Cardiac Rehab Services of MMC Receives National Accreditation

Kathy Tuttle, director of nursing at MMC; Dannette Tutor, registered nurse in Cardiac Rehab; Annette Soborowicz, nurse manager for Cardiac Rehab and the Emergency Room at MMC; Cyndi Belanger, registered nurse and Cardiac Rehab coordinator; and Dr. Mark Belknap, medical director for Cardiac Rehab celebrate the national certification of the Cardiac Rehab program at Memorial Medical Center by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Kathy Tuttle, director of nursing at MMC; Dannette Tutor, registered nurse in Cardiac Rehab; Annette Soborowicz, nurse manager for Cardiac Rehab and the Emergency Room at MMC; Cyndi Belanger, registered nurse and Cardiac Rehab coordinator; and Dr. Mark Belknap, medical director for Cardiac Rehab celebrate the national certification of the Cardiac Rehab program at Memorial Medical Center by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Memorial Medical Center is proud to announce the certification of its Cardiac Rehab program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Memorial Medical Center was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

“Every day we work with dozens of patients as they recover from a major health event in their life. It is inspiring to watch them rebuild their strength and regain control of their life,” says Cardiac Rehab Coordinator Cyndi Belanger. “This certification validates that our department is achieving our goal of ensuring they have the best care and tools available for this journey.”

Cardiovascular rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks or coronary artery bypass surgery recover faster and improve their quality of life. This program includes exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

MMC’s Cardiac Rehab program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

About AACVPR

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.