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  Cardiac Rehabilitation Week 2014

February 9-15, 2014

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. Look for discounts on featured cardiovascular-related Webcasts in the AACVPR Education Center in February!

If you wish to purchase merchandise and apparel to help celebrate Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Click Here.

For ideas on how to celebrate Cardiac Rehabilitation Week with your facility and community, please see our 2014 Planning Kit.

How are you celebrating Cardiac Rehab Week?

Click Here to share your story and help cardiac rehab professionals from around the country learn how to recognize their patients and staff!

Ideas and Inspiration from Fellow Programs

Hold yourself and your CR program to the highest industry standard.
In honor of National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, make it a priority to learn what the only peer-reviewed accreditation for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs can do to improve patient care at your facility. AACVPR Program Certification is built on proven best practices so that programs like yours can hold themselves to the highest industry standard.

One program’s success story:
The Henry Ford Macomb Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in Clinton Township, Michigan, attained AACVPR Certification this past year. The application process itself proved to be a unique team-building exercise. It united everyone to focus on a common goal, provided clarity into processes, and identified room for improvement. 

The Henry Ford Macomb Program has also reported increased patient referrals since attaining AACVPR Certification and has built a stronger relationship with referring physicians, hospital administration and the community as a whole. The staff at Henry Ford Macomb takes great pride in knowing that their program is certified and up to date with appropriate safety, quality, and outcome measures.

“AACVPR Certification is an industry standard that our physician and patient community respect.”

Donna Donakowski, BS, CES, FAACVPR,
Supervisor, Cardiac Rehabilitation,
Henry Ford Macomb Hospital   

2014 CR Week Celebrations from around the Country

Sarasota Memorial Hospital – Florida
The cardiac rehab program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida, is having a week-long celebration with free community events and lectures. Events include a veggie chili cook-off, grocery store tours and more!

Marion General Hospital – Indiana
The staff at Marion General Hospital in Marion, Indiana, is having a celebration to recognize several accreditations they received, including AACVPR Program Certification for their cardiac rehab program!

St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital – Michigan
St John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren, Michigan, is having heart healthy treats, give aways and a trivia contest for fun prizes. Also, the staff mails a letter to their cardiologists thanking them for their referrals.

Lowell General Hospital – Lowell, Massachussetts
Lowell General Hospital is having a lunch and learn for their staff, bringing in treats for their patients and have made an announcement about CR Week in the hospital's newsletter inviting readers to take a tour of the CR department and get their blood pressure checked.

Yakima Regional Medical Center – Yakima, Washington
Yakima Regional Medical Center in Yakima, Washington, provided heart healthy snacks, had fun games focusing on heart health, the history of foods, and Valentine's Day trivia. They also asked their patients to "Make a Commitment to Your Heart" by choosing one of many simple things such as, eating more fruits and vegetables, taking the stairs, or learning a new relaxation technique. Then patients took their choice (typed on a small paper heart) and placed it on a larger poster board heart. Soon, the board was filled with heart healthy commitments! 

UW Health Partners Watertown Regional Medical Center – Watertown, Wisconsin
The team at  UW Regional Medical Center has many patient activities planned for CR Week including a "Step to Sochi" pedometer challenge, heart month bingo, and a heart-healthy breakfast and eating presentation.

Fairmont General Hospital – Fairmont, West Virginia
Fairmont General Hospital in Fairmont, West Virginia, is celebrating by giving each patient, a question from their knowledge test to answer and submit to win a free "I survived Cardiac Rehab 2014" T-Shirt. Their patients are learning about diet/label reading, angina/CHF/MI, stress management, medications, exercise and risk factors. On Thursday, February 13, they will be sponsoring a "Go Red for Women" day encouraging patients to wear red in support of women affected by heart disease. Local newspapers, The Times-WV and the Clarskburg Exponent, visited their facility and printed full-page articles on their CR program activities.

