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University’s Cardiac Rehab Program Gains Certification September 29, 2008

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University’s Cardiac Rehab Program Gains Certification

AUGUSTA – University Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

The certification, which the department worked towards for more than a year, indicates that University’s program has “met the strict standards” of the association and is dedicated to providing high-quality care for its cardiac patients.

Sheila Kamath, manager of University’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program, said the recognition is the culmination of her department’s hard work and dedication.

“Begin recognized and certified by the AACVPR is icing on the cake,” she said. “This shows that University works hard to adhere to all the gold standards of care that set us apart from all other rehab programs in the area.”

Ms. Kamath noted the following exemplary characteristics of University’s program:

  • Experienced nurses and therapists who follow national clinical guidelines and established protocols
  • Staff who also treat patients on an individual basis using evidence-based medicine
  • Use of strength training as part of Phase II protocols, which is usually not a focus of most programs due to time limits
  • Outcomes that have proven that Cardiac Rehab does make a difference in the lives of patients

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