Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab Weeks

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week: February 10-16, 2019

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week: March 10-16, 2019


2019 CR & PR Weeks Media Kit

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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. 


Share Your Celebrations 

Tell us on Facebook and Twitter how you celebrate Cardiac or Pulmonary Rehab Week! Use the hashtags #CRWeek19 and  #PRWeek19

2019 CR Week 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. The attached picture is a picture of our staff 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!

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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