Columbus Community Hospital – Columbus, Nebraska
The Columbus Community Hospital Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team hosted a “Heart Banquet” for their heart patients and spouses. They had a dinner speaker on the new “YMCA- Wellness Center” to be built this next year. The Central Community College singers entertained after dinner and their registered dietician ended the evening with a cooking demonstration of healthy desserts for all. 

Benefis Hospitals – Great Falls, Montana
The Heart and Vascular Institute at Benefis Hospitals gave all patients a pedometer to keep and instructed them how to use it. They discussed the “10000 steps” theory and gave them goals to work toward. This instruction was  stimulated by their “outcomes” results as they noted that pt. weights were increasing instead of decreasing. They also provided them with a heart healthy snacks and an education session on Stress, Depression and the Heart.

SwedishAmerican Health System – Rockford, Illinois
SwedishAmerican Health System, in Rockford, Illinois, is celebrating CR week by extending the fun for the entire month of February. Throughout the month patients have the opportunity to complete in a variety of activities. If they complete five to ten activities they receive a prize. Their main focus is to encourage our Phase III patients to try something new. In addition, patients and staff were asked to bring in a picture of themselves when they were young and active to help decorate the exercise room. The staff has also sent their cardiologists thank you letters for their continuous support and referrals. 

Allen Memorial Hospital – Waterloo, Iowa
Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, is celebrating cardiac rehab week by hosting their first ever potluck.  They have invited over 100 graduates from the past year.  The staff plans on talking with the graduates about continuing their healthy habits, joining them at the heart walk, and more.

Bryn Mawr Hospital – Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
The Bryn Mawr Hospital OP Cardiac Rehab, an AACVPR-Certified Program located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, celebrated CR week by making an announcement to the entire hospital staff including a copy of their PA Governor Proclamation. They wore their AACVPR Cardiac Rehab T-shirts, used the posters and balloons as decorations and gave the jar openers as gifts to all their patients. One of their nurses, Lonnie Sebastian, RN-BC, MSN, taught an introductory yoga class for the patients.

Samaritan Albany General Hospital – Albany, Oregon
The cardiac rehabilitation staff of Samaritan Albany General Hospital featured a different quinoa salad recipe each day of the week for patients to sample and provided recipes. Their phase III participants engaged in a friendly competition using their creative energy. Each group was asked to design a heart out of basic craft supplies, which consisted of the following: modeling clay, pipe cleaners, paper clips and a Styrofoam shaped heart. The winning team received a gift pack of various items purchased on the AACVPR Web site. In addition, each class played Heart Health Bingo, making it a fun and educational event.

East Ohio Regional Hospital – Martins Ferry, Ohio
The CR team at East Ohio Hospital had a display board in the alcove leading to their cafeteria to increase awareness of their program and highlight the benefits of CR. They also had a display of heart healthy snack foods including blueberries, almonds, dark chocolate and fruit. They used the month of February to promote heart health information by decorating two bulletin boards. Their local Kroger store donated heart shaped balloons to the hospital as a valentine treat to inpatients and departments. The balloons brought many smiles to patients and hospital employees. 

Nebraska Methodist Health System – Omaha, Nebraska
The cardiopulmonary rehab program at Nebraska Methodist Health System displayed some of their major program outcomes on poster boards and gave away door prizes to celebrate the week.

ProMedia Fostoria Community Hospital – Fostoria, Ohio
The cardiac rehab staff focused on educating patients on two things: heart risk factors and nutrition. They put cut out paper hearts up in the room, with risk factors written on each one. Patients had to find all the hearts and write their answers on a sheet. Each patient who turned in the list, received a “heart healthy” snack. The grand prize was a big box of Cheerios and whole wheat grain bread, with the American Heart Association seal. The second game was to learn what the “DASH” diet was all about. A word search was created with words relating to the “DASH” diet. Once again, a prize was given for every person that found the “extra” word and a name was drawn for the same grand  prize.


