Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab Weeks

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week: February 9-15, 2020

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week: March 9-15, 2020

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2020 CR & PR Weeks Media Kit

2020 CR & PR Weeks Merchandise

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. 


PR Week 2019 Celebrations:

NHH Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team  Cape Town, South Africa
We created a series of flyers to invite patients and staff to participate in theme days like Motivational Monday, Team Up Tuesday, Wake Up Wednesday, Treat Yourself Thursday, Friday Find Your Flow, and Weekend Warriors. We have a hashtag, and our aim is to engage followers [on social media], our team, colleagues, friends and patients this week. 

Jacques Erasmus Physiotherapists  Cape Town, South Africa
We'll be celebrating Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week in South Africa. It's not something in South Africa, and when we saw it happening in the U.S., we thought it would be great to celebrate it here, too. We have planned a theme for each day, some are social media related and others are at our facility. We will be hosting a free exercise class to all individuals those with and without health insurance. We're also baking lung cookies, having t-shirts printed and holding lots of giveaways. 

Adventist Health Lodi Memorial Pulmonary Rehab – Lodi, CA

We are celebrating the week with Bingo games, guess the RT, potlucks and prizes. At the end of the week one winner gets to take home a pulse oximeter! As a thank you to our loyal patients each of them get a Pulmonary Rehab water bottle.


CHI Memorial Hospital – Chattanooga, TN

We had theme days! Monday was Hat Day; Tuesday was Super Hero Day; Wednesday was Camouflage Day; Thursday was Crazy Sock Day; Friday was Bad Hair Day. We’re also hosting cooking demos of heart-healthy pizza.


TriHealth Bethesda Pulmonary Rehab – Cincinnati, OH

We celebrated Pulmonary Rehab week with theme days for our patients to dress up and join in the fun with us!


Lawrence + Memorial Hospital – New London, CT

We held a basket raffle to benefit the program and posted an informative display about pulmonary rehabilitation in our facility. We gave out PR Week 2019 pens and chocolates to our staff and patients.

Broward Health Medical Center – Fort Lauderdale, FL

We recognized National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week by offering free pulmonary function testing and education to our patients, guests and staff. 


Adventist Health Sonora Pulmonary Rehabilitation – Sonora, CA

We are celebrating this week with raffle prizes like hand sanitizer and bubbles for each patient. We are also teaching the patients pursed lip breathing and the importance of infection prevention.


El Camino Hospital – Mountain View, CA

We celebrated PR Week by hanging a board in our facility with printed informational flyers and resources for patients to learn more about the importance of pulmonary rehab.


CHI Health St. Elizabeth – Lincoln, NE

We celebrated PR Week by having dress up days, an open house and raffle to win a blood pressure cuff or an oximeter.  Monday was Crazy Hat Day; Tuesday was Sunglasses Day; Wednesday was Blast from the Past; Thursday was Backwards Day; Friday was St. Patrick’s Day Green.

St. Francis Hospital – Shakopee, MN
We celebrated this year by starting Harmonicas for Health Class! We got our harmonicas donated to us by the Saints Foundation, and our first class was hit with our patients on Tuesday! On Thursday, we did a chronic lung disease edition of Jeopardy where we split the education class in half and tested our patients’ knowledge on lung anatomy, exercise, respiratory medications, diagnostic tests, and ways to manage your breathing! It was fun week for sure!

KentuckyOne Health Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital – Louisville, KY 
Happy Pulmonary Rehab Week to all the staff who are helping patients breathe easier! We got Shell's Sweet Treats cookies shaped like lungs – they were perfect!

Northwestern Medicine McHenry and Huntley Hospitals – McHenry, IL
We provided patients in our program with healthy snacks with positive and inspirational messages, hosted a “Count the Alveoli” (marbles) contest for prizes, taught pursed lip breathing using bubbles, hosted warm-ups and stretching exercises with balloons, created a fun facts page on breathing and the lungs, and much more!

CR Week 2019 Celebrations:

Orlando Health Heart Institute Cardiac Rehab – Orlando, FL
In Orlando we celebrate by having themed days where patients and staff can dress up! Monday was our Disney dress up day! We also have trivia throughout the department, a photo booth, chair yoga sessions, and a CPR/AED station! Patients are encouraged to participate and enjoy all of the extra goodies offered! We love our patients tremendously and admire their drive to improve their heart health! 

Washington Hospital Healthcare System – Fremont, CA
We interviewed Lamar Hinton, a patient of the Washington Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation team. The team's goal is to restore patients to the activity level they enjoyed prior to a cardiac event. “They give me really good guidance and support,” said Lamar, “and a real reason to exercise.” Lamar is a retired information systems manager and a big believer in our program. He even leads our Mended Hearts support group for those with heart conditions. “The cardiac rehab team really helps patients like me,” added Lamar, “and I am very grateful.” 

