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Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at SVMH Earns AACVPR Certification

American Society of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation awards SVMHS third three-year certification

SALINAS, CA, September 26, 2011—Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) has earned certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) for its Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (CRP). Salinas Valley Memorial has earned the three-year certification since 2006. “We couldn’t be more proud of the ongoing dedication, commitment and excellent patient care provided by our Cardiac Rehabilitation team,” says Irene Neumeister, MSN, RN, Vice President/Patient Care & Cardiovascular Services. “This certification recognizes our continued excellence in helping people get back to their family and life after a heart attack or other cardiac event.”

Programs certified by the AACVPR are recognized leaders in the field of cardiac rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced care available. The SVMHS program is designed to support and accelerate recovery and improve quality of life for patients who have had a cardiac event. Salinas Valley Memorial’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, established in 2003, includes exercise, education, counseling and support for patients andtheir families. To date, more than 1,000 patients have participated in the program.

Salinas Valley Memorial’s CRP underwent a month-long process that required extensive documentation to show that best practices were followed and the latest evidence based care was provided. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by the AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR National Certification Committee and certification is awarded by theAACVPR Board of Directors.

Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improvement in quality of life for patients and their families.

The Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System we know today started out in 1953 as a 52-bed hospital. Since then we have grown to serve thousands of people in communities in the Central Coast area, from our hospital campus and through a network of affiliates. SVMHS now houses state-of-the-art specializations including the Heart Center opened in 1987, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Joint Replacement Center and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as advanced imaging and diagnostic tools. We are committed to providing the highest quality healthcare services for people who are ill or injured and to helping people live healthier lives through prevention and education efforts.

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