 

 Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week 2014

March 9-15, 2014

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. Look for discounts on featured pulmonary-related Webcasts in the AACVPR Education Center in March!

If you wish to purchase merchandise and apparel to help celebrate Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, Click Here.

For ideas on how to celebrate Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week with your facility and community, please see our 2014 Planning Kit.

How are you celebrating Pulmonary Rehab Week?

Click Here to share your story and help pulmonary rehab professionals from around the country learn how to recognize their patients and staff!

Ideas and Inspiration from Fellow Programs

Deliver the best quality of care possible
In honor of National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, make it a priority to learn what the only peer-reviewed accreditation for cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs can do to improve patient care at your facility. AACVPR Program Certification is built on proven best practices so that programs like yours can hold themselves to the highest industry standard.

One program’s success story:
The Getterman Wellness Center at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center Scott & White Healthcare in Waco, Texas, first attained AACVPR Program Certification in 2010. As that three-year certification comes to an end, they have chosen to apply for recertification and maintain their positioning as a leader in the field. They also plan to take part in the AACVPR Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Registry, launching this summer. The registry will be a powerful tool for comparing patient outcomes to evidence-based goals and national benchmarks.

The Getterman Wellness Center has found that AACVPR Program Certification has enhanced the program’s professional competency by confirming the staff’s proficiency and knowledge in pulmonary rehab. Armed with officially certified best practices, their program was able to improve the standard of care provided for patients in Central Texas. AACVPR Program Certification granted Getterman Wellness Center access to the latest research and clinical evidence, ensuring that their program stays competitive and current in the PR community.

“I would definitely recommend AACVPR Certification to other programs. Our staff and patients benefit from the up-to-date principles and clinical core competencies that guide us in cardiac and pulmonary rehab.”

Poppy Patterson
Cardiopulmonary Rehab & Wellness Manager
Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center Scott & White Healthcare

Celebrate Pulmonary Rehabilitation with an Inspirational Video

AACVPR and the American Lung Association of California have partnered to provide an educational video on the role of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in managing COPD. Take Control of Your COPD: A Guide to Better Living offers extensive demonstrations and instruction of many critical elements of pulmonary rehabilitation. Consider offering this resource to your patients who cannot attend traditional PR classes or who need an update. The video is also a valuable resource for PR clinicians and other caregivers. Click Here to learn more.

 


2014 PR Week Celebrations from around the Country

Lifeline Cardiopulmonary Rehab – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Lifeline Cardiopulmonary Rehab received an official certificate from Pennsylvania governor Corbett officially recognizing AACVPR National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week!

St. Luke's Hospital – Chesterfield, Missouri
The pulmonary rehab program at St. Luke's is having an educational event with three M.D. speakers with CRCE opportunities for RTs and a support group meeting for their patients and the public. This year marks 18 years for the program and 25 of their pulmonary support group.

Huntsville Hospital – Huntsville, Alabama
The Center for Lung Health at Huntsville Hospital is celebrating Pulmonary Rehabilitation week by giving each patient a bag of healthy snack options with a Pulmonary Rehab Week card signed by each staff member and healthy snack suggestions printed on the back. Their Medical Director along with one of their patients did an interview with the local health reporter discussing the benefits of pulmonary rehab. Another Medical Director will be on a local news program and a talk radio program discussing the principals and benefits of pulmonary rehab. Their hospital also posted information about pulmonary rehab on their internal webpage and marque.

Centegra Health System – Woodstock, Illinois
To celebrate Pulmonary Rehab Week, the staff at Centegra Health System decorated their door and bulletin board. They had fun facts of the day and also a brunch for their patients. 

 

 

 

 


 

Does your hospital host or participate in any special events for Cardiac and/or Pulmonary Rehabilitation Weeks? E-mail us at aanderson@aacvpr.org to have your event highlighted here and help other facilities create activities of their own!

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