will be celebrating with heart healthy snacks all week, a gift of a red heart shaped carabiner/key chain for our Phase 2  patients, word searches with heart healthy and exercise-related words, and a photo booth with fun props. For our Phase 3 patients who attend, their names will be entered into a drawing for a free Phase 3 session.

Christiana Care Health Center at Glasgow - Newark, DE
To celebrate, we have decorated our center with cardiac rehab facts and plans that patients can reference throughout the week. We will also have daily giveaways and contests for prizes such as a guess-the-number jar filled with candy hearts, a cardiac word search, and a heart health quiz. We plan to include all patients in fun educational games. We've found that involving our patients as a group gets them more involved in learning, opens the door for questions, and offers them a chance to teach others using their personal experience. 

University of Michigan Preventive Cardiology at Domino's Farms - Ann Arbor, MI
We are celebrating CR Week is many ways! We will have a motivation board where patients can write inspiration messages, a daily trivia question, guess-the-number jars filled with chocolate, pasta or almonds, and an Attendance and Spirit Week Bowl, with a different theme for each day of the week. Every time a patient attends cardiac rehab or dresses up for a theme day, they get a raffle ticket. There is also a SOUPer Bowl, where patients and staff make heart-healthy soups and submit the recipes for a prize, and games of Jeopardy during CR class time. 

CHI St. Alexius Health Center - Bismarck, ND
We have to celebrate CR Week with Cardiac BINGO! Each patient and member of our hospital gym can participate. We have a BINGO card with different activities labeled on each square. We are also having a "Men's Health Monday" and "Women's Health Wednesday" where employees can use our gym for free, as well as have their blood pressure, body fat and BMI checked. All participants can also enter their name into a raffle for a chance to win some cool cardiac rehab prizes that we ordered from AACVPR. Cardiac Trivia will be played throughout the week as well. These events all lead up to our CR Treadmill Challenge, where we compete with other hospitals to see who can collect the most mileage in a 10-hour period. We will open up our gym to all CR patients and employees so they can participate for free. Mileage will be added up at the end of the day and compared to other hospitals. This year we have involved hospitals around South Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota.

Saint Anthony Hospital - Lakewood, CO
We are celebrating Cardiac Rehab Week by educating our patients and community about coping with and treating heart diseases. We know that cardiac rehab doesn't change your past, but it can help improve your heart's future. We're wearing red as part of Go Red for Women to spread awareness of heart disease and risk factors in women. 

Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital - West Chester, PA 
We are celebrating Cardiac Rehab Week in a variety of ways. We have a guessing game set up where patients can guess the amount of whole wheat pasta in a jar to win a gift card. We also are raffling off two FitBits, where each time a patient attends Cardiac Rehab during Heart month (February), they receive a ticket that makes them eligible for the FitBit drawing. We also have an article that will be published in our local newspaper promoting and showing the benefits of Cardiac Rehab. 

Samaritan Healthcare - Moses Lake, WA 
The Cardiac Rehab team is going to host Heart Health Month for both our clinic and hospital. We designed a flyer that explains how we plan to celebrate Heart Health Month and Cardiac Rehab Week at our facility. Some highlights include Go Red for Women 2018, where we invite patients and staff to wear red and raise awareness about heart disease in women. Every Tuesday is a Lunch and Learn that focuses on a different aspect of heart disease, from risk factors to healthy habits that help combat symptoms. We will also have fun trivia and games during Cardiac Rehab Week and give patients a chance to win some Cardiac Rehab swag and merchandise!

Hutchinson Health - Hutchinson, MN
For 2018 Cardiac Rehab Week, we are 
giving current patients a set of healthy challenges. We will have a different challenge each day, and they will get points for each one they do. At the end of the week, there is a raffle drawing for those with the most points! 

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