UAB Medicine Cardiac Rehabilitation – Birmingham, AL 
We celebrate our team that works tirelessly to keep hearts healthy and improve quality of life for patients and their families! 

University of Toledo Medical Center, Cardiovascular Rehab – Toledo, OH
We have a variety of fun activities, snacks, and chances to win some awesome prizes!! We also have theme days: Monday is crazy hair; Tuesday is fave sports team; Wednesday is crazy socks; Thursday is wear a hat; and Friday is wear red.

Florida Hospital Heartland Division – Highlands County, FL
We are celebrating our patients and their success by giving them a cup for water, a bookmark with healthy tips, a thank-you note and a piece of dark chocolate. 

Glendale Memorial Hospital – Glendale, CA
Our program is putting on our 24th annual health fair called the “King and Queen of Hearts” ceremony. We’ll have lectures, screenings, and we’ll “crown” some of our patients who have encouraged others! 

University Hospitals of Cleveland Medical Center – Cleveland, OH

For the 2019 Cardiac Rehab week, we started the week with apples and recipes.  We decorated with balloons and hearts.  Intriguing the patients, we made a game similar to the Price is Right; but instead, asked which product is healthiest?  We read the ingredients and they had to guess the best choice.  From several pre made signs patients wrote down their favorite foods, activities, or why they want a healthy heart!  Pictures were taken with their achievements. On the final day we will make homemade spice mixes.  Each person will be given small jars and will be able to choose from multiple salt free spices to make their own mix! This day will also include recipes and how to “eat healthy on a budget” ideas.  

Patients also are given small gift bags with heart healthy reminders. To remind hospital staff that it is cardiac rehab week we made cookies in the shape of a heart and iced it with EKG arrhythmias!   Staff loved it! 


Springs Memorial Hospital – Lancaster, SC

We celebrated by letting them sample dark chocolate hummus... they loved it! 


Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Therapy Institute – Edinburg, TX

Our amazing Cardiac Rehab Team just received the DHR Hero Award! They are a shining example of how DHR CARES for patients and the community we serve. What an exceptional way to celebrate Cardiac Rehabilitation Awareness Week! We also had these days: Wacky socks because you could say we’re giving heart disease the BOOT! And hat day, where we tipped our hats to our hard-working patients! Their dedication, energy, and desire to recover inspires us every day.


Medical Center Navicent Health – Macon, GA

At Medical Center Navicent Health, we celebrated Cardiac Rehab Week with an education class for patients and families on CAD and Risk Factors, heart healthy trivia and snacks, giveaways and a raffle for a gift basket filled with items to promote exercise.


AdventHealth Sebring Cardiac Rehab – Highlands County, FL

AdventHealth Sebring Cardiac Rehab, celebrated our patients by giving freebies and congratulating them on all their success.

Lexington Medical Center, Irmo – Columbia, SC

We have been celebrating National Cardiac Rehab Week with our patients. Our staff is wearing the “Cardiac Rehab Staff” t-shirt! 

Broward Health Medical Center – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Our staff had a table of refreshments and hosted educational activities, games, raffles and prizes for patients. We also created a flyer that we hung around the facility about Cardiac Rehab Week to help raise awareness.

Lancaster General Health – Lancaster, PA

At Lancaster General Health we offered CPR kits for our patients with CPR demonstrations; had a fun fact quiz for patients to complete for prizes; and gave away free stuff-strawberries and dark chocolate; our local Giant food store donated cutting boards and our wellness department donated wooden spoons with heart healthy recipes.


Medical City Lewisville – Lewisville, TX

To celebrate Cardiac Rehab week, we had heart healthy snacks, heart information, prizes, an open house for the hospital staff, and a fun photo booth! 


Moses Cone Cardiac Rehab – Greensboro, NC

We kicked off the week with patients posting on on the bulletin board “what they felt they were doing for their heart.” This served as an educational and motivation tool for patient to understand their day to day pattern of what it means to live a heart healthy lifestyle. On Wednesday we all wore cardiac rehab t-shirts to further express gratitude and awareness. Patients then express their best dance moves on the exercise floor for more fun and excitement. Finally, on Friday we wrapped up with serving heart healthy and diabetic friendly treats, all handmade/home made from rehab staff to share our appreciation for what the patients do for us. Also indicating that having heart disease is manageable, creative and a lifestyle habit. Cardiac rehab at Moses Cone Hospital is always full of love, fun and laughter. As we feel this is important part of living a heart healthy lifestyle.

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center – Clinton,  MD

We had a blast during this year's celebration.  We used the week to show our spirit: Monday was wear your favorite sport's team apparel; Tuesday was crazy hat day; Wednesday was healthy snacks; Thursday was wear red; and Friday was crazy socks.  We had the guess how many candy in a jar.  We had our open house on Thursday, inviting our patients, hospital staff and the community.  We had a spare change jar to support the American Heart Association, a raffle for fitness themed basket and a silent auction with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association.  This year's celebration helped us raise over $300 - our best year yet